I am very much afraid of definitions, and yet one is almost forced to make them. One must take care, too, not to be inhibited by them.¨.
Introduction to Fifty-Plus Nomad Travel Definitions
Throughout this website, you will see the following terms repeatedly. While many of these terms are well-known, my definitions vary from those used in other, more traditional sources.
Read the following post: What is a Fifty Plus Nomad?
Countries with more “developed” economies include the US, Canada, Western Europe, Japan, Australia/New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
This website is developed primarily for people from developed countries, though I hope that this information is useful to people worldwide.
Third World (Emerging) Countries
Countries that are less developed economically- primarily located in Latin America, Asia, and Africa- are called Third World or “Emerging” countries. (Many social scientists now call some Third World nations, like Mexico and Brazil, Emerging Countries to recognize the country’s growing economic and political importance).
I generally prefer to call all non-developed countries Emerging Countries because the term is less pejorative and seems outdated now that after the fall of the Soviet Union there isn’t really a ¨second world¨ anymore. (Note: Eastern Europe, in this website, will be addressed separately than Developed or Third World (Emerging) Countries. It has, I believe, elements of both when it comes to the topics discussed on this website).
Expatriates or Expats
Someone who lives in another country than where they were born and raised. (An immigrant is usually someone who lives in another country for more economic opportunities).
In this website, an expat does not intend to work full-time while living in another country (though some may own business overseas).
Many expats live in another country, at least partially, because it costs less than their home country. Most, however, live abroad for primarily non-economic reasons. These reasons often include a desire for personal growth, a new lifestyle, or the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.
In this course, an expat does not have to be someone who lives in another country full-time. However, an expat needs to feel like they are a resident of another country (even if they do not live there full-time).
Want to see more definitions of expats, refugees, immigrants, nomads, etc.
Extended or Long Term Travel
I have spent a lot of time thinking about how to define this term. The best definition I have found comes from The Travel Camel Blog. It defines extended travel as the following:
¨When you start to fully understand the meaning of living on the road or living out of a suitcase. The feeling of extended travel changes once you reach the three-month mark – it is a key time for those who travel for extended periods.¨
I believe that you do not have to go for three months to be an extended traveler. You can become an extended traveler by making numerous shorter trips over a long time.
The amount of time spent traveling is not significant. What matters is that you understand travel is more than a vacation. It can be an integral part of your life.
Learning and Volunteer Vacations
Check out my post on Learning and Volunteer Vacations.
Some Additional Posts about Fifty-Plus Nomad Related Terms and Definitions
- 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.
- Why Discussions About the Differences between a Traveler and a Tourist are a Waste of TimeMany people take pride in being a traveler rather than a tourist. They think that because they travel independently they are superior to people on tours. Yet, to really get to know place requires time and an effort to get to know locals.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.