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How to Slot Travel into your Life

January 25, 2018

My next guest in the Over 50 & Thriving Series is Kathy Marris from 50 Shades of Age.  Kathy is another Aussie blogger who actually lives nearby.  She has travelled extensively and loves writing about her travels and also including helpful tips to help others enjoy exploring this big world of ours.  You can read more about Kathy at the end of her post and connect with her on social media.

Too often, we put off travel or other things in life and say ‘one day’.  In her guest post, Kathy shares her ideas on How to Slot Travel into your Life – don’t wait, enjoy life now!  I know you will drool over her photographs!

How to Slot Travel into your Life

We’ve all probably heard stories about people waiting until reaching retirement age to start travelling to see some of the world.  Then once they reach that magic number they find themselves unable to travel due to bad health or other issues. That is why I feel it is paramount to know how to slot travel into your life before it’s too late.

Once our children left home and we had less financial burden, we started to travel when we were in our early fifties. Prior to that stage travel for us mainly consisted of taking our kids camping for holidays and a couple of ski trips. Then in 2014 we both decided to chuck in our jobs and travel right around Australia in our caravan for seven blissful months. I think people thought we were crazy to do this, but believe me it was the perfect time to do it.

 

Travel Before You’re Too Old

We decided that we didn’t want to be too old to enjoy our trip around Australia, because we wanted to hike through national parks and gorges, swim with Whale Sharks, scale up mountains and experience everything Australia had to offer. We felt that if we left it until we were in our sixties, (and I’m not saying that sixty year olds are incapable of partaking in physical activities), it wouldn’t be possible to enjoy it as much as we did.

During the past ten years we’ve managed to have at least one overseas holiday per year and a few trips within Australia as well. How we’ve managed to do this is by making travel a number one priority in our lives and ensuring that we budget for it each year.

How to Afford Travel Before Retirement

My husband and I don’t live exorbitantly. We would prefer to have wonderful holidays rather than spend money on expensive dinners out and entertainment. So we only dine out once a week and try to live within a budget that we draw up every year. So my first tip would be to devise a budget that includes at least one holiday a year.

Now that your children have left home you will be able to trim your budget substantially. You immediately save money on utilities, food and educational expenses. So filter this money into travel.

In the past we’ve rented out our house during longer stints of travel to give us an income whilst we’re travelling. We also use the Trusted Housesitters website so that our beloved dog is cared for when we’re away. Because we run an Airbnb in our home, we even have the housesitters taking care of that when we’re away.

Snagging Good Holiday Deals

We’re always on the look out for great travel deals. We shop around for competitive air fares, travel economy on most flights and utilize low cost airlines. We don’t stay in luxury 5 star accommodation, we stay in Airbnbs, Bed & Breakfasts or look for cheap deals on hotels.

Taking advantage of travel package deals is also a great way of saving money on travel. We sometimes opt for these deals that include both your hotel and air fares. We’ve been on three cruises and each time we’ve snagged a great deal on them. Our first cruise was a relocation ship, so my tip is to look for these types of cruises as they are normally a lot cheaper.

 

Work to Live not Live to Work!

If you’re able, reduce the amount of days you work and work part-time. Remember that once you’re 55 years of age you can access your super fund so this can supplement your income if required. We both have only worked part-time for many years now, and in my case I work from home with flexible hours so that I can work anywhere at anytime.

I’m a great believer in a “work less, live more” philosophy once you reach a certain age. I can’t see the point in working until you’re burnt out and your health suffers. As you age your health is your number one priority, because if you don’t have good health you can’t live your life to the fullest. I believe this time of our lives is for us to enjoy! So take a leaf out of my book and travel to new and interesting places before it’s too late.

To sum it all up here’s one of my favourite travel quotes:

 

 

Meet Kathy:

Kathy is a 60 year old who has been blogging at www.50shadesofage.com for the past 4 years. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

Connect with Kathy

Websitewww.50shadesofage.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/50shadesofagecom/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/50shadesofage/?hl=en

 

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40 Comments

  • Reply Grammy Dee | Grammy's Grid January 25, 2018 at 04:31

    ♥ Your life sounds fun and exciting Kathy…and you DO NOT look 60! Love the name of your blog 🙂 Started following you on Facebook and Instagram. Thanks Sue! Shared onto Fb, G+, Pn, and Tw. ♥

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 25, 2018 at 09:21

      I love reading about Kathy’s adventures, Dee and we actually met for the first time in real life in December. You will love her blog. Have a great week and thanks for the support with sharing. xx

  • Reply jodie filogomo January 25, 2018 at 05:37

    I loved reading this from Kathy!! She sure gets around and has the best photos to prove it!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
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    • Reply Kathy Marris January 25, 2018 at 08:54

      Thanks Jodie. I love bringing the joy of travel to one and all!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 25, 2018 at 09:21

      Hi Jodie, I always want to book more travel when I read Kathy’s blog! Her photos are just gorgeous and stunning. x

  • Reply Donna January 25, 2018 at 07:56

    I’m totally with you on this, Kathy. My husband and I also want to hike through national parks, climb up mountains, and experience so many things that the world has to offer! I agree that it is important to actively put yourself out there. If you don’t use it, you begin to lose it…and this momentum (and physical ability) is sometimes impossible to get back, Thanks for a great post,

    • Reply Kathy Marris January 25, 2018 at 08:56

      Thanks Donna. It is totally your mindset and willingness to put yourself out there. If I can do it anyone can!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 25, 2018 at 09:22

      Hi Donna, I wish my husband loved hiking but he has a bad hip so can’t go too far. We do enjoy our travels but sometimes it would be nice to experience a bit more on the back roads. Glad you enjoyed Kathy’s post, I’m a huge fan of hers. xx

  • Reply Christie Hawkes January 25, 2018 at 08:27

    I agree that traveling is important and worth budgeting time and money for. I love your travel quote. Another of my favorites is, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” ~Saint Augustine

    Happy trails!
    Christie

    • Reply Kathy Marris January 25, 2018 at 08:57

      I love that quote too Christie. We should get out there and see the world whilst we still can!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 25, 2018 at 09:24

      I love that quote too Christie! Let’s plan some travelling!

