50+ Travel: Travelling Solo and Other Travellers

Backpacking over the age of 50

When you’re travelling over 50 it might be a bit harder to find someone to go with you. Don’t let that stop you though – travelling solo can be an eye opening experience. You might also be feeling a bit apprehensive about all the other travellers too – how do you deal with a load of partying crazy 25 year olds?

Let’s see what our panel of expert travel bloggers aged 50+ have to say about travelling with partners, friends and making their way around the world solo…

Learn from everyone

Doris Gallan @boomertravelling

“I suspect people aged 18 to 30 are more surprised and may have more trouble coping with us than we do with them. We enjoy meeting and talking travel with younger travellers because we’ve learned so much from people of all ages: the best places to eat and stay, where to swim, the best museums, temples, shops, etc. It’s in discussions with other travellers that you learn what areas of town to avoid, what merchants might rip your off, which internet cafés have only slow connections, and why you shouldn’t go to an overly developed beach town.

Cool chatty hostels

We’ve met people of all ages in hostels including one man who looked 90 years old in a southern Chile hostel booking his next stay on the computer in the party room. We’ve met young children staying with their parents, teens, young adults and baby boomers. It’s not the age of the individuals; it’s their attitude towards travel and the locals that makes a difference on how well we get along.”

Go it alone and make friends

Evelyn Hannon @journeywoman

Brilliant travellers over 50 I love travelling with just me. Being alone, I can go when and where I want to. My experiences are never diluted. I get the full impact of both the problems as well as the pleasures – a perfect situation for anyone who thrives on potent travel adventures.

Yet, for me, travelling solo doesn’t mean being alone. Meeting new people along the way has got to be one of the ultimate joys of the journey. So while I relish my single status, I always work hard at making connections on route. Over the years, I’ve devised some interesting tricks of the traveling trade. You can read about making friends along the way in my article, Travelling Solo But Not Alone.

Travel solo for the best experience

Janice Waugh @solotraveller

“What I really love about travel is meeting people. By travelling solo, I meet more people than I do when traveling with others. Locals and other travellers tend to stay away from couples. They don’t want to interrupt. When I’m alone, they feel free to step in and chat. I love it. While there are many reasons to travel alone, this is my favourite.

Travel alone for the best experience

I see meeting young people as an opportunity. Not all are interested in me but those who are tend to be really interesting themselves. They want to talk to me because I’m an anomaly. I want to talk with them because they are a window into another generation.”

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