They say traveling is for the young. But it is when you retire that you can finally travel without worrying about vacations, short vacations or the amount of time. You can enjoy life and the experience of traveling, discover new cultures and finally spend time with your partner or with friends. The first year of retirement is crucial for making new acquaintances, and traveling is the best way to discover new horizons and start this new phase of life.
Whether you want a change of scenery to discover an island with lush scenery, take a round-the-world trip to expand your knowledge, or opt for a more relaxing vacation in nature, there's a destination to suit your interests and budget. It's never too late to honeymoon, and you can finally take that trip you've been dreaming of as soon as you have time after retirement.
Did you enjoy doing yoga in the park over the weekend? Maybe it's time to travel to India for a wholesome spiritual vacation. Do you love to explore a culture? Fly to a country where you can go on a guided tour with an expert guide. And if you want to be closer to nature, islands are a great place to take a break from civilization and its stress.
Going on vacation without your family is a privilege for older people who prefer to manage their own schedule. But don't forget to keep in touch with your family: why not keep a blog with photos of your flight, scenery and hotels you stayed in to share your experiences with your closest ones?
Travel far and spend less
Traveling around the vast world, discovering undiscovered places, is not something everyone can afford. However, keep in mind that this is not a family trip, so costs are usually lower if you are a retired couple. The answer to the question "how to spend less?" is often to stay in your own country: it almost always satisfies lovers of new experiences.
Ask yourself if your trip should be an adventure to an exotic country, or a simple vacation in one of your country's regions to explore its riches. Either way you will have something to offer, so choose depending on the kind of vacation you want to enjoy. When choosing your ideal vacation destination, be guided by your wishes.
Hotel is a big part of the budget: instead of a 4-star hotel, it is sometimes preferable to choose entertainment or excursions that will make your vacation memorable and allow you to better manage your funds. When it comes to food, choose local cuisine in small restaurants, which are often better than large and crowded establishments.
When traveling to a distant country, be sure to learn all about the political and social situation there, and most importantly, the precautions you need to take to protect your health. For example, before traveling to India or Thailand, it is recommended to get certain immunizations to avoid health risks.
Every year travelers have bitter experiences of contracting a disease in a foreign country: to avoid this mistake, listen to the advice of people who have been there before you, or read them on the Internet. Is it better not to drink tap water in that country? Are there foods that should be avoided?
Lifestyles are not the same everywhere: going on an adventure can be confusing, and experience shows that countries don't always turn out the way you imagined. If you want to have the best possible vacation in a new place, you need to keep an open mind.
Seasoned travelers know that whatever destination you choose, it's a good idea to pick up a book about the country or region that details places to visit, maps out the perfect tour itinerary, and offers invaluable advice on activities available, pitfalls to avoid, and ideas on how to get the most out of your trip.