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Recommended Travel Destinations by Age


Recommended Travel Destinations by AgeHey everyone, we are back from our 2 week road trip to California. I drove down with RB40Jr and Mrs. RB40 flew down to join us for the drive back. This trip was great. I caught up with my college friends and met my 8 month old nephew. It was nice to see old friends doing well in life. My nephew is awesome too. He is super cute and is such an easy going baby. I had fun hanging out with him for a bit. RB40Jr was much fussier when he was young. Being an uncle is much easier than being a dad. I could hand him off whenever he needed a diaper change. 🙂 The trip didn’t cost that much either because we mostly stayed with my brother. We spent about $800 on this CA road trip, including food, gas, attractions, and lodging. That’s very cheap compared to our 2 week Iceland vacation ($7,000)!

There are incredible sights to see in Iceland, but you can say the same about California. They have gorgeous beaches, huge redwoods, stark deserts, high mountains, and a bunch of urban attractions. Mrs. RB40 and I grew up in California, but there are still a ton of places we haven’t visited yet. It really is an amazing state. Anyway, I want to share my theory about travel today. This is just for fun so feel free to disagree and let me know what you think. Read on for my recommended travel destinations by age.


I have been pondering this topic since we came back from Iceland. We enjoyed the trip tremendously, but it was so expensive. A comparable vacation in California costs almost 10 times less. Well, we saved a lot on lodging, but you get my point. It’s a lot cheaper to travel to some destinations than others. That’s why I’m cutting out expensive destinations for a while. Next year, we’ll visit a cheaper locale like Argentina or Vietnam.

That idea got me thinking about where to travel in the future. We are at a point in our lives where we don’t want to rough it anymore. We could have done Iceland for half the price when we were younger. I would have rented a camping van and lived the #vanlife for 2 weeks. It would have been fun in our 20s. In fact, I did that in New Zealand in 2003. However, that kind of travel isn’t that appealing anymore. Yes, we got softer over the years. Now, we need a little more space and a comfortable bed to sleep in.

Money shouldn’t be a huge factor when you’re travel planning, but we need to take it into consideration. No matter how frugal you are, you’ll spend a lot of money in Iceland*. For me, it’s better to go earlier or later. Earlier because you can rough it and be frugal or later because you won’t care about money as much when you’re older. Okay, let’s get to it. Travel is a very personal thing so take this with a grain of salt and keep your good humor up.

*Of course, you can try travel hacking to reduce your travel expenses. This is a great way to save a ton of money. We did a good job in 2016 with travel hacking, but 2017 didn’t work out quite as well.

Age 0 to 10: local attractions

This happens to be RB40Jr’s age group. At this point, you really can’t control much. You just go where your parents take you. At this age, I think local attractions are best. The kids can get to know their own city and state. We’ve been to many local attractions in Oregon and we enjoyed them tremendously. There are endless things to do. On the way back from California, we visited a few beaches in Oregon that were new to us and hunted for rocks and fossils. RB40Jr just got interested in them and it’s a fun activity for the whole family.


Age 11 to 20: other states

Now, they’re getting older and have more opinions. At this point, I still think it’s best to visit other states in the US. This is a great time to take road trips and explore famous sites. I’m planning to take longer road trips when RB40Jr is a bit older. We’ll visit Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and other national parks in the western states. It’ll be a ton of fun because we haven’t been to some of these either.

I also think it’s good to expose the kids to international trips at this age too. They can see how other people live and how privileged we are.

Age 21-30: international travel

Ahh… this is the perfect age to travel and see the world. You’re young, open-minded, want to make friends, and can rough it. This is when you go backpacking and sleep in crappy $10/night hostel beds. I think any international destination is good at this age. You can visit Iceland and live out of a van or lug a backpack through SE Asia.

