Two grandmothers, Sandra Hazelip and Eleanor Hamby are a pair of best friends who have proved that adventure does not have an age limit. The grandmas went on a trip to visit all 8 world wonders for their birthdays. They travelled to all seven continents to complete their bucket list trip. According to CNN, who documented their entire trip, their journey inspired others to pursue their own travel dreams.
Sandra and Eleanor decided to celebrate their 80th birthdays in a unique way by embarking on a trip of a lifetime. Their journey took them to all seven continents and included visits to eight world wonders. Their adventure was not only a personal achievement but also an inspiration to others. The video showcasing the trip captures the enthusiasm and joy experienced by the grandmas as they explore new cultures and experiences.
Starting off their journey on January 11, Ellie Hamby, a documentary photographer, and Sandy Hazelip, a physician and lecturer, toured the world in 80 days, adventuring from the beaches of Bali to the deserts of Egypt. Their first stop was a location that eludes even many seasoned travelers: Antarctica.
Since that first venture, the pair have visited 18 countries across all seven continents, often while dressed in matching T-shirts. They’ve also accrued a loving social media following who track the “travelling grannies” on TikTok, Instagram, and Facebook.
While the grandma’s trip is a reminder that travel is not just about ticking off destinations on a list, It also serves as a reminder about immersing yourself in new experiences, meeting new people, and discovering different perspectives. Many older adults may feel that travel is beyond their reach, but the grandmothers’ adventure proves that age should not be a barrier to exploring the world.
Travel can have numerous benefits for seniors, including improved mental and physical health, increased social connections, and a sense of purpose and fulfilment. It’s never too late to start planning your own travel adventure, whether it’s a trip around the world or a weekend getaway to a nearby destination.
For Eleanor Hamby, the highlight of the trip was the people they met along the way. “We love all the sights that we saw, but the things that we remember the most are the people that we met,” she said. “We met some of the most wonderful, kindest, friendliest people in the world. We just have friends now all over the world that we love dearly.” “We always say when we started this, we did not plan a vacation,” she added. “We planned an adventure. And every single day was an adventure.”
Sandra Hazelip described 81 as the perfect age to embark on their trip. “Getting older does give you a little bit of wisdom in making decisions,” she said. “And so that’s the fun part. I think at this age I appreciate so much of the beauty and I can really just soak it in. And for me, this was the perfect age to go. I’m so thankful.”
Although Hamby and Hazelip have finished their worldly quest and returned home to Texas, the two are already planning for their next trip, they told CNN.