Travelling the world is usually on most people’s bucket lists of things to do before it’s too late. Unfortunately, work responsibilities, family obligations and financial burdens often prohibit or limit the amount of travelling that can be done during our 30s, 40s and 50s. But, once you hit your 60s, travelling to exciting parts of the world suddenly becomes a possibility. And why not? After a lifetime of hard work and sacrifice, now’s the time to kick back and relax and live a little, right?
Travelling can be expensive, though. Travel fees, lodging, meals and entertainment can really add up, and you don’t want to find yourself spending every penny of your hard-earned life savings just on the trip of a lifetime. So, before you start jet-setting through the Caribbean or taking a train across the European countryside, it’s important to know that there are several things you can do in advance to save money and still plan the trip you’ve been waiting a lifetime for.
Look for Travel Services for Seniors
Seeking out an experienced travel service that specialize in deals, bargains and special packages for seniors is a great way to ensure that you are able to get the most vacation for your money. There are many ways that you can find a reputable travel agent to plan your trip. Many online directories exist where you can find highly-rated agents in your area. You can find a few directories at:
- The American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA)
- Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)
- The Association of Canadian Travel Agencies (ACTA)
- The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA)
You can also search online for senior-friendly travel agents in your area using your geographical location, your destination, or based on any travel specifications you may have like disability services, Alaskan Cruises, European adventures, or even Central American travel excursions. Finding an agent who specializes in specific areas of travel will help you get the best deals possible as you plan your trip.
How Can a Senior-Friendly Travel Agent Save You Money?
Utilizing a travel agent to plan your trip is the best way to save money on your trip. Agents know where to look for special savings on airfare. Although senior discounts in air travel are diminishing, experienced agents know which airlines still offer the valued savings for seniors and what restrictions might be in place to receive the discounts. They can find the best package deals available for your destination that include airfare, lodging, food and entertainment. These packages can be ideal if you’ve never travelled to your destination before, since they will help you plan an itinerary for your trip. This will help you minimize the time and money wasted trying to figure out the best places to visit while you’re away. These schedules can be as flexible or jam-packed as you’d like and will be customized to your needs and interests.
Check Your Current Memberships for Discounts
One of the extra perks to using a senior-friendly travel agent is that they can help you tap into extra travel discounts that you may not have realized you had access to. Are you a member of AARP, Costco, or the Priceline Senior Deals club? There are many clubs or organizations that you may already be a part of that could save you extra on your trip. Many hotels, such as Choice Hotels, Marriott Hotels and Best Western Hotels offer special discounts for frequent overnight stays. But did you know that they also offer additional discounts for seniors? A travel agent will help you discover all of the travel deals you can find through many of the other organizations you may already be a member of.
Tour Groups for Seniors are an Exciting Travel Option
Whether you are travelling with a companion or setting off by yourself, joining a tour group for seniors is a great travel option to consider. Tour groups travel all over the globe and offer you an opportunity to meet new people who share similar hobbies with you along the way. Discover the ancient ruins of Rome with new friends who share your interests. Often times, new friendships formed on one trip end up travelling around the world together again and again on future trips. These clubs make travel possible for seniors and will take you to places you never dreamed you could visit. You’ll have the support of other travellers in your same stage of life, and you’ll be able to form life-changing memories along the way.
Ask for an Accessible Room
Many hotels have designated rooms for seniors or those who require accessible options. Often times, these rooms are the last to be reserved so you can likely get a deal on them. Accessible rooms are usually located on the main floor so you don’t have to climb stairs or wait for an elevator. They also come with extra safety features including lowered shelving and switches and adding railing for support. If you’re lucky, the hotel might even have a walk-in-tub installed in the bathroom for easy bathing.
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Don’t forego taking the trip of a lifetime because you’re worried about the expense or whether you’ll be able to fully enjoy everything your destination has to offer. There are endless opportunities out there to discover the Caribbean Islands, Greece, or the Rocky Mountains, and there are countless adventures that are fit for seniors to enjoy. Adventure is just a travel agent away.
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