The Beginning

Hi, my name is Richard and welcome to my blog where I plan to post thoughts, plans and findings about my travels. You have caught me right at the beginning and I hope that you find my perusing’s informative, interesting and enjoyable.

I have recently left full time employment and will shortly be starting a solo 3 month+ trip to Peru and Ecuador, with a brief sojourn into Bolivia.  It is the culmination of a 5 year plan to escape (or at least ease away) from the rat race. I am tremendously excited, but more than a little scared about what I am doing as it is all very much out of my comfort zone. I have not previously been out of work for more than a couple of weeks and whilst I have often travelled alone, it has usually only been for 1-2 weeks holiday or for work. As if that was not bad enough, I have an outline plan for the trip but have only booked the first 2 night’s accommodation as I wish to leave the travel as flexible as possible. By nature I am one of life’s planners and resisting the urge to arrange every last detail is probably, for me, the most difficult part of this whole venture so far.

As part of the preparation for my 3 month odyssey I have read many blogs and forum postings which have helped me develop my outline plan and travel ethos for the trip and I realised that this kind of candid and impartial guidance is invaluable. My initial searches were for solo travel in your early 50’s (the photo may have given away that I am no spring chicken) as I thought that backpacking is usually reserved for the younger generations. I was unable to find any really useful travel sites regarding midlife travel, particularly for men, so I thought my experiences may be of interest to others – and let’s face it, people love to talk about their day and dish out advice.

So I thought I’d give it a go. I hope that you will join me.

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