When people ask me: ¨What is a Fifty-Plus Nomad¨? My reply is anyone over the age of 50 who is willing to invest time, money, and energy to make travel and/or living abroad an integral part of their lives.
In March 2020, I decided to live full time as an expat in Merida, Mexico. It was not an easy decision. I spent 2011 to 2015 as a full time traveler. From 2015 to March 2020, I lived part time in Merida and Montreal and also traveled three to four months a year. Right when I was excited about becoming a full time expat, the Coronavirus pandemic happened and changed my plans even more.
Why Are Expats Fifty-Plus Nomads? How Are We Different From Other Groups that Live and Travel Abroad for Extended Periods?
A 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.
Many 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.
Until 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.