Every time you post something online, you have a choice. You can either make it something that adds to the happiness levels in the world—or you can make it something that takes away.
History of the Fifty-Plus Nomad Website, Blog, and Seminars
Fifteen years ago, I decided to make traveling and living abroad the primary focus of my life. I searched for valuable resources to help me. While I found lots of excellent sources, all were either:
- Targeted to people who were younger or older or either richer or poorer than me.
- Dedicated to one small topic (like volunteering abroad or travel-related language tapes).
I felt like there must be one or two places that answered my needs. I never found that elusive place.
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 knew that many other people had the same questions and concerns.
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 place that addresses my needs.
Therefore, once again, I have developed a business, Fifty-Plus Nomad, to fill this need. Over time, I intend to help Fifty-Plus Nomads by:
- Discussing a plethora of topics relevant to the Fifty-Plus Nomad community. (Some of which will be controversial).
- Disseminating a lot of hard-to-find, practical, and inspirational tips and advice.
- Using examples from my sixteen years of experience traveling and living abroad to help others learn from my successes and mistakes.
- Developing an active community of Fifty-Plus Nomads who can help each other achieve their dreams.
- In addition, in 2022, I will be providing travel seminars and Spanish and English classes at my home in Merida, Mexico. (Using my exclusive polyglot method). The travel seminars will talk about traveling and living in another country. They will also explore topics like group tours versus independent travel, matching your travel personality to your plans, adjusting to extended travel and living abroad, and learning a foreign language.
New Fifty-Plus Nomad Blog Redesign
After discovering that almost the entire audience for my Fifty-Plus Nomad website was interested in living in Merida, I considered reforming my business for this audience. However, I decided that I am not interested or knowledgeable to do so and that others are better equipped to provide these services.
So, in April 2021, I invested in a major redo of my website and decided to change it into a blog. Instead of offering online courses, I have put all the old course material into a blog form since Google’s search engine did not pick up the lessons.
I also changed the website into a blog to make it much easier to maintain and more consumer-friendly. (Now, it is much easier to search for a particular blog topic, for example). I also consolidated a lot of my website into a reduced number of blog posts, eliminated unnecessary information, corrected the site’s grammar and syntax, ensured that the links function correctly, and wrote several new posts. I also gave the blog a more modern look and feel.
I am proud of the brand-new blog. It represents my best efforts to provide a one-stop place for people over 50 to find everything they need to make their dreams of traveling long-term and living abroad come true. However, I know it is not perfect, and I welcome your comments, suggestions, and corrections.
Over the next several months, I will seek partnerships to help provide even more services to the Fifty-Plus Nomad community and help me market my services more effectively.
Fifty-Plus Nomad’s Inspiration: Nomadic Matt
Nomadic Matt is my inspiration for this blog. His audience is younger and full of budget travelers and backpackers. However, I like the way he writes and approaches his business. I hope that I can develop as much helpful information as Nomadic Matt over time.
Why the New Fifty-Plus Nomad Blog
Last summer, I started noticing something odd happening on this website. Google Analytics tracking data reported that more than 95% of the traffic to the website looked at just one of my blog posts: The Pros and Cons of Living in Merida.
I also started regularly receiving specific logistical-related questions (i.e., real estate, etc.) about living in Merida.
All the hard work I put into the rest of the website did not generate much interest. It was good to know someone was reading the one post, but I never intended to run a Merida-oriented website.
I did not know the answer to most of the readers’ questions, and since I was depressed at the time, I did not answer most of these inquiries. I am sorry for that.
I also did not feel that people should travel to the Yucatan that summer (2020). More than 30 people died every day in the Yucatan, three times more per capita than in the USA and more than most other Mexican states.
In addition, while I am happy to be part of Merida’s expat community, I do not share much in common with most of the rest of the community.
Thankfully, however, plenty of Facebook groups are better suited to answer questions about living in Merida, including MID City Beat, Expats and Snowbirds in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, Merida, Mexico Expat Community Mexpats Merida, and Expats in the Yucatan.
How Is the Fifty-Plus Nomad Different from All the Others?
The following is a list of reasons that my blog and seminars (and hopefully my future podcast and YouTube channel) are (or will be) 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 blog and Facebook pages feature stories of real-life people who combine extended travel and living abroad. I also provide helpful advice on how you can follow them.
- 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.
- I have paid for and participated in all the experiences detailed in this course independently. I pledge only to feature experiences that I pay for myself. Many bloggers exist today primarily to receive freebies from travel companies.
- 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 various kinds of experiences.
- The blog explores alternative group travel experiences not detailed elsewhere. I am a massive fan of volunteer and learning experiences. 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 experiences and research. Their feedback and questions played a significant role in the development of my courses and publications.
I hope the same thing can happen now. Would you please help me make these materials even more useful by submitting your questions and comments to my blog and participating in my Facebook group?
Want More Information About the Fifty-Plus Nomad Lifestyle?
- Yippee! I Was Interviewed on the Retirement Rovers PodcastListen to my interview on the Retirement Rovers podcast and let me know what you think-
- Join the Exciting Fifty-Plus Nomad Facebook Group: Let Us Put Your Dreams of Living and Travel Abroad Into MotionJoin the Facebook Group Long-Term Traveling and Living Abroad Over the Age of 50 and unravel tons of useful posts of interest to the Fifty-Plus Nomad community from a variety of reputable sources.
- Fifty Plus Nomad’s Exclusive Traveling and Living Abroad Seminars: Let Me Help You Put Your Dreams Into Flight (Coming Soon)Take one of my two Fifty-Plus Nomad seminars in my home in Merida, Mexico. Benefit from my sixteen years of experience traveling and living around the world. Learn how to travel around the world long-term and live in different countries.
- Introducing The New Fifty-Plus Nomad Blog: The Perfect Place to Begin Your Long-Term Living and Traveling Abroad Adventures Over 50Visit the all-new Fifty-Plus Nomad blog and learn all my tips for long-term travel and living abroad gathered from my 16 years of first-hand experience.
- My Complex Language Learning History: How I Learned 4 Foreign Languages Without Going CrazyI have learned Spanish, French, Italian, and Russian using a wide variety of methods. Some were more successful than others. I believe the most effective way is to combine several methods like I do with my exclusive polyglot method.
- Check Out My One-on-One Spanish and English Classes in Merida, Mexico: I Can Help Anyone Learn Using My Exclusive Polyglot Method (Coming Soon)Introducing Fifty-Plus Nomad Spanish and English classes in my home in Merida, Mexico. Come learn Spanish or English using the same techniques used by polyglots to become fully conversational in multiple foreign languages
- What a Difference a Year Makes: How I Found Contentment with Friends and a Dog in Merida Despite CoronavirusWhile I haven’t written any posts, the last year (Summer 2020-Summer 2021) has been very eventful. I have developed some essential friendships, improved my health, and really settled down into my new life as an expat in Merida.
- My Surprising and Complex Journey from Nomad to Expat in Merida, Mexico During CoronavirusIn March 2020, I decided to live full time as an expat in Merida, Mexico. It was not an easy decision. I spent 2011 to 2015 as a full time traveler. From 2015 to March 2020, I lived part time in Merida and Montreal and also traveled three to four months a year. Right when I was excited about becoming a full time expat, the Coronavirus pandemic happened and changed my plans even more.
- Definitions: Nomadic, Expat, and Fifty-Plus Nomad Communities, Immigrants, Refugees, and MigrantsA Fifty-Plus Nomad is anyone who dreams or has become a long-term traveler or an expat. We explore the world and live abroad for personal growth, intellectual curiosity or other intangible reasons. This post explores how Fifty-Plus Nomads are different and similar to expats, refugees, immigrants, and migrants. It also talks about different communities that are similar to Fifty-Plus Nomads like snowbirds and vanlifers.
- An Accidental Nomad and Expat in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Mexico: Profile of Vicki SkinnerThis is a profile of Vicki Skinner, a friend and an interesting example of a fifty-plus nomad. She has lived over the past 16 years in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Mexico on very limited funds..
- Justifying Your Fifty-Plus Nomad Lifestyle: An Unexpected ChallengeI was surprised how often I had to justify my existence when I traveled around the world. Here are some tips in case you find yourself in the same situation.
- Culture Shock: The Greatest Challenge for Long-Term Travelers and Expats?By far the biggest issue I had while traveling around the world as a younger man was culture shock. It even resulted in me making some major decisions, most of which I regret in retrospect. In my experience, many people suffer from culture shock while traveling around the world or living abroad but most don’t even know they are suffering from culture shock.
- Long-Term Travel and Living Abroad: 8 Reasons Why We are the First Generation to Enjoy the Awesome OpportunitiesUntil World War II only the wealthy had the ability to travel for extended periods or become expats. Today these nomadic dreams are available to many people.
- Living Abroad and Traveling Around the World Are Not As Difficult as They SoundWhenever you start researching the idea of living abroad or traveling around the world, you will read a lot of useful information that may leave you thinking this is harder than you expected. Yet, it is not that hard. Living abroad and traveling abroad is the best decision I’ve ever made and I think it can be for you too.
- Definitions Used Throughout The Fifty-Plus Nomad WebsiteFind out definitions for the following words used frequently in the Fifty-Plus Nomad website: fifty-plus nomad, developed countries, third world (emerging) countries, expats (expatriates), long term (extended) travel, learning travel, and volunteer travel.
- What is the Intended Audience for this Website? Long-Term, Round the World Travelers and Expats Over 50 Years OldThe audience for this website is long-term travelers and expats over 50 years old. While the website does its best to address the needs of everyone in this category, it is biased toward 1) Americans and Canadians and 2) travelers and expats who can live in some comfort ($100-$250 a day for travel and $2000-$4000 a month for expats).
- My Own Travel Personality InventoryPaul Heller, the Founder of Fifty-Plus Nomad, has outlined in detail his own travel personality. This inventory was developed after taking all the quizzes and answering the questions contained throughout the travel personality section of the blog. It is intended as a model for other fifty-Plus Nomads to use in developing their own inventory.
- Five Essential Fifty-Plus Nomad QuestionsIn addition to taking the four travel personality quizzes, Fifty-Plus Nomads should ask themselves five essential questions to help them determine how they like to travel.
- Quiz #2: What Type of Fifty-Plus Nomad Are You?Take Fifty-Plus Nomad’s Quiz Number 2 and discover if you prefer to travel like a local or as a jet setter. Or maybe, instead, you are an artful or a traditional traveler.
- Quiz #1: Do You Have What It Takes to be a Successful Fifty-Plus Nomad?Take Quiz #1: Find out if you have what It takes to be a successful Fifty-Plus Nomad? (Hint: Chances are, you do).
- Take the Myers-Briggs Personality Test and Become a Better Expat and Long-Term TravelerTake the Myers-Briggs Personality Test and discover more about your personality and needs before you begin your long-term travel and living abroad adventures.
- Take Stanley Plog’s Travel Quiz and Discover Which of 6 Travel Personalities You HaveTake Stanley Plog’s Travel Quiz and discover if you are a pioneer, venturer, voyager, journeyer, sightseer, or traditional traveler.
- Find Your Travel Personality: A Vital First Step on Your Fifty-Plus Nomad JourneyI recommend everyone spend at least a day exploring their own travel personality, needs, and goals before they embark on a long-term, round-the-world trip or live in another country.
- What is a Fifty-Plus Nomad?When people ask me: ¨What is a Fifty-Plus Nomad¨? My reply is anyone over the age of 50 willing to invest time, money, and energy to make travel and/or living abroad an integral part of their lives.