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69 years old, a retired travel consultant and love to travel. Mostly use public transportation when traveling and love to walk and explore at my destinations. I've found you see a lot more that way than by taking the guided tours. Usually do take a guided tour the first time I visit a city to get a general overview. I usually start planning a trip well in advance and do a lot of research (I enjoy the research as much as the trip). I do take solo trips, but prefer to travel with a companion that is as interested in the trip as I am. My trips are usually not very lavish, but not skimpy either. Try to build in at least one or two splurge nights per trip.