Although hilarious, this statement couldn't be more true for a majority of Indian parents, according to Abbott's Ensure Dreams Survey. The survey, conducted across six metros, found that 98 percent of parents aged over 50 had unfulfilled dreams, with travel topping that list.
So here's a little inspiration to throw caution to the wind and hit the road, because if there was ever an age to travel the world, it would most definitely be 50. At 50 you've built a career, made the money and brought up the kids. You're unstoppable. All that's left to do now is live truly for yourself. So get packing already!
Tips for a Smooth Trip
Before you hit the road, there are a few things to know to make sure you make the most of your travels in your 50s.
The most important thing to remember is to be brave and open yourself up to different experiences. You may miss out on exciting adventures by staying in your comfort zone. Just let go and have fun. Another couple of years worth delay and you may not have the same energy you do now.
You can enjoy your holiday best when you're well rested. Lack of sleep can cause all sorts of problems for your body. It can affect your stamina, memory and even immunity. Make sure to catch up on those zzz's, especially if you're travelling to a different time zone. Power naps can also be your saving grace on these trips. Just catch some shut-eye whenever you can, so you don't exhaust yourself.
Packing is almost an art — one that most Indian moms have mastered, as they fit feasts into lunchboxes and what seems like entire wardrobes into carry-on bags! But for novices, packing efficiently can be hard to get right. A good rule of thumb is to pack everything you want and then halve it. You don't want to strain your back lugging a huge suitcase. Pack light so you can travel with ease while having space for all the souvenirs you take home.
The one exception to this rule is your medication. You should pack a few extra days worth of your medications and supplies so you know you're covered for unexpected travel delays.
Give Yourself Buffer Time
There's nothing worse than almost missing your bus or flight. Give yourself enough buffer time so you don't have to spend time rushing. Also, consider arranging your taxis a little ahead of time or reaching out to the airport in advance if you have mobility concerns, so you're not running around last minute.
Know Your Limits
Hiking up a mountain may sound fun, but it's hard work that requires a lot of prep and good fitness levels. To really make the most of your adventure, plan ahead so you can train your endurance, shape up your diet and take the right supplement so you have the energy you need. It comes down to this: If you can, then do it, but don't push yourself to do things you aren't ready for. You'll always find another exciting thing to do round the corner.
Holiday Destinations in Your 50s
From serene beaches to ancient wonders, the opportunities for adventure are endless in your 50s. Here are five ultimate destinations to put on your bucket list for a memorable and fun-filled holiday.
A beautiful amalgamation of the old and new, Southeast Asia is a bit like you in your 50s. A cultural extravaganza that will thrill you to bits, the four countries that constitute Indochina are sure to get your heart racing with their beaches, volcanoes, forests and ancient ruins. For those looking to enjoy some relaxation, you can soak in the sun on the beaches of Thailand, marvel at the temples of Indonesia, enjoy life pass by in the paddy fields of rural Vietnam or lose yourself in Laos.
The best part about travel here is it's easy and well connected. You can find a wide range of accommodations and travel options, so comfort should never be a worry. The food takes a little getting used to, but when in Rome — right?
Prepare to fall in love with this stunning continent, for Africa will make you experience nature like never before. From the tropical rainforests to the savannas of the Serengeti, it's one wild adventure to another. Make sure you take a safari to see the beautiful creatures that call Africa home. It's an exhilarating experience that requires minimal exertion. The beating sun in Africa can make you feel tired, so sit back this time and enjoy the ride — and don't forget to hydrate! You can also book a hot air balloon ride while you're there. It's an incredible feeling to experience Africa from up top.
Truly timeless, Japan is a country where tradition and modernity live in perfect harmony. It's definitely unlike any other country you've ever been to. Where else can you soak in a natural hot spring nestled between mountains, spend the night at a traditional Japanese inn, watch a geisha dance, reflect on life at a Zen garden, wear a kimono and gorge on sushi like nobody's business? Japan offers utmost tranquility.
If fast-paced Japan is what you're after, you can always head to Tokyo, where you can dine at one of the many Michelin star restaurants or enjoy a delicious bowl of ramen amidst the hustle and bustle of the vibrant metropolis.
If you're looking to spend your holiday in a hammock reading your favorite book, Maldives is the where and your 50s is the when. Home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Maldives is just the place to relax and enjoy some much needed TLC. If you're looking for adventure, you can always throw on a wetsuit and go snorkelling in the crystal clear waters of this island paradise.
No matter where you end up, travel can offer you a new view on life, endless possibilities and life-altering journeys. Your 50s are an unstoppable decade, so get out there and live it up! Here's to the beginning of the second chapter of your life. The story is yours to tell.
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