Benefit from my eight years of experience traveling around the world. Spend a week at my home in Merida, Mexico and learn what you need to know to successfully and joyfully travel long term, around the world.
Long-term travel as a couple can strengthen or weaken the relationship, usually depending on how strong the relationship was before hitting the road.
The audience for this blog is long-term travelers over 50 years old. While the blog does its best to address the needs of everyone in this category, it is biased toward 1) Americans and Canadians and 2) travelers who can live in some comfort ($150-$400 a day) for travel
I 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.
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Until World War II, only the wealthy could travel for extended periods. Today long-term travel over 50 is available to most Americans and Canadians.
When I was younger being charged more for things than locals used to piss me off. Now I simply acknowledge it as part of traveling and living in third-world countries. I find the less it bothers me the less I attract aggressive vendors, too.
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.
When I was traveling around the world as a young man, I frequently got lonely. When I was able to travel around the world again long term, I deliberately participated in group tours, cruises, volunteering, and learning vacations to avoid loneliness. It worked wonders for me.
Every long-term traveler regardless of the budget will occasionally suffer from travel fatigue . I deal with it by slowing down, staying in my hotel for a day or two, or scheduling some new activities.
During my five years traveling around the world. I occasionally suffered from mild travel burnout. Only once did I truly want to stop sightseeing for awhile. Why didn’t sightseeing ever really exhaust me? Because over time I have learned how to appreciate every place’s architecture, history, and beauty. However, sightseeing fatigue seems commonplace among other long-term travelers because they don’t have enough background to appreciate what they are seeing and don’t try to mix fun experiences into their sightseeing experiences.