Retired Travel – The Opportunities are Endless

When you are retired, travel can be more than just an occasional past-time – it can become a way of life. Many seniors have a long list of the cities they’d like to visit and have been looking forward to putting their travel plans into action. You may be enjoying all the benefits and joys of Florida retirement living, but chances are, you too will find the lure of retired travel very appealing. With all of the options available to you for ways to travel and places to see, you literally have the entire world of destinations to consider. You might decide to stay in the United States and explore the nooks and crannies of this country or you can broaden your horizons by experiencing the culture and excitement of international travel.   

If you are over 55 in Florida, you have undoubtedly discovered the wide array of activities and amenities that are designed specifically for the retiree. The same can be said of retired travel options. The demand that drives the popularity of retirement communities in Florida also drives the availability of travel packages, tours, discount programs and other enticements for the traveling retiree. The 55 and over age group is not only the largest population, but it is also the population that statistically has the most wealth. Since locations compete with each other to get a share of the retired travel market, you can benefit from incredible travel discounts and deals if you know where to look. Some companies that include senior travel options are:  

·         Elderhostel- this company focuses on providing cultural and historical perspectives on the destination. They offer packages both domestically and internationally.  

·         Travelearn – luxury cruises, cruise-land packages, and other tours that cater mostly to people over 50.  

·         Eldertrek – adventure travel tours for people 50 and over. The company offers trips such as African safaris, Mongolia by camel, or even tours of Antarctica.  

No matter what type of retired travel you are considering, there are a few ways to make sure you get the best deals. First, check the American Association of Retired Persons website to see if there are any travel specials for the destinations that you are considering. You can, at a minimum, take advantage of the American Association of Retired Persons membership discount that many hotels offer. However, there are also often trips with special itineraries offered through American Association of Retired Persons, along with discounts for air travel, car rental, or admission tickets to certain sites. Other discounts are available through other member based organizations.  

Even if you are not a member of any organization that specializes in retired travel, you can still find extraordinary deals on travel if you know where to look. The most varied options will be found through travel agents or travel websites. In fact, you can find many of the same deals that a travel agent would offer you if you do a bit of research on travel websites, and you actually may save more this way by avoiding surcharges and fees.  

So how do you know which websites to use? You can start with the popular travel sites like Cheap tickets, Expedia or Orbitz. Many of the same deals will appear on each of the sites, and you can sign up for email updates when new travel deals arise. If you don’t want to have to keep checking a variety of websites for the best deals, try registering for updates from a company like travelzoo.com. This company monitors the travel deals offered around the web and summarizes the best ones on their webpage and through emails.  

With all the options out there, it can seem overwhelming at first. But with a little research, you’ll find the retired travel opportunities that sound inspiring to you. No matter where you go, don’t let anything stop you from making your retired travel experiences the best of your life.