Becky Breshears is a travel blogger and writer. Through her blog Over 50 Traveling, she shares her adventures from around the planet, big and small, in order to inspire others to go ahead and take that trip. Don't wait until it's too late to go: save up and take it now. There is so much to see and do in the world; so much to learn and understand; so many cultures and people to get to know. It is a fascinating journey to live!
Becky was kind enough to answer a few of our questions below.
TA: How many years have you been traveling and what got you hooked?
Becky: I have been traveling for work and kids for many years, but only about two years ago did I seriously begin to travel the world and live my bucket list. Panama got me hooked as I soon realized how exciting the world around us is--so many things to see and do and learn about. I have been constantly traveling since then.
TA: Do you specialize in a particular type of travel?
Becky: Bucket list travel for the young at heart. I am an active traveler and I like to explore the non-touristy parts of the world -- always seeking out the unique and interesting places to visit. My favorite way to see the world is biking! Hiking is close behind.
TA: What is the best vacation you've ever taken?
Becky: Panama! It was my first real bucket list trip and it was amazing. From Panama City to Bocas del Toro and the San Blas Islands, there was never a dull moment and so much to see and do. The Panama Canal was an amazing construction project and the day we got to go through it will forever live in my memory! The size of the ships and the ease with which they can be transported through the canal is truly amazing!
TA: If you could only give a traveler one piece of advice, what would it be?
Becky: Travel light! You really don't need much to have a great time without much encumbrance.
TA: What are some of your favorite travel blogs and communities?
TA: Where was the most unusual place you've ever stayed?
Becky: One of the most unusual places that I have stayed was in Bangkok. We stayed in an Airbnb where the owner is a third generation of the family and still upholds the traditions of Buddhism that he was raised with. The monks came early one day and we offered food to them for which we received a blessing. His home was filled with the most gorgeous antiques that his grandparents and parents collected over the previous century. We were fed breakfast in the Thai style and he made DIY Coffee with us from locally sourced family products. The experience was amazing. The home was just off a small canal that was the family's main way of getting around years ago. It is called the Fahsai Homestay Wooden Thai style with DIY Coffee if you ever are in Bangkok!
TA: What's the strangest thing you've ever eaten overseas?
Becky: Little shrimp in Vietnam -- shell and all. Interesting taste and texture but definitely not my favorite way to eat shrimp!
TA: Do you have any good airport or flight hacks for people traveling by plane?
Becky: I like to use the Dollar Flight Club and Google Flight tracking to find the best flights -- both times and price. Be patient: it takes time to get that fare war to the place on the date you want to go. I love using airmiles from my credit cards (which I pay off every month) to get to the more expensive locations. My favorite is my Delta Sky Miles AMX.
TA: What is the best piece of travel advice you've ever been given?
Becky: You don't need much to travel so travel light. Pack for one week and do laundry!
TA: Is there something you think most travelers worry too much about?
Becky: Safety. Really, just be smart and travel in pairs when you can. Walk with confidence and avoid dark areas -- same as you would in your own hometown. The world is not as dangerous as the media would like us to think!
TA: What was the most romantic place you ever visited with a partner?
Becky: Niagara Falls! There really is nothing more romantic than overlooking Niagara Falls especially if you can open the window and listen to the sound of the water from your jacuzzi tub!
TA: What is the most beautiful and affordable city you've ever visited?
Becky: Mexico has been one of the most affordable countries to travel to over the last few years. I especially love the taco stands and fresh made taco shells. My favorite are shrimp tacos, either fried or grilled.
The most beautiful city I have been to is more difficult to say -- every city has its own beauty and its own personality. Bologna, Italy is definitely high on my list. It's historic, has great interesting quirky things to learn about, and the food is definitely some of the best on earth there! If you go, don't miss Eataly World that opened a year ago. Definitely learn about balsamic vinegar and olive oil -- as well as the cheese! It's an educational experience like no other!
For straight up beauty, it's hard to beat Venice and Murano, also in Italy. The canals and waterways are so pretty along with the old streets and historic buildings. It has a personality like no other place. Don't miss the glassworks of Murano -- definitely some of the most talented glass artists in the world work there. Custom made crystal is fabulous! Just ask any shop to show you what they can create.
TA: What's one way people can get the most out of their cruise experience?
Becky: For me, the best cruise experiences are in the port cities where you can get off the ship and explore. Photography trips, hikes, zip-lining, and museums are my favorites! My suggestion is budget for it so you can experience all you can wherever life takes you.
TA: What's one piece of advice you'd give to travelers your age?
Becky: Take the trip now that you have always been dreaming of! You don't know when something in life will happen that will change everything -- or it will be too late for you to take that trip so don't put it off any longer! Get out there and see what you want to see! Where there is a will there is a way no matter your age, financial abilities, or physcial beingness. You can do it!