There’s a misconception that when you’re in your 40s you are over the hill, past it, and not adventurous enough to compete in high adrenaline activities. Thinking back to my trip to New Zealand where we went sand boarding down 100ft sand dunes, the majority of the tour party were young, twenty-somethings, and the only over 40, and slightly grey-haired person, was me.
Here are five reasons to take up adventure travel in your 40s.
Travel creates memories that last a lifetime
A quote that I say often because it’s true. You want to be able to look back and smile at the memories, and not spend time thinking about regrets. As you reach your 40’s you start to think more towards your retirement and what you want to achieve in your life, and it’s this reason why having adventures on your travels is so important. Experiences create memories.
As you get older you become more sociable, find your social skills improve and you become less bothered about how you look around people. When travelling alone as an introvert it can often be a lonely experience so making conversations with people around you and enjoying experiences with other people is a thrilling experience.
Imagine sat in a boat with a group of strangers, white water rafting, incredible scenery around you – the friendships will often last forever as you all have something in common.
Being in your 40’s you’ve probably climbed up the career ladder within the company you work for, and have more spending power when it comes to paying for adventurous experiences. As the retirement age increases, more of us are taking time out of our careers to go on adventures trips around the world and it’s important to plan for this. If you’re in your 20’s or 30’s and are reading this; it’s time to start up a saving fund for “fun in your 40’s”, believe me, you need it.
When you were in your 20’s you probably spent most of the time on your travels sleeping in hostel dormitories, which were noisy. Rather than eating at restaurants you probably ate cheap, horrible fast food, and travelled from A to B on overcrowded buses.
As you get into 40’s you start to want more comfort and there is no pressure to slum it anymore, you have the spending power to enjoy the experiences in more luxurious surroundings.
You are wiser
You’re older and probably need to exercise more, but you can make sounder decisions now because gone are the days where you book on a boozy trip to Ibiza, lay next to the pool all day while nursing a hangover, and return home with nothing to show for it.
You will find that your travel choices are based on experiences, so hiking in Nepal, or, camping out under the stars in New Zealand will make you more fulfilled as a person. You start to think about creating experiences and memories and that’s what I love about travelling in my 40’s.
Life is short
As corny as that statement sounds, LIFE IS SHORT. You have to grasp every single day, and as I’ve become older, I’ve learnt that you can achieve ANYTHING in life if you put your mind to it. Two years ago, I was stuck in a dead-end job in my home city of Leeds, working in an office, 9-5, sat on the sofa in the evening, and life was just whizzing past my eyes.
Now, I’m working remotely and travelling around the world, and finally, I have a reason to live a healthier life. Adventure creates memories and those memories will last you with you for a lifetime. Please don’t waste your time on this planet, go out there, book a trip, and enjoy life.
As morbid as this sounds – the clock is ticking, it’s really as simple as that. You get one shot, so make it count. Given that you are more mobile and more than capable of hiking Machu Picchu, snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef, so please do not waste your time on this planet, go out there, book a trip, don’t just wait for your days to end.
As the saying goes… Life begins at 40, and it has for me.