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  • Published on Oct 31, 2018
    Budget-Friendly Travel Tips for Seniors: Having Fun Without Breaking the Bank

    Many seniors find they finally have time to travel and do all the things they want to do once they retire. Unfortunately, they also often find that their budgets don’t quite have room for it all.

    There are so many things to consider when you travel, as well, from making sure you stay safe and healthy to taking care of your belongings while you’re away—and it can be a bit overwhelming to plan for. However, there are some things you can do to make the process easier so you can get away, see some sights, and relax without breaking the bank.

    Starting with a good plan will help immensely. Being aware of scammers and those who commit fraud is essential, especially since there are so many who prey on seniors. If you feel you need help making plans for your trip, make sure you only do business with reputable companies; check with the Better Business Bureau first before making any decisions. Packing smart will also help you save money by preventing last-minute shopping for the things you need, as will traveling during off-peak hours or months.

    Keep reading for some great tips on how to take the trip you’ve always wanted to take without busting your budget.

    Look for Discounts Online

    There are many websites that offer travel discounts, whether for your hotel, airfare, or meals at local restaurants. Check out this site, which lists some of the best places to look for discounts and coupons before you leave. Just make sure you read the fine print, as some discounts may only apply to certain locations or at particular times of the day. It’s also a good idea to print out any deals you find online so you’ll have a physical copy when you present the discount.

    Pack Smart

    Give yourself enough time to pack well, as this could save you some money down the line. If you’re going to a sunny locale, don’t forget a refillable water bottle, sunscreen, and a hat to shield your face (just check with the airline guidelines about what you can bring in your carry-on if you’re flying). Trips to a cold destination will require warm clothing, of course, but you’ll want to pack lots of layers so you can remove them if you get overheated. Often, shopping in a tourist town can be extremely expensive, so if you pack smart, you won’t have to drop a ton of money while you’re there. Finally, make sure you bring any pertinent medications—and prescription information—in your carry-on luggage.

    Get Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance can be extremely beneficial for seniors while they’re traveling; even if you’re in perfect health, it’s a good idea to plan for any occurrence, from a fall or illness to the need for new medication.

    “Nothing is worse than to be in a foreign land and find yourself in a situation where you have fallen or run out of medication and not knowing what to do or if you’ll be covered,” Liz Dahl, founder of Boomer Travel Patrol, explained to Smart Travel.

    Make Your Own Food

    One of the most expensive parts of any trip is eating out, but you can avoid spending too much while you’re away by looking for a hotel room with a kitchen area. This way, you can shop once you arrive and buy items to make lunch and/or breakfast with—and save your spending for a nice dinner.

    Traveling is a great way to spend time with your spouse or partner and to experience new things now that you’re free of many of your responsibilities. However, it’s incredibly important to ensure you stay safe and healthy and that your finances are well taken care of for the duration. With some good planning, you can take the trip of your dreams.

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