Six Tips for Mid-Life Travelers

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1. Purchase luggage with your travel needs in mind

Quality is key, as is something practical and unfussy. I refuse to spend exorbitant amounts of money on suitcases that look good but cut into the cost of my actual travel time, nor am I interested in lugging 25 pounds around on my back. When it comes to travel luggage, I opt for well-made, but simple styles. Something I can wheel into an airport, but also throw into the back of a flatbed truck if necessary.

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2. Pack in case your bag gets lost

After having had luggage delays or lost baggage occur too often, I now pack expecting those scenarios. I always include a change of clothes, socks, and underwear in my carry-on bag. You can usually purchase affordable toiletries at your destination, but not everyone wants to spend lots of money on new clothes.

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3. Plan your arrival for the morning and your return for late afternoon or evening

I’m getting too old for late-night arrivals and the struggle of finding my first night’s lodging after 8–10 hours on a sleepless flight. Now I always book my trips for an am arrival. You may still be fatigued, but it’s easier to find help and get yourself situated safely in the morning hours than it is to be fumbling around an unknown city in the wee hours of the night.

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4. Use multiple forms of transportation wherever you go

It’s much more fun to experiment with your transportation options, especially if you’re on a trip for a good chunk of time.

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5. Bring extra snacks

Of course, you want to enjoy the local cuisine, and you should! But as I’ve aged my diet has undergone some changes and I like to be prepared in case what’s on offer doesn’t work for me. I always keep granola bars and an apple in my day pack.

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6. Work fitness into your daily routine now

Traveling while aging makes different demands on the body, whether you are already fit or not. You don’t want to be a few days into your trip and feel too sore and exhausted to explore.



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Tabitha Nordby

Tabitha Nordby


Writer. Content Creator. Storyteller. I write about relationships, travel, mental health, and more!