I got a slow start with traveling in my 20s because my family didn’t travel internationally when I was young. I was hesitant to travel out of the US. Instead of exploring the world, I went to safe destinations like Hawaii and Jamaica. Those were fun too, but I should have pushed the boundary more. Eventually, I embraced backpacking in my late 20s and visited the Cook Islands, China, New Zealand, and other less familiar locations.

Age 31-40: More international travel

This was a good age for us because we didn’t have a kid until our late 30s. We got more comfortable with traveling internationally and visited many locations around the world. Most people have kids at this age and they have to take that into consideration. I think a lot people upgrade their travel lifestyle around this age too. Instead of sleeping in hostels, they start going to luxury resorts. I guess that’s okay if you can afford it, but you really should minimize lifestyle inflation as much as possible. I find the hostel experience much more authentic than the all-inclusive resort.

At this age, I recommend sticking with backpacking and exploring more exotic international locations.

Age 41-50: Visit cheaper countries

This is where we are now. I’m turning 45 later this year. 🙁 At this point, we’re pretty much over backpacking and hostels. Now, we prefer comfortable hotels with occasional stays in luxury resorts. This makes a vacation a lot more expensive in pricey countries like Iceland. My new strategy is to visit cheaper countries so we can enjoy the luxurious amenities at a Motel 6 price point. Two years ago, we visited Siem Reap and it was fantastic. A luxury hotel there cost about half as much as a cramped cabin in Iceland. It’s pretty insane.

Angkor Wat

There are many destinations I want to visit in cheaper countries. Why not see those first and put off the expensive countries until later? We can visit Scotland and Norway when we’re old and rich. Those countries aren’t going to change much in 20 years. The cheaper countries will.

Age 51-60: More cheap countries

For me, I think this will be more of the same. We’ll take luxurious vacations in cheaper countries and maybe visit an expensive one occasionally.

Age 61-70: Go all out

Once we turn 60, I’ll pull off all the stops. We’ll visit expensive countries and just deal with the prices. At that point, we’ll be rich so money won’t matter that much anymore. 😀 At this age, our health should still be good enough to travel extensively.

Age 70+: ???

I think most people slow down a lot once they hit 70. Traveling isn’t much fun for my mom and other older relatives anymore. They prefer to stay home in a familiar environment. I’m not sure how we’ll feel when we’re 70. If we’re healthy, we’ll keep traveling. However, it’ll probably be with tours and cruises mostly. I don’t see myself traveling a lot in my 70s, but you never know.


Okay, here is the summary and some recommendations.

Age 0-10: Local attractions.

Age 11-20: Famous sites in the US and Canada.

Age 21-40: Any international locations where there is an established backpacking route.

  • Europe and Asia.

Age 41-60: Affordable locations.

  • Eastern Europe
  • SE Asian – Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines.
  • South and Central America – Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Argentina, Chile, etc…
  • India
  • China
  • Africa?
Costa Rica

Age 61-70: Expensive countries and cities.

  • New York
  • Seychelles
  • Maldives
  • Tahiti
  • Dubai
  • The British Isles

Age 70+: ???

  • Alaska cruise to see the northern lights
  • Mediterranian cruise

What do you think? How do you prioritize your travel? There are so many places to see and things to do. The world is pretty awesome, isn’t it?

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  • Desiree January 21, 2019, 9:11 pm

    I have to disagree. We started international travel with our children when they were under 10. The 2 youngest are in college now. The older ones own their own businesses. They are all highly successful well rounded & accepting of others. They have always thanked us for internationally traveling with them when they were little all the way until now. The education they received from traveling internationally enhanced their lives beyond belief & set in motion a love for lifelong learning & growing. I thank my husband for this. I never wanted to travel with the kids outside of the USA. Even though I grew up in a household were my father traveled the world & brought us back exoctic toys and trinkets. There are family hostels to stay in & we always ate a large breakfast and went to the grocery or farmers market for dinner. Our last trip 5 yrs. ago was a month long. We went to England, France & Italy. We spent 12,000.00 total for 5 people including airfare(s)our 2 oldest did not come. We were there during Christmas & New Years. Never put off a trip. You never know what life will bring you. I am a young widow. My children & I have beautiful memories of all the places we visited with my loving husband and their wonderful father.

