¨We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us¨.
While I was traveling nearly full-time (nine months a year) round the world from 2011-2015, I learned a lot about myself and how I like to travel. After talking to many Fifty-Plus Nomad, I believe many can also benefit from the lessons I’ve learned.
The only thing it takes in my experience to become a Fifty-Plus Nomad is a few small tweaks to our mindset. Then, voila, we can fully experience one of the greatest gifts we will ever receive: the joy of traveling for an extended period.
The Gift of Traveling Round the World for Extended Periods
Human beings are programmed to fit into boxes. We spend our lives fitting in and meet others’ expectations. I can’t think of any group of people more suited to getting outside our boxes than Fifty Plus Nomads.
Fifty-Plus Nomads have the freedom to do what we want without deadlines or pre-determined cultural or economic expectations. If we do not like what we are doing, we can go to another place or do something different with few negative consequences.
Once I stopped trying to fit myself into boxes, I got the most out of my Fifty-Plus Nomad lifestyle.
Even after five years spent mostly on the road, I loved traveling because I experienced a fantastic diversity of places, people, and activities.
I believe no type of travel or destination that is superior to another. By pacing myself and trying many different experiences, I have spent (and will continue to enjoy) many years as a happy Fifty-Plus Nomad. I am wholeheartedly convinced that other Fifty-Plus Nomads can do likewise.
My Four Most Important Travel Lessons
The following are the five most important travel lessons I have learned on the road:
- Mix Different Types of Travel Together
- Travel to Many Different Parts of the World.
- Avoid Travel Burnout
- It is Good to Have a Home Base.
The following course should stimulate Fifty-Plus Nomads to think outside their boxes. Following these suggestions has made a big difference in my life.
That said, I have met happy Fifty-Plus Nomads who chose to visit just one area of the world or travel exclusively in groups or independently.
However, they, in my opinion, are not taking full advantage of the Fifty-Plus Nomad experience. We, Fifty-Plus Nomads, are sufficiently adaptable, open, and intellectually curious to benefit from experiences outside of our boxes. Even more important, we have the time to try new things.