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So, the kids have left home, or at least they can look after themselves (hopefully), you've done some travelling through the years and covered most of the usual tourist destinations, and now you are looking for something, or some place, new to explore together.
The good news is that travel will be cheaper again with just the two of you going. Plus you will have more options as you can finally get back to doing the things you always wanted to do without having to make sure the kids are amused enough to give you some semblance of a rewarding vacation.
But now there seems to be too many options and you don't know where to start when it comes to planning your next getaway. That's were we can help...
Why listen to us?
Travel the Reasons to Visit way
We are Dean and Pauline, and Reasons to Visit is about the way we choose to travel as part of the "over 50s" crowd. Exploring the World outside of the big cities and top tourist spots, and by road trip wherever and whenever possible. With over 30,000 miles of road trips spread across more than a dozen countries we consider ourselves seasoned veterans of this travel style, and we want to share this passion with you.
But just because we love to road trip doesn't mean we aren't open to something different like small group tours or basing ourselves in a single location and spending a few days or even a week just checking out the local area.
You won't find any guides on surviving on $5 a day here, and only the rare mention of anything 5 star (if we found a massive bargain). It's not that we don't like luxury, we just want to spend our limited travel budget on amazing experiences and getting value for money.
Value for money travel doesn't mean only doing things if they are cheap, it means getting the most from the overall experience. We would rather stay in a decent but cheap hotel room then splurge on a helicopter landing and hike on a glacier, than blow the budget by staying in a fancy resort only getting as close as seeing the same glacier from our gold plated, goose down pillowed , four post bed.
Another thing you won't find here are articles on travelling as a cruise tourist or as "old people on a luxury coach watching the world through a window". No disrespect meant if that's your thing but we want to be a lot more active and explore at our own pace. We like to describe it as "soft adventure"... no abseiling, bungy jumping, or cliff diving, but plenty of hiking, meeting locals, and truly experiencing different cultures.
Do it while you still can
We have travelled as often as time and money allowed over the past 35 years together and experienced a number of different travel styles. Small Group touring in South America, rail in Europe, and flying from city to city in Asia and we have ticked off dozens of the top tourist bucket list items.
But now we realise that the best memories from all of that travel are those that happened away from tourist hubs. The small towns, local cultural experiences that are traditional and not just performances for the crowds, regional recipes that have not been altered to suit foreigners, and stunning scenery you witness when you get off the Highways.
We also know that while we still think we are in our 20s our bodies tend to disagree, and like to remind us at the most inopportune moments. With this in mind we take every opportunity to travel that we can, and to go as far from home as we need to, because one day long flights and lugging suitcases might be more trouble than it's worth.
Who are we and why should you be interested?
We are Dean and Pauline, an Aussie couple obsessed with getting the best value out of every travel dollar and every vacation day we can find. Almost 10 years ago we started a travel blog called La Vida Global, which was an obvious thing to do when it came to wanting to share our adventures with family and friends, and ultimately the world.
Married for over 30 years and travelling together almost from day one, we now have more than 25 countries stamped into the passports and have no intention of stopping there. Until recently we were family travellers, with our daughter Dana rounding out the group, until she decided we were slowing her down and cramping her style and now travels her own path around the world. Now it's just the two of us, so it's a good thing we like the same things... and each other!
In 2020 we felt it was time change our name for a fresh start. Plus Dean forgot to renew the La Vida Global name which meant our decision was sped up a little. And so we have become Reasons to Visit, and we now focus on helping people just like us...
Young at heart 50+ travellers who know where they prefer to travel. Sure we all like to see the most famous tourist sights in the world, they are usually popular for very good reason. But give us the choice of spending an extra few days in the big city or getting out and seeing the smaller towns and we will be asking where to rent a car before the words have finished coming out of your mouth.
We seek out places with character, usually filled with history or an old world charm. We hunt for local food rather than eat at a worldwide fast food brand restaurant. And we love learning about the local people and watching them go about their day (but not in a creepy way). If there is an "Old Town" area to visit then you will probably find us there.
We are also people that yearn for spectacular scenery, maybe we are particularly drawn to a good waterfall but really we are in our element with anything from seascapes to sweeping plains and through to rugged mountains and unusual rock formations.
It may just be the way we see things but add a touch of snow and it makes everything even better. We don't get to see snow very often so a snow-covered landscape to us is the bacon of landscape scenes, it makes them all seem better.
Hi friends, we are Dean and Pauline
The driving force behind Reasons to Visit. (see what I did there?) Photography, web design, marketing, vacation planning, road trip driving, humourous writing... these are all things Dean tries with varying levels of success.
Dean has been in the travel industry since 2012 in various roles, retail travel agent, tour designer, tour director, wholesale reservation consultant and tour operations support.
Take him back to Mexico and he is in his happy place. But a road trip in the USA or Australia, or a chance to visit to old medieval towns of Europe will also keep him amused for weeks... or months.
Chief Financial Officer of the Reasons to Visit lifestyle and the only thing standing between Dean and a life of permanent travel. Well, Pauline and the lack of an unlimited source of money.
Pauline has a very stressful government job in the Health industry so when she has time off she wants the maximum escape from work that she can possible get her hands on.
It doesn't matter where the destination as long as there is a bit of time built in for relaxation and cocktails. Make sure there is a beach, a waterfall, or a pool nearby and Pauline is good to go!
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