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4 Issues I realized from travelling in my 30s

I keep in mind a time once I thought being in my 30s was previous.

Heck, I keep in mind being 17 and mocking my sister when she turned 20, so to now be on the cusp of my 40s and pondering again on the previous decade continues to be somewhat surreal.

A decade in the past (gosh I really feel completely historical typing that) I wrote a submit earlier than about 5 journeys you should absorb your 20s that I’m nonetheless fairly keen on and stand by. In that point since, I’ve travelled some, skilled extra and realized a couple of issues alongside the way in which. So although my muscle tissues ache extra after lengthy haul transits and I sadly don’t qualify for European-youth reductions anymore, I don’t see my love for journey altering anytime quickly.

So with this birthday being the final yr I can introduce myself as a 30-something, right here’s that requisite reflection submit on the final decade or so and a few recommendation I can impart as a slightly-older traveller.

Your journey fashion can and can change

Simply since you began off as an intrepid backpacker doesn’t imply you all the time must be one if the comfort of tour packages begins to be extra interesting! Or perhaps you’ve all the time beloved solo travel however end up getting a bit lonely these days and wish a journey companion, that’s superb too.

I believe it’s straightforward to get hung up on a label or an id you’ve created for your self and really feel like you must stay as much as it, however your journey fashion will evolve as you develop, simply go together with it and see what new adventures come your method. So long as it makes you content~

Vietnam Hanoi Overnight Train Bunk Me
I speak loads about my very first solo journey to Seoul, however it was truly alleged to have been Vietnam! I deliberate for that journey very in another way in comparison with what I do these days – by solely counting on a good friend’s guesthouse rec vs a ton of web analysis nowadays. Nevertheless it was additionally 2011 and the web wasn’t as huge as it’s right now. Right here I’m on an in a single day practice to Halong Bay!

Don’t skimp on what’s necessary to you

Hopefully in your 30s you’ve a bit extra spending energy in comparison with your 20s. Cash will not be the whole lot, however it might probably make your life a bit simpler, which leads to a extra pleasant expertise and is one thing I worth now that I’m older. I’m fairly unlikely to return to these price range backpacking days and shacking up in an inexpensive dormitory room as I’m pleased to fork out a bit extra for privateness and an excellent view nowadays.

It’s not about being extra of a spendthrift, however figuring out that some hardships simply aren’t price these pennies pinched.

Seville Welldone Metropol Room Bed End Me
Splurging on a pleasant resort room with a non-public rooftop patio for my birthday in Seville. COVID did flip me away from shared dormitories and now it’s exhausting to return to sharing haha.
Kenya Diani Beach Skydiving Me
I believed fairly exhausting about whether or not paying about US$400 was price it for a fast jolt of adrenaline, however skydiving over Diani Seaside in Mombasa? Completely price it for the reminiscences after that and these epic pix

Depart some room to breathe

As an Occasional Traveller, I’m very a lot about maximising my journey time and profiting from my journeys – I like reserving the whole lot upfront which is nice for saving cash and peace of thoughts on the journey, but additionally means fairly strict schedules. It typically felt like I wanted one other vacation to get well from the journey I simply took.

Cha Am Beach Deckchair View
Quick weekend journeys inevitably really feel extra packed, particularly so if it’s a media journey or I’ve writing obligations to fulfil. However even then, I attempt to give some room to breathe, like this current journey to Cha am, I had deliberate to see loads in Hua Hin to maximise my time there as I used to be writing paid articles and so I might refresh my very own Hua Hin submit, however I made a decision in the end to be much less bold and simply deal with Cha am and luxuriate in these locations a bit extra totally than zip by way of in all places

As of late journey planning is a extra relaxed affair. I nonetheless like reserving all my flights and lodging upfront, however I’m much less hung up about following an actual itinerary or maximising my day. I’m extra assured that I’ll in some way discover one thing to do whereas I’m on my journey even when I don’t find yourself venturing removed from my doorstep, and that taking the time for a much-needed nap on a vacation isn’t ‘losing time’ however ensuring I’m good to maintain going.

Jeju Seopjikoji Beach WIndsurfers
I hoped to scuba dive in Seogwipo, however due to potential climate points and an sudden park closure, I ended up visiting Seongsan Ilchulbong over 2 days as a substitute of 1 and never having the time to dive. Nonetheless, it did find yourself with me making an impromptu detour to close by Seopjikoji as a substitute which was enjoyable and enjoyable!

Revisit previous spots for a brand new perspective

Final I checked, my nation rely is round 55 as of now, and there may be nonetheless a lot extra of the world left to see. I’ve all the time wished to go additional and see extra – my Profession Break noticed me by way of 35 international locations in 15 months however it was an actual whirlwind as nicely. As I believe again on my reminiscences made in these locations, there’s a new urge to revisit locations I’ve been earlier than and see how time has modified them, how I’ve modified and what present me thinks about these old-new locations.

Seville Plaza Espana Me
Me at Plaza España 16 years in the past on my very first journey to Seville!
Seville Plaza de Espana Jumpshot
First post-COVID journey again to Seville in 2022 – I may need gotten older and placed on weight however the plaza hasn’t modified a lot in any respect

I kinda have the urge to return to Vietnam now – my 2nd ever solo journey was to Hanoi and the final time I used to be there was Ho Chi Minh in 2015, so maybe time to revisit once more?

So there we go, my phrases of knowledge for now. It’s enjoyable to put in writing posts like these after which come again to re-read them a couple of years on and see how issues may need modified once more, or how a lot the identical they continue to be. Journey has modified loads even in simply the final 10 years and who is aware of what’s up subsequent with all of the speak about house journey and AI and and many others.

One factor that I do know for positive is that I’ll all the time wish to see new locations and cultures all over the world, and I hope I’ll by no means cease being excited by that subsequent impending journey forward regardless of how previous I’m. Hopefully this weblog will nonetheless be round within the subsequent decade for my subsequent reflection submit!

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