The newest block of travelers is the 50+ crowd. This is dedicated to you and what you need to know.
Are you a little older than a millennial? Are you older than GenX and don’t care what it really means? Are you a young Baby Boomer? Are you an older Baby boomer? Have you finally decided to get out and see the scary world? You are in the right place. I started traveling when I was 50 years old. I had been on vacations, but never really traveled. Mature Travel sounds like it’s for old people. I hate how it sounds. It can be, but more likely it’s for someone who likes a little comfort and doesn’t want to share a room with 10 other people. We like a private room. We mostly travel as a couple and privacy has its value. Staying in a hostel as a couple is not the cheapest way to go. Hostel charge by the person. As a solo traveler it usually is the best route. Hostels have fellow travelers and people wanting to see the same things. Hearing about this place and that place is great. Meeting people to share experiences with is part of the appeal. If we stay in a hostel, we get a private room. We always stay in old town or downtown. Local hotels, Airbnb, Wimdu, couch surfing, and hostels are all options to find a place to stay. Don’t assume the hostel is the cheapest option, but don’t overlook the other reasons to stay in one.
I love traveling and want to share my experiences with you. You don’t need to know anything before you set out to another destination. Anyone who says you need to read this or learn that just wants to sell you something. All the lessons I have in my book or on my YouTube channel are learnable. I learned them. Most were easy, some were expensive, but expensive is a relative term. Thirty-five dollars for a taxi for the day in Bangkok! Outrageous! How can you live with yourself after charging that? Or the day we spent in the Giza Pyramid Complex and dropped $135 for a guide, perfume and papyrus paintings. We had only been in Egypt a couple days and hadn’t acclimated yet. I have overpaid for a lot of things and been caught short and surprised a few times. I have never been in any danger and only sick a couple times. It never hurts to learn from other’s mistakes. There are hundreds of blogs and YouTube channels to peruse. Don’t let the massive amount of information deter you. For every item you find on going to the Tourist spot, there will always be one about it being overrated. How will you know what you like until you get out and try? There is a reason it is a tourist spot. There is a reason a million people a year visit.
I read a blog on how touristy Kos Greece was. I expected it to be overdone. I loved the ruins, the fort and the small-town feel. I expected Rhodes to be an idyllic walled ancient city and was surprised at how many restaurants and shops lined the city streets. I still liked Rhodes. What I read and what I found were distinctly different. Go and see for yourself. Once you have seen enough varied places it is easier to plan a trip. Take tours in the beginning. We find them too rushed, jamming in too much and too many places for our liking. We get tour itineraries and adjust them to see the same places at our own speed.
I don’t like the sound of Mature travel. Maybe Travel for the over 50 crowd or not-so-budget travel. A little comfort is good. Roughing it can be fun too. Each experience will be different. The point is to get out and do it. I walked away for $100,000 a year job to ignite my travel experiences. A year on the road was an incredible experience. I could have spent the next 20 years accomplishing that year, but I was unwilling to wait. Life can bring you unexpected change.