Seniors Can Save Big on Travel Plans

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Here are 4 Ways Seniors Can Save Big on Travel Plans

By Sharon Wagner

When you’re planning a post-retirement vacation, you want to make the most of your time. However, if you’re on a budget like most seniors, you want to make the most of your savings. Luckily, fitting your holiday plans into a limited budget can be quite easy. With these easy tips, you can plan some brilliant holidays without going over budget.

 

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Make Sure Your Home Is Secure Pre-Holiday 

One expense that travellers never expect to pay for are damages to their home. But according to former thieves, the majority of burglars will purposely look for properties that seem vacant, so take some steps to secure your home before you leave on holiday. If you have any scheduled deliveries, put them on pause for a bit. For example, if you subscribe to a meal delivery service, make sure you put your account on hold before leaving. There’s no sense in paying for items you won’t be using! Plus, thieves look for stacks of mail and packages that signal you’re away.

Additionally, there are ways to prepare your home to ensure you don’t come home to an expensive repair or surprise. For instance, since many seniors plan holidays in colder months, it makes sense to inspect your roof for any leaks that could lead to serious issues. But you should also take care to prepare the inside of your flat as well. Donate or get rid of food that will expire and try to limit buying perishable items before you go on holiday.

 

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Reach Out to Airlines and Lodging Directly

Sometimes, travel sites can save you a bit of money on your expenses. Before you book, be sure to check directly with campsites, hotels, and airlines to make sure you are getting the absolute lowest rates. Many travellers are surprised to know that those discount travel sites can often charge excessive fees and make cancellations difficult should your plans change. So, make some time to call around to see if you can snag their cheapest lodging or tickets. Inquire about any senior travel discounts they may offer. For flights, if you’re savvy with your smartphone, you can download apps like Skyscanner to make getting your money’s worth much easier. Do a search, set an alert, then relax while the app tracks the best deals for you.

 

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Save When You Need to Rent a Car

Whether you’re going on holiday around the U.S. or need transport in another country, chances are you will need to rent a car at some point during your travels. The easiest way for seniors to save money on car rentals is to check around with various websites. But you should also be on the lookout for those sneaky extra fees. Car rental companies hide these costs on sites and may even try to push them on you when you pick your car up. Keep a copy of your rental confirmation with you and stay firm about the original costs. Of course, you may also consider planning a holiday to a destination where a car is not needed. Car-less camping is possible, though you may need to rely on a taxi or a ride-share service to get you to a campsite or trailhead. If you’re travelling in the U.S., stick to larger cities like New York or Washington, D.C. so you can walk about or use alternate, inexpensive modes of transportation to get around, such as the subway or train.

 

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Look for Discounts Offered to Seniors

Being a traveller over the age of 60 definitely has some perks. Travelling during retirement means freedom from work commitments and really enjoying yourself during these golden years. It also means being able to take advantage of some pretty great senior discounts. With these discounts, you can visit historic sites and museums for a much lower rate than other travellers. You can also use senior discounts to save money on dining out, shopping, and finding entertainment when you’re travelling. If you want to take a trip outside the country, you can also look for senior savings on travel arrangements to help you stick to your retirement budget. Whether it’s saving on airfare or simply having the freedom to do as you like, travelling during retirement is definitely a smart move.

 

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Saving on your next holiday can be a lot simpler if you follow some basic travel tips. By taking the time to research and prepare in every way possible, you can plan a trip that saves you time, money, and stress.

So there are 4 Ways Seniors Can Save Big on Travel Plans.  Do you know any more that you would like to share?  Let us know in the comments below.

Guest Author at

Sharon Wagner is creator of SeniorFriendly.info and author of the upcoming book, The Ultimate Guide to Senior-Friendly Workouts, Fitness Gear, Healthy Recipes, and More.

With both her website and her book, she hopes to provide helpful tips, tricks, advice, and product recommendations that help seniors stay active and engaged as they age.

28 thoughts on “Seniors Can Save Big on Travel Plans

  • March 22, 2019 at 10:05 pm
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    Some great tips here for saving money as a senior. I always forget to ask sites and monuments for discounts for the over 60’s. It is a good way to save money. We always check to see if museums have free entrance on particular days to also save money. Car hire companies are ‘sneaky’ arent they with their hidden charges.

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  • February 15, 2019 at 6:13 am
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    I love this. I totally agree with the senior discounts. I always bring my grandma to avail 20% discounts on expensive restaurants. LOL.

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  • January 16, 2019 at 6:16 am
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    Thanks for the tips will forward to my dad! Sometimes the planning alone for a trip is overwhelming for him. This will help!

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  • January 16, 2019 at 6:13 am
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    A lot of your suggestions are something we can testify to benefiting from even though we’re not seniors. Booking directly with the hotel/airline is always preferable as cancellations or even rescheduling can be very expensive if done through the discount sites. Thanks for sharing this!