    • retirebyforty January 22, 2019, 10:50 am

      We just came back from 5 weeks in Thailand and it was not a very fun trip. I’ll write more about it later, but our 7 years old son was not very appreciative. He didn’t want to do much at all. At this age, he’s not very adventurous. That said, I think I’ll need to revise this post.
      0-5: local attractions
      5-10: other states with some international travel
      10-20: More international travel
      The kids need to see the world. Thanks for your input. It sounds like your trips made great memories.

  • JSA August 1, 2018, 10:49 am

    Based on me and my spouses travel experiences. doing a cultural or sightseeing trip as a kid or teenager was pointless. We either don’t remember it or didn’t care or appreciate it. We do enjoy it much more as adults. My most memorable times as a kid was doing local getaways and domestic getaways that were memorable due to the activities done, such as skiing, fishing, etc. and/or just hanging out with family.

    • retirebyforty August 2, 2018, 8:51 am

      I agree with you. I didn’t remember much from when I was young. Fun activities are best at that age. Cultural experiences can wait until later. I think repeated exposure is good, though. We plan to visit Thailand periodically so our kid can get used to it.

  • GYM July 31, 2018, 10:58 am

    I love this Joe! Great summary and I agree. I can’t wait to take a $7000+ 30 day cruise around the world and eat delicious food when my child(ren) are all grown up!

    I stayed in a hostel in India for $2.50 a night. I miss the backpacking days a bit (I’m still in my 30’s but it’s hard to backpack with a little one!). Heck, I’m getting numbness in my toes from carrying my baby with a bad posture, I can’t imagine carrying a huge backpack on top of carrying my 20+ lb toddler who’s not toddling yet lol.

    • retirebyforty July 31, 2018, 10:51 pm

      I miss my backpacking days a bit too, but Mrs. RB40 doesn’t want to do it anymore. Maybe we can do a short backpacking trip once our kid is a bit older. Japan would be a lot of fun.
      Whoa, 20+ lbs. You gotta get the baby walking soon. 🙂

  • rebirthat45 July 28, 2018, 3:40 am

    Great advice. I think one could travel cheaply well into their low 40s. You can maximize travel experience every dollar spent if you get to travel the world and live in other countries on company’s dime. Travel and living overseas helped me not only enrich my life but also maximize savings due to location arbitrage.
    I lived in Malaysia for a few years and have been living in India for a year now. Rich experience, low cost of living and great growth for your nest egg!!

  • Kris July 26, 2018, 4:09 pm

    These are great travel recommendations. For those that are in their 20s, just make sure you have the funds to cover when traveling internationally. I sure didn’t while traveling to various parts of the US, Mexico and Asia.
    I think with cruises any age can go because they accommodate various types of activities and entertainment for all ages. So I would say that would be for every age range.

  • Janet July 26, 2018, 7:49 am

    I visited some expensive places like Bermuda and NYC when I was younger and I would recommend going to expensive countries while you’re younger actually because you can really “rough it out.” Like how you mentioned in your other post about Iceland. Haha I think if I go to Iceland now I would be content sleeping in a camper van but I could never do that when I’m older!

  • Ellie July 25, 2018, 12:48 pm

    I think traveling while you are young is best . If you marry someone who hates flying or traveling you are stuck unless you choose to leave them behind.

    • retirebyforty July 26, 2018, 6:31 am

      In that case, you’ll probably need to vacation separately occasionally. That’s a tough one.

  • Done by Forty July 24, 2018, 1:40 pm

    I love the concept, Joe. There’s a beauty in sequencing things you want to do into the right slot, where money, time, and comfort fit.

