Easy Retirement Traveling
Retirement traveling is one of the top senior activity ideas after work life... No matter what your budget -- and even with elderly issues such as limited mobility, health.
Senior citizen travel (and that nowadays means 50 or 55+) does not have to be overwhelming, puzzling, or exhausting. And the more you travel, the more interesting retirement ideas you get.
First, traveling during retirement takes a little mental planning beforehand – that’s what this page is for. (I've traveled all over the world so am now pretty darn organized with just about any type of trip I could drum up). We have additional travel pages too -- senior citizen travel information, and senior travel tips.
One consideration for retirement traveling, of course, is budget. But the others involve defining what you really want to do and where you want to go. And why. Here are some retirement traveling exercises I've used that may help you get ideas too.
Defining Your Travel
- First, make a list of whatever your current restrictions may be. Then set it aside. There, that’s out of the way. You'll ignore that for now so you can have fun with the rest of these.
- Now list the top 5 places nearby within your budget that you’d like to visit. Almost anyone can travel to nearby places -- and some of them are really interesting. We just might not think about doing it, or even really checking them out.
- Make a list of the top 5 places afar you want to visit (either within our country or abroad), if you are able to travel far.
- If you do not think any of these are within your budget, put them down anyway. Writing causes thinking. And thinking causes you to consider possibilities you hadn’t before! You never know what opportunities are coming down the pike.
- What is your favorite retirement travel destination in each category, nearby and afar?
- Set them as goals and develop a step-by-step plan to achieve them … the time and money; the wardrobe or equipment. Whatever is needed. Start making a plan on how you will go about getting it all together. And if you have no clue, just the act of writing it down and thinking about it will bring it to the fore of your attention, and make you more open to ideas.
- What interesting activities are unique to these places? Think in terms of seasons, cultural celebrations, folklore, history, wildlife, crafts and hobbies, food, adventure, unique fishing or boating, geology (volcano eruption anyone?)
- What mode of transportation do you want to use? Do you absolutely hate any modes in particular? (Like some people hate flying, but may love trains).
- Do a little free research at the library and borrow books and even movies about areas of interest. Most libraries have a section of free travel movies. Or they can order it from another library.
- Or go to the bookstore and buy a couple. There are many books on how to travel on even a small budget, down to the last detail. I can personally recommend books by Rick Steves, who is very thorough (and has been on TV).
- Watch the travel channel on TV and pick up loads of tips. Even learn about eating delicacies such as fried grasshopper legs.
- Check out Elderhostel which offers a very popular travel/study program for people 55+. There are many destinations and activities to choose from, both short-term and longer residence programs, including foreign countries. Call 617-426-8056. Or write to Elderhostel, 75 Federal St., Boston, MA 02110. I have relatives who have gone on these trips and loved it!
- Are you at all thinking of a retirement home elsewhere? Then while you do these steps and especially as you travel, consider if any of your favorite areas may be future retirement locations. This is how Dad and Mom ended up retiring down in Arizona.
- When you visit, you will become familiar with the climate, elderly activities available, taxes, housing and retirement communities, and medical and other means of elderly assistance.
- If you are a woman wanting to travel solo, be sure to read our special page on When Senior Women Travel Alone
After you finish this process, visit our other travel pages and take your planning a step further:
Senior Citizen Travel Information
-- Do you need some special information and advice for senior travel? There are many handy ideas and questions answered here.
Senior Travel Tips -- Since I've traveled all over the world during my life, I've created a page full of travel tips for seniors (and anyone) to help with all the little details that make a trip seamless -- it's all in careful planning.
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