Paul Heller is a true avid traveller. And not the kind who just discovered travelling in the early 2000s. He’s the real deal.
Even as a child, when Santa Claus asked him what he wants, he told him he wants to visit all the children around the world. Even his nanny knew he was going to take up Geography.
At seven years old he wanted to retire to Mexico. At eight he memorized the name, capital, location and some facts about every country in the world. At twelve he found a book: Lonely Planet: Southeast Asia on a Shoestring) and started developing his itinerary for a round-the-world travel.
After getting a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and working as an administrator, travelling was still something he never let go of. He learned an “alternative” way of traveling which is through volunteer or learning travels.
He spent his vacations going to different countries around the globe and studying a language or a new dance. In 1994, he quit his job and lived in Russia as a volunteer English instructor. In 2004, he decided to make a living out of his travels and founded a community of people who loves to travel just like him.
After his parents passed, he realized his dream of traveling around the world: cruising around the world and in some of the most remote parts like Atlantic, Patagonia and Oceania, learning new languages (he now knows Spanish, Italian, French and Portuguese), all as part of his study and as an independent traveller.
He went on the great voyage in 2011. Today, he is looking forward to spending the next chapter of his life in Merida but never without new adventures.
Paul is the founder of Fifty-Plus nomad and wants to inspire others like him with his life experiences to travel and live abroad, and live their best lives.
All the blogs from 2019 and 2020 were updated slightly in August 2021. These posts, however, do not reflect Coronavirus-related changes.