We are fortunate to live in such a big world filled with a plethora of sights and cultures to enjoy. That is why so many people wait until retirement to travel the world, no longer hindered by the responsibility of work. However, this also means having to either save more money before retirement or being forced to choose one trip over another due to finances.
The good news is that there are so many apps and companies that make it more affordable to travel than ever before. Here are a few tips to help you make the best of your sunset years flying into the sunset.
When it comes to travel, many people try to cover as much ground as possible as quickly as they can. However, there are many alternatives outside of air travel that may be slower, but are cheaper and can offer a better look at the world. These options include cruises, train travel, bus tours, RV trips, or hiking excursions for the true adventurers.
Learn When to Look
For those who do want to travel by plane, it’s important to know when to buy your ticket. Researchers have studied for years to discover when it’s the best time to buy airline tickets. Recently, Expedia, Inc. along with the Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) that the best time to book your tickets is the Sunday three weeks before your trip. Keep in mind that this also depends on the time of year that you are buying. For example, some airlines will have deals for Black Friday or specials throughout the year.
Invest in Your Travel
With all of the various expenses that can go into your trip, it can help to have someone else worrying about the planning and making sure that you spend more than needed. Investing in a tour or cruise not only takes away much of your travel stress, but some tours include airfare, hotel, and even food in their rates, saving you money. There are a plethora of websites that offer this service, even Groupon has deals on trips all over the world.
Pay for the Experience
On your travels, it is always tempting to get souvenirs for loved ones back home. It’s also important, though, that if you’re planning to visit many different locations on your travels that you prioritize experiences over shopping. Instead of a snow globe for your grandkids’ mantel, go on an adventure that you can tell them about.