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Travellers in late 20's / early 30's ?

Travel Forums Introductions Travellers in late 20's / early 30's ?

1. Posted by zags (Respected Member 370 posts) 12y

Hi, as many said before, better late than never.

I'm in my late 20's and will be 30 soon :) But I'm still a novice traveller. I found many members here are students or in their early 20's, which is kind of suprising to me because here, only students who have rich parents can travel abroad.

Does anyone in my age not travel? If any of you is in late 20's or early 30's, pls give me a sign.

2. Posted by Aquastella (Budding Member 10 posts) 12y

OK- not sure if you consider 26 "late 20s" but I only started travelling, really travelling that is, last fall. I'm leaving Canada in a few months to spend the next year or two (or four?) hopping about the world. I sometimes wonder if I waited too long to start - but now I have the money and opportunity, so I figure it must be perfect timing!

By the way - most of the people I met in Paris were older than me. I even hung out with a Dutch lady who was 45. It was really great, actually, to know that I am not the only one who isn't exploring between highschool and uni!

No time like the present, right?!


3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 12y

Hi Zags,

I turn 34 this year, and I just really started travelling in my late 20s. My first few trips outside of North America were timid little all-inclusive affairs to Carribean locations. From those, I found that I liked being off the resort more than being on the resort, so I booked my first big trip to South America in 2003 (when I was 32). LOVED IT, so now I am planning more and more trips!

Like Aquastella, I often meet older people on the road when I am travelling. In fact, sometimes I feel like 34 is young.


4. Posted by zags (Respected Member 370 posts) 12y

Hey I'm glad to hear from you guys I thought I was the only one who hasn't started travelling until my late 20s... Actually it's not so strange here, because not so many people travel - even inside the country. And it is too expensive to go abroad. That's why I said that a student isn't likely to go abroad unless her/his parents are rich and willing to pay for it. And normally an office worker has to work like a dog (well some ppl do) and save a lot for travelling abroad...or wait for years until money is enough.... hehehe that's actually about me

5. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 12y

Hi zags,

I've come across tons of people who don't start travelling untill 'late 20's' both on this site and off of it. Having said that, there is a tendency, in some countries more than others, to take off for a year after high school and do what's also called a gap year.

Although probably quite a few travellers like this get some financial help from their parents, the travellers tend to work while they are travelling to make it more affordable. And they usually spend quite a few months/years saving for the trip too. Personally, I think it's a great thing but that's another topic :)

In some countries, the Netherlands for example, 90% of the people seem to leave the country in the summer or winter. It helps when the country is tiny and surrounded by other countries instead of water too I guess :)



6. Posted by zags (Respected Member 370 posts) 12y

Oh glad to hear that! So I'm not late...

Yeah we don't have a "gap year" here. My gap year is actually after I graduated college before I get a real full time job. But being a full time worker doesn't always mean that you can save money easily moreover to go abroad. Finance is still a big problem especially if you exchange currency.

You're right, our area is pretty big and we are surrounded by water so it takes more effort to go abroad ;)

I'll always enjoy travelling... and would love to meet people around my age