¨The impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life.”
Fifteen years ago, I decided to make traveling and living abroad the primary focus of my life. I searched for useful websites, blogs, and books to help me. While I found lots of excellent resources, all were either;
- targeted to a different audience (usually younger or older and either richer or poorer than me) or
- only addressed one small topic (like volunteering abroad or travel-related language tapes).
I felt like there must be one or two resources that answered my needs. I never found these elusive resources.
So, I decided to develop a business called the Big Blue Marble. The Big Blue Marble featured courses and materials that put together everything I had learned. After delivering these courses to over 5000 students throughout the US, I learned that lots of other people had the same questions and concerns as me.
Even armed with all the resources and knowledge from these courses, I learn something new as a Fifty-Plus Nomad every day. I still make mistakes and I have yet to find one resource that addresses my needs.
Therefore, once again, I have developed a business, Fifty-Plus Nomad, to fill this need. Over time, though this business, I intend to help Fifty-Plus Nomads by:
- Discussing many topics (some of which will be controversial) culled for my experience and those of other nomads;
- Providing a lot of hard to find, useful, and inspirational advice; and
- Developing future publications, seminars, and consulting services. These services will talk about traveling and living in another country. They will also explore different travel topics like group tours and learning a foreign language.
How Is This Course Different?
The following is a list of reasons that my course (and eventual publications, seminars, and consulting services) is better than anything else available:
- Most of the best available resources out there do not address both extended travel and living in one or more other countries. Yet, many Fifty-Plus Nomads divide their time between extended travel and living in one or more countries. I am a big advocate for this lifestyle. My website and social media pages will feature stories of real-life people who combine extended travel and living abroad. I will also provide useful advice on how you can follow in their footsteps.
- I have never seen another website geared toward Fifty-Plus Nomads who travel for months at a time. Most of the best resources only address the needs of young travelers. Others only talk about jet setters with unlimited budgets or backpackers traveling on $50 a day or less.
- While I intend to link my services with other travel providers, I have paid for and participated in all the experiences detailed in this course independently. I pledge only to feature experiences that I would pay for myself.
- Most other resources assume that there are right and wrong ways to travel. They are designed exclusively for people who only visit independently or use just one type of group travel (like tours and cruises). I believe that the best way to travel is to combine lots of different kinds of experiences.
- The course addresses a lot of alternative group travel experiences not explored elsewhere. I am a massive fan of volunteer and learning experiences. I think that they are the best ways to experience life in another corner of the world.
A Final Note
While I taught Big Blue Marble seminars, many students asked tough but intelligent questions and talked about their life experience and research. Their feedback and questions played a significant role in the development of my courses and publication.
I hope the same thing can happen now. I want you to help me make these materials even more useful. So please feel free to provide your suggestions and ideas.