One dream many older adults have for retirement is the freedom to travel for extended periods of time. Exploring the Greek Isles, going on an African safari, or cruising down the Seine on a riverboat can all be great ways to enjoy your retirement. Before you book your trip, however, there are a few details to keep in mind.
7 Tips for Traveling Internationally during Retirement
- Time your trip to save: With the flexibility your retirement lifestyle offers, you can take advantage of off-season specials and discounted rates. By avoiding peak travel times, often during the holidays and summer, you will save money. You can also find discounts through organizations such as AARP and the American Automobile Association (AAA).
- Explore Road Scholar: Consider an international learning adventure through the Road Scholar program, formerly known as Elderhostel. From small group trips to women-only adventures, there are tours to meet every interest and budget.
- Consider voluntourism: A type of travel that continues to gain followers is known as voluntourism—a combination of volunteering and tourism. Global Vision International is an organization that assists adults over the age of 50 with finding a voluntourism project. A few examples include helping the monks in Laos, working with children in India, and teaching English in Costa Rica.
- Remember health needs: When you are planning your trip, remember to take into account any health needs (i.e. medications, diabetic supplies) you will need. You’ll likely have to stock up and take everything you will need with you.
- Buy travelers insurance: If you are a Medicare recipient, it’s important to know that your benefit typically doesn’t cover international travel. Medicare Advantage plans may not either. You’ll need to explore your options and budget for travel insurance when you head off to an international destination. These plans usually cover health care, lost or stolen luggage, and canceled trips.
- Enroll in STEP: The U.S. Department of State has a program for keeping international travelers updated on the latest news and security information. It’s called the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). You can sign up for free to receive updates directly from the relevant embassy.
- Plan for coverage at home: Finally, consider lining up someone to monitor your house and property while you are gone. Being confronted with burst pipes, a break-in, or another home disaster isn’t an ideal way to return from the trip of your dreams. If you don’t have a friend or family member who lives close, enlisting the services of a property management company might be necessary.
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