What a difference a 10 years can make. Especially when you are travelling. Strap on your backpack in your 30’s, and you have got a whole different list of priorities to those you had in your 20’s.
Your approach to accommodation, food, shopping, scheduling and even packing changes completely.
AIR-CON BECOMES MORE OF A DEAL BREAKER
When you travel in your 20’s you will happily sleep in a sauna if it means saving a few pounds on the cost of accommodation. In your 30’s you will fork out a little extra for a place that has air con. You learnt a long time ago comfort means more than Pounds saved.
MENU CHOICES BECOME MORE ADVENTUROUS
Your budget tends to be a bit beefier when you travel in your 30’s, so your evening meals are no longer limited to peanut butter and jam sandwiches, cooked up in the hostel kitchen, or the other half of the foot long Subway sandwich you had for lunch. Now you can peruse TripAdvisor to get ideas for where to eat dinner, and it is the content rather than the costs on the menu that will ultimately inform your restaurant choice.
A SUNRISE IS BEST SEEN AFTER A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP
In your 20’s, sunrises were usually only enjoyed on the way home after a night out. In your 30’s, you are more likely to set an alarm and get up before dawn so you can go out on that sunrise hike, catch that early morning yoga session on the beach, or take that 6am kayak to see the jungle animals at their most active.
PRIVATE ROOMS ARE
Hit your 30’s and the days of sharing a room with 15 strangers are over. You refuse to sleep like The Walton’s or shower in flip-flops, especially when the majority of people in dorms are too young to remember the Walton’s in the first place. You are all about comfortable hotel rooms and nice amenities.
YOUR SOUVENIRS WEIGH YOUR
BAG DOWN MORE
Having a bigger budget in your 30’s means you have got the scope to buy more than just a magnet at the local handicraft market. That foot wide canvas painting of a Cuban Cadillac would look great in your living room, right? Of course you need a didgeridoo? They may not fit in your backpack, but they can be shipped home? Alternatively, you can just buy another bag.
You hate to admit it now, but when you went backpacking in your 20’s your bag was full of impractical items like high heels and hair straighteners. Today, you have learnt to pack like a marine. You have a first aid kit to rival the Red Cross, plus enough wet wipes and anti-bac hand gel to see you through to your 40’s.
THE GUIDEBOOK NOW OFFERS ADVICE RATHER THAN
BEING THE BIBLE
In your 20’s you got FOMO – fear of missing out. So you always felt like you HAD to visit every single attraction mentioned in the guidebook. In your 30’s you are more relaxed about things. You know what you like and you know what you do not. You will happily swerve Boring in Oregon for somewhere, well, less boring, and, you will say no to that Sardine Canning Museum in Norway without regrets.
ADVENTURE TRAVEL WILL BECOME
A BIT MORE LUXURIOUS
Travel in your 30’s and you have more of a budget to add a touch of luxury to the activities you do when you are on the go. Why walk around the Grand Canyon if you can take a helicopter ride over it? Why hire a pedalo when you rent a jet ski?
EARLY NIGHTS BECOME MORE APPEALING
You learnt the hard way that shots does not make you happy. Not the next day anyway. We are not saying you need to pack your pipe and slippers when you go travelling in your 30’s, but you do discover that you do not have to take advantage of those BOGOF shots at the hostel bar every night.
YOU’RE NOT OBSESSED WITH
When you travelled in your 20’s, selfies did not exist. Now you cannot go anywhere in the world without spotting a next-generation backpacker wielding their selfie stick like a light sabre.
As soon as they see a special sight they turn their back on it and take a picture of their face in front of it, at least 20 times. Of course, you still take the odd selfie in your 30’s, but you also take time to look at landmarks and amazing sights with your own eyes, rather than from the screen of your mobile phone.