Preparing for Retirement Part 6 – Travel Schedules

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As a recent retiree, Bill Storie, Founder of Olderhood, examines the factors of your current lifestyle that you CAN change as you approach “R-Day” …  and the factors you probably CAN’T.

Part 6 – Travel Schedules

“When I retire, I will travel extensively” so says everyone before retirement.

“I can’t be bothered” so says many after retirement.

The freedom of not having to adhere to schedules, strict deadlines and instructions from others has a tendency to instill a sense of laziness in many people. “I can choose to do what I want, when I want, and not justify it to anyone.”  That’s fine, apart from the easy slide into “I choose to do nothing today, and if I don’t finish doing nothing today, I’ll finish it tomorrow.”

This new freedom of choice is extremely powerful. It can literally make or break people.

As we get older, the urge to travel in many people is one of those “manana” issues. It doesn’t have to be that way of course, but it can be. All those great plans can get lost in the comfort of the armchair. It’s not a failing, just a fact – well, for many people at least.

If you are in the fortunate position to be able to throw a few things in the back of the car and drive off for the weekend, then retirement living, at least the travel part, will be enjoyable. On the other hand, if you have to drive to an airport, stand in line and check baggage, take your shoes and belt off, and be screened – all of this 2 hours before you leave, then maybe that round-the-world trip you planned, will drive you round the bend.

The cruise to nowhere may also be a dream that stays a dream. If you have never cruised before, then 5 days on the sea may not be so swell. That tummy bulge may also be in for an expanding time of it, too. Mind you, a cruise down the Rhine does sound wonderful.

Travel by train is fun, unless you intend to train across Canada. The first day is fabulous. The second day is “are we there yet..?”. The third day is “get me off this damned thing.” Canada is not Rockies from coast to coast. Check the budget as well before you look for your train driver’s hat.

If your retirement planning does involve lots of travel then don’t “overplan”, but certainly spend some quality time thinking it through, and budgeting and scheduling. A world cruise is a good idea (I think) for a lot of people, but can be exhaustively difficult to logistically plan.

Finally, always remember that if you don’t travel now, in retirement, then when will you…?

So …

  1. If you have want to travel in retirement, get it organised.
  2. If you fancy energetic travel, do so sooner than later in retirement.
  3. If you have the money to travel, spend it – if not, the kids will…!!!

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