Story Of Two Best Friends Exploring The World At The Age Of 81

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We often talk about friendship goals with our besties but have you ever made a travel plan with them to execute when you both will turn 80? If yes, this story of two Travelling grannies mapping the world in their 80s will leave you surprised!

Read on and I bet you won’t be able to stop yourself from sharing this article with your bestie to let them know it’s possible to roam around the world in the 80s with matching t-shirts.

A documentary photographer named Ellie Hamby and a doctor and lecturer named Sandy Hazelip started their expedition of travelling to 18 countries for 80 days while they are 81! As they set out on a globe tour at the age of 81, two closest friends from Texas in the United States actually tried to embark on a similar expedition.

The best friends, who have a sizable fan base on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok, have so far travelled to 18 nations on all seven continents. The pair also often post about their adventures on their Instagram feed, which has more than 20,000 followers.

Hazelip’s suggestion that they travel for the same number of days as their ages inspired the two, who have been closest friends for more than 20 years, to begin preparing for their adventure journey in 2020.

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The pair travelled to 18 nations across seven continents, according to their blog. They traveled and experienced many adventures in places like Australia, Japan, Indonesia, Nepal, Argentina, Finland, India, etc.

The two have travelled for 80 days and visited Antarctica’s penguins, rode camels in Egypt, saw elephants in Bali, Indonesia, danced their heart out in Nepal, embraced Indian culture, and watched the Northern Lights in Finland.

They don’t even opt for travel agencies to arrange their trips, and they don’t prioritize fine dining or staying in opulent hotels. Instead, they believe that experience has actual value over comfort. They also stated on their blog that socializing with the locals brings them the most delight. They stated that, fortunately, we have similar travel philosophies because nothing goes as planned when you are an independent traveler.

International documentary photographer Ellie Hamby and doctor Sandy Hazelip, who currently cares for patients in long-term care institutions, have been friends for 23 years. The two have returned to their Texas home exactly 80 days after setting out to see all seven continents.

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Sandy had the notion when she asked Hamby, “Ellie, why don’t we think about travelling across the world in 80 days when we’re 80?” But, they actually did it when they became 81-year-old as there were major active covid cases during that time when they both touched 80.

Although they have been on multiple past trips together, they spent years getting ready for this one. In January of this year, they eventually started on their journey to Antarctica, their first stop.

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Their love for India:

They both admired India’s stunning architecture and, in particular, its warmest, most hospitable natives. They visited Delhi initially and witnessed the Qutab Minar, the marvelous India Gate as well as the Jama Masjid. Next, they traveled to Udaipur, the lake city often known as “the Venice of the East,” and stayed in a 180-year-old home that had been converted into a hotel.

They also went to Bharatpur and the Jain Temple at Ranakpur. Finally, they completed their 50-day trip through India by visiting the world-famous, one of the seven wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal in Agra. The best friends expressed that they wish to motivate younger generations to understand that you can never be too old to experience all that the world has to offer.

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