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1. Posted by phoebe1672253 (Budding Member 2 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Hello!

I’m planning to quit a well paid job to finally travel late next year... starting in south east Asia, going to Australia for a year or two(?) to work, New Zealand and finishing in the US.

Have put it off for years but it’s now or never! ... plan is to go late next year so that I can save enough to be comfortable when I return and not completely bone dry skint!

Is anyone else travelling older than 21/22? I’m worried I’ll be one of the oldest in the groups...

Thanks!

2. Posted by cecilecutblues (Budding Member 13 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

You won't be the oldest. I have met so many travelers in their 30s or 40s from all of the world.
And if you're the oldest, what's the matter? Age doesn't really matter.

3. Posted by natnatroswell22 (Budding Member 27 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Quoting cecilecutblues

You won't be the oldest. I have met so many travelers in their 30s or 40s from all of the world.
And if you're the oldest, what's the matter? Age doesn't really matter.

I do agree with this. Age doesn't matter when it comes to travelling. Anyways, have fun on your trip. It looks like the country you chose are good. Don't forget to report your trip and lend us some of your travel trips soon :)

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2011 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Except for the working part, many retirees get out and travel a lot. No kids to drag around, probably at a time when kids are on their own. Older travelers are usually at a place in life with money saved up or pensions in place. Also divorcees and widows and widowers also head out on solo trips. (Maybe spending inheritances, insurance payouts or alimony!);)

You probably won't be the oldest traveler in a group or going solo! If you are the oldest in a particular group - so what!

Good luck.

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5235 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

I'd say that at age 26 you're actually right in the most numerous age bracket, or at least that'll be the impression you'll have in Australia and New Zealand when staying in hostels. The vast majority of backpackers on a WHV which you'll encounter are 23-26, travelling longterm after finishing university / college. There's also some 18-21 year olds on a gap year, but they tend to stick out and stick together. And then, yes, there's everyone else, from their late 20s (many 29 and 30 year olds taking advantage of their WHVs at the last moment), up into the lifelong yha members in their 80s (don't avoid them: they have the best stories).

If you go with a tour group for parts of the trip, then the age distribution might skew tremendously based on the particulars of the tour and how it's marketed, but what I wrote above should hold while travelling independently and staying at hostels.

(None of what I wrote here is an absolute truth based on rigorous statistical research; just what I saw and experienced during numerous trips to Australia and New Zealand.)

6. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 989 posts) 3w 1 Star this if you like it!

I quit a very good job (it paid well, too) to travel around the world at 25. Best decision I ever made. When I returned home after 18 months, I restarted my career with no difficulty. Now retired and near 70, travel remains a passion. I leave Friday to begin a 45-day trip to Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. I'm traveling with a friend. She's 75.

Frame of mind is more important than age, although I must admit that as one gets older physical ability isn't as great as when you're younger. Last fall, after hiking volcanoes in Russia's Kamchatka peninsula, I asked my guide to evaluate my physicality and whether he thought I can continue adventure travel. His response, "Don't stop."

We're hiking volcanoes in Central America; and we'll be returning this fall to the Himalayas, traveling as high as 18,000 feet, or about 5,500 meters. Last year we visited the Lower and Upper Mustang regions of Nepal, all the way to the Kora La border with China (Tibet). This time we'll be in Tibet, traveling west to Mt. Kailash before making our way overland to far western Nepal, then crossing the border to India's Uttarakhand state.

Last year, while traveling in the tribal regions of India's Odisha and Chhattisgarh states, we met a California woman traveling with her daughter. She was 94.

So don't fret. Go!

P.S. We get along with travelers of all ages. We love meeting people. We reach out.

7. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1092 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Sander

in their 80s (don't avoid them: they have the best stories).

Yes I've met kids in their 20s staying in the same hostel who treat me as a valuable source of travel experience. Flattering. And I'm only halfway to my 80s.

If you go with a tour group for parts of the trip, then the age distribution might skew

When travelling alone as an older man some of the youngsters don't really want to hang out with you; going on a tour throws people together long enough as a group to get past this and bond. So recommended for the older traveller. (By which I mean somewhere considerably uphill of 26!)

8. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 270 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Quoting phoebe1672253

I’m planning to quit a well paid job to finally travel late next year...
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Is anyone else travelling older than 21/22? I’m worried I’ll be one of the oldest in the groups...

In my 20s I usually managed to come to an arrangement with work for 3 month travel breaks but did have to quit one job for 6 month travel period.
The world has changed a lot since the 80s, so I'm not sure I'd be quite as happy to do that now (if I were that age again), but I do think that it depends on that actual career/business.
If you're planning to return (many don't look that far ahead) and IF you own a property then rent it out rather than sell it.
My brother made that mistake and is still regretting it 20 years later.

As for age, you won't have any problem as age becomes relatively minor issue when travelling and age gaps reduce, so if you were in your 30s then maybe there'd be some barriers with teenagers but 26 is still very young.
Hopefully you've grown out of the 'lets gets drunk' stage, into the 'lets have fun and if we happen to get drunk then no problem' stage, so you won't be interested in the 'booze cruise' that some teens still see as an adult thing to do, but you'll still fit in with most of the crowds you'll meet.
The slightly more difficult bit is working out who's nice and likes you because they do, and who seems nice and seems to like you because they see you as being 'of use' (usually financially).

9. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 989 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Better to travel in a smaller group than a larger one as people in larger groups tend to form and stick with subgroups (people they have an affinity for). Myself, I prefer to travel solo or with a friend. We're much more attuned to our surroundings since we have to fend for ourselves; we do as we wish; and we avoid the baggage that sometimes accompanies group travel (gossiping, etc.).

10. Posted by phoebe1672253 (Budding Member 2 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Thanks all - I’m still living home and fortunate enough to still pay a very reasonable rent. I figure now is the time to go whilst I have no mortgage, partner or kids to worry about and I’m in the position to save enough to hopefully not leave me back to square one financially when I return.

Appreciate all your comments! Has put my mind at ease somewhat :)