Retiree Travel

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Retiree Travel

By Ric Dalberri, Founder of Retirement USA

2007

Retiree travel is part of enjoying an active lifestyle.
Retiree travel is not like the retiree or the retiree travel of our parents or grandparents generation. Retiree travel includes golf, boating, tennis, bowling, camping, travel, shopping, beach going, cruises and much more. Baby boomers are planning for retirement and retiree travel is at a younger age than previous generations ever did. Many are considering non traditional retiree travel.
Of those already retired, as many as 500,000 travel from their homes each year in search of the best place as a retirement location. Retiree travel may search near the water, in the mountains, or a dryer climate as the desert. Many are considering in their retiree travel other countries such as Costa Rica, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Panama in search of a more affordable way of life.
One way for retiree travel is to plan to go places you are considering to make your full time residence. As you go to your destinations in your retiree travel, visit the libraries, neighborhoods both day and night, churches you may attend, hospitals, transportation, senior citizen centers and any area of interest that will be a part of your retired life. You never know, you may in your retiree travel find a resort you love so much, you may apply for a job.
Retiree travel may be dictated by price, off season, the day you travel.
Flights on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturday afternoons usually offer the best rates. Most motels and hotels are less expensive Sunday thru Thursday with the exceptions of large cities. Retiree travel may do you well to be spontaneous. If you have the personality to wait until the last minute to book your retiree travel, airlines and hotels cut prices to fill their needs.
Retiree travel may require destinations you can drive too that may be only a 1,2 or 3, day drive. Retiree travel requires some fore thought. If traveling abroad, use your credit card vs. debit card for exchange rates. Be flexible. If you don’t leave some wiggle room in your itinerary, you may not find a great retiree travel deal.
Retiree travel may require you to pack smart by packing less.
We all know that we usually pack more than what we really need and always take home more that what we started with. The airlines are charging more for luggage, per bag or by weight. It may be cheaper to pre ship you luggage.
Retiree travel may require fast travel plans. Go directly to some of the travel sites to avoid hours of searching the web. You may want to consider retiree travel with a group for cheaper rates.
Retiree travel must take into consideration health care outside the U.S.
You can’t use Medicare in other countries. Medicare part A covers hospital costs and is free. You may also want to check it out. Before you retiree travel, you may want to look into travel insurance. It can range from extensive comprehensive health coverage to medical evacuation as well as cancellations. Retiree travel can be fun, inexpensive, exciting and rewarding.