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Five Questions for Long-Term Travelers?
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 as soon as you arrive or not?
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 don’t like the stress of having to meet 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 being alone. I generally build in a fair amount of free time. I do not do much at night and tend to set aside one day a week for relaxation and chores. Even if you want a full set of activities, I would recommend that you build in some time just 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 class on the Four Most Important Extended Travel Lessons https://fiftyplusnomad.com/lesson/mix-travel-experiences/
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 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 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 trying to save money on transportation and laundry exhausts me.