Can “Older” People Adventure Travel?


It’s a saying I hear all the time: “travel well you’re still young.”  And well that might be true to a certain extend, I certainly don’t think it’s a fixed case.  Older people can travel, and they can adventure travel too if they’re willing to step outside their boxes a bit.  Of course, there’s an old saying that says that when you’re young, you have the energy to travel, the time, but no money.  Then, when you’re in your working years, you have the money to travel and the energy, but not the time.  Finally, when you have the money and the time to travel, you don’t have the energy.

Of course, I think that all of those cases aren’t exactly true, but an excuse.  I think the true problem is that if people put travel off until they’re older they are less willing to step out of their comfort zones as is necessary in adventure travel.  However, if you’re an “older” person, I do have some advice to having a travel adventure.

The beach at Punta Sal

The beach at Punta Sal

Get Piece of Mind Through Good Insurance

There’s something to be said about having really good travel insurance when you travel.  It allows you to step outside your comfort zone without worrying as much about the risks.  There is good travel insurance for the over 60’s available, so do yourself a favour and prep by making sure you’re properly insured.

Don’t Skimp on the Accommodation

Let’s face it, once you’re a little older you’re going to want a comfortable place to unwind.  Thus, my advice is that no matter what type of travel you’re doing, be sure you have a really comfortable place to lay your head at the end of the day.  It doesn’t matter if you’re in southern Africa or Peru, be sure to make sure your accommodation will be a place of reprieve from any of the struggles you might encounter out in the world.

Taj Mahal Mumbai

Surround Yourself with Youth

Back in the day, I worked as a tour leader in South America.  The company I worked for specialized in adventure tours.  Now, every now and then an “older” person or couple would be on the tour.  They always mentioned how they felt that the youthfulness of the group made them feel like they were more energetic.  Sometimes, an older group can be a bit of a drag on the mood and resulting experience.  If you surround yourself with younger people, a lot of the youthful energy is likely to rub off on you.

Skip the Bus Tour and Cruises

It should probably go without saying that adventure travellers should avoid bus tours and cruises in general.  However, if you’re wanting to feel more youthful and have a really inspiring adventure, either travel independently or book with an adventure tour company.  There’s something about being surrounded by the typical bus tour and cruise passengers that really makes you feel tired and lazy.  Also, on these types of tours you don’t really see much, but are instead given but a glimpse of the local traditions and cultures.



Author: Brendan van Son

Brendan van Son, the Editor-in-Chief at Vagabundo Magazine, is a travel writer and photographer from Alberta, Canada. He is currently exploring West Africa while working on the "It's My Life 365" project. Brendan's work has been featured across the world in both press and on a variety of online productions.

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Can “Older” People Adventure Travel?