A start–in hopes others will find it useful

If you are reading this, thank you!  I hope I can provide some useful information/opinions to others, especially “women of a certain age”, who are, or are considering becoming, solo travelers.

A little bit about me–I’m just *slightly* over 55 years old now.  I’ve been traveling solo for business throughout the US for about 25 years, and after adjusting to single life after my divorce 10 years ago I began traveling solo on vacations as well.  I wanted to go places before it was too late…and I didn’t want to wait around until I found someone to travel with.  Which was a good idea, because I still haven’t found someone to travel with–not that I’ve been looking; I’m enjoying answering only to myself!

I’m also…well…cheap.  I want great vacation experiences, but as a now single woman who is saving like crazy for retirement, I can’t afford to spend too much money on vacations.

I try to take two international vacations a year.  I’ve found cruises to be cost-effective, relaxing, convenient and an easy way to travel solo, so very often my vacations are cruises.  And when I’m on an ocean cruise, I REQUIRE a balcony cabin!

So what you’re likely to read on this blog is a lot of info about how I look for bargain vacations, as well as travelogues of those vacations as I experience them.  Also, one of my dreams is to spend extended time in other countries (mostly in Europe) after retirement, so every trip now I’m keeping an eye out for ideas about retirement…and I hope to share those ideas here.  I’m not a great photographer, but I will also share some of my iPhone snapshots with you.

My most recent vacations were:

–a transatlantic cruise this spring on the Norwegian Breakaway from NYC to Southampton with stops in Ponta Delgada (Azores, part of Portugal,) Cork (Ireland), Portland (England), LeHavre (France), and then a weekend in London before flying home

–a New Zealand cruise last December on the Celebrity Solstice from Auckland (came in a day early, which I always recommend if possible just in case of flight delays), with ports in Bay of Islands, Tauranga, Wellington, Akaroa, Dunedin, Fjordland National Park, Melbourne Australia, and ending in Sydney Australia.  I couldn’t stay a day or two in Sydney at the end because it was almost Christmas and I needed to fly  back to the US for family celebrations

–a transatlantic cruise last spring on the Celebrity Eclipse from Miami to London, with ports in Nassau (Bahamas), Bermuda, and Lisbon Portugal, with a few days in London before flying home

My next vacation will come in late October when I’ll be going on a river cruise for the first time, the River Countess (Uniworld Cruises) in and around Venice Italy.

On my next post I’ll talk a bit about planning my more recent vacations and how I look for attractive solo pricing and decide which vacations to take.

I hope you enjoy my posts!

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