The Baby Boomer generation loves to travel.
Maybe you envision traveling during your retirement years,
but doubt that this is possible because you belong to the
two-thirds of Baby Boomers retiring on a limited income.
Well, you won't be taking exotic cruises,
but you certainly can travel and enjoy yourself.
Domestic travel is certainly affordable, and (with a little
research) traveling aboard on a budget is still possible.
Inexpensive Domestic Travel
With exorbitant gas prices, the cost of car
travel to anywhere except local destinations is fast
becoming prohibitive. Ditto for cattle car air travel.
We recommend traveling by train (Amtrak
or other local train service) or
Try a short trip first to see if this is for you. You
may be surprised at how enjoyable traveling by mass transit
Low-Cost Local Vacations
Taking a local vacation is an inexpensive
way to relax and enjoy yourself. With a little
ingenuity, Baby Boomers on fixed incomes can stretch their
dollars to partake local delights. For example, stay a
week at the beach during the off season when motel/hotel
rates are much lower, or rent a home in the mountains or the
at beach during the off season. Go to Las Vegas, where
low-cost packages can always be found. Camping,
timeshares and home swapping are just a few ways to enjoy an
Do an Internet search to find good
deals for the vacation you are seeking, you can find an
affordable timeshare rental through online "for rent
by-owner" sites like
Timeshare-Resale-Rental.com. The site offers a wealth of
information on all things timeshare, plus a frequently
updated inventory of timeshares located across the globe.
Low Cost Airfare
There are several Websites dedicated to
identifying the lowest cost airfare to a destination of your
choice. Many support centralized searches of such
popular sites as Orbitz, Tavelocity and PriceLine. One
to look at is
BookingBuddy.com. Some (such as
BestFares.com) are membership based, but cover
everything from vacation packages to cruises.
Traveling Abroad on a Budget
With the depreciated dollar and increased
airfares, European travel is very expensive for Baby Boomers
on a fixed income. Nonetheless, economical European
vacations (e.g., one-to-two weeks under $3,000 with travel,
transportation, meals and lodging included) can still be
found if you shop around.
Relaxing, affordable travel vacations to
some parts of the world, such as Latin America, are readily
If you are a Baby Boomer who enjoys visiting
foreign ports, partying, dancing, live music, dining,
gambling, etc., then a ocean cruise may the ideal vacation
for you. Typically, everything is included in the
price tag, so you don't have to worry about extra costs or
arranging hotel, dining, entertainment, and other
activities. Short Caribbean or Baja California cruises
are especially affordable. And going on a cruise
during the off season can result in some real bargains!
Take a look at
"Cheap Cruises" in Google or
Travel with a Friend or Special Someone
If you are a single Baby Boomer, traveling with
a friend of the opposite sex will add spice to
your trip. Online dating sites can be a
great place to meet people with similar
interests, such as travel.
However, take your time in selecting a travel
companion. Get to know each other.
Meet in person in a safe, neutral location such
as a local coffee shop.
Make sure you are comfortable with each other.
The reputable online dating sites have everyone
complete a compatibility profile to get you off
to a good start.
After all, the purpose of your vacation is to
relax and enjoy yourself. Sharing the
