Make Your Retirement Travel Fantastic With These 10 Ideas!

The DeCourseys in Costa RIcaAccording to a lot of surveys, “travel after retirement” is one of the most popular and desired pursuits for this phase of life! This travel can range from day trips by car and foot to around-the-world journeys by air, sea, and land!

Here are 10 tips for making travel after retirement affordable and completely fulfilling!

1. Make A Bucket List For Travel

Thinking about where you want to go, and how you want to go, is an important part of retirement planning. The better your plans, the more likely you will be more successful. Being as specific as possible about how, when, where, why and with whom you want to travel is critical!

  • Do you have a list of destinations?
  • How often do you want to travel? Monthly? Yearly?
  • Who do you want to go with? Spouse? Friends? Family? Grandkids?
  • Do you want to find good deals or spur of the moments trips?
  • Why do you want to travel? Does your “why” change with the destination?

2. Are You And Your Significant Other In Agreement?

This is one a lot of people don’t pay enough attention to! A survey by Fidelity Investments found that many married couples have an hard time discussing retirement planning and other financial planning subjects. Spouses may also have different ideas about what they want out of retirement and how they hope to pay for it all.

3. Don’t Stick To The Usual Destinations

You might have some favorite spots you want to revisit, but make sure you put some new destinations on your travel bucket list! Let’s face it, bu the time we get to retirement, we’ve seen a lot! It can feel like nothing will surprise you anymore and that you’ve seen it all before! But, travel is a fantastic way to see something new and fresh. From this perspective, travel can almost give you the chance to experience life as a child sees the world—marveling at things that are new and wondrous. Best of all, these types of new experiences are actually scientifically proven to keep our minds more active!

4. Look For Senior Discounts On Hotels and Airfares!

Did you know that most hotel chains offer senior discounts of 10-20%? These are normally easy to find on the hotels’ web sites and a similar to a AAA discount.

You might not know that a lot of airlines also offer discounts to seniors. This isn’t as common as it once and the senior discount might not be the best deal you can find. British Airways offers discounts to AARP members. Some airlines, such as Delta, Southwest and United, offer discounts, but you have to call them and book via the phone. Remember, it never hurts to ask!

5. Skip The Hotels Completely

Find a Bed & Breakfast for an inspected, inspected, and insured for a nice short term rental. If you’re a little more adventurous, try AirBnB or VRBO, which are short-term rentals. You’ll be amazed to see the types of homes that are available to rent all over the United States and the world!

Another option that a lot of people don’t think about as we get older is hostels. You might think that these are for the younger kids, but hostels are making an effort to cater to older travelers. Some hostels offer private rooms and great amenities! Check out Hostelworld.com for more details.

6. Consider Renting Out Your Own Home

As well as finding places to stay, Airbnb can also offer you a great way to make some money for travel or whatever else you need it for. It is easy to list your home as a rental for travelers. Depending on where you live, interest may vary.

7. Take The Time To Plan

Did you know scientists say the best part of traveling is the planning? According to this study the best part of your trips happens long before you even board the airplane!

I know, some of us like last minute adventures, and they can be fun! But remember, according to the researchers, planning and anticipating your trips makes you happier than actually taking it!

8. Take The Grandkids

I know, I stated that travel is the most popular thing people want to do after retirement, but spending time with grandkids is probably second. So, why not combine the two? Travel is an excellent way to spend some great quality time with grandchildren while making fantastic memories. To make them successful, make sure you include them in the planning process!

On our trip to Costa Rica, we were on a tour group that Taulk called “Bridges,” and it was designed to “bridge the generations” with activities for both the adults and the kids. So check with your travel agent to see what they can do to help!

9. Senior Travel Clubs

Many cities have private senior adventure or travel clubs. Very often these clubs organize amazing trips at huge discounts! Do a web search for a club in your city. However, beware of scams—never give out your credit card to an organization you don’t know anything about. A legitimate club will usually invite you to a meeting to get to know everyone before asking for any fee or deposit.

10. Consider Voluntourism

Voluntourism, or volunteering while being a tourist, is an increasingly popular retirement trave option for seniors. If you interested in giving back while exploring the world consider some of these better-known organizations:

In Closing…

Well, there you have it, 10 tips to make retirement travel even better! Do you have any ideas to add to this list? Let me know in the comments below!

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