I’m well and truly into my 30s now, and I’ve definitely noticed that so many things have changed since my teens and my twenties. I’d now much rather stay at home on a Friday evening than head out to check out the hottest new bar. My social circle has become a little smaller, and I completely happy with that. And though I still love to travel and explore new parts of the world, it’s now at a completely different pace.
My tastes have changed, and so have my priorities. This is why travelling in your 30s is a completely different kettle of fish…
You don’t feel like you have to do everything
When I travelled in my 20s, I always felt an overwhelming need to see all the big sights and tick absolutely everything off my list. It just seems like what you need to do when you’re visiting a new city or a new country. In reality though, this approach can quickly become exhausting. You spend too much time doing things that you don’t even care too much about, and you’re so rushed that you can’t slow down and truly appreciate what’s happening around you.
These days, it doesn’t bother me at all if I’ve missed out on some of the hot tourist attractions. I’d rather spend an afternoon wandering through a new neighbourhood, people watching from a cafe, or even just enjoying the pool in my hotel. There’s a big wide world out there, and you’re not going to miss out if you don’t see absolutely every corner of it.
You’re more likely to be able to enjoy a bit of luxury
Let’s face it… When you’re travelling straight out of school or university, you’re probably going to be a little bit skint. You need to watch every penny to make sure that you can squeeze every last drop out of your cash, and that means that you’re not always going to be staying somewhere that’s wow-worthy. In fact, you’re probably going to end up staying in hostels more often than not.
What I love about travelling in your 30s is that there’s a bit more financial freedom. If you want to splash out for a luxury hotel, it’s much more likely that you can comfortably do so. Now, I really enjoy taking the time to find dreamy Airbnb accommodation, so I can live a bit more like a local whilst also selecting a place with comfortable and quirky surroundings.
You’re much better at knowing how to be an adult!
In my 30s, I know how to pack for a week even if I only have hand luggage. I know how to read a map. If I get lost or need a little help with something, I’m confident enough to ask. When you reach your 30s, you’re just than extra bit grown up, and it so often makes for a much more pleasant and smoother experience when you’re travelling.
I’m also more comfortable with travelling solo. As many of my friends have now settled down with families, this is definitely handy! If you’re thinking about travelling for a prolonged period, be sure to check out this great article about how to take a gap year in your 30s.
Travelling in your 30s is so hugely rewarding, and it’s something that I hope to continue to do over the next few years. Have you changed the way you travel as you’ve grown older? And what big lessons have you learned along the way?