Six golden tips for cheap retirement travel

When you retire from the employment or business that has kept you busy many people finally get the chance to do the things that they truly want to do. Work life, family life, mortgages, bills…It sometimes seems as if all these things have conspired over the years to stop you from enjoying the travel experience that you have always hoped for.

For many, those golden years of retirement is their opportunity to spend some of the money that’s been saved up over all those years, and really get out to see the world. Travel is a wonderful way to enjoy your retirement. Sometimes it takes a little while to truly absorb that you’re going to be traveling without any income, which puts a different emphasis on your travel plans.

Traveling on the cheap can be very useful to older adventurers. If you’re on the go, there are a lot of ways that you can make sure you’re saving some serious money. We’ll talk about five of the best tips for traveling affordably once you’ve retired.

Golden Tip No 1. Utilize the Off-Season. Try not to travel when everyone else is also traveling. If you can take advantage of the off-season, you’ll be able to take advantage of the natural ebb and flow that travel costs tend to experience. Go on your next trip during the colder months of the year and you will not only get to avoid fighting the crowds, but you’ll save money on just about everything in the process.

Golden Tip No 2. Book Well in Advance. If you can make your airfare and hotel reservations way in advance of your actual trip, you’re going to see yourself saving money in a pretty serious way. Take the time to research your next vacation and make all your arrangements plenty ahead of time so you don’t have to deal with the costs that tend to come with last-minute bookings.

Golden Tip No 3. Online Deals & Discounts. If you haven’t noticed, the Internet is positively bursting with sites and services dedicated to helping you save money on fun excursions and activities. For everything from Italy tours to couples massages, there are a ton of ways to find online deals through Groupon, LivingSocial, Google Offers, or any of the other services dedicated to helping you seriously save.

Golden Tip No 4. Senior Discount. Don’t be afraid to use your older age to your advantage! Senior discounts are available just about anywhere you might care to look, so make sure you’re extra vigilant when it comes to asking about how much money you can save simply because you’ve been around for a while.

Golden Tip No 5. Cut out Secondary Transportation. Many travelers don’t realize how much secondary transportation can add up. Try to see if you can find an airline that will give you a shuttle to your hotel, and avoid things like taxis that incur expensive costs. Stick with public transit and other cheap options when you’re not using your rental car to make sure you don’t overspend on secondary transportation.

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Jenni Proctor

Hi, I'm Jenni Proctor from Boomers Next Step. Remember when the formula for success in life was simply to strive for good marks at school, gain qualifications, get a great job, work hard and save for your retirement? Yes, I believed it too! For years my husband David and I wanted to develop a business that we could operate anywhere in the world, but both of us were educated to be employees.  We had entrepreneurial dreams and ideas, but still had employee mindsets. 14 years ago I took the giant leap!  I left my job in Education to start a business as a Career Counsellor and Coach, helping mature adults transition from one career path to another, and particularly from employment to entrepreneurship.  I had studied long and hard to gain new qualifications but sadly I hadn’t learnt how to market my new business. About 12 years ago we realized that we were not tracking well towards having the sort of retirement we wanted. We’d saved; we’d invested; and like so many other people we’d also lost some money along the way. It didn’t help that my business was not bringing in as much as I had been earning as an employee. Our dreams of extensive travel and helping our family were being replaced by a growing concern that we would outlive our savings. It seemed that a traditional retirement would not allow us to maintain the lifestyle we wanted. I love helping people plan the next phase of their lives, but we realized that was not going to be enough.  We needed a way to create an income stream that would pay for the travel and other lifestyle luxuries we wanted, that would provide mental stimulation, and would interest us both.

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