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11. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 8y

I personally think laptops and hostels do not mix well. Very easy to forget that laptop after a few beers! There are internet cafes everywhere, and if you need a private computer, you can find them in some of the better 2-3* hotels or many tourist centers run by local government. I was able to upload pictures and update my TP blog without a laptop.

12. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 8y

Ive been going through a whole l feel old thing recently - and lm 34 - this does not make me feel better!!

BUT l am in a much much better position now than lve ever been financially, physically and for the most part emotionally and with age comes confidence and experience therefore l wouldnt trade where l am now for ten years off my age.. I had this conversation with a friend last night and hes in his 40s and he told me to wise up!!!

People will talk to you if you are friendly and sometimes you will have to at times consider being the one to make the first move and speak to others - but why wouldnt they chat with you - most are probably as nervous as you are. Sometimes you have to just bite the bullet.

Websites such as this wonderful site help pave the way and for that l can personally attest - lve met up with more people from TP in various parts of the world and not regretted a single moment - in fact through TP lve made some very close friends!

13. Posted by TheSpade (Budding Member 17 posts) 8y

I think you'ld have to be insane to take a laptop travelling. It takes up space, extra weight and is unnecessary. Everywhere you go there is internet cafe's these days so what could you possible need a laptop for? You won't be able to access the internet unless there's wireless access.

Plus you're always going to be worried that it's safe when you go out for the day, unless you want to carry it with you when you're sightseeing and out at night?

Really would recommend leaving it at home.

14. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 8y

Quoting TheSpade

I think you'ld have to be insane to take a laptop travelling

That's a whole lot of people you're calling insane there...

You won't be able to access the internet unless there's wireless access.

Which at least in Australia and New Zealand is offered by virtually every single hostel out there, while most guesthouses in Thailand offer if for free, and in any big city anywhere in the world you can usually see dozens of networks leaking through the window. (And of course you can also just plug in an ethernet cable at an internet cafe, having the security and convenience of your own system, with all your emails prepared ahead of time ready to be sent.)

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 17, 2008, at 3:07 PM by Sander ]

15. Posted by amn36 (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

Quoting TheSpade

You won't be able to access the internet unless there's wireless access.

Well the thing is I have this nice card that means I can access the internet from anywhere I have a phone signal. I guess this is one of the things about being a bit older. I can afford these sorts of things.

However I completely appreciate your view on the hassle of having a laptop and worrying it's going to be stolen.

What's the view on GuestHouses? Are they more secure than Hostels? Do you still get the opportunity to be sociable or are they fairly empty and intended for the recluse?

If you had a bit more cash in your hand what sort of lodging would you stay in? I'm not looking to throw money away, but at the same time if I had a budget of about $40 per night for accommodation would you suggest that hostels were the best because it's easier to meet people and hang out?

16. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 8y

Hi Amn,

First of all, thanks a lot for DEPRESSING THE HELL OUT OF ME! I'm going to be 30 next year and if I only have 6 more years to go before I feel old, I might as well just throw in the towel now!

I'm just kidding I can fully appreciate that you could worry about feeling a bit older than the average backpacker out there, and, depending on what places you travel to or hostels you stay in, you will find on occasions that you will be. But that doesn't mean you don't belong there or you won't be well received by other backpackers.

I've said the same thing in numerous other posts, some of the more memorable experiences I had on my travels were with backpackers who were either much older or much younger than I was. There were so many backpackers around my own age that I didnt pay as much attention to them maybe...?

I remember one really great couple in their 70's that I met in Bolivia. Such cool people who had travelled everywhere! And they were as much fun as anyone my own age. I had a great time with them, and actually I really wish I'd kept up contact with them. Another really memorable experience was going for this amazing dinner in Cordoba, Argentina with an 18 yr old backpacker called Max who I'm still in touch with. He was 8 years younger than me at the time but we had such a laugh!

Basically, i think the first few days/weeks can take a bit of adjusting to as you adapt to the fact that you are approaching and mixing with new people every day. It can be a test on your social skills :) But, as time goes by, you slowly start to realise that for the most part age is something irrelevant on the road. only someone who is truly immature and narrow-minded is going to have issues with you being "older". What I love about mixing with people of eevery age group is that they bring out different sides of you. For example, that older couple in Bolivia were just so interesting and mature and it was a real pleasure to spend an afternoon discussing all sorts of things with them. Hanging out with Max was like hanging out with a younger brother. We had a really silly fun evening behaving like kids and drinking too much. Great fun.

That's what travel is all about - the rich tapestry of life and all that. There are so many amazing people of all ages out there. It would be depressing to think that we could only really relate to people of such our own age-group.

have a great time on your travels!

17. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 8y

Quoting samsara2

I'm going to be 30 next year and if I only have 6 more years to go before I feel old, I might as well just throw in the towel now!

Oh, don't worry about that. You'll start feeling old much sooner than 6 years from now.

My ankle hurts today. Kids in hooded sweatshirts bother me. When I was younger, we didn't have fancy mobile phones to text each other.

Quoting amn36

What's the view on GuestHouses? Are they more secure than Hostels? Do you still get the opportunity to be sociable or are they fairly empty and intended for the recluse?

Depends on who you want to socialize with and how easy you find it to make friends.

Lots of guest houses I have been to in Central and South America usually have pretty active common areas, and you can meet people there pretty easily. This is less common in North America and Europe, where people pretty much keep to themselves. Even if you can't meet people at the Guest House, I have always found it easy enough to met and chat up with people when I am out wandering. Probably helps that I look like a big teddy bear, so most folks think I am pretty harmless.

I don't mind hostels, but sometimes I grow tired of them because you have too many people on the party circuit, folks who seem to only be interested in cheap drinks and hooking up with other travellers. That's okay for a couple of days, but on a long trip I get tired of sitting at a table with Australians, Israelis and Scandinavians in some tropic Central American country and not meeting any locals.

Greg

18. Posted by jaxstar84 (Respected Member 415 posts) 8y

you can check the couchsurfing website for groups of older travellers, i know theres one for 50+, baby boomers etc...

thing is, youre only 36...........

thats not too old... yeah, older than most crew i come across, but it doesnt really matter... no one cares!

19. Posted by barries (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y

I am 62 years old and for the last 3 years I have been to Ghana for a 3 month stay with a voluntery orgnatition working in schools and travling alone (www.theyoungshallgrowinternational.org)and made so many friends so in your 30s I think you are still young enough
Go for it and enjoy yourself.

20. Posted by laconic (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y

Never too old to travel! I'll be in my 80s and still backpacking across Europe! hehe Go for it mate and be wise and safe on your travels! :)