You don't have to be young to travel the world. Traditionally, people have taken a gap year to see the world before heading to university. But nowadays, it's not uncommon to take a sabbatical from work in order to travel, and many retirees are taking full advantage of their freedom. Here are some fab reasons why you can travel the world at any age …
If you're going to travel the world, it will cost money. The older you get, the more likely you are to have ample funds for travelling. You have savings, or you can rent out your house to cover your costs. So if you want to travel with a little more comfort, you can stay in more expensive accommodations, and fly instead of spending days on the train.
2. Adventure is for Everyone
Unless you have family commitments or physical restrictions, anyone can enjoy the adventure of travelling. And if you can't travel right now, you can still plan a trip for the future! Start learning a language, and make contacts in the countries you'd like to visit. Then you'll be well prepared!
3. Never Too Late
It really never is too late to go travelling. People in their seventies and eighties are getting on planes, trains and donkeys. So don't think that you will never have the chance to travel now that you have reached your thirties or forties. There will always be an opportunity - you have to create it and plan for it.
4. Stronger Person
Some young people are fearless and can cope with any situation. With others, courage comes with age. As you get older, it is common to develop as a person and become more confident in yourself. So travelling when you're older may be much easier for you than it would have been for your younger self.
5. Time for Yourself
By the time you get older, you've spent a lot of time on other people. You've raised your family and focused on your career. So now you can spend time doing what you want to do. It's a great time to travel! With no responsibilities, you can please yourself, get out there and see the world (or a small part of it).
The older you are, the more likely it is that you have acquired skills that will help you find work to fund your travels, or voluntary work. As well as practical and work skills, you have also learned more common sense and become more streetwise. So being older is a great point in your life to go travelling.
7. Where There's a Will …
You might feel that you've missed out on the chance to travel. Perhaps you have children, or you can't see how you can pay for a trip. Well, remember that where there's a will, there's a way! People do travel with kids; it can be an excellent education for them. Or if you think that you can't find the cash, put your mind to it and you will think of a way to pay for your travels.
8. Don't Miss out
Finally, don't let yourself miss out. If travelling is something that you have always wanted to do, you can make it happen. Don't spend your life wishing that you'd done it, as that is a terrible waste. Be determined, and you will come up with the answer on how you can make your dream a reality.
Seeing the world is a brilliant opportunity to get to know new cultures and people. It really is something that anyone can do, whatever their age. You don't have to be under 25 - I've met plenty of older people who have been visiting various countries. There are ways to make it happen; to say "it's too late" just isn't true. What would be your ideal itinerary of countries to visit?