Welcome to Travel Begins at 40
They say that life begins at forty, so too can travel. Of course, many of us started travelling well before our 40th birthday – some of us even before we could walk and talk – but once you turn forty, you have a bit more time to travel, as well as a higher budget.
The idea for Travel Begins at 40 was to provide our readers with inspiration on what they could do when travelling, where they could visit and what they could do when there. We said that the website was for the ‘independently-minded’ and a little bit more tongue-in cheek for the Lonely Planet generation grown up.
Initially in 2017, we were a small band of brothers and one sister with a shared belief. Now, as you can see below, we have grown into a team of travel writers, each one of us bringing our own personal insights, views and preferences. Travel Begins at 40 is a broad church.
As we developed, we have realised there is one element that unites us all – a view that the future of travel needs to be sustainable. Travel has an enormous potential for good, and is key to the economic growth of nations, but its growth has to be carefully managed. Climate change is a reality. It is our responsibility as travel writers to indicate how your travel can be beneficial for local communities as well as the planet.
Travel Begins at 40 is not the website to turn to for cruise holidays or all-inclusive budget breaks in the south of Spain. It is the travel website for eco-lodges in the Caribbean and zero waste restaurants in Berlin.
We focus on off-the-beaten-track adventures, ecotourism, city breaks, cultural tourism, wellness and the occasional luxury travel destination, while enjoying good food and wine along the way. We interact with local communities.
We offer the experiences of our collective of travel writers from all parts of the globe to inspire the 40-something generation to do something more adventurous with their travel than lying on a beach – although we are not adverse to strolling along virgin white sands and diving in turquoise waters.
Travel Begins at 40 is more a online travel magazine than a travel blog. We encourage our writers to provide our readers with real insight as to what destinations are really like. Our tales are more travelogues that bullet points, although we do have handy guides to destinations as well.
Believing that attending festivals provides a unique opportunity to discover what your host’s culture is really like, we have many pages devoted to events and festivals.
For us the key word in our name is “begins”, not 40, which is after all just a number. Travel, like life, is an adventure that should begin at 40. It is also one to be shared, which is why we ask you to comment on our articles and provide your views on the festivals and topics we should cover in the future.
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I hope Travel Begins at 40 inspires you all to commence travelling again, whatever your age. Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu, said that, “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. Take your first step today.
If you wish to contact us, please email [email protected]
Our Team of Writers and Contributors
Travel Begins at 40 is not a personalised travel blog. We have a team of writers based across three continents. If you have a story you would like to pitch to us then please contact Mark at [email protected]. We know how dispiriting it is to have no response, so we guarantee to respond to all serious pitches.