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Norm Bour

Norm Bour

Norm Bour has been a full time travel journalist and nomad since leaving the US in 2019 with his wife, then girlfriend, at ages 64 and 65. He has been with Manopause almost from the beginning, and has written many articles since 2020. He just hit country #35 since then, and in total has been to 47 different ones. As a baby boomer, his mission is to encourage, motivate and inspire the “Fifty Plus” crowd to experience life while they are able. Norm and Kathleen live a higher quality life outside the US with much less money, and his blog, www.TravelYounger.com , shares their experiences from the beginning, along with all the lessons learned along the way. He recently wrote Nomadic Life for All Ages, which is availableon Amazon
Travel
Norm Bour

Who The Hell Wants To Go To Turkey?

I remember about a decade ago I was watching a TV show with my (then) wife in my very comfortable living room, in my very comfortable chair, in very comfortable Orange County, CA. A TV commercial came on advertising the country of Turkey, possibly from their visitor’s bureau. I recall thinking, maybe even aloud, “Who the hell wants to visit Turkey?” A few years later a friend of mine, Sara, told m

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Norm Bour

Be Open To Great New Experiences And New Relationships When Traveling

Part of the adventure and fun of traveling is meeting new people and there are many reasons to stay OPEN and inviting to strangers that may become friends. A few days ago while walking in the street I heard a couple speaking English, not that common here in Tivoli. We had a brief conversation and decided to meet for coffee the following morning, which was followed by a few other meals. Chad and Ei

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Norm Bour

12 Amazing Ruins You Have To Visit In Your Lifetime

In March I rode our new BMW bike down from Bucharest to Antalya, about 1600 km, 1000 miles. One of the stops on the way was in Ephesus, which is not the name of the city, but the names of the ancient ruins. Those ruins are at the top of my Best Ruins list as I reflected upon others I have visited. In the past four years I have been to 26 countries and collectively I’m at 39 over my lifetime. Most

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Humor
Norm Bour

Is Aging Just Reverse Puberty? Life After 50 And Time Wasted On The Toilet

Aging is not for the meek. We’ve been hearing that for years—way too many years!—and it’s true. As an “older man,” not to be confused with an OLD man, which is different, I have found my body changing over the last several years. Or is it decades? It’s kind of like a reverse puberty, which is not as much fun as the real thing was. If we can even remember that far back. The first thing that went wa

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Travel
Norm Bour

5 Benefits To Train Travel When Making Your Way Around The World

I never knew how much I liked trains (and train travel) until I started using them more than ever before. As a matter of fact, trains are now my primary means of transportation. As a American, and Southern Californian for decades, train travel was rarely a topic of conversation. There it’s all about cars. Cars here, cars there, along with the hassle of owning a car and commuting for business or fo

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Norm Bour

Money Makes The World Go Round: Currency Around The World

Or so the song says and it really is true. Traveling has been a learning experience on SO many levels, and currency is one of them. The US dollar rules America, and the Euro rules MUCH of Europe, but not all. Converting dollars to euros is not much of a struggle since it is usually within about 15% of each other and uses similar coinage. It came as no surprise when I encountered kunas in Croatia,

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Norm Bour

Albania: Stay For A Year; Stay For A Lifetime

After 67 days my wife and I left Albania and traveled to the Middle East. It has been an amazing stay and Albania stood out from the 27 countries we have lived in since 2019. Kathleen and I are full-time nomads since leaving the US in Feb 2019 and we have never looked back or regretted our decision. At ages 68 and 70, she and I decided that the rest of the world was much too enticing and beautiful—plus more affordable—and we have no plans to stop. 

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Norm Bour

A Helpful Guide To Eurail Passes: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

Eurail passes have almost a mystical history behind them. They been around for, hell, almost as long as me, and just celebrated 60 years since they were launched. For decades it was “the way” to visit Europe via train and yes, it certainly does that. For those “of a certain age” that maybe traveled Europe via the train in the “good old days” of the sixties and seventies (you know who you are), the

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Norm Bour

Amazing Ecuador: My Favorite Country Of The Past 35 Years

Of the 35 countries I have been to over the last few years, a new one has replaced my old number one as the most magnificent place I have ever visited. It is a country that I knew little about and was not overly excited to go to, and that is the impressive country of Ecuador . In February 2019 I left my old hometown of Newport Beach (CA) and became a traveling nomad. I started in Spain, followed b

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Norm Bour

Trying To Control Travel Plans: Sometimes Terrible Sh*t Happens

The other day I was “stuck” at the Tunis, Tunisia ferry port for almost seven (7) hours, and I started thinking about how often we try to “control” things. I certainly did that in my career, my marriage and within my role as a stepfather, but about 2013, when my life changed, I changed as well and let go of a lot of control. I learned to live in Faith and allow the Universe to do its thing. Grante

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Norm Bour

Travel Angel: Someone Who Appears When You’re Most In Need While Traveling

If you have done any amount of traveling you have probably met Travel Angels . You don’t need to be religious or even spiritual, but if you keep yourself open to them, they will show up when you need them. We have met many and have even been travel angels ourselves! It takes no training or preparation, you just need to be there to help someone in need. Recently Kathleen was in need as she realized

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Norm Bour

2021 Is In Full Swing! It’s About Time We Embrace it!

Whether you are 25 or 65, many of you will agree that this past year of 2020 was probably the most challenging of our lives. Though we may have lived through recessions and wars, we have never had a health crisis like this; certainly not on a global scale. And it is not over yet… Will we have another pandemic when this is “over?” Unfortunately, that may be more likely than not… With that the case,

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Norm Bour

Digital Nomad: A New World

You don’t have to be a “digital nomad” to extend your 3 month visa in many European countries; you just need to provide income. And, if you qualify, your 90 day stay can be extended to one year. This is the new rule and regulation that seems to be building up momentum worldwide. Croatia was on the forefront of this movement and used the new digital nomad definition to identify someone who: 1) work

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Humor
Norm Bour

PC and Mac: Can’t We All Get Along?

After many decades I am finally ready to come out and admit it: I am a Microsoft addict. I’ve known it since 1988, when I got my first computer, an 8Mhz machine with a whopping 20 MB hard drive. It was a clone, like many others on the market, a knock-off of the iconic machine at that time, the IBM PC, which had come out a few years earlier. My machine was running Windows 2.1, which I had to look u

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Travel
Norm Bour

The (Still) Challenging Travel Year Of 2021

Welcome to the second quarter of the (still) challenging travel year of 2021. One year ago, when COVID really took hold, we had no idea that 12 months later we’d still be dealing with it. But…here we are. We are still living in Mexico and itching to move on and will, as soon as we are able. Which brings up the question: Is It Time to Start Traveling Again? That question is a personal one, but here

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Life
Norm Bour

Why Settling Sucks And How To Avoid It

If you are anything like me, there have probably been times in your life when you had to “settle.” Maybe you went out for a great meal, only to find disappointment that the dish was less than stellar. Or maybe you went on vacation, looking forward to an amazing room and ocean view, but discovered that the new construction in front of your balcony was obscuring the view. These are inconveniences th

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Love & Relationships
Norm Bour

Stay In Your Own Lane: 5 Relationship Rules On The Highway Of Love

If you are like me, you may have been driving for several decades, and have probably driven millions of miles. I have. You probably have driven outside your own country, and even on the “wrong” side of the street! Hopefully, you have avoided any major collisions or accidents, and the best way to assure that is to follow what we call the “ Rules of the Road .” Stay in Your Own Lane is a book, a gui

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Norm Bour

Airplane Travel In The Third Decade of the 21st Century

As the COVID pandemic enters its second year, we all look back at how travel has changed and lament over the “Good Olde Days.” As a permanent traveler for several years after leaving the US (for good) in 2019, I do the same thing, so I am offering you a preview of what Airplane Travel v3.0 might look like going forward. I’ll begin about 60 years ago, just about when I was born, and call it Version

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Norm Bour

Why A Motorcycle Is SO Nice to Have In Europe

Over the past year, my girlfriend Kathleen and I have traveled to Portugal, Spain, France, Italy and now, Croatia. We have rented motorcycles in many of those locations and will share why a bike makes so much sense. I never had any “respect” for scooters since I was a motorcycle rider since 1974. Scooters used to be small, not very powerful and truthfully, looked wimpy. Vespa was the big brand tha

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Norm Bour

Travel Younger Chronicles: Hiding Out In Mexico

Sometimes I feel a bit like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, who had to escape south of the border to escape the law. In my case, the law was not on my heels, and I didn’t have to go all the way to Argentina, but that damn COVID virus was definitely breathing down our necks. And it messed up all our plans, just like many of you. My girlfriend, Kathleen and I, permanently left the US in February

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