Have you thought about what you want to do when you leave work for good? Traveling around the world is probably high on your list, but where should you start? Choosing a destination and figuring out what to do once you’re there can be a daunting task. The options seem endless.
The second hardest part is figuring out your budget for the trip. Do you think you can’t afford a vacation to an exotic location abroad? You may want to start with adventures in the U.S. Saving money often depends on timing. Traveling even a month off-season can mean major savings, and many winter resorts (for instance) are beautiful and relatively uncrowded in summer. When you’re deciding where to go, too, read the financial news. The exchange rate with the local currency can make a big difference, and researching it should actually be a priority.
There is a destination that will accommodate virtually any traveler, whether he or she wants extreme adventure, seclusion, relaxation, crowds, excitement, luxury or primitive conditions, or all of these together.
You don’t have to just fantasize about ditching all of your possessions and hitting the road after you’ve made giving up work official. The “retire and travel” dream is very much alive. Once the reality of your new situation sets in – that you’re actually free and have all the time in the world – your next step is to start planning a trip — or make that several.