    For what it’s worth, this 37 year old (well, 36 at the time) was perfectly happy “roughing” it in the back of a van in Iceland. But my idea of luxury is pretty modest, I guess. When a hotel puts a free glass bottle of carbonated water in the room, my first thought is: “Fancy!”

  • Eric July 23, 2018, 6:40 pm

    Hi Joe,

    Glad you had a great time in Cali! I’ve only been there when I was young, like 5 years old, and didn’t really appreciate it. I really only remember the food like you said young kids would haha 😀

    But my wife and I are 24 and we have traveled to other states in the U.S. and love it. We definitely are planning on lots of international traveling (when we have the budget). We love Air BnB’s and roughin’ it a bit but it definitely depends on the person as well. Traveling is the best (much better than spending money on material items).

    I also take pictures of everything I eat on trips since I’m a big foodie. Awesome trip advice!


  • Ed July 23, 2018, 2:32 pm

    My 87 year old mother-in-law traveled to visit islands near Antarctica early in 2018 and traveled to Alaska in 2017. Us, on the other hand, have not done international travel and don’t really know how, yet.

    • retirebyforty July 23, 2018, 9:15 pm

      Antartica is an expensive trip. I’ll save that for when I’m rich too. 🙂
      You should try it. It really broadens your horizon and it’s a lot of fun.

  • Kate July 23, 2018, 2:00 pm

    Love this! Although – we definitely consider the kids in our travel plans, but we still do what we want and just haul them around 😉 the little guy (20 months) is headed off for his first international trip in a couple weeks 🙂

    • retirebyforty July 23, 2018, 9:14 pm

      Wow, that’s early. Our kid didn’t travel internationally until he was 4.
      Have a great time!

  • Felipe July 23, 2018, 1:01 pm

    I always saved US travel for when I’m old and less adventurous. There’s so many good spots all over, if I just get off the main highways and travel slowly. That applies in any country. Don’t follow the crowd. Panama rather than Costa Rica, Bolivia rather than Peru. Bus rather than a plane.
    As a kid, my best family vacations were doing things, not really seeing things. Hiking part of the Appalachian trail for a week when I was 10, fishing and crabbing on the coast. But I’m glad my parents tried to broaden our horizons while my dad was in Europe for work. Train trips on the cheap, pensions with bathrooms down the hall, Roman ruins.
    Now I’ve got wanderlust. Great topic!

    • retirebyforty July 23, 2018, 9:13 pm

      I like traveling to nearby states, but I’ll probably save the east coast for later.
      It sounds like you had a lot of fun when you were young. That’s great. I didn’t travel much back then.
      It’s different now because traveling is so much more accessible. Most people can afford it.

  • Pennypincher July 23, 2018, 12:55 pm

    It’s the getting there that I can’t stand. Noise, hassles, crowds, delays. There’s always a catch in life. Luckily, I live in an area that awesome escapes are a short drive away.
    Also, I have no real desire to revisit places I have been. Each place and trip was special. But I’ve seen it.
    I do think that travel for kids and young people is very important and holds many great life lessons. Good post, Joe!

    • retirebyforty July 23, 2018, 9:11 pm

      I don’t like that part either. The long flights and hassle are no fun. 🙂

  • Ms ZiYou July 23, 2018, 11:49 am

    I love it – a good rule of thumb Joe – although I hope to still be travelling at 70, but very leisurely.

    I’ve found as I’ve got older I don’t mind roughing it facilities wise, but noise is a problem. I need to stay somewhere it is quiet at night!

    • retirebyforty July 23, 2018, 1:01 pm

      Thanks! I hope we’ll be healthy enough to travel more too. But, I doubt I’ll be able to do these long drives anymore. It’s already pretty tough at 45. Noise is a big problem in hostels. The kids alway want to talk and have fun. Older people just want to sleep. 🙂

  • Michael David July 23, 2018, 8:48 am

    Hey Joe…you are short changing those in their 70-80’s.

