, 2022-11-02 07:03:15,
Face your fears about solo travel, plan everything in advance, and enjoy the experiences, say these widowed travelers
Debbie Hitt always wanted to see the world, but her husband Charlie wasn’t much of a traveler. Hitt didn’t let that stop her. She took a few solo trips during their 36-year marriage — to Cancun for a long weekend with her friends, and to China and Thailand to visit her son and his wife.
It was financially prohibitive to travel more,” said the 65-year-old Ohio resident. “I was trying to raise kids and so forth.”
“Think about what could go wrong and how you would handle it. It takes the stress out.”
Hitt ached for more travel opportunities, but the unthinkable happened and Charlie passed away from cancer in 2017. Grief took a toll, but then Hitt thought to herself, “okay, now it’s time.'” The world was waiting, and she wanted to see it.
The couple saved as much money as they could during their marriage, so Hitt decided that travel was now possible. She has since been to Israel, Ireland, Kenya, Tanzania, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Greece and Spain.
“I want to see popular tourist attractions, but I really want to see the people, how they shop, what they eat and how they communicate with each other,” said Hitt. “I just love to see how other people live.”
Some of her trips have been taken with…
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