Travelling in your retirement 

Why Silver Nomads Can and Should Trot the Globe

You’ve spent a good chunk of your life paying off a mortgage, building up a retirement fund and looking forward to the day when ‘nine to five’ is no longer in your vocabulary. Not to mention raising kids, nurturing your marriage and savouring all the giddy highs and heartbreaking lows life throws at you along the way.

So when the time comes to retire, you’ve earned it.

As luxuriant as thoughts of pottering around the house, nurturing a veggie garden and dotting on your grandkids are, we’d take a guess that you’re also dreaming of something a little more exhilarating…

Trip planningSo, why not succumb to the siren song of travel, and dive headfirst into planning the trip you’ve always dreamed of? Whether it’s a whirl-wind two-week cruise, a multi-month trip to Europe, a self-drive caravanning adventure or an epic voyage around the world with no return ticket, here’s 10 reasons why silver nomads not only can, but should travel post-retirement.

Stay fit

Post-retirement, it’s all too easy to slip into a lifestyle that doesn’t exemplify health. So, rather than beat yourself up for hitting the snooze button instead of leaping out of bed and swimming 25 laps every morning, why not hit the road and get fit by default? Whether it’s wandering around cities, strolling along beaches or lugging your suitcase up a staircase, travel keeps you active, healthy and on the move.

Rediscover your lust for life

For most people, retirement follows years on end of working the same job, living in the same house and adhering to the same routine. Even if you love your life and everything about it, decades of repetitiveness can leave your spirit lacking a little je ne sais quoi. Travel reenergises the senses, inspires the mind and will bring a new sense of excitement to your Golden Years.

Travel within your means, and anything’s possible

airportOne of the biggest reservations about post-retirement travel is the concern that it’s simply not affordable. Without a steady income rolling in, some people feel that travel is no longer a reality. Turns out, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Travel within your means, and gallivanting the world can be just as real as it was in your twenties. And no, you don’t have to bunk up in hostels. Minimise financial stress by being smart about your budget and your destination. Obviously, a romantic railway journey around Europe staying in elegant hotels is going to be pricier than a tropical getaway to South East Asia. But travel to India, and you can live like a maharaja, on under $50 a day.

Enjoy your Golden Years

Forget your twenties. Post-retirement you’re living out your Golden Years, and are set to enjoy one of the absolute best eras of your life. You’re healthy, mobile, financially stable and have a wealth of life experience under your belt. So, what better way to celebrate this than by treating yourself to the trip of a lifetime? There’s no time like the present, and health concerns that kick in during your later years can pop-up sooner than you might expect.

Earn a different kind of living

OK, so this one goes a little against the grain but we thought we’d throw it in anyway just for good measure. You may have hung up the boots on your nine to five job, but that doesn’t mean you can keep a little side income rolling in. Discussions and senior travel blogs are taking off bigtime, and with the right approach you could turn yours into not just a way to keep your loved ones in the loop, but a means of income.

Find new purpose

travelAs well as pleasure, travelling in your retirement can emerge as a purpose in itself. For example, a close friend of one of our team members is a retired nurse, and now spends three months a year volunteering her skills at a clinic in Africa. Even if your profession doesn’t translate to a travel context, there are still amazing volunteer opportunities. From English teachers to disaster relief workers, think about what you’re passionate about and start exploring opportunities in these areas. Thought volunteering was just for gap year students? Think again.

Be savvy about your savings

Does the thought of travelling in your retirement make your bank account tremble? We’ve already covered why it doesn’t have to send you broke, but if you’re still feeling a little overwhelmed why not start turning your current expenses into future travel tokens? Credit card rewards, frequent flyer points and other loyalty programmes can work to pad out your retirement fund, and minimise the costs of major expenses like flights, hotels and car hire.

Travel for longer

You’re retired! It can be a little hard to wrap your head around at first, but the main point to digest is that you’re no longer limited by holidays. This means that instead of pooling together all the unpaid leave you can get your hands on, you can travel when you want, where you want, for as long as you want. It’s the kind of freedom that you can only dream of in your thirties and forties, so don’t hold back when it comes to travelling for weeks, months or even years on end if that’s what gets you inspired. In fact, the cost of long-term travel in your retirement years can be on-par, or even less than your usual life. Rent your house out for a year, live out of a caravan, travel on a shoestring… If you want it enough, anything is possible.