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Travelling the world in your 50s, 60s and 70s

Travelling is a universal activity – people from all walks of life dream about travelling the world – and contrary to popular belief, this doesn’t just apply to younger people. When we think about travel we often picture young twenty-somethings lugging around their backpacks from hostel to hostel in South East Asia. But the truth is that travel is suited to people of all age groups, and in fact travelling at an older age means that you have more financial security and can do things that you may not have been able to afford in your 20s and 30s.

 

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Travelling is a universal activity – people from all walks of life dream about travelling the world – and contrary to popular belief, this doesn’t just apply to younger people. When we think about travel we often picture young twenty-somethings lugging around their backpacks from hostel to hostel in South East Asia. But the truth is that travel is suited to people of all age groups, and in fact travelling at an older age means that you have more financial security and can do things that you may not have been able to afford in your 20s and 30s.

However, travelling the world at an older age does come with a whole different set of considerations that need to be taken: how is your health? Is it safe to travel alone? Where is the best place to visit as an older traveller? What are your accommodation preferences? These and a whole host of other questions are probably on your mind before you take off into the unknown.

If you are feeling a bit unsure about travelling because of your age, and need a bit of inspiration, have a look at this blog post from Nomadic Matt that showcases the incredible adventures of an elderly couple who are travelling the world.

This blog post showcases some of the factors that you need to consider when travelling in your 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, as well as some of the most popular destinations with older travellers.

 

Factors to consider before travelling

 

Money

The obvious factor when travelling is the availability of funds that will allow you to do so. Now if you are in your 50s or 60s, you may not have retired yet and therefore still have the income from your job – as well as your holiday savings (which we hope you have made).

But if you are a retiree, then money has to be a serious consideration before packing your bags and travelling around the world. Consider the length of time you will be travelling for and budget accordingly – by this age you should have some savings and investments to live off, as well as your pension, but another avenue to consider is your house. Selling your house will give you a lot of money to travel with and is perfect for those who don’t have a time limit on their travels. However, if you plan to be back and forth from your travels then consider either selling your house and downsizing to an apartment, or letting your house out while you are away to guarantee a steady income while you travel.

 

Your health

With years of wear and tear on the body, our health generally becomes a bit more tricky as we get older. We can’t run as fast, bones break easily, we get short of breath, we forget things, as well as many different other ailments that afflict us like never before – but this certainly shouldn’t be a deterrent.

Rather think about your activities and destinations with regards to what you are capable of and what you need. If you have a specific health problem make sure you have a large amount of your medicine, ensure that the country you are visiting has adequate health care in case you have an accident and most importantly, remember that you might not be able do the same things that you did when you were 20. For example, while white water rafting on the Zambezi may have been on your bucket list when you were younger – it is probably not appropriate and downright dangerous for you at 70. Or perhaps you’re still as sprightly as you were back then!

Plan your accommodation and activities according to your age group. You may not want to stay in backpacking hostels filled with drunken youths, and you need to be aware of the level of physical exertion that most activities require. Avoid the activities that you know are likely to give you problems or which pose a threat to your physical well-being.

 

Where to go

Travelling the world is an amazing experience, but also one that needs very careful planning, especially as an older traveller. You need to ensure that the places you visit are not only beautiful but equipped with decent health care facilities, communication systems and climates that are good for you. These are our top three choices for older travellers looking for somewhere amazing to go:

 

Thailand

Thailand is an awesome place to visit as an older traveller – with mountains, rivers, beaches, islands and cities – it is as diverse as it is beautiful. Thailand has a great health care system that can cater for any accident or ailment, the lifestyle is laid back and it’s one of the cheapest destinations in the world.

Have a look at the Lonely Planet’s guide to Thailand if you aren’t sure about this magnificent country.

 

South Africa

Have you always wanted to go on an African safari, but have been sceptical about whether you can actually do it at your age? Well, South Africa is the perfect destination for older travellers looking for a safari experience that is set in a more developed African country.

Malaria-free reserves mean that there is little to no chance that you will pick up the dreaded disease, great hospitals and cosmopolitan cities such as Cape Town make the country an ideal African holiday for older travellers.

If you aren’t sure, then this guide to South Africa from Lonely Planet should be enough to convince you.

 

Spain

Beautiful beaches, azure waters and a warm climate make Spain a hugely popular tourist destination for people of all age groups. The cheap accommodation, proximity to the UK and Spain’s amazing healthcare system make it the perfect spot for older travellers.

The Costa Blanca region is perhaps the most popular for travellers over the age of 50, as places like Calpe offer a laidback vibe with great restaurants, pubs and blue flag beaches that are simply second-to-none.

If you are travelling the world and think that Spain should be a stop off, have a look at the Lonely Planet’s guide to Spain.

Travelling the world is an exciting and amazing experience, but it can also be overwhelming and scary at the same time. You need to plan your travels carefully to ensure that you don’t just enjoy your time but that you do so as safely as possible. If Spain is on your bucket list for world travel then have a look at our portfolio of property for sale in Costa Blanca, because chances are that you will fall in love with the country – and a holiday home may start to seem like an excellent investment.

 

 

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