The question has been nagging since a recent e-chat with a self-described '20-something' vagabond/blogger who shares our passion for travel and also writes a (very popular) blog, Nomadic Matt's Travel Site. His blogging goals are much like mine: inspire others to travel, to stretch their comfort zones, and of course, offer tips for doing it as cheaply as possible. I call him the "Rick Steves of the 21st Century".
The circumstances of Matt and I e-chatting are irrelevant. But the questions he asked have left me pondering a bigger question: are we Gonzo (gutsy, no-fear, long-term explorers) or Geezer (somewhat cautious old folks on the move) travelers. . .and I've decided we are poster children for a new genre: Gonzo Geezers!
Matt had asked me:
"How often do you travel? All the time?"
"How long are your trips?"
"Would you consider yourself 'backpackers?"
"Where do you travel to?"
"Are you retired?"
I suspect my answers left the decades-younger-than-me traveler rolling his eyes and pronouncing us geezers.
But I am comforted the memory of a chat last fall with a fellow traveler (of my age) who asked of our after-cruise-plans. I replied, "We've got two weeks and plan to explore Greece but we don't know where we will go. We've might just catch the first ferry to leave after we get off the ship and go where it takes us."
|A five-week trip began with city bus |
to SeaTac - we took carry-ons
j.smith photo, (c) 2010
|25-euros a night - |
Southern Coast of Crete
j.smith photo (c) 2010
We hike and log many, many miles on our trips. What we don't want to hike is a hallway in the middle of the night to get to a bathroom. We seek cheap accommodations, but our standards are high. The room must be clean, the bed free of bedbugs and EN SUITE bathroom is a must. (Someday those Gonzo 20-somethings will understand that magic word, en suite.)
Re-tired? No, we've re-treaded into a new life style.
So how about you?
Have you re-tired or re-treaded into new adventures?
Are you a Gonzo Geezer?
If you're an armchair traveler, where would you go if you could?
They are questions worth pondering.
(And Matt, tuck a copy of this post away. Read it again when you are sucking air to blow out the candles on your 50th birthday. My answers will make more sense to you then.)