    We have been canoe camping and bicycle camping for years on or near the various rivers and lakes in the American West and British Columbia (our 70’s). We also had an RV in our seventies living in it full time for seven years. Now in our 80’s I just completed a van conversion to a camper. We’ll be camping, kayaking, and biking all over Oregon in August and BC in September.

    Already planning for bicycle camping and hosteling for two months next year in Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. We can travel on $100 a day in Europe for the two of us. So…it’s not over til it’s over. Happy Travels!

    • retirebyforty July 23, 2018, 1:00 pm

      I think you’re an exception here. Most people I know don’t like to travel anymore when they’re in their 70s. It’s a lot of trouble.
      I hope to be in your camp when I’m older. You lived such an interesting life. That’s why I put ???. It really depends on the health.

  • Lazy Man and Money July 23, 2018, 8:27 am

    I’m was a little confused because at one point, you’d seem to suggest that local is the way to go due to RB40jr’s age. Then when you get to your age, it’s about international travel. I think that’s why you get a mix of the two like Iceland and California.

    That’s kind of what we do. We have our driving vacations, but also a couple of flying ones like Disney and Aruba (which we can hack so they aren’t as expensive as they might seem.) We are going to look into doing New York next year, but that’s a driving one for us. We’ll be able to hack it a bit like you did with California.

    • retirebyforty July 23, 2018, 12:58 pm

      Yes, it’s a mix for us. We have to take the kid into consideration.
      Aruba sounds great! I think that will be a more expensive destination for us because it’s a long flight.

  • Caroline July 23, 2018, 8:13 am

    I wouldn’t wait too long for some of the travel. While it’s nice to have the extra money, you don’t know about your future health, no matter how old you are.
    I say enjoy it while you can! (within reason)

    • retirebyforty July 23, 2018, 12:58 pm

      I agree. That’s why I recommend visiting exotic locations early on. Those are tougher when you’re older. Many exotic locations don’t have all the modern conveniences we’re used to. The expensive locations like Norway and Iceland are all developed already.

  • Xrayvsn July 23, 2018, 8:01 am

    This is a smart blueprint to maximize experiences and money at different stages of your financial path (as well as accounting for kids).

    Looks like I have a lot of catching up to do as I didn’t travel much in my mid 20s-30s. I like you plan on going all out in the later stages of life and really live life fully. Hopefully whatever nest egg I have can handle a few top dollar vacations each year.

    By the way loved your interview on Physician on Fire.

    • retirebyforty July 23, 2018, 12:56 pm

      Thanks! It took me a long time to do the interview.
      Yeap, you should try traveling more. It’s a lot of fun and it broadens your horizon. I think it’s best when you’re young.

  • BusyMom July 23, 2018, 7:49 am

    Right now, we are doing US and different states. Not much international travel yet – we still have Indian passports, and the visa costs add up. Have just been to a few places when we traveled on work, etc. Maybe in a few years…

    • retirebyforty July 23, 2018, 12:55 pm

      The US passport makes travel much easier. Hopefully, you’ll get one soon.

  • Helen July 23, 2018, 7:23 am

    Hi Joe, it’s cool you had a great time in CA. I haven’t traveled much so far, but plan to do a bit more after 10 years. I like your idea of traveling the low cost countries first. Down the road, I love to see more countries in Asia first.

    • retirebyforty July 23, 2018, 12:54 pm

      Have you visited California? If you haven’t spent much time there, you should take a road trip. It’s an amazing state. The urban area is too busy, but there are many natural sights to see too.

  • Scott July 23, 2018, 7:18 am

    Regarding kids and travel, mid teens is a great time to expose kids to easy international travel, such as Europe. When our older one was 16 we took our kids to Paris and London, and when our younger one was 16, we took her to Greece. We picked places they knew, wanted to see and could appreciate, and it created really lasting memories for them. These trips were a nice change of pace from our typical road trips/flights around the USA.