  • Reply Kathy Marris January 25, 2018 at 08:58

    Thank you Sue for having me as a guest writer on your wonderful blog. I hope I inspire a few of your readers to slot travel into their lives. xox

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 25, 2018 at 09:20

      My pleasure Kathy, I always enjoy having you as a guest and you inspire me to start planning another trip! Have a beautiful day and I look forward to your next guest appearance on the blog. xx

  • Reply Jo Castro January 25, 2018 at 11:09

    Great post Kathy. You’re right, you have to make travel a priority as otherwise it just doesn’t get to the top of the list. I love the way you rationalise things in this post, and your tips are wonderful. Thank you too for the reminder about Trusted Housesitters 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 25, 2018 at 16:38

      Hi Jo, Kathy really puts it all into perspective doesn’t she. We had a period where we travelled overseas once a year, however when Mike’s parents became more dependent we had to postpone our trips. Our trip to Spain last year after a 3 year hiatus certainly whetted my appetite again for travel.

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au January 25, 2018 at 18:32

    Your last paragraph sums up our lives too Kathy – work less and live more. We both work part-time now and love the freedom that gives us. Neither of us have been really bitten by the travel bug – we’ve done a few overseas trips and several interstate ones, that’s enough for us atm – but I think there’ll be more in a few year’s time (we’ll be the decripit 60+ year olds that you didn’t want to be 🙂 )

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 26, 2018 at 14:51

      I think Kathy’s advice can be used for any part of our life, Leanne. Some of us love to travel but others have dreams which we need to make into reality. 🙂

  • Reply Shirley Corder January 26, 2018 at 15:32

    Thank you, Kathy and Sue. We have done a good deal of traveling around South Africa but not so much overseas. We are now in the age group where financially traveling overseas is a distant dream the budget doesn’t allow. But it is great reading about it.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Thankful Thursday #4

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 26, 2018 at 17:08

      I love looking at other’s travel photos and stories, Shirley. Such a big and wonderful world we live in xx

  • Reply Debbie January 28, 2018 at 06:00

    Another great guest post Sue. I think Kathy epitomises all that we wish we could be when we retire adn I love her blog too. I’m trying hard to travel a similar path. Thanks for sharing the work of other bloggers!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 28, 2018 at 10:58

      Yes she certainly makes me want to plan my next trip that is for sure. x

  • Reply Roseann Hampton January 28, 2018 at 11:44

    I totally agree with what you’ve said here – just trying to convince my husband of it! Thanks for sharing at The Blogger’s Pit Stop! Roseann from http://www.thisautoimmunelife.com

  • Reply Jan Wild January 28, 2018 at 15:11

    I don’t even have to tell you Kathy that I totally agree. Travel is one of the great joys in our life and there are so many excellent deals around. We just had to choose not to do an overseas trip this year due to our move but we will certainly do another one next year.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 29, 2018 at 09:55

      Yes Jan, we had our big holiday last year so may have to set our sights on something closer to home. We do love travelling though and even though I say we will be staying close to home, knowing me if I see a deal I’ll probably just do it! Hope your move goes well and have a great week!

  • Reply London Taxi July 10, 2019 at 17:19

    Love the slow travel ideal vs. actual comparison. Just like the ideal budget vs. actual ? This was a great write-up as my wife and I are 22 hours away from our flight and first trip to Hawaii, one week on the Big Island (most excited) and one week on Oahu.

  • Reply marrakech trekking July 18, 2019 at 11:59

    Hello!
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  • Reply Sarlat hotel July 22, 2019 at 21:39

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  • Reply AirBNB Code July 28, 2019 at 00:40

    Hello, I know that when I’m exploring a new area it doesn’t even feel like a workout! I often think I’m even more active on vacation which seems impossible, but we walk everywhere and I get so excited to run in new places!

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    Love the slow travel ideal vs. actual comparison. Just like the ideal budget vs. actual This was a great write-up as my wife and I are 22 hours away from our flight and first trip to Hawaii, one week on the Big Island (most excited) and one week on Oahu.

  • Reply jeftine karte August 29, 2019 at 04:32

    It is always good to have something with you to keep them distracted during travels. It can be something you eat or a great travel toy. I find origami as a nice way to keep your kid’s distracted. fantastic tips and ideas.

  • Reply Amalfi September 2, 2019 at 02:01

    Hello, Love the slow travel ideal vs. actual comparison. Just like the ideal budget vs. actual This was a great write-up as my wife and I are 22 hours away from our flight and first trip to Hawaii, one week on the Big Island (most excited) and one week on Oahu.

  • Reply Miami Traveler September 26, 2019 at 12:09

    We love getting out into our amazing Western Australian countryside, whether it is down south amongst the forests, out to the wheatbelt and goldfields, up in the red dirt of the Pilbara or the amazing gorges of the Kimberley, we are there! We’ve been tenting, camper trailering, and now caravanning. I love the ease of putting up a caravan, but I miss the more out of the way places we could go with our camper trailer. And caravan parks, not for me, give me a free camp out in the bush any day. Happy holidays Jo.

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