Traveling is one of the most popular activities during retirement. So many people are looking to get out and see the world around them, but today’s economy and budget restrictions often keep them from doing so. If you’re looking to travel during retirement, I’ve got news for you. You CAN do it, regardless of your budget. There are so many great ways to get out there without spending a fortune. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Consider travel programs and clubs that you can join. Whether these are vacation programs or just discount clubs that give you a membership to save you money, you should take advantage of them. There are plenty of these to choose from, locally and nationally.
- Try staycations for unique ways to have fun. I’ve traveled a lot but some of the most interesting things I’ve found are often close to home. Living somewhere causes you to take things for granted. Let me tell you, I hadn’t seen half of the tourist attractions in my city by the time I’d retired. I took a vacation, stayed at home, and lived like a tourist in my own city. It was one of the top vacations I’ve had, and I’ve been a lot of places.
- Always book ahead of time. The rule of thumb is to book 3-6 months in advance. However, the longer in advance you can plan ahead, the more money you can save on booking accommodations and activities. Packages and individual bookings alike are always cheaper when you plan ahead.
- Travel during the off-season. You’re retired, which means you can travel whenever you want. If you’re trying to save money, travel when other people aren’t. Off-season rates are always so much lower than peak rates, no matter where you’re going.
- Think outside the box. It’s easy to hop a flight, book a hotel, and live it up anywhere in the world. However, there are a lot of other ways to travel and stay that can save you a lot of money on your vacations. Consider road trips, bus tours, small inns or B&B accommodations, and other ways to avoid the high cost of commercial tourism.