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The best thing about being retired is the gift of time. Suddenly, without a job or parental responsibilities, you have all the time in the world to discover, well, the world! Seize the opportunity and relish your hard-earned retirement by visiting countries you have only ever dreamed of.
Whilst planning your trip, there are a few things you might want to think about, including what you want to include on your itinerary and any safety measures you can take to ensure that you don’t get any nasty shocks along the way!
Travel tips: Plan your dream trip in advance
There’s no harm in starting to plan your dream trip before you’ve even bid your job farewell. After all, it gives you something to look forward to and affords plenty of time to plan it perfectly and save enough money.
If you’re going with your spouse or partner, discuss with them what you would both like to see together. Maybe they have a few things on their own bucket list that you can see on the way.
Consider also going on a cruise. With so many beautiful worldwide tours, some of which visit historical sites in Italy and the tropical paradises of the Caribbean, you can sit back, relax and ride the wave to your next destination.
Create a budget
With so much time on your hands, you might be considering going away for a long time. In this case, you will need to figure out a budget to ensure that your money lasts the entire trip and create a separate fund for your retirement travels so you’re not tempted to spend it beforehand
Finally, leave some room for splashing out! There might be moments when you want or need to spend a little more than your daily budget, so budget enough money to accommodate these instances.
Keep an eye out for discounts
With the boom of retired travel has come plenty of discounts and deals too. Plenty of vacation packages with major tour operators offer a senior discount, so look into these as soon as you can because, as you can probably imagine, they run out pretty quickly.
Then, when you’re at your destination, investigate which passes or tickets come with a senior discount. Many galleries, national parks and travel tickets come with special offers, so it’s best to scout these out beforehand.
Get out travel insurance
Take out a conclusive travel insurance package that will cover any medical or emergency bills. It will also cover you if you have anything stolen or if your travel operator loses your luggage and give you peace of mind if something unexpected happens along the way.