5 Ways Travel Changes in your Thirties (It’s not ALL bad)

After traveling to Belize this summer with my girlfriends and reflecting on ten years of post-college trips together (yikes!), we noticed that a lot of the way we travel has evolved over the years. Travel in your thirties is different from travel in your twenties. Instead of cramming so many people in a hotel room that we’re sleeping on floors, we try to find a accommodations we love (and with beds for everyone). Late nights wrap at midnight not 3 am. And we’re all so busy that we typically have to plan for months to find a weekend that works, instead of waiting until the last-minute.

Here are five other ways that travel changes from your twenties versus your thirties:

Unpacking

In your twenties:

Refrigerator Organization in your Twenties
Getting the beer in the fridge just right.

 

In your thirties:

Love unpacking and organizing as soon as I get somewhere new.
Love unpacking and organizing as soon as I get somewhere new.

Empties

In your twenties:

Bottles ready for recycling
Getting the recycling ready.

 

In your thirties:

Empty Sunscreen and Bug Spray cans...applied like clockwork
Empty Sunscreen and Bug Spray cans…applied like clockwork

Exotic Location

In your twenties:

A Strip Show in Atlantic City...for illustration purposes only. I did not go in that club. It looked like my nightmares and it was 11am.
Looking for a wild night. (For illustration purposes only. I did not go in that club. It looked like my nightmares, and it was 11am).

In your thirties:

Finding a remote beach on a Caribbean Island
Finding a remote beach on a Caribbean Island.

 

The Crew

In your twenties:

Friends Vacation! (Note: stock photo. Not my actual friends)
Friends Vacation! (Note: stock photo. Not my actual friends)

 

In your thirties:

A family preps for a roadtirp.
Gotta consider the kids. Even for those of us that don’t have kids, having friends with kids changes how vacation plans get made. (Stock Photo from State Farm)

 

Budget Travel

In your twenties:

A friendly backpacker hostel with $2 dinners.
A friendly backpacker hostel with $2 dinners.

 

In your thirties:

A four star hotel room paid for with points!
A four star hotel room paid for with points!

 

Final Thoughts

My twenties were so much fun, and I wouldn’t change a thing. But I enjoy a slower pace with more luxurious touches now. I’m a grown ass woman, and I want to live my life as such. Like Beyonce and fine wine, travel gets better with time. So while I look back on very fond memories, I love the travel style I have now.

How have your travels evolved as you’ve gotten older?

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