How Fifty Plus Nomads are Different from Other Online Communities

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” 
Ibn Battuta

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. 

Fifty Plus Nomad offers personalized workshops and courses in Spanish, English, Living and Traveling in Mexico, and Long-Term Travel Book a Two-hour Free Sample Introductory Session

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). 

I also suggest the following websites: Retire Early and Travel. and the Professional Hobo.

Some Additional Long-Term Travel Tips From Fifty Plus Nomad

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Paul Heller has been a lifelong avid traveler and language learner and teacher, Even as a child, he told Santa Claus that he wanted to visit all the children worldwide. At seven years old, Paul wanted to retire to Mexico. At eight, he memorized the name, capital, location, and some facts about every country worldwide. At twelve, he found a book "Lonely Planet: Southeast Asia on a Shoestring" and started developing his own itinerary for a future round-the-world trip. He remained obsessed with travel; after getting a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and working as an administrator, He spent his vacations going to different countries around the globe studying language, touring, and volunteering. In 1994, he quit his job and lived in Russia as a volunteer English instructor. He discovered that he loved teaching languages. In 2004, he decided to make a living out of his travels and founded a community of people who love to travel just like him. He developed 5 three-hour classes about living and traveling long-term worldwide which he taught in over 50 adult education programs throughout the US. After his parents passed, he realized his dream of traveling around the world; cruising and touring some of the most remote places like the North Atlantic, Patagonia, and Oceania; and learning new languages (he knows Spanish, Italian, French, and Russian). Paul encourages everyone to learn foreign languages. He knows that it can be frustrating and slow but that anyone can learn a language if they put in the work and, most importantly, learning a language is well worth the time and effort because it opens up a whole new set of people, ideas, and cultures. He is currently spending the next chapter of his life in Mérida, México. He is excited about using this blog and his classes and workshops to inspire and equip fellow Fifty Plus Nomads with the language, cultural, and psychological skills necessary to be successful and happy long-term travelers and expats over 50.

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