For those of us in our 60s and beyond, the world definitely seems like a much smaller place than it was when we were young. Many of us might not have gone abroad into we were well into adulthood, and it can seem amazing how well travelled much of the younger generation is. However, there’s absolutely no reason for over-60s to feel as if it’s too late to go and see the world. In fact, retirement can be the perfect time to go travelling – you may even find that you have much more fun than you would have done if you had gone thirty years ago!
So, why is travelling in your 60s such a good idea?
You Have the Time
Once you’ve retired, you have your time completely to yourself. Most people have to use all of their holiday time, take unpaid leave or even quite their jobs to be able to have the time off to go abroad. Others have to fit in their globe trotting in the year either between college and university, or between university and finding a job. For retirees, we have no restrictions on our time and, money allowing, can essentially take off when we want and for as long as we want.
The freedom of having all of this free time means that you can choose how long you stay in each destination. You don’t need to restrict yourself to strict timetables – instead, why not book as many open tickets as you can? This way, if you like one destination more than you thought, you can stay on for a few extra days without worrying that you’re running out of time.
You Can Break It Up
You can also do your travelling bit by bit. You might not fancy the idea of taking off for a six-month trip around Asia, but because you don’t have to rush back to work or college, you can break up your travels as much as you like. Take a two week trip to Thailand at the start of the year, then come home and travel elsewhere later on in the year. Doing it this way gives you more time to plan your trip, as well as money for each leg of the journey too. You also don’t have to worry about missing out on important family events such as birthdays, weddings, graduations or christenings because you don’t need to be gone for a long period of time.
You Can Enjoy the Discounts
Travelling is extremely expensive, and many young people that go away find themselves having to do everything on a budget – sometimes they have to miss out on some great activities simply because their funds won’t stretch that far. Another positive to waiting until retirement is that we can enjoy senior discounts all over the world! Most major attractions, museums and shows throughout Europe, America and beyond offer discounts and special offers to those over a certain age, so our money can stretch much further while we’re abroad.
Find Out More…
There’s a huge range of resources available for older people looking to start planning some interesting getaways. As well as travel agents, there are a lot of online portals that can give you advice and tips, such as LaterLife. Once you’ve gathered enough information, you can start planning your travels. There’s a lot to think about in terms of money, accommodation and transport, and you will have to consider whether there are some things not suited to your age and health (such as long-distance coach journeys or incredibly hot countries). Once you have the practicalities sorted, though, you are all set to have the holidays you always dreamed of!