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  • January 16, 2019 at 1:24 am
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    These are such great tips! My grandparents are looking to travel this year to us to come visit so I will share these with them!

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  • January 15, 2019 at 9:26 pm
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    Indeed a great post. Some seniors that I know, hire house-sitters (like baby sitting, but for the house, just at nights) to make the house look occupied and to clear up those deliveries so it doesn’t get targeted by burglars. And yeah, very recently I booked a ticket for my mom and learnt that her prices are almost half as mine! Haha…

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  • January 15, 2019 at 7:48 pm
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    I’m actually looking to travel with my Grandma this spring and these are some tips that I’ll definitely use. I think it’s great that so many companies have incentives for seniors. Even though we’re aging, doesn’t mean we can’t travel!

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  • January 14, 2019 at 12:03 pm
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    Lots of great tips here! I love meeting seniors on my travels as they oftentimes have some of the best stories and nuggets of wisdom, so defintiely keep traveling, seniors! These are great tips for the general population to keep in mind before they travel, too.

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  • January 13, 2019 at 12:02 pm
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    Being a senior citizen should not be a hindrance to travel to places you dream of. If I get to be at that age and find myself visiting a foreign country, I would opt to use public transport to go places. I will leave the driving to someone else.

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  • January 13, 2019 at 7:50 am
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    Great tips for senior citizens that love to travel. Would share this with my aunts and uncles. All of them love to travel.

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  • January 13, 2019 at 5:12 am
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    Sending this to my parents. I like the tip about securing your house, especially to stop any deliveries because a pile of stacked stuff can tip off burglars. Also, I always help me parents secure good prices from tours and experiences because of the special discount they have for senior travellers. Not sure they’d like to go through the hassle of contacting hotels directly for the best rates, I believe most 3rd party websites do offer best online rates anyway, maybe I am wrong?

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  • January 13, 2019 at 12:35 am
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    Travel can add up so quickly, and it is good to have some tips to try to save. These are useful to know about.

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  • January 12, 2019 at 9:22 pm
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    Such great tips! Especially important to secure your home ahead of time! Hubby is always great about this, but I sometimes forget.

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  • January 12, 2019 at 9:18 pm
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    I love that you are trying to help seniors save money. Who doesn’t want to save money?

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  • January 12, 2019 at 8:40 pm
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    Excellent list. There are definitely some points I’ll pass on to my mum for her next excursion!

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  • January 12, 2019 at 6:30 pm
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    This is such a useful article. Although I’m not quite a senior yet, I do know quite a few who could benefit from reading this. (Namely my parents haha). I’ll be sure to share this with them!

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  • January 12, 2019 at 6:22 pm
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    These are great tips to help seniors save money on travel plans. It’s important to show ways that seniors can travel without spending their entire savings, these are great ways to do this!

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  • January 12, 2019 at 11:54 am
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    Great tips you’ve shared here. I’ll agree that sometimes, it’s better to actually contact the airport and hotels directly instead of using travel sites that could be so expensive.

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  • January 12, 2019 at 9:30 am
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    What an awesome article filled with a lot of useful information! Obviously, I’m far from being a senior citizen but I’ll definitely share this with my older relatives that love too travel. Older people sure deserve to enjoy life without breaking the bank.

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  • January 12, 2019 at 3:52 am
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    These are all great tips on how to save. I am not yet in that age to be called a senior citizen but this article is a great resource for my aunts, uncles and older cousins. I will share the link to this post with them so they can travel more without having to cause a huge dent in their budget.

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  • January 11, 2019 at 11:29 pm
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    It would be an awesome gift to send my mom-in-law on a trip to see her extended family. Knowing there are senior discounts available will make this happen sooner than expected.

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  • January 11, 2019 at 8:37 pm
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    My experience is definitely that direct booking through the airlines can be cheaper. Signing up for their newsletters is a good tip to be able to quickly react when they offer time limited discounts. Same goes for car rentals as well.

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  • January 11, 2019 at 8:21 pm
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    Great tips! Senior Citizens in Australia get taken care of very well so there are certainly discounts and cheaper fares to be had. Apart from using Senior Citizen cards, the rest of the tips are also relevant to all travellers, regardless of age or type of traveller. Securing the home part is so true. I live a property with other townhouses so I always let them know I am going away so they can keep an eye out for suspicious activity.

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  • January 11, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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    Those are great suggestions for seniors who are planning a trip. We always assume travel discount sites offer the best prices, but that’s a good reminder to check with the hotel directly.

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  • January 11, 2019 at 7:38 am
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    I know there are discounts offered to senior citizens for airfare and hotel accommodations. It is nice that some businesses offer this. The older people of our citizenry need to enjoy life without breaking the bank.

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  • January 11, 2019 at 4:57 am
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    This is a great list for seniors for traveling especially those who want their trip to be stress and worry free.

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