How to Travel Cheaply in Your Retirement Years

by | Jun 22, 2012 | Travel

Travel to Puerto RicoIf you are nearing retirement age there are many things to look forward to in your future, such as the chance to take time for yourself, pursue your hobbies and of course travel the world.

This is the chance to see some of the places you have always wanted to see, which you postponed in the name of career and raising a family. Now that the kids have flown the nest you can pack your bags and take off on an adventure.

However, what if you are finding that your retirement income is smaller than you expected and you are not sure how you will afford the trips you and your partner have been looking forward to?

Don’t worry, there are many ways that you can cut down your travel expenses and plan a fantastic budget getaway. Here are some tips to get you on your way:

Take Advantage of Senior Discounts

Admit your age and take full advantage of the many senior travel discounts out there!

These discounts can save you 10% or even more and can turn an expensive trip into an affordable one.

Even if a hotel or a travel agency doesn’t advertise senior’s fees you can always call them up and ask them about special deals that they are offering.

Swap Your House

If you are at retirement age you likely have your own home, so why not use it to travel for free?

You might be dreaming of a holiday in an English cottage or an apartment in Paris, but someone in England or France might love to spend a few weeks visiting your hometown!

A quick Google search will turn up many websites which allow you to list your home for a swap, saving you hundreds of dollars on accommodation.

Travel in the Off Season

Since you are retired and not bound to a schedule, you have the freedom to travel whenever you want and don’t have to stick within the popular holidays like Christmas, summer and spring break when resorts will be crowded and prices will be higher.

Your travel destinations might not have the best weather in the off season but as long as the museums, art galleries, attractions and restaurants are still open you still have a great time.

These are just a few ways that you can make travel cheaper during your retirement and enjoy this opportunity to explore more of the world!