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Why You Should Travel The World When You Retire

Why You Should Travel The World When You Retire


Travelling during retirement is a dream for many. However, traveling costs a lot of money and you will need to do some advanced planning before you start living the dream. Retirement is the perfect time to explore the world – without job commitments, young children, and a whole heap of responsibilities on your shoulders. Some people go down a different route and choose to spend their retirement starting a new business or renovating their homes. 

But here are a few reasons you should travel the world when you retire instead…

#1 Funding

Many of us receive access to a state or private pension when we retire. You can use your pension to live on and fund your retirement travels – depending on the size of the sum you receive. However, if you don’t receive enough money to travel the world and cover your daily living costs, you may have to look at other revenues. 

You could start a small business, like ironing services or dog walking, to earn some extra cash. Or you could apply for an equity release from your home to free up some funding for travel and give you access to more usable money.

#2 Time Flexibility

During your retirement years, you are likely to have a lot more time to go and explore destinations. You are no longer restricted by school holidays, bank holidays and as much annual leave as your job allows. Retirement can give you more flexibility and a chance to take a trip just for you. 

#3 Discovering New Places

You should make a wander list before you begin planning your trips in retirement. Identify the places you want to see and whether you can group a few of them together on one trip. Long-haul flights can be costly, so if you’re flying to a new part of the world, you may as well see a few places there.  For example, if you’re flying to Australia from the UK, you could fly to New Zealand as well on the trip. 

#4 Stay in Better Accommodation

If you travelled in your youth, you probably slept on the floor of a few airports and in a few budget hostels. In your retirement, you are better off renting an apartment to spend a week or so in. You can explore the area at a leisurely pace and enjoy relaxing in your own space. Air BnB is a great place to find some local apartments at various price ranges.

#5 Relaxation

Travelling doesn’t need to be an adventure holiday in a remote location. It can be a relaxing break on a beach with your loved one and a few cocktails. Visit the attractions you want to see and indulge in a few luxury restaurants if you have the budget. You don’t need to go backpacking to get the traveller experience – you can travel in style!

About the author

Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Her travels allow her the opportunity to pursue her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.


  1. gps investment
    July 26, 2021 at 12:28 am

    I live by this philosophy! I travel when I can and don’t really think twice….while saving for my retirement because we can’t forget about that! Health is so important and so many people take it for granted. I am happy that you are able to live an amazing retirement!

    • Carmen Edelson
      July 26, 2021 at 1:23 pm

      Thanks for your lovely comment!

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