Seven Reasons Why You Should Consider Travelling after Retirement
As soon as you leave school, the trap is set and the travel bug is ready to bite.
The “do-it-now” attitude, the impetuousness of youth, the dead-end job, not knowing if university is the right choice, the desperate need to live life to the fullest (which ultimately leads to stressing out about how you’re not living life to the fullest) – it all pushes us to travel when we’re young.
The experiences of your youth are formative, fulfilling and meaningful – but there seems to be a lot more pressure to travel among young people. Some people feel that they’ve missed some monumental life step because they’ve chosen a family or their career over travel. That’s simply not true.
So, with that, we say “it’s never too late”. Here’s the case for travelling when you’re retired.
1) It’s All the Rage
If you’re retired and looking for adventure, you’re far from alone. Travel is among the top goals of today’s retirees. Retirees travel year-round and spend more on travel than any other age group. Meeting new people and travelling in style are high up on the list of requirements.
2) You’re Never Too Old for New Experiences
Statistics show that “bucket-list” experiences and adventure travel among the over-50s are on the up – and why not? It’s never too late to try something new. Ocean and river cruising are extremely popular, too: 45% of retirees say they like the idea of a cruise.
3) Speaking of Experience…
At a certain point in life, you know who you are and what you want. Not many school leavers, gap-year travellers or even mid-lifers looking for a new direction can say that about themselves. You can now make your travel choices with the confidence that they’re right for you.
4) No Pressure to Forge a Career
Passion projects aside, your life’s work is done when you’ve retired. Think back to your teens, 20s and 30s: the pressures in life were different. They all seemed so important.
Make friends, get good grades, get a great job, meet the love of your life, get married, buy a house, start a family, earn more money, work, work, work... We cram all of this stress and pressure into a tiny window in life. Then, we throw travel into the mix. Why not relieve the pressure?
5) The Kids Are Grown-Up
When your kids are all grown-up and off doing their own thing, you have options. You can downsize your home and leave them a little something to start their own lives, alleviating some of that pressure.
Maybe you can fuel your adventures with a little injection of extra cash. With any luck (more than likely, actually), your kids will be rooting for you to get out in the world and enjoy your retirement.
6) You’ve Got to Spend It Somehow
It’s not the pension; it’s the time. And there’s a lot of it. The most satisfying way to spend all that time is to do the things you love and to have new, exciting experiences. Don’t let your days blend into the same loop of watching TV and sitting around. Don’t spend all your hard-earned retirement money on products. Invest in yourself.
7) You’ll Live Longer
OK, it’s a stretch, but well-being is more than just a physical thing. Staying active, getting some sun, meeting people, absorbing culture, feeding your brain new experiences – all this adds up to your overall health and well-being. So, feed your curiosity, keep active and take in all that the world has to offer. It’s for your own good!