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Backpacking couple ready for off again
A COURAGEOUS couple spending their golden years as globetrotters have raised money for charity while backpacking around the world.
Derek and Ann Carver, of Cradley, only ever book their first two nights accommodationafter they arrive in a new country, and are enjoying the sort of footloose lifestyle more usually associated with students.
Mr Carver said: “When we were young you were either a hippy or you got on with working, but now we’re doing what all the young people do nowadays but at our age instead.”
Mrs Carver said: “We are both in our 70s, so we’re seniors travelling around independently with rucksacks.
“We arrange everything ourselves and only book up the first night or two when we arrive somewhere new because we are usually tired after a long-haul flight.
After that we get around using the Lonely Planet travel guides and book accommodation from one place to the next – sometimes in reasonably nice places and other times where we would only want to be for one night.”
Mr Carver, a 71-yearold retired accountant, and his wife, who is 73, have just returned from a five-week trip to Burma.
While they were there they had to endure an earthquake, their train lost a carriage, and on one occasion they travelled for hours only to find they had no accommodation at the end of their journey.
From their most recent trip they raised more than £3,000 for St Michael’s Hospice in Hereford, the Midlands Air Ambulance and Cradley Scouts.
Next they will be jetting off for five weeks in Cambodia, where they will visit the worldfamous temples of Angkor, then explore the country off the beaten track.
Mrs Carver said: “While we have our health we’ll travel.”
Their previous trips include a visit to Antarctica, which was booked with three hours’ notice.
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