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I am in my early fifties and transitioning to retirement. Last few years I have started taking 2-3 months off a year and like to independent back-packer and car tour travel around to cover a lot of variety, rather than drop and flop in one spot. As a geologist I tend to visit plate tectonic margins to see mountains, glaciers and volcanoes in the outdoors and scuba dive on coral reef (see my travel map). Shopping is a chore and I eat because I am hungry so no handy hints from me on these activities! I tend to travel at top of budget and - where necessary for amenity - pay for middle of the range but I do prefer to spend my money on the travel rather than sleeping and eating. I am cursed with being a light sleeper so I do a bit of research to find somewhere quiet to stay.