“With age comes wisdom. With travel, comes understanding.”
We are the first group of people in history who can make our dreams for long-term travel and living abroad into a reality. Look at all the blessings we have that allow us to hit the road. Specifically, more than any other time in history,
We, Fifty-Plus Nomads, can:
Maintain Our Lifestyle for Many Years by Accessing the Equity in Our Homes or Savings
If you do not have equity or want to sell your home, you can rent out your house through Airbnb, HomeAway, etc. You can also offer your home up for longer-term rentals.
We also have access to monthly retirement income through social security and other pension plans.
Supplement Our Income Anywhere
We have valuable skills – including proficiency in the planet’s most universal language, English – that can be used to extend your stay indefinitely. Thanks to the internet, many people can work at their day jobs from anywhere on the planet. What’s more, since more people work as freelancers, it is easier than before to either find or create new sources of income after you’ve left home.
Enjoy Our Lifestay Longer By Maintaining Our Health for Many Years After Retirement
In the past half a century, Americans have spent more of their life in retirement. Our average life expectancy has increased, and there are more and more opportunities to take sabbaticals, etc. We can remain easily in touch with or friends and family at home. Besides, it is increasingly easy to access high-quality, affordable health care in many corners of the World.
Parlay Our Long-Term Travel and Living Abroad Experiences Into a Better (or New) Career
While Fifty-Plus Nomads see the world, we are learning new skills like foreign languages and understanding a new marketplace. Some of these skills are useful in your home country.
Also, Fifty-Plus Nomads learn valuable life skills – like tolerance, independence, and self-confidence – that can help them create new opportunities. Besides, you never know who you’ll meet on the road. I once met a man who told me he met his business partner for a highly successful real estate company on a train backpacking around Europe.
Move Around Easier than Ever Before
Fifty-Plus Nomads can fly to most cities anywhere in the world in a matter of a day. We can get tourist visas to most countries without visiting the country’s consulate. While it can take time and effort to establish legal residency in another country, you can easily spend three to six months a year as a tourist.
Live and Travel Safely Almost Everywhere on the Planet
Few travelers ever suffer from crimes. By far, the most common problem is pickpockets. It is rare that anyone is killed or seriously hurt on the road. Statistics show that fewer Americans have died from terrorism while traveling abroad than lightning. Most Americans who die while traveling abroad suffer from heart attacks, cancer, and strokes just like they do at home. Europe and East Asia are safer than the USA. Even places with higher crime rates than the USA (like Latin America) are safe if you practice a few simple rules.
I’ve felt safe traveling in several places that the US State Department recommended that travelers avoid. (These places include Guatemala in the early 1990s and Russia in the mid-1990s). After all, millions of people go about their daily business in areas that we consider unsafe and survive. So, can you, if you are sensible. If you are, you’ll find that many places people avoid are ideal travel destinations—uncrowded, inexpensive, beautiful, and friendly.
Encounter Mostly Friendly and Accommodating People Worldwide
You are usually treated well on the road. Hundreds of people from all cultural and economic backgrounds will go out of their way to ensure that you have a great trip. Even people who tell you they don’t like people from your home country will treat you with kindness and respect if you treat them likewise.
In addition, increasingly these people speak good English and relish the opportunity to practice with native speakers.
Afford to Travel and Live Abroad Often for Less than Staying at Home
The media’s distorted image of travel often impedes people from hitting the road more than real-life challenges. Flip through the pages of any popular travel magazine. What pictures do you see? Handsome, middle-aged couples dressed in tuxedos and sequined gowns watching the ocean from the deck of a cruise ship? Uniformed doorman helping attractive young women hail a cab outside an elegant, iron-clad hotel entranceway?
In my years of traveling, I have found that most travelers are not ¨beautiful people¨ with gobs of money featured in these travel magazines. Instead, they are people from many different walks of life, political and cultural perspectives, and economic realities. In fact, I have met many backpackers and expats like Vicki Skinner who live and travel abroad partly to escape the high cost of living in the USA (or Canada).
The fastest-growing segment of travelers in the world come from:
- So-called Emerging or Third-World Countries (most of the travelers in my newly adopted city of Merida, Mexico are from other parts of Mexico and Latin America)
- China (well on its way to becoming the largest source of travelers worldwide).
- Check out Nomadic Matt’s excellent website to learn how to travel for less and still get the most out of the experience,.
Some Additional Posts About Fifty-Plus Nomad Related Terms and Definitions
- Definitions: Nomadic, Expat, and Fifty-Plus Nomad Communities, Immigrants, Refugees, and MigrantsA Fifty-Plus Nomad is anyone who dreams or has become a long-term traveler or an expat. We explore the world and live abroad for personal growth, intellectual curiosity or other intangible reasons. This post explores how Fifty-Plus Nomads are different and similar to expats, refugees, immigrants, and migrants. It also talks about different communities that are similar to Fifty-Plus Nomads like snowbirds and vanlifers.
- Why Discussions About the Differences between a Traveler and a Tourist are a Waste of TimeMany people take pride in being a traveler rather than a tourist. They think that because they travel independently they are superior to people on tours. Yet, to really get to know place requires time and an effort to get to know locals.
- Long-Term Travel and Living Abroad: 8 Reasons Why We are the First Generation to Enjoy the Awesome OpportunitiesUntil World War II only the wealthy had the ability to travel for extended periods or become expats. Today these nomadic dreams are available to many people.
- Definitions Used Throughout The Fifty-Plus Nomad WebsiteFind out definitions for the following words used frequently in the Fifty-Plus Nomad website: fifty-plus nomad, developed countries, third world (emerging) countries, expats (expatriates), long term (extended) travel, learning travel, and volunteer travel.
- Quiz #1: Do You Have What It Takes to be a Successful Fifty-Plus Nomad?Take Quiz #1: Find out if you have what It takes to be a successful Fifty-Plus Nomad? (Hint: Chances are, you do).
- What is a Fifty-Plus Nomad?When people ask me: ¨What is a Fifty-Plus Nomad¨? My reply is anyone over the age of 50 willing to invest time, money, and energy to make travel and/or living abroad an integral part of their lives.