4. You can really live the dream
Ever wanted to go on safari in Tanzania? Or wake up in a hotel suite with views across Manhattan? As you progress from backpacker budgets, you might gain access to these kinds of top-end travel experiences, that your penny-pinching former-self might have once dreamed of.
That’s not to say that all older travellers are rich, but having a couple of years (even decades) of work behind you means that ‘luxury’ travel is now within reach – even if it is just on special occasions.
5. A digital detox is achievable
Getting away from the dreaded email inbox is difficult enough for everyone, but imagine if you also had to take care of Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat accounts every time you went on holiday.
You might not realise it but, being able to easily leave behind all things digital and reconnect with the ‘meatspace’ (that’s the physical, offline world) is a blessing.
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6. It can make you healthier and happier
Getting ill abroad is a worry for travellers of any age. But the truth is, you could just as easily get ill at home – and wherever you are on the planet, medical help is usually easy for tourists to find (particularly those who have a decent travel insurance policy in place).
There’s a whole other angle to this: taking the plunge and heading out on a big adventure later in life could actually be beneficial for your health and happiness.
Travelling is one of those great pastimes that, if done properly, can keep mind and the body ticking along like clockwork. That isn’t just an opinion: studies have suggested that taking trips away may actually increase longevity.
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