This is research for a project i'm working on, i'm looking for wide ranging opinions. Hope this is the right place for this thread.
Does Age Squash Our Spirit of Adventure
This was a radio prodcast from NPR. Here is the link: NPR (i hope posting the link is ok)
Other students in my class seem to think that age does squash the spirit. Some are split down the middle. I personally think that it depends on the person, and it could also come down to nature vs nurture.
So if have the time, please post a responce. Granted, this being a travel site most people will be more adventures then most, but i'm sure you all have some input your friends, family and relatives.
Personally, i believe that Age does not Squash the Spirit of Adventure. I think it is more based on have or have-nots.
I think for most people it does a bit, mostly because people firstly take on financial and/or caring responsibilities which result in them being less willing to take risks, and then afterwards (when they manage to jettison the financial and/or caring responsibilities) find that they are not as physically fit as they once were and are less prepared to take risks because of their health, and also they have settled into routines and a comfortable lifestyle over a long period of time that is difficult to break.
However, there is a significant minority of folk for whom the second bit (finding that you no longer have financial/caring responsibilities) reveals a sense of freedom which leads them to do adventurous things, and I have met quite a number of older people travelling for whom this is the case.
In fact, I find that the further out of the way you go, the older the average age of the traveller that you encounter. Perhaps partly because older travellers are more likely to have more money behind them which helps them get further off the beaten track, and perhaps because for a large number of young people travelling is a rite-of-passage and a social experience (as well as an interesting experience in it's own right) so they tend to end up in similar places.
Of course there are some people who manage to keep their 'Spirit of Adventure' regardless of their age, and 'responsibilities'. But I think they are in the minority.
I think it depends on if you are equating risk with adventure or just getting out of your normal routine as adventure. There are a lot more older travelers going to more and more places than ever before. They may be on a fully inclusive tour and staying at higher end lodges but if they are going somewhere new to them then it is indeed an adventure for them. At 50+, I have been the "youngster" on a safari in both Kenya and Botswana and a tweener in a cage dive with the great white sharks and the old timer at the end of a bunge cord. Many older people are aware of what is out there and have a yearning and more and more the means to go on, what is an adventure for them. I tend to think that the older you get the more adventuresome you can become because you often have both the time and money that is so elusive in our younger years. The biggest factor in, i think, in limiting the older person is the condition of thier health. If you are talking extreme activities then age becomes a factor. There don't seem to be that many older folks hang gliding or sky diving but then a lot of those who pursue high risk activities don't have the problem of getting to old. I try to walk that fine line between an activity that provides an adreneline rush and one that is just plain stupid and has a high probability of landing one in the hospital or morgue.
yes and no.
when planing a trip you will doing it different as you did when you where young.
you look fore more comfort,you will not really sleep in a dorm with the "Kids"anymore or share a bathroom,you will have some privathy.
that means not that I won't have contacts to young travellers,I stay in Hostales,but only if I can get a single room with priv.bathroom.
I like to talk to young travellers about there trips and expirience about where they have been,otherwise I would not join TP,right?
when you are "over the hill" there are tours you cant or you dont will do because of you health condition,like going up to very high regionens
so, do this things while you are younger,but it means not allways that young of age means that you are in better shape
I think it completely depends on the person. Some young people are too scared to travel and/or prefer to concentrate on acquiring whatever makes them feel secure. And some older people go off for months at a time without a second thought. An elderly man who was volunteering at a blood drive near work was talking about is 3rd visit to London in 6 months, and how he and his wife love to travel so much. First time I ever looked forward to retirement!
I do think older people, generally speaking, have a tendency to close their world smaller and smaller around them. It gets harder to be adventurous if you don't make it a habit to do things that are out of the ordinary. Just like the very old sometimes have a hard time just leaving the house, as they venture out so little that every step out the door seems overwhelming. But I've also seen people my age settle into a routine bacause they think that's what's required of them. They too close their worlds tighter around them.
Our minds are powerful things - we can make ourselves believe all kinds of scary stuff.
I am 37. Is that old enough for my spirit of adventure to be squashed?
It remains unsquashed.
But, i think whether the spirit of adventure becomes squashed with age, depends on, to what extent individuals take care of their needs.
People take on different needs, as they get older. All the needs from younger years are still there, and need to be attended to. Therefore life becomes more complicated. Taking care of all ones needs is a juggling affair. If a person does too much of one thing, and neglects their other needs, the person may become bored, restless and eventually disatisified and passion is dulled.
Hope this is making some sense. It is quite complicated, trying to explain it.
I am now 25 and had a couple of great trips. I feel that I am addicted to travel at the moment. I am always busy with my next trip. I have that since a year or five.
Travelling is very normal in my family. My dad travelled a lot. My father had the chance for example to travel (part of) the hippie trail towards India. In all my life he told me about his adventures, and I couldn't get enough. At certain stages in my life I was also dreaming about travelling the world. I think I will never lose travelling out of my life, ever. If I lose travel then I lose a part of myself, I think. So I think it also depends on your surroundings and how you have been raised.
I think some people have travel in their blood since a very long time. I don't think there is a medication to purify this kind of blood. You have travel in your blood, when you after your trip, start planning your next trip. It just never stops, its almost an obsession.
But I like that obsession, it brings me a lot. I wish that I had more money for travelling. You also have travel in your blood when you save and save only for that one thing...travel.
Thomas. I hope this is a little useful.
[ Edit: Edited on Jan 20, 2007, at 3:19 PM by wouterrr ]
For a research I think you are on the wrong website. As this is a forum for travellers, most of them will say no.
In general I would say it really depends on the person. (and in a lot of cases the partner.) You won't believe how many people turn boring, after meeting, a boring man/woman. I don't think it is really age, that squashes the spirit of adventure, but the choices you make in life. (kids/no kids - steady job/temporary jobs - conforming/not comforming - how you spend your money (big TV/weekendtrip to ...) etc etc.