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New Retirees: Should We Travel In The U.S. First? PDF Print E-mail

Q: We both had long office careers that kept us from getting away from home very much. Now that we’re 65, free and empty-nested, we’re not quite sure how to start traveling. See America first or get right into foreign ventures. What do you suggest? Mr. & Mrs. PBL, New Orleans LA

A: There’s certainly no lack of pro and anti opinions on this, and no right or wrong way to go. However, if pinned down for an answer, we’d advocate Americans should explore their own country before venturing overseas. Consider the unsettled international situation today, terrorism, widespread violence and mass immigration. Those aspects alone should make any American think twice before venturing overseas. At home there are unlimited opportunities for safe and enjoyable travel, whether backpacking on a budget or lolling at a luxury beach resort.

Consider the natural wonders of America for travelers. National parks, the Grand Canyon, California-Oregon-Washington coastlines, Rocky Mountains, Arizona deserts, beaches of Hawaii, Florida Keys, Cape Cod.

Consider man-made wonders: New York City, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Nashville, San Diego, Washington D.C., Boston, Walt Disney World, Branson, Hollywood, Las Vegas, Hoover Dam.

Robert Louis Stevenson wrote: "I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake." Therefore, in the world of reality for newly-retired Americans, start out with exploring your own country. Just have the gumption to get up and go for travel’s sake.

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