Senior travel can be safe, fun, and less expensive than you might think. In fact, one of the very best things about being a senior, especially when you are retired, is the extra time you might have to do things you really enjoy. Like traveling.
If finances are an issue, the picture may look a little different, but there are still plenty of options to enjoy traveling on a limited budget.
Traveling in a group will add to the savings and also reduce the time you need to plan every detail of your trip. Additionally, if your are single, you will have plenty of opportunities to meet new friends and enjoy their companionship as you travel.
Loving family members may have doubts about your travels, but seniors are rarely too old or too frail to participate. People in wheel chairs and walkers can and do enjoy the invigorating experiences of traveling with other seniors.
For example, how about going on a cruise ship? Too expensive for senior citizen travel? Not necessarily. If you plan ahead you can get up to 75 or 80% off the seasonal peak prices! Grab yourself a copy of Berlitz Cruising and Cruise Ships 2014 to see what is available.
Cruise lines must pay their employees all year long – not just during the seasonal rush times. They can’t afford to run “empty” ships, which gives you a great opportunity to save a lot of money.
To sweeten the deal even further, food and lodging are included. All you need to do is relax and enjoy the food, sleep as much or as little as you wish, enjoy the wide variety of food choices, and participate in any activities that interest you.
Cruise ships are all pretty much like floating cities, so finding an activity that you enjoy will not be a difficult thing for you to do.
Do you prefer traveling on land? There is nothing wrong with that choice. How about taking a tour with a group on a bus?
You can take a one-day tour or a tour that lasts a week or two. It’s a good way to learn the layout of a new territory and getting your bearings before going it alone - our tour groups article has more on the advantages and disadvantages.
No worries where to rent a car, buy gas, or finding a place to park. You will probably have a tour guide to tell you about the places you visit.
You need to ask some questions before you book your trip. Some questions you may wish to ask are suggested below.
• How much time will I spend on the bus each day?
• Can I keep the same seat every day?
• Can I explore at each stop or are they only “photo opportunities”?
• The average age of people on the tour?
• Will there be any free day to do what I wish?
• How many people will be on the tour?
The above list of questions is certainly not exhaustive but, hopefully, suggestive. Remember too that you need to get yourself some travel insurance, read our article on some vital points to consider when doing this.
The take away is simply this: You still have a lot of life in you. Your sun has not yet set. You can still make your remaining years the best years of your life!