Only came accross this site a couple of days ago and have found out tons of stuff I hadn't even thought about. Something that has crossed my mind though is that everybody (who gives an age) seens to be early twenties or younger. I'm 44 and will be travelling alone to Australia at the end of the year. Are there any other 'old' people out there or would I stick out like a sore thumb. I plan to stay in hostels. Any comments appreciated. Thanks
There are a lot of 20's & early 30's travelling in Australia that I've noticed in the past when travelling there, however you also get older people. In fact, when I was travelling up the east coast back in '99, I bumped into this guy a few times in youth hostels - he was in his 60's!
Don't worry about it! I am 47 and off to Africa for a few months, even taking in an overland trip which will no doubt be full of students! I posted a topic re age a while ago and was swamped! It appears that we are never, ever too old!!!
Go enjoy it!!!
I don't know why I am worried really. My first plan was to stuff it all and travel for 6 months. I chickened out and decided to go for a month instead. I used the excuise that when my kids are away at uni or whatever, they will need a bit of financial help from me, which relies on me having a decent job, maybe when away I'll change my mind. I always tell them that it's better to do something and regret doing it than not to do something and regret not doing it, I should practice what I preach.
About two years ago I got held up in Darwin overnight and stayed at one of the hostels there. One of the guys in my room was 75, and the others were all well into their 30's. The next day on the bus to the airport, one of the guys I was talking to was around 50. You definitely will not be alone, that's for sure!
Some of the coolest and most inspiring people I have met here in South America have been years older than me.
In Mendoza, I met a really feisty Tazzie lady who was 62 and had hiked all over Patagonia, including the Torres del Paine circuit, ALONE!
In Nazca, I met an English man called Mark who had a million stories and some travel scars to prove it! He was also travelling alone and didnt seema bit bothered by the fact that everyone around him was half his age. He was 66.
In La paz, I got chatting to a married English couple. The husband was 75 and a jazz musician and had been EVERYWHERE. His wife was in her 60s but you´d never think it to look at her. I spent a few hours in their company one day when we were taking cover in a coffee shop from the carnival outside.
When I was in Santiago, I stayed in a hostel that specified that no-one over 40 could stay there, which I thought was a pity because generally travellers "of a certain age" are the more interesting one to talk to.
Go for it!
I'm from Oz, female and just about to head of to Eastern Europe on my own. I'm 45 (next week!). I must admit, I've thought the same - most people seem to be in their early 20s. And I've felt that I'll be the only one who's so old!!!
However, it could also be that they are the ones that are most used to the internet and therefore most likely to respond etc.
Also, a benefit of maturity is that you will most likely feel comfortable with your own company and probably don't need other people quite as much.
My plan if I get lonely is to go on short tours where you usually meet people.
Other than that- I'm quite happy starting up a conversation in a cafe somewhere - long as they have a few words of English - amazing how well you can communicate with signs etc.
Enjoy Australia - it truly is a magnificent country. if you can, dont' miss NW Western Australia - great!!
Kay, have fun on your trip!
nah, if you plan to stay in hostels, you probably will be one of the (ahem) elder occupants - and the young 'uns do sort of look at you, but I've never run into anything other than polite behaviour. And once you're out and about, seeing the sights, you'll run into all sorts of people, of every age - so no worries.
Just get on the bluddy plane and go. You won't regret it.
Who gives a sh*t about age? I've just turned 40 but age was not an issue when I was 20 or whatever. A certain age group doesn't "own" or have a monolopy on having a good time and getting out and about and meeting people. Go, and enjoy.
Age is NOTHING, attitude is ALL.
In 1983 I flew HK to Japan for a months backpacking, and after 1 day in Tokyo I was on the verge of bailing out cause I couldn't handle the country and culture.
I was no amateur in travel then (30 years old and had done most of Europe, Morocco, SE Asia), but the movie Lost In Translation certainly struck a chord.
I had just come out of the bank I had transferred money to weeks before, and was sitting on a wall thinking how I had to get a flight outa this crazy place when an old (at the time) grey bearded caucasian came down the pavement with a bicycle.
Hungry for English, I hailed the guy.
He had been in the US occupation forces straight after WW2, had been there for about 5 years, married a local girl and they had lived in Arizona for years until his wife had died in 1982.
Loving the country, he had decided to cycle through Honshu for 6 months.
We probably talked for an hour or so, and his advice was -
This is Japan. Looks Western on the surface but is Japanese to the core.
Accept, Jump In and Enjoy.
After that conversation, I was happy as Larry and had a ball.