Travelling After Retirement

Travelling After Retirement

Is there a country, city or landmark you’ve always wanted to visit but never found the time? Well, now you’re a retiree, there is no better time.

With all this spare time on your hands, it makes sense to travel the world, see things you’ve always wanted to and explore like many don’t get the opportunity to do. Many people like to travel after university and before heading into working life. This is called taking a ‘gap year’ but often with small budgets and a limited time, you almost feel like their not making the most of it.

Once our children have grown up, moved out, and become fully independent, many retirees find themselves yearning for adventure and the opportunity to indulge in their own desires. With fewer commitments and since many of us are residing in senior living facilities like this one in ridgefield crossings, we often have more freedom to explore exotic destinations and treat ourselves. With fewer familial obligations and the flexibility to go wherever and whenever we please, we can welcome our newfound freedom to embark on exciting adventures and create unforgettable memories.

Over the past decade, many retirees have adopted travel and thoroughly enjoyed spending quality time together on holidays. As retirement approaches, they begin to envision the possibilities for their newfound free time. For those who have a passion for traveling, the idea of exploring new places and experiencing different cultures becomes even more enticing.

The more we discussed it, the more it made sense to use our retirement time wisely, to see things we only dreamed of, to visit places we only knew existed on the TV and to feel young again.

We can start out by creating a list of all the places we want to visit, from Thailand to South America, hidden gems in Europe, and even places in the UK we had never been. We will then plan to split up these trips and focus on four or five different aspects that we would love to see during our time and then figure out a timescale of how long we’d need.

We will also try hard not to worry about money too much, we want the experience to be the best it could be and know that if we didn’t do it properly we’d probably come home wishing we did things differently. We will have budgets but the experience will be the overruling factor.

We know we won’t be going to pick up sticks and leave for a year traveling and doing everything in one go, so we used our time to really research our destination, discover the best routes, best flight times, and where to stay. We will probably become so excited and after our first mini trip around a few spots in Europe, we might become addicted.

We now have a list as long as our arm and up next we’re preparing for the biggest trip; Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Malaysia. Being our age, there are certain things you have to take into consideration, the biggest being healthcare. It’s vital you take out comprehensive insurance which will cover you in all instances. In this regard, knowing that you can rely on providers similar to colonial insurance, can be comforting.

Without family commitments, work commitment and time to do what we like with, travelling once retired is the best decision you can make. Many of us grow up regretting we did more with our lives, and for us, travelling was something we never got round to. Seize the opportunity to travel when you retire and I assure you life will become the best adventure.

Have you travelled now you’ve retired? We’d love to hear your stories, find out where you’ve been and take on board any tips you may have. Get in touch by following the contact us page.


Robert Darnell

I’m Robert, the Grey Wanderer. After over 50 years in business, it was time for me to hang up my boots and enter the world of retirement. With so much time on my hands I decided to indulge in the two things I love most, writing and travel and so the Grey Wanderer was born.

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