Nomadic Matt’s Traveling Tips For Seniors: Part 1 of 3

I’m very excited about this week’s article. I interviewed Nomadic Matt!

If you haven’t heard of him before, I’m talking about Matthew Kepnes. He runs the award-winning budget travel site, Nomadic Matt, and wrote the New York Times bestseller, “How to Travel the World on $50 a Day”.

After a trip to Thailand back in 2005, Matt decided to quit his job, finish his MBA and head off into the world.

His original trip was supposed to last a year… but over ten years later, he’s still out there, roaming around and teaching others how to do the same.

I asked Matt a bunch of questions this month with you in mind—about Matt’s fears, how he thinks you should travel if you’re over 60, and where you should and shouldn’t go.

Let’s dive right in.

Here’s Matt and his awesome book “How to Travel the World on $50 a Day”

  1. What were you afraid of before you started travelling?

When I began my travels, a million and one fears and worst-case scenarios went through my mind…

What if I can’t make it? What if I can’t find friends and I get super lonely? (I used to be very introverted.)

What if I get so lost I can’t find my way back? (This was before the widespread use of cell phones and Google Maps.)

What if I get sick and need to go to the hospital?

What if I run out of money and don’t even have enough to buy a ticket back home?

What if the world actually is as dangerous as it seems on the news? (That’s what my friends and family warned me about over and over as I was planning my trip.)

What if I failed and had to come back home and embarrassingly go back to my desk job?

What if, what if, what if!

Here’s Matt, in France

  1. What eased that fear?

Many of those “what ifs” keep people from going on the road – and they almost got me too!

We can become so paralyzed by our fear of failure that we forget that all those fears don’t matter because no matter what happens, we can always come home.

At some point while I was planning my trip, I realized it’s OK to say, “You know what? I miss my home, I miss my friends, I hate hostels, and it turns out my idea of travel involves moving from one luxury resort to the next.”

The most important thing is that I tried and I learned.

I had no idea long-term travel would work for me. My original trip was only for a year, and I could have decided to come home three months in. But here I am, eleven years later, still in love with travel. I would have never known if I didn’t ignore my fears and try.

What’s even better, is that travel not only taught me to get over those fears, but it also made me a more awesome person, in general.

 


 

Check out Part 2 to read about the cool “seniors” Matt has met while he’s been traveling, places to avoid, and what Matt would be afraid of if he was a senior.

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Nomadic Matt’s Traveling Tips For Seniors: Part 3 of 3

Nomadic Matt’s Traveling Tips For Seniors: Part 2 of 3

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