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Long-term, Slow Travel for Baby-Boomers

It’s my goal to become a permanent globetrotter by the time I turn sixty-five. I want to Braille the world, and soak up the culture of so many locales: Japan, Belize, and Montserrat to name a few.

I could spend a few years immersing myself in Canada and the USA before venturing around the world.

There is so much to see in any community or country one travels to. I guess it depends on what one is interested in.

Are you interested in:

  • the history
  • food and culture
  • architecture
  • arts and theatre, or
  • are you more interested in specific attractions?

I’m such a hands-on, touchy-feely personality that I want to immerse myself in each community that I go to. I don’t just want to say ‘been there’ without actually exploring the area. I love taking pictures of architecture – not that I’ve ever studied architecture. I just appreciate the structure, or colours, or shapes of the buildings. I noticed that when I went across Canada in 2006 that the buildings that I took pictures of were red brick structures, white Colonial style and Victorian style. I loved the intricacy and colours used in Victorian-style houses. I also took a few interesting pictures in our nation’s capital, Ottawa where the old brick buildings of the Parliament Buildings were juxtaposed in the reflections of blue-glassed modern structures.

Thriving-Baby-Boomers - Long, Slow Travel - Canadian Parliament buildings reflected in modern glassed building, Ottawa, Canada 2006

Canadian Parliament buildings reflected in the modern glassed building, Ottawa, Canada 2006

(Photo credit Linda Wall)

I enjoyed going through the odd museum and First Nations ‘trading posts.’ When I was in the trading posts, I felt like I was coming ‘home,’ although to my knowledge there’s no First Nations heritage in my background.

We did enjoy some culture by going to a Lobster-fest near Louisburg, Nova Scotia. And we toured the Louisburg Fortress for a bit of Canadian history. We also went on the Maid of The Mist at Niagara Falls, Ontario.

There is so much more I wanted to do on that trip, but we ran out of time and money. We were only gone three and a half weeks, although at that time I was ‘done.’ I couldn’t wait to get home. But I think it may have had more to do with my traveling companion than that I got sick of traveling?!!?

So I am now trying to save up my shekels to travel again. I want to travel for much longer next time, maybe 6 months to a year to really explore Canada and the USA.

Have you ever done any long-slow travel? Where did you go? What was your experience like? Leave your comments in the box below.

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