How Fifty-Plus Nomad Travel is Different from the Short Vacations You Enjoyed in the Past
“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”
The Intended Audience for this Website
While a lot of the information in this course may be applicable for travelers on short trips, the intended audience is Fifty-Plus Nomads.
Who are Fifty-Plus Nomads? At their core, Fifty Plus Nomads are people over the age of fifty who are in the midst of or are planning to:
- travel for extended periods (months or years).
- live in another (or multiple other) countries.
- May need more comfort and may be slightly less active than they were in their youth.
Traveling and living abroad for extended periods, while easier than most people think, requires developing a set of skills and a new mindset. The Fifty-Plus Nomad website is intended to guide participants in developing these necessary skills and mentality.
What are the Differences Between Long Term, Fifty-Plus Nomad Style Travel and More Traditional Travel
Here are some of the possible differences between regular vacations and the Fifty-Plus Nomad lifestyle (travel and living as expats abroad). Fifty-Plus Nomads likely will:
- Spend less money per day traveling than they did previously. The pace of the travel will be slower and cheaper. As one gets to know more about a place and how to travel, you are able to find ways to economize without scrimping.
- Find themself more willing to try experiences outside their usual box. This is actually the basis of a lot of my post on Round the World Travel: My Top 4 Lessons.
- Travel at a slower pace than before, Most long term travelers think they have to see everything as quickly as possible. However, when you have time, you can do things that you would do at home, take off an occasional day just to relax, or see one or two places in depth.
- Probably have more ups and downs on the road than they’re used to. Most fifty-plus nomads will expereince some form of culture shock or other travel burnout related issues. These are all normal but probably unexpected. In fact, sometimes they are even a blessing in disguse.
The website will have many materials designed for people who both live in another country (or countries) and travel for an extended period during the same year. I call these people peripatetic nomads. (I have not found any term for these nomads, so I made one up).
The following are some ways peripatetic nomads live:
- Spending time in two (or more) homes outside of their home country every year.
- Traveling for several months a year and then living as an expat for the rest of the year.
- Like me, traveling for several years and then deciding to settle down as a full-time expat.
- Living in several different countries over their lifetime, usually for two or three years each.
Keep the Following Budget Comments in Mind
- This website assumes that most travelers will spend $150-300 a day for a single person and $250-$400 per day as a couple. (The $150-400 a day includes: food, sightseeing, accommodations, airfare and ground transportation, laundry, insurance, personal care items, communication with your home, a few small souvenirs, guidebooks, etc.). I spent nearly five years of my life traveling full time on this budget and found it was adequate for me to travel very comfortably. (With this budget, I stayed in clean, attractive, centrally located, and comfortable hotels. I also ate in pleasant, local, mid-price ranged restaurants).
- The website also assumes that most people will spend somewhere between $2000-4000 a month living abroad as a single person and $2500-5000 as a couple.
- I do, however, include useful information for Fifty-Plus Nomads with more modest budgets as well. Fifty-Plus Nomads can travel easily for $100 a day as a single and $150 as a couple. You can also live on $1000-1500 a month in many Third World (Emerging) countries. All you will have to do is make a few small sacrifices in comfort at times.
- I have never had enough money to go on many high-end, luxury travel experiences. Therefore I will probably not address this end of the market.
US and Canadian Bias
The website is geared primarily to people from the United States. Since I have lived in Canada, I will discuss issues of interest to Canadians as often as possible.
However, about 90% of the information will be useful to Fifty Plus Nomads from anywhere in the world. When I am aware of particular details of nomads outside of the US and Canada, I will post them. I want to encourage my readers from other countries to send me information and comments from their experiences.
Want Another Perspective on Long-Term Travel?
Even though it is geared toward a younger, more active, and budget-conscious audience than the Fifty-Plus Nomad, I repeatedly refer to Nomadic Matt throughout this website. (And suggest you follow my lead).
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.