“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”
The Intended Audience for this Course
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), and/or
- live in another (or multiple other) countries.
Traveling and living abroad for extended periods, while easier than most people think, requires the development of a set of skills and a new mindset. The Fifty-Plus Nomad course is intended to guide participants in developing these necessary skills and mindset.
The course has a lot of materials designed for people who both live in another country (or countries) and travel for 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; and
- Living in several different countries over their lifetime, usually for two or three years each.
Keep the Following Budget Comments in Mind While Taking this Course
- This course 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, communications 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 course 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 Emerging country. 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 in my course.
US and Canadian Bias
The course is geared primarily to people from the United States. Since I have lived in is Canada, I will discuss issues of interest to Canadians as often as possible.
About 90% of the information will, however, be useful to Fifty Plus Nomads from anywhere in the world. When I am aware of particular details that are of value to 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 experience.