Travel in Retirement
I don’t know about you but I plan on exploring the world a lot more in my time and I was recently commissioned by Bathing Solutions to give my thoughts on this. There are two things standing in my way at the moment – time and money. Most people are limited by time as with most jobs you only get a certain amount of annual leave, so you can’t travel extensively. The other factor is money, travelling is expensive. You’ve got flights, hotels, food, attractions and lots more to pay out for.
But once you reach retirement age, you hope to be in a position to travel a lot more. One, you have a lot more time on your hands and two, hopefully, you will have fewer outgoings, so more disposable income. Perhaps you no longer have children to fund, mortgages to pay and your desire for material items may have lessened?
It’s important to consider travelling in retirement carefully. You need to be honest about how much you are able to do and afford. It’s worth looking at where, when and how and planning well ahead. If you have any underlying health conditions, it’s important to factor these in. Including, any medication or any implications for insurance purposes.
Suitability for your mobility is a bit factor too. Hopefully, you’ll reach retirement with great mobility, but if not, you need to make sure you are picking a destination that is easy to get around if you are less able on your feet. Or perhaps hotels that factor in amenities for those who are a little less able. This might include adapted hotel rooms with more specialised bathroom facilities like you might have at home.
It might be that your hotel needs to have a lift to enable you to get around without walking lots of flights of stairs. If you are using a swimming pool, perhaps one with steps into the water would be more suitable to than one with a ladder. These are all factors to think about.
Also the actual destination its self is a good one to consider. If you are using mobility aids or unsteady on your feet, a destination with better infrastructure in terms of pavements would be more suitable. Also, some destinations are very hilly and require a certain level of fitness to get around. All good things to think about.
It’s important to still see the world and explore and I’m a firm believer that getting out and about keeps people young. The old saying ‘if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it’ applies to every stage in life.
It’s a little way off for me, but I’m looking forward to retirement. I’d happily be one of these people that’s always jetting off to explore new places or perhaps even visiting some of my favourites from over the years. How about you? Are you looking forward to exploring the world more? Have you thought about where to go and what to see in retirement?
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