For the next five weeks Boomers Next Step blog posts will be focussed on Travel and all the wonderful lifestyle, cultural and historical issues that arise when you are travelling in fascinating parts of the world.
We have been briefly in Budapest and are now in Zagreb about to enjoy 3 weeks exploring Croatia. Paris then England will follow.
Somewhere in the skies, in the middle of a long and uncomfortable night, I commented that the effort of getting ready to travel, and then getting to your destination, was just not worth it! I admit I was sleep-deprived and feeling a little tired and crotchety at the time. Yes, it is an effort, but it is so so worth it!
As I looked around at the people boarding our flight, and again at the tourists we saw in Budapest, many of whom were about to join the Danube cruises, it reinforced to me how much travel is ingrained in the baby boomer generation as the "reward" we aspire to when many of the other responsibilities of life have lessened.
For those of us fortunate enough to be able to travel there are often two times in your life that you can freely do so….before your career gets underway and when you are either finished or nearly finished your traditional career path. Budapest, and flights into Budapest, were filled with both groups!
The Szigert Music Festival was on and around 40000 young people from around the world were there to enjoy it. I wish I could share with you a photo I took at the Szechenyi Baths two days ago, but it's on my camera and not yet downloaded. I think the 40000 music festival participants were all at the Mineral spa at the same time as me. But they were so full of the joy of living that I didn't mind the ridiculously crowded pools, instead enjoying their vibrancy and excitement.
But where were the baby boomer travellers? Not at the baths, that's for sure, but undoubtedly enjoying some of the many delights of Budapest. I just hope they didn't avoid the glorious Szechenyi Baths because the youth of the world had taken it over for a few days.
What did I gain from my sardine-like experience with the young and beautiful at the Szechenyi Baths? I was remindered to enjoy every moment of this travel experience, do everything we can, don't let age stop me from trying new things, and basically live life to the full.