    It also opened their horizons a bit. My older one figured out how to travel internationally on her own each summer of college, including to China and India! Kids are doing that more and more these days, so best if they start travel with parents rather than on their own in college.

    • retirebyforty July 23, 2018, 12:53 pm

      Thanks for sharing your idea. I agree. Kids need to see the world. The US is great, but you need some comparison points too.
      Wow, your kid is getting off to a good start with traveling. I didn’t travel much until 27 or so. I didn’t have any money in college. 🙂

  • Half Life Theory July 23, 2018, 6:57 am

    Besides growing up in another country, I pretty much haven’t been anywhere…. besides Mexico ?

    I need to get my stuff together, there’s definitely those no brainers I need to check out soon… Canada, UK, France etc

    These aren’t even exotic. Hopefully we get our first international trip in next year! ?

    Cheers Joe!

    • retirebyforty July 23, 2018, 12:52 pm

      Canada is a great road trip destination. If you live in the north, you definitely should visit. UK is so expensive…
      Have fun!

  • Angela @ Tread Lightly Retire Early July 23, 2018, 6:39 am

    I don’t think I agree with you on this one, actually. Our son is just three, but he’s been to more than ten states already (as well as all over the Pacific Northwest on weekend adventures). He’s an awesome camper, and we’re able to keep things really cheap on all of our trips. I think it is really important to expose kids to all different places and cultures from an early age to help them grow as caring people.

    On the flip side, my grandmother will be 84 this fall and has done more traveling in the last few years than she has her whole life and is loving it – though we definitely don’t camp with her 🙂

    • retirebyforty July 23, 2018, 12:51 pm

      That’s great! Our kid has been to many places too. When you’re that young, you just go where your parents take you.
      10 states is pretty good. That’s more than our son. He’s been to Mexico, Costa Rica, Thailand, and Cambodia, though. 🙂

  • Mrs. Groovy July 23, 2018, 4:56 am

    I like the notion of going all out from ages 61 to 70 but I think you have to take distance and time into consideration as well. If you can swing your distant/complex vacations when you’re younger, I say go for it. You just don’t know whether you’ll be healthy enough or tolerant enough for long flights and travel days as you get older.

    • retirebyforty July 23, 2018, 12:50 pm

      I think younger is better when it comes to traveling. You never know about health. Generally, I think 60s is still good, but 70s is tough. Long travel days are no fun when you’re older.

  • FullTimeFinance July 23, 2018, 4:51 am

    I got a late start according to this. As a kid we traveled very little. I do see my tastes and expectations going upscale as I get older, but at least so far at 37 upscale just means an air mattress in the tent. We shall see if that holds when I cross 40.

    • retirebyforty July 23, 2018, 12:49 pm

      I need an air mattress in a tent now too. I can’t sleep on the ground anymore. You should try a few international destinations and see if you like it.

  • Ms. Frugal Asian Finance July 23, 2018, 4:51 am

    Cool idea! I think we are trying tot explore different places in DC and waiting for the right occasion to travel internationally. Hubby told.me his company has an office in Ireland where they also hold annual training conference.

    When the timing is right, he will sign up for.it so that we can save money on the travel while exploring Europe for.the first time 😀

    • retirebyforty July 23, 2018, 12:48 pm

      Ireland sounds great. I’d like to visit at some point too. Now it looks like we’ll put it off for a while. 🙂

  • Tom @ Dividends Diversify July 23, 2018, 3:43 am

    Hello Joe, We have probably under prioritized travel and over prioritized other activities. We are a couple of conservative “stick in the muds” for better or worse. I like your life travel strategy though. Anyone can adapt it to their own tastes. And I do agree, there are so many things to see in the US, if one does not want to travel internationally. Have a great week. Tom

    • retirebyforty July 23, 2018, 12:48 pm

      The US is such a huge and diverse country. There are so many things to see and do here. It’s great. I think there is plenty to do here if you don’t want to leave. 🙂

  • Ernie Zelinski July 23, 2018, 2:39 am

    As for me, I spent 3 nights in Prague in a funky one-bedroom apartment in Old Town Square in May, 3 nights in downtown Kelowna in a two-bedroom condo in June, and 4 nights in a suite at Le Saint Solpice in Old Montreal in early July. The average cost was around $375 a night. I stayed by myself because I don’t like sharing with anyone.

