When did it happen? One minute I am a carefree twenty-five year old with my whole travelling life ahead of me: the next, I've arrived at my mid-thirties. And the question that I regularly ask myself is:
Am I too old to travel? My friends are all settling down, have children, mortgages and responsibilities.
Me? It's now more than a year since I left my marital home, my ex-husband and my job and I've been back and forth at my parent's house since. I'm now 37 with no place to call my own, no ‘proper' job (according to some, who don't see freelancing as a real job), and with only a gorgeous little sports car and a collection of shot glasses to my name.
Am I kidding myself?
Am I trying to hold onto my youth by still partying (admittedly not as much), travelling and cutting myself from any responsibilities in life? Can I really compete with the younger travellers in their twenties and share a dorm with constant party animals or am I just roaming around the world looking for somewhere to really call my home?
Travel makes me happy, planning my next trip fills me with an excitement that I don't get from looking at new cars or furniture for a house. But I know I'm in the minority.
Living a nomadic lifestyle is just not what society class as ‘normal.' It's expected from a gap year student or a person in their twenties, but when you're approaching the big 40, is it still acceptable?
I'm now choosing destinations where ‘maturer' travellers go, I'm swaying towards a hotel room for a night instead of residing in a hostel and I can't travel anywhere without my anti-wrinkle eye cream!
Wanderlust is in my blood, it always has been and I know it probably will be. But can I really live like this forever?
So it begs the big question: Is there really an age to stop travelling?
Where are lots more articles like this? Im a wandering oldie too (33)- theres lots of us!
Thanks Clodagh. It’s great to know I’m not the only one!
Never too old to travel! We are 29 year old couple just got married last year, we are quiting our good paying corporate jobs, selling our house & cars & belongs, and setting off on our own RTW in 4 months! Some people think we are crazy……BUT if we don’t do this know when we are young, healthy, and without children we may never get to do it! So NO you are not too old!
Thanks Hannah. Congratulations on getting married and taking the time off for your own big adventures – I think it’s great! Thanks for making me not feel old!
No. I don’t think there is an age. It’s the person. I’ve met 18 year olds who don’t want to travel at all. I’m 39 and I’m planning the next trip as soon as one ends.
That’s so true! I’m definitely still 25 at heart. Thanks
It’s very adapt that this post just came up on my feed. I’m hoping to set off this January on a 6week trip to New Zealand & The Cook Isands. I’ll be 40 next year & never did the gap year travel experience. I really feel like I missed out & have spent years hankering to get away
Hi Michelle, I’m 41 and still travelling solo. I think that so many more women are now too. New Zealand and The Cook Islands sound amazing. Have a wonderful time x