Want to travel the world? Think you are too old? well think again, here are 3 reasons why you’re never too old!
A little bit about me
I always wanted to travel the world. But life always seemed to get in the way. So I continued to daydream of living in a beach hut somewhere hot. But I couldn’t afford it. Plus I couldn’t just quit my job, I had responsibilities.
I don’t regret any of these decisions or (almost) anything in my life, as I believe it has led me to here. And I like being here. But I’m not staying…
I’m 34, single, no children. I have been self-employed for 5 years, the skills and resilience I have gained from this alone, has made me believe that I can do pretty much anything I put my mind to. After a recent relationship breakdown, I spent some time really thinking about my life and what I wanted to do. Travel…I wanted to travel.
Realizing it isn’t too late
Once I realized that I then had to start making this dream a reality. Top of my list of things to do was to start selling all of my ‘stuff’, including my flat and car. I found once I started it felt really liberating. Like I was casting off everything that was weighing me down. I felt somehow lighter. I was (mostly) met with nods of approval and ‘good for you’ from family and friends when I told them of my plans. The biggest barrier I found was my own inner battle. The self-doubt in my head that told me I was too old to be walking away from this rather comfortable life I have created for myself.
So here are the 3 reasons I decided I was not too old to travel…I hope some of them help inspire you to take more risks too.
- At 34 I am so much wiser and savvier than I was at 24. I have no hesitation about my ability to survive alone in a forum country and stay safe. Probably helps that I don’t drink nearly as much now, as I did then!
- Having spent the best part of 10 years developing my skills in the workplace. I have had a fantastic career and I have a broad and varied skill base including a lot of leadership experience. My CV is good. At 24 wasn’t that good. What this means for me is I’m able to work as a location independent consultant. At 24 I would have looked for bar work, which is fine for a lot of people, but I want to be able to work as and when I want to work and for a decent wage. There is no way I could have done this at 24 and globe-trotting at 24 could have damaged my CV not improved it.
- After taking a trip around the block a few times. I know how green the grass it. At 34 I’m under no illusions about what I’m giving up, what I’m gaining and what I will have to sacrifice to become a full-time traveler. This only comes with age and experience.
I’d love to hear from others in the same place as me and are selling up for a nomadic lifestyle, or living the dream now? Please do comment below I’d love to hear from you. If you aren’t quite ready to ‘take the plunge’ and make a big life change yet feel free to ask any questions that might help you make up your mind.
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