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Is mid 30's too old to go?

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1. Posted by BridgetJon (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

Sounds a silly question i know but i'm a complete first timer at travelling alone and wanted some advice. Will I meet people around my own age? I will be in Australia and hopefully NZ for around 6 weeks in total.
Any advice welcome on where to stay and routes?

2. Posted by Khandilee (Respected Member 99 posts) 7y

"Is mid 30's too old to go?" NO NO NO

Mid 30's is certainly NOT too old to go!!! I am ummm a ummmm little bit older than that and have just recently traveled Vietnam and Italy and having been bitten by the travel bug...have no plans of stopping soon!!

I haven't been to AU/NZ yet but I am certain that you will get tons of responses.

Go! Enjoy! Explore! Have FUN!!

3. Posted by Appro (Budding Member 41 posts) 7y

I'm going RTW for a year, starting April. I'm 35. Never too old.

4. Posted by BridgetJon (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

Where is RTW? Sorry!

5. Posted by BridgetJon (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

sorry mega dime bar just realised its round the world .... haha

6. Posted by Ofelia (Respected Member 142 posts) 7y

you're never too old to travel! My friend's great-aunt has just gone to Mexico to do voluntary work...she's 82!

Just a little word of warning- I went to Australia when I was 27/28, and although it was mostly great- I worked in Sydney and travelled around Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory, but really hated the East Coast, which is a popular backpacker trail. And that's because for the East Coast, I was old...It might've been better had I had my own transport, but I had to rely on buses and therefore kept running into 18-19 year old youngsters who just wanted to be off their heads the whole time. It was a depressing experience, especially the self-drive on Fraser Island where the company actually struggeled to put groups together...each group needed at least 2 people over 21 who could drive and nearly everyone was younger than that! One whippersnapper actually asked me why I'd decided to "start travelling so late in my life". I told him I was using up my pension fund.

That's the only time though- and everywhere else in the world I've found "older" people as well as truly inspirational backpackers who've started travelling when 40, 50 or 60. Go! Just steer clear from the randy gap-year kids. They pity you during the day for being "so old", and after a few alcopops in the evening, start hitting on you.

7. Posted by slinkychic (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

Hey there. Got to agree, mid 30ies is deffinately not too old.

You dont mention when your planning to go?

Im around the same age & am setting off at the end of Dec for around 8 months to Aus. Not really set too many plans as yet, but can't wait! I will be alone most of the time.

I travelled for the first time earlier this year, just on a two week holiday (cruise around the Carribean) and loved every minute of it. I wish i'd done it years ago.

If your over there around the same time, maybe fancy meeting up at some point!

8. Posted by SunnyTrave (Budding Member 10 posts) 7y

Any age is great for travelling! :) So don't be worry about that.

And here you can find a map with great Australian pubs: ;)

9. Posted by fussy (Inactive 208 posts) 7y

age is a state of mind, not a number on the calendar. Go for it.

10. Posted by BridgetJon (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

hi all,
thanks for the encouraging comments. I would be going in October just maybe for 2.5 months. Was thinking of New Zealand and Australia. Thanks for the pub comments necessary !