Many of my friends tell me that somewhere between 75 and 80, travel just gets a lot less enticing. I’m not quite there yet, but I’ve noticed some changes resulting from my own experience. Every so often, statistically speaking, you have the trip from hell – delays, bumpy ride, sub-par flight service, difficult transition in connecting airport. My last trip home from Panama had a substantial delay, and by the time I was in my apartment and tumbling into bed I’d been up for about 18 hours. I can still do that, but it exhausts me. I also notice that it’s harder for me to recover my stamina and get back in sync after crossing multiple time zones.
Other reasons that travel gets less appealing: older immune systems are more vulnerable to infection. A friend just returned from a trip to Europe with a cough and laryngitis — she said many people on her flight were hacking away the whole time they were in the air. And, she had a super long walk from being dropped off curbside from the tour and having to get to her gate, pulling both of her bags herself. Not fun, although she is fit and able to do it.
Part of what makes life nourishing is the chance to experience new things. Of course, “new things” doesn’t have to mean new places. But if not travel, the fulfilled life has to mean “new experiences” in other ways.
Glad to hear stories of yours.