    High on my travel list is to do the one-week Blues Cruise but it gets sold out too soon.


    I will pay $5,000 to $7,000 US plus airfare to get on this one-week cruise if I have to.

    Also, I want to do the Rocky Mountaineer train ride in the Canadian Rockies. Prices start at around $5,649 Canadian per person for 7 nights. But this is for shared accomodation for couples. As a single, I will likely have to pay double. But I intend to do it and show my friends that I am a big shot now. Let the good times row.

    • retirebyforty July 23, 2018, 8:38 am

      Did I mention you’re my hero? That’s what I’m planning to do when I’m older. Roughing it is not much fun once you’re over 40. 🙂
      $375/night is pretty expensive. It must have been a very nice place. I thought Prague is cheaper than that!

  • Lily | The Frugal Gene July 23, 2018, 1:30 am

    I’m late! According to this, I’m barely age 0 to 10. I just found out how cool our Seattle zoo was this month. I really look forward to driving across America, minus the actual driving (c’mon self driving cars!). I want to go from Seattle to Gettysburg PA someday. Stay in one of those Airbnbs from the old, old days and going to a place filled with history. That’s probably going to be the appetizer of my travels.

    International travel is probably something we will only do post-FIRE. It is pricey and if you’re gonna go – go for a longer term to really absorb it. A vacation isn’t a vacation if one end up rushing it.

    • retirebyforty July 23, 2018, 8:37 am

      The zoo is a great place to relax. It’s more fun when you have kids, though. 🙂
      I think you should try a few international trips soon. If you put it off too long, you won’t like it. You get set in your ways. You need to see a few exotic places in your 20s. Go for it!

  • Michael @ Financially Alert July 23, 2018, 1:11 am

    I love how you break this down, Joe. It really makes sense from a financial and practical manner. I’ve been privileged to follow your outline thus far.

    When I was growing up, I had a blast exploring the majority of our states. My uncle had an RV and he’d take us all over the country on our long summer vacations.

    In college, we took some road trips, and eventually one trip to Paris when my wife (gf at the time) was studying abroad. We’ve since caught the International travel bug and explored a lot of Europe.

    This year we’re planning a trip to Thailand (for a marriage celebration), and we’re bringing our little ones too. They may not appreciate it as much at this age, but we’ll at least have lots of nice pictures to look back on. 🙂

    • retirebyforty July 23, 2018, 8:35 am

      Thailand will be great, but it’s pretty hot and humid. Stay cool.
      We usually explore in the morning and chill out in the afternoon. It’s too hot to be walking around once the sun is high. Have fun!

  • Mr. Tako July 23, 2018, 12:29 am

    I’m with you on this Joe — save the expensive locations for later. Let your money compound for a few decades and go to the cheap locations first.

    My kids are still pretty young so travel is pretty difficult. We took an epic trip to Japan last year and it was a huge amount of work (I don’t consider Japan very expensive). This summer we’re just going camping.

    For the kids, simple trips camping or visiting nearby states is just as exciting as some international trip. No point in spending all the money on a fancy international trip.

    • retirebyforty July 23, 2018, 8:34 am

      That’s what I was thinking. Let the money compound first. The expensive locations will still be about the same in 20 years. Japan is a ton of fun. It is more expensive than other Asian countries, but there are cheap places to stay too. I would count it as one of the established backpacking countries. It’s safe and you can rough it a bit.

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