10 reasons why midlife travel rocks
Midlife travel differs from my youthful journeys in unexpected ways. The only thing that hasn’t changed is my preference for cheap accommodation. I refuse to waste money on expensive hotels that I only use to sleep in.
Otherwise, my midlife wanderings differ pleasantly from my backpacking days in the following ways:
1/ Men leave me alone.
2/ Nobody cares what I wear.
3/ Self-obsessed, over-talkative strangers no longer accost me on trains, buses and aeroplanes.
4/ I don’t have to excuse myself from hanging out with other travellers because nobody asks me out anyway.
5/ I spend next to zero time — and money — shopping (particularly because I now have a surly male teenager with me!)
6/ Theme parks are poignant because it’s possibly the last time I will stomach a high speed rollercoaster.
7/ I no longer rush around trying to do everything. I focus on enjoying the things I can do.
8/ I worry less about my budget.
9/ I accept all the endless queuing and the waiting. It is just another aspect of travelling.
10/ I expect things to go wrong. I trust it to work out in the end.
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About the author
Sue Bell is an entertainment writer and author of Backpacked: A mostly true story, Beat Street and When Dreamworks came to Stanley.