Julie Beckers is a travel blogger from Melbourne, Australia. She began her travels later in life after having a family young and juggling a career and study. When she first started her travels, she quickly became frustrated with the lack of information available to her age demographic. Not wanting to do some of the things younger people want to do and definitely not wanting to be relegated to a cruise or guided tour just because "I was older," Julie decided to start her own blog. What evolved is a large community of amazing women from all walks of life and all parts of the world: A Not So Young Woman Abroad.
Julie was kind enough to answer some of our questions.
Julie: I've been travelling for over 10 years. Being out of my comfort zone and experiencing how other people live their day-to-day had me hooked from the moment I set foot on foreign soil.
Julie: Solo travel for older women.
Julie: Spending three weeks in an apartment in Paris. I loved walking in the footsteps of famous authors and artists and taking in the history and beauty of Paris.
Julie: Look up.
Julie: I'm really lucky to have some of the best older female travel bloggers in my own community. I get to read about their wonderful adventures every week. I guess I'm a bit biased.
Julie: TripAdvisor, Wikipedia, National Geographic
Julie: Tie a colourful ribbon to your suitcase so it will stand out from the crowd.
Julie: Join a frequent traveller program and use points where you can.
Julie: I check reviews across a few different sites to make sure I'm getting a good range of opinions. I really only care about the cleanliness of a hotel.
Julie: Make sure there's at least 6 months left on your passport.
Julie: I see way too many people chasing a photo for Instagram. Doing this, you're missing out on the real experience.