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Five Nomad Questions
After taking the four travel assessments, you should ask yourself these five questions. These will help you focus on activities and a lifestyle that will serve you well on our Fifty-Plus Nomad adventures:
Do You Want to Start Sightseeing or Taking a Tour or Cruise When you Arrive?
After a long trip, some people find it easier to get over jet lag by jumping into regular activities. Some other travelers try to save money and take less time away from home by arriving for a cruise or tour on the same day as it begins. I always prefer to arrive at least one day before I do anything. Traveling more than three or four hours is exhausting, and I love doing nothing for at least a day before I start my adventures. Moreover, I’m not too fond of the stress of meeting on a cruise or a tour right after arrival. Too many things can go wrong if you are trying to get somewhere in a hurry.
How Much Downtime Do You Want to Plan into Your Trips?
Some people like to be active all the time. They are frightened that they will miss something and enjoy spending lots of time with other people rather than alone. I generally build in a fair amount of free time. I do not do much at night and set aside one day a week for relaxation and chores. Even if you want a full set of activities, I recommend you build in some time to do chores and plan future activities.
How Much Do you Like to Travel Independently or in a Group?
I have discussed this issue at length in my post Travel Independently or in a Group.
Do You Like to Plan Things or Do Things More Spontaneously?
Knowing your personality type from the quizzes covered in other travel lessons will help you determine the answer to both this question and the previous one on independent versus group travel. I like both independent and group travel and planning things, and being spontaneous. In my conversations with other Fifty Plus Nomads, most seem to believe that they are sure that they think that the answer to this question is one side or the other. However, I suspect that most people, like me, when they travel for a long-time, will find that the answer to this question begins with the words: it depends.
What are You Willing to Do Cheaply, and When Do You Need to Spend More Money?
When I was younger, I would try to save money on almost every aspect of travel possible. However, over time I have found that I am willing to spend more for comfort and convenience. I have come to prefer to have more convenient airline schedules, use taxis and Ubers or over city buses, and get someone to do my laundry for me unless these options turn out to be extremely expensive. The more extended travel I do, the more I find that saving money on transportation and laundry exhausts me.
Want More Information About Becoming a Nomad?
Check out the extensive and useful resources from Nomadic Matt. He provides excellent information about being a nomad on a budget (primarily geared to Millenials and Generation Y travelers). I would love to develop a similar resource for people over 50 who need a little more comfortable travel.
Some Additional Travel Personality Related Posts
- My Own Travel Personality InventoryPaul Heller, the Founder of Fifty-Plus Nomad, has outlined in detail his own travel personality. This inventory was developed after taking all the quizzes and answering the questions contained throughout the travel personality section of the blog. It is intended as a model for other fifty-Plus Nomads to use in developing their own inventory.
- Five Essential Fifty-Plus Nomad QuestionsIn addition to taking the four travel personality quizzes, Fifty-Plus Nomads should ask themselves five essential questions to help them determine how they like to travel.
- Quiz #2: What Type of Fifty-Plus Nomad Are You?Take Fifty-Plus Nomad’s Quiz Number 2 and discover if you prefer to travel like a local or as a jet setter. Or maybe, instead, you are an artful or a traditional traveler.
- 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).
- Take the Myers-Briggs Personality Test and Become a Better Expat and Long-Term TravelerTake the Myers-Briggs Personality Test and discover more about your personality and needs before you begin your long-term travel and living abroad adventures.
- Take Stanley Plog’s Travel Quiz and Discover Which of 6 Travel Personalities You HaveTake Stanley Plog’s Travel Quiz and discover if you are a pioneer, venturer, voyager, journeyer, sightseer, or traditional traveler.
- Find Your Travel Personality: A Vital First Step on Your Fifty-Plus Nomad JourneyI recommend everyone spend at least a day exploring their own travel personality, needs, and goals before they embark on a long-term, round-the-world trip or live in another country.