Do you remember those dreams of travel you had when you were young?
Hopefully, you were able to fulfill many of them and have some wonderful memories of holidaying on the Greek Islands or shopping at Harrods in London. Many women, though, think their travel days are over, just because they hit the “magic fifty mark.”
Women like to travel for many reasons: memories, adventure, romance, or just to connect with other people and better understand humanity. I travel because I love to learn.
As you age, you start to understand there is “so little time, but so much to do,” but being an “older” female, one feels restrictions are often placed on us by society and our families.
It is about time that we start to think of ourselves as being an inspiration, not only to women of our generation but to our daughters and granddaughters. I like to think of myself as a stylish, strong, savvy, smart, and mature woman, and with a little planning, I can do just about as much as I did when I was an 18-year-old gap student who set out to see the world.
Women like to travel for a variety of reasons: memories, adventure, romance, or just to connect with other people and better understand humanity. I travel because I love to learn and have fun experiences.
Travelling with someone you get along with is wonderful, but let’s face it: whoever they are may not always have the desire, time, or money to travel with you!
I am always surprised at the comments I receive from friends who want to travel but feel they are unable to: school, jobs, commitments, husbands, children, cats and dogs, no one to go with etc. Each friend indicating, “I wish I could BUT…”
Why then, do the women I meet at the airport or on the road all say, “I wish I had done this years ago”?
The solution is pretty simple. The most important thing you have to do is take that initial step and say, “I am going to travel, I may have to travel by myself, but I will do this.” Your trip does not have to mean going on a long, extended overseas holiday; it can be something short and within your area at first, but you have to get used to the idea that unless you make it happen, it will not happen. Remember: “so many things to do.” If you know you may get some resistance from loved ones, start out by saying, “I want to go on a vacation, I would love to see…”
Ask your family about places they have been and get them involved in selecting something with you. Most people who have not travelled only see the outside world via the news on TV, and for that item to be broadcast-worthy, it most often involves bad news. But keep in mind, the chances of something tragic happening while you are on your trip are pretty slim, especially when you consider how may solo people are traveling everyday around the world.
Be strong and don’t waiver. Going to school on the first day was pretty hard, too, but we got through that. Consider making the decision to travel to be another part of life’s journey.
There will be times when your heart nearly jumps out of your chest, but most times it will be because you got to see The Grand Canyon, The Eiffel Tower, The Coliseum.
I remember learning about Egypt as a small child at a one-teacher school in outback Australia. I tried to imagine how big the Pyramids would be compared to the large, old gum trees outside the school house window and got into trouble for not paying attention in class. My dream was to one day travel and sit on one of those big rocks that made up the Pyramids in Egypt. I had so much to do and heaps of time on my side.
When I did get to sit on one of those big rocks, I thought back to my time at school and said to myself: “If I can do this than anyone can!”
Penny enjoys writing for an online women’s magazine (Glam Today Magazine) where she hopes to inspire readers to travel and explore the world. She is also a regular contributor for publications in Russia, The United Kingdom and South East Asia. Penny lives in rural Australia, and her independent, solo travel started about 10 years ago, when she realized all her friends had no interest in photography and getting into the backstreets and villages of Asia. She enjoys traveling to exotic locations each year both on photography tours and by herself, showing other women that with planning and confidence, they too can visit worldly destinations on their own. Some of her most recent destinations include: Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Vietnam, UAE, Turkey,India, Nepal and Myanmar.