How Fifty Plus Nomads are Different from Other Online Communities
“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”
Why Fifty Plus Nomad is the Best Destination for Long Term Travelers Over 50
Fifty Plus Nomads are different from any other online travel community. We are active people in mind and spirit who have embarked (or want to embark) on a whole new life after age 50.
At their core, Fifty Plus Nomads are people over the age of fifty who are:
- Long-term travelers (months or years) who have decided to make traveling an integral part of their lives.
- Desiring more comfort and a slightly less active lifestyle than in their youth
- Dreaming of becoming long-term travelers.
While more straightforward than most people think, long-term traveling abroad requires new skills and a mindset.
The Fifty Plus Nomad blog is a focus for our community to develop these necessary skills and mentality and a place to share our success stories and tips.
All that is needed to make the community stronger is you.
What are the Differences Between Fifty Plus Nomads and More Traditional Travelers?
Here are some possible differences between regular vacations and the Fifty-Plus Nomad community. 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 learns more about a place and how to travel, one can find ways to economize without scrimping.
- Find themself more willing to try experiences outside their usual box. This is the basis of my post on Round the World Travel: My Top 4 Lessons.
- Travel at a slower pace than before. Most long-term, round-the-world travelers think they must 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 to relax, or see one or two places in depth.
- Have more difficulties on the road than they are used to. Most Fifty-Plus Nomads will experience culture shock or other travel burnout-related issues. These are all normal but unexpected. In fact, sometimes, they are even a blessing in disguise.
Keep the Following Budget Comments in Mind
- This blog assumes that most travelers will spend $150-300 daily 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, small souvenirs, guidebooks, etc.). I spent nearly five years of my life traveling full time for around $200-$250 a day 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 restaurants. and spent nearly a year on cruise ships and Semester at Sea).
- I do, however, include helpful 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. 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 not address this end of the market.
US and Canadian Bias
The blog 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 helpful to Fifty Plus Nomads from anywhere in the world. When I am aware of details of nomads outside of the US and Canada, I will post them. I want to encourage readers from other countries to send me information and comments on their experiences.
Want Another Perspective on Long-Term Travel?
Even though addressed 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).