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Author Archives: Menno & Janneke

Self Catering apartment progress

The self catering apartment progress is going well. The MidlifeBackpacker self catering luxury apartment is nearing completion. Most of the building completed. All that remains to be done is the external outside landscape finishes and parking. Internal furniture also needs attending to. As you can see in the progress video clip at the bottom of … Continue reading »

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MidlifeBackpackers-Who are we

Who are we?: Who are we? Midlifebackpackers.com is a community of middle aged travelers. We have a dream & passion of experiencing travel the “real” way. Not travelling as packaged tourists. Like many younger backpackers do, we want to focus on the adventure. We wish to really experiencing countries & their cultures.  Being exposed to … Continue reading »

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Digital nomads trading resources

Shortly after our very first backpacking trip to Thailand, we started asking ourselves whether digital nomads trading resources could not be a meaningful, mutually beneficial way for fellow travelers to help one another achieve their goals. The goal to “de-cluttering” their lives and escaping the prison of the 9-5 work days. At 47 and 48, … Continue reading »

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MidlifeBackpackers first trip

MidlifeBackpackers first trip to Thailand in 2015 Myself Menno & my wife Janneke are not your typical backpackers. For one thing, we are older than the average backpackers. In 2015, we decided to embark on the first of many trips with a backpack & a flexible schedule. Destination: Thailand. The video clip in this post … Continue reading »

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New Zealand guests. Inspiring a road trip?

This week, my brother & his girlfriend came to visit his home country, South Africa after having immigrated to New Zealand some 8 years ago. It has been great to be in touch again, but sad that we can’t get together more often. For New Zealanders, Cape Town & South Africa is of course an … Continue reading »

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From home extension to self contained apartment.

Why would a couple need a 270 square meter home, with 3 living areas, 2 bathrooms & 4 bedrooms? This is what we originally had in mind when we planned & starting building an additional 2 bedrooms & bathroom as an additional to our already large, 200 square meter home. We completed the “shell” a … Continue reading »

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Can our house generate a passive income while we travel?

Having both been property professionals for some 23 years, we have always realized the value of owning property, both as security, as well as a form of generation passive income for retirement “one day”. Which is why we have always saved like crazy to fund & ultimately pay off the few investment properties we own, … Continue reading »

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Thailand backpacking expenditure-2015

Recording our Thailand backpacking expenditure To keep track of our Thailand backpacking expenditure while on the road, we used a free app called “Expense Manager”. This app makes it fairly fast & easy to input travel costs on an Android device. There are different categories as well as sub categories that you can create as … Continue reading »

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Luxury Budget Accomodation for midlifebackpackers

A good friend and family member explained the phrase “slackpacking” to us, as being backpacking, but with more creature comforts. Accomodation in 3 star hotels & resorts, would therefore qualify as being suitable to slackpackers.  Hostels would be suited more for backpackers. We’ll just stick to calling ourselves “midlifebackpackers”. Because we have never really been … Continue reading »

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A good travel companion & comfort zones

I am writing this piece as a tribute to my lovely partner Janneke, who exceeded my expectations and proved that she would be well adapted to travel anywhere & under any circumstances with me. Not only did she constantly “go with the flow” but in fact shifted her boundaries beyond her comfort zones to make … Continue reading »

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