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How To Travel After Retirement

Over 50 percent of the discretionary spending power in the United States alone rests with us baby boomers and we are responsible for over half of all consumer spending according to some studies. Baby boomers play a big role in the economy with boomers accounting for about 80 percent of all leisure travel. Over the past little while several trends for baby boomers travel have emerged. as many of us have retired and have the time to travel.

One baby boomer travel trend is that we like comfortable accommodations but we also like to stretch our travel dollar. Several alternatives to the standard hotel are increasingly becoming popular with boomer travellers.

Apartment Rental

If you are a group of four or more travelling boomers then perhaps renting an apartment for your stay is something you want to consider. Fully furnished apartments for four people equipped with two full bathrooms, 2 bedrooms, a living area / dining area, fully equipped kitchen and laundry and internet can be had for affordable rates almost anywhere in the world. For example last summer my wife and I along with another couple spent two weeks in Italy and stayed in apartments in Rome, Florence, Chianti, Umbria, and Venice. For example we paid 160 euros a day in Florence for an apartment located across the street from Museo Accademia where the works of Michelangelo are housed including the famous masterpiece David. The major sites and museums were never more than a ten minute walk.

We could eat in when we wanted to economize even more since we had a full kitchen and travelled lighter than usual since we had a washer and dryer at our disposal.

So if you are looking for comfortable accommodations at a very good price then apartment rental may be for you and your group. These are especially attractive if you are spending 3 days or more at one destination. Check out sites like Homeway to explore this option further.

Bed and Breakfast

If you are just a boomer couple traveling and find yourself visiting small towns and countryside destinations then bed and breakfast houses may be a good option. These are ideal for short stays of one or two nights where you can have a very nice room with bath and a nice full high quality breakfast in a peaceful home surrounding. Bed and breakfasts are usually conveniently located so you can set out on your day trips from right outside your front door.

And they are quite affordable. For example on a recent trip to Western Canada my wife and I stayed in several and paid no more than $100 CDN. A mid grade hotel room would cost about the same without breakfast and the hotel would lack the charm of a private home.

Check out sites like Bed and Breakfast to explore this option more.

Home Exchange

If you plan on spending a week or more somewhere maybe exchanging your home in exchange for another is something to look at. You will need to join a site that acts as an exchange to help homeowners hook up and exchange their homes. You will need to match your travel plans with the availability dates of homes. Essentially you stay in someone's place and they use yours at the same time.

So all you have to pay essentially are your travel expenses, food, and probably a rental car. Maybe some incidental expenses will have to be paid at the home such as gas or electricity. Otherwise this option could be a good option for stays of one to 3 weeks at a particular location. Sites such Home Exchange and Home Exchange 50 Plus are good resources for this.

I hope you enjoyed this article on baby boomers travel apps and that they will help you with your next boomer travel destination.


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