Traveling in retirement is part of enjoying an active lifestyle. Traveling when retired is not like the retiree or the travel of our parents or grandparents’ generation. Senior travel includes golf, boating, tennis, bowling, camping, shopping, beach-going, cruises, and much more. Baby boomers are planning for retirement and travel and at a younger age than previous generations ever did.
Of those already retired, as many as 500,000 travel from their homes each year in search of the best place as a retirement location. Those traveling may search near the water, mountains, or a dryer climate like the desert. Many are considering traveling to other countries such as Costa Rica, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Panama in search of a more affordable way of life for their retiree. Many are considering nontraditional travel in later years.
One way for retiree travel is to plan to go places you consider making your full-time residence. As you go to your destinations in your desired travel, visit the libraries, neighborhoods both day and night, churches you may attend, hospitals, transportation, senior citizen centers, and any area of interest that will be a part of your retired life. You never know, you may find a resort you love so much in your jet-setting travel, and you may apply for a job.
Traveling after retirement may be dictated by price, off-season, the day you travel. Flights on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturday afternoons usually offer the best rates. Most motels and hotels are less expensive Sunday through Thursday, except in large cities. As a senior traveling, it may do you well to be spontaneous. If you have the personality to wait until the last minute to book your retiree travel, airlines and hotels cut prices to fill their needs. Retiree travel may require destinations you can drive to that may be only a 1,2 or 3-day drive. Retiree travel requires some forethought. If traveling abroad, use your credit card vs. debit card for exchange rates. Be flexible. If you don’t leave some wiggle room in your itinerary, you may not find a great retiree travel deal.
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Senior travel may require you to pack smart by packing less. We all know that we usually pack more than we really need and always take home more than what we started with. The airlines are charging more for luggage, per bag, or by weight. It may be cheaper to pre ship your luggage. Travel for seniors may require fast travel plans. Go directly to some of the travel sites to avoid hours of searching the web. You may want to consider retiree travel with a group for cheaper rates.
Retiree travel must consider health care outside the U.S. You can’t use Medicare in other countries. Medicare part A covers hospital costs and is free. You may also want to check it out. Before you retiree travel, you may want to look into travel insurance. It can range from extensive comprehensive health coverage to medical evacuation as well as cancellations. Retiree travel can be fun, inexpensive, exciting, and rewarding.
Ric Dalberri is a graduate of Columbia State University & has been involved in his own business (sold) employing over 100 people. Ric was also a top producer as a Financial Specialist for over a decade with one of the largest financial institutions in the U.S. Ric is the founder of Retirement USA, which provides complete solutions for your lifestyle. Would you please visit and sign up for the free newsletter?