Traveling in Retirement

by Emily on December 1st, 2015

Baby boomers across the United States have been packing their bags and hitting the road, traveling the globe and celebrating their newfound freedom.

From simple weekend excursions to trips across the continents, they’ve been exploring the world in ever greater numbers and forging the way with new travel trends that reflect their varied interests.

Ready to join them?

There’s never been a better time to indulge in travel. Options are available to meet every budget, interest and adventure level.

Not sure where you want to go?

Retirees have taken to blogging about their travels, offering great resources to explore your travel options and great advice from those whom have forged ahead, from tips on staying healthy while traveling to how to travel alone, budgeting, the best foods to try, and the best excursions to take while visiting other cities and countries.

Notable blogs include Travel Past 50 written by a couple that has dedicated their retirement to traveling around the globe. After selling their possessions, the pair has spent years doing what they love while providing reviews of the places they’ve visited and sharing their experiences online.

Other blogs that can inform and inspire include Just a Backpack and a Rollie, Jonathan Look’s LifePart2, The Roaming Boomers and Women on the Road.

Want discounts on travel?

Members of AARP can receive discounts on rental cars, hotels, dining expenses, and more. AARP also provides resources that make planning easier by allowing you to search for and discover the perfect trip, organize destinations by location, and schedule activities ahead of time.

Looking for a vacation off the beaten path?

Escape the crowds and retreat to a private residence. Innovative sites such as VRBO and Airbnb rent out residences in locations around the globe, giving you the chance to experience destinations as a local would and truly immerse yourself in the culture around you.

Get moving faster with travel apps.

For the tech-savvy travelers, smartphone apps can be a convenient and easy resource to plan your next trip. With TripIt, be your own personal travel agent or send in your flight and hotel information and the app will construct your itinerary for you.

Whether you’re looking to lounge on the beaches of the Caribbean, hike through the forests of national parks, or wander the streets of Europe, retirement provides the perfect opportunity to travel.

Get started planning now and experience the destinations you’ve been dreaming about.

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