36 is hardly old...
36 is hardly old...
I suggest you travel. age doesn't matter. hehe! go and enjoy.
I feel ya! I stayed in hostels this past year and am 36. I didn't think they were just for youth, but I think I was the oldest person at both hostels. I suppose I have to take some responsibility since I'm not exceptionally outgoing, but when I talked to other guests I felt like they looked at me as if I were a senior citizen crashing at a college freshman dorm.
I'll add that I second some of the comments about leaving the laptop behind. Public computers are so ubiquitous nowadays.
The times that I've stayed in hostels recently, I don't think there's a clear age stratification. I'm in my late 20s, and e.g. in Chicago, the room of 8 that I was in, only 3 occupants were younger than me while 2 others were significantly older, easily double my age - one of them actually has a son in another room. This was in a HI hostel, not an independent hostel.
I believe it's becoming more and more acceptable for all ages to stay at hostels. Sure, if you go to the dining room, you're quite likely to find younger travellers in their early to mid-20s, even more so if there's a school group or two staying there. Nonetheless, I think you're as young as you feel. Don't let the numbers take the fun out.
(Is this a naive view? Who knows, I may change my mind in another few years once I hit mid-30s, lol)
I think it's fabulous that you are now deciding to see a bit of the world! I first set out with a backpack when I was 33 and have never looked back. I met people of all ages, but some of my most memorable travel companions were younger than me, but sometimes more adventurous and spontaneous. The worst bit was first arriving in Asia and worrying that I wouldn't know where to go or wouldn't meet any other travellers. My regular initial ploy now is to just walk up to anyone else with a backpack at the airport and ask if I can share a taxi. Nine times out of ten, they will be heading to where I want to go and happy not to be on their own too. From there on, I approach people with general travel questions in lobbies or cafes and if they seem friendly and chatty, I just ask if I can join them. I seem to get away with this quite a lot overseas, where I would get strange looks doing this in the UK! It takes bravery at first, and may seem a bit cheeky, but the overwhelming majority of travellers I've met along the way have been open, friendly, honest, regardless of their ages and have been pleased that I wanted to talk to them. On the other hand, it can, at times, be nice to be on your own for a while Best of luck!
I stayed at a hostel in sydney where the age limit was 35 but that was a very loose rule to keep the old heads out and keep the party alive. There were definitely people that were over 35 but they were cool and very social with everyone.
Your trip all depends on how you act and whether or not you embrace it. I did OZ/NZ when I was 26 and I was 5 to 6 years older than most of the people I met, but I still had a blast. My best friends were a 19 year old british girl, a 23 year old israeli guy, a bunch of irish in their mid 20's to early 30's, a 34 year old chilean whom I thought was 24 for the longest time, he just stayed young.
just stay in hostels and be social. and don't look down on anybody because of their age.
I am 40 years old and I always have plenty of people to talk with at Hostels. I dont age myself on purpose. I just go with the flow and talk to people and by and large they want me around. I even in New Orleans recently went clubbing with the much younger crowed. I dont drink alcohol but had fun bar hopping and just checking out the scenes. I only did it one night but it was a blast. I just let loose and dident put up the barriers thats all. Just talk to people in the communel areas and make friends and thats all. I love to travel and am planning a big ole trip and I am so not to old to travel thats for sure
Age is an attitude of mind. My target date is to leave from Southampton on October 19th (RTW). I'm 62 and one of the healthiest people I know. My boyfriend (now ex) aged 43 was supposed to come with me.
I talk to anyone, and my friends range from 20's all the way up.
I've been on several holidays on my own since I was widowed and mostly they've been a blast. I'll talk to anyone who'll talk to me.