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Topics Not Included in the Fifty Plus Nomad Blog

I have included as many topics as possible in the Fifty Plus Nomad Blog.

However, while I have spent 16 years traveling around the world as a tourist, language learner, volunteer, and independent traveler, I haven’t been everywhere, nor have I traveled the same way as many of my fellow Fifty Plus Nomads.

For this reason, you will see that some topics and places are not addressed in the blog. The following is a list of places and topics not included in the Fifty Plus Nomad blog:

Places I Don’t Know Very Well:

  • European Countries: Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Sweden, Norway, Slovakia, Serbia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Romania, Moldova, Albania, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Bielorussia.
  • Asia and the Middle East: Central Asia (also known as the “Stans”), Mongolia, Laos, Cambodia, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Tunisia, and Algeria.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (except South Africa),

Topics I Don’t Know Very Well:

  • Driving a Car Outside the US: I wouldn’t say I like to drive and deliberately choose to visit places outside the US and Canada where it is easy to get around without a car.
  • Insurance: While I have had home, health, travel, and auto insurance (when relevant) for most of my adult life, I have only filed a few claims.
  • Cooking: While I love food and frequently include discussions of restaurants and food in the Fifty Plus Nomad blog, I am not a good cook. Also, I don’t particularly appreciate cooking. One of the best parts of living in Merida is that I can afford to have someone cook for me.
  • Finances and Taxes: While I talk about saving money and using ATMs and Credit Cards abroad, I am a poor investor and somewhat of a spendthrift by nature. While I have a healthy suspicion of government, I also worked in the municipal and federal government for over a decade. Through these experiences, I learned that the government also provides good services and has many good employees and politicians. Therefore, I don’t believe in tax loopholes and pay my taxes regularly.
  • Adventure and Outdoor Travel: I’m not too fond of camping and am not in good enough physical condition to participate in most adventure travel experiences.
  • Travel with Kids: I have never had children, nor do I think I ever will. In addition, I grew up as an only child and, therefore, don’t feel comfortable with children. (That said, I generally like kids, however).
  • Construction and Home Repairs: While I have participated in significant home renovations twice, I don’t know much about construction. My experiences with home renovation serve more as a warning about what not to do than helpful advice for expats.

I welcome input and posts from anyone interested in helping me provide Fifty Plus Nomads with more information about these topics and places. If you are interested, contact me.

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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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