Travelling on a budget in your 60’s

Who says you can’t have fun in your advanced years without it being expensive or over the top? If you’re planning on travelling to anywhere in the near future, you can do so on a budget. And by budget, we don’t mean driving your RV and seeing the countryside –although that’d be nice. Adults who have spent their entire lives working should be able to have fun when they become senior citizens in their 60s. And money shouldn’t be the reason why they can’t have fun. As a result, we have compiled the following tips to help you travel and have fun without necessarily spending all your savings.

Look out for Travel Discounts

If you’ll be travelling out of the country, you should look for travel discounts. Many airlines, transport companies and travel agencies typically offer discounts to senior citizens depending on where they’re travelling to or how long they’ll be staying. Also look for hotel discounts and touring discounts. Some travel agencies have all these packaged together. A 10% discount here, another 7% there and on and on can make a lot of difference in your expenses.

  • photo – Ernst Vikne

Last Minute, Off-Peak and Offseason Travels and Deals

Travelling in the summer can be quite expensive. This is due to the large number of people who travel at that time. But, if you’re willing, you can get great last minute, off-season offers. For instance, if you decide to not travel in the summer and instead travel during the autumn or before summer, you’ll find that you may end up saving as much as 75% on all travel expenses. And you’ll even get to save a lot more if you wait until the last minute to sign up. Sure, you may not be able to swim, but other perks such as the views, tours, discount saunas and so on.

Join a Senior Citizens Travel Group 

Senior citizens’ travel groups tend to get more discounts because of the number of people. Most travel agencies, hotels, trains and airlines are more likely to offer discounts to groups of senior citizens than individuals. So, if you don’t mind travelling in groups with other seniors, you can easily look for one near you and join. True, you might have to pay annual or monthly fees, but the perks can be quite substantial.

Look for Senior Vacation Swaps

Hotel bills can take a sizable chunk out of your budget. Therefore, if you want to reduce your expenses, you should look into what is known as senior vacation swaps. Bottom line, you’ll look for seniors that you can swap homes with. You will go live in their home while they come live in yours. To make this work, you’ll both need to have similar travel schedules and reside in each other’s country, area, county or state of interest. Depending on the arrangement between you, you may even use each other’s cars.

Author Karen Underhill was not surprised to learn that the fastest growing group of habitual travellers is made up of people over the age of 60. If you are over 60 and have the travel bug, you can go here for a wealth of information and advice on problem free travel planning.

  • Author Karen Underhill was not surprised to learn that the fastest growing group of habitual travellers is made up of people over the age of 60. If you are over 60 and have the travel bug, you can go here for a wealth of information and advice on problem free travel planning.

Author: Muzi Mohale

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