It’s funny how your perception of age changes as you age. I did my first solo trip to another continent back when I was 17 — and at the time, I would have probably thought that 39 is suuuper old.
Now that I’m 39 I don’t actually think I’m old. I just think I’m “normal/average age”. Ha!
Nevertheless, I’m often reminded that the way I travel at 39 is different than when I was younger, like when I was 17 on my first big solo adventure or when I was backpacking in my twenties.
On a morning hike on my recent Colombia trip, I recorded a few thoughts on how things are different exactly. But many aspects of my travels also haven’t changed nearly as much as I would have thought.
Whether you’re older or younger than I am, I think there are a few things everyone can recognize…
Check the video below:
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Travelling in my late thirties has definitely changed for me as I’m now more aware of the cultural and political nuances of the places I visit. I find myself more interested in delving into the history of a place and learning about the people who live there and their way of life. Although I still enjoy the excitement of visiting new places, I appreciate being able to find a deeper level of connection with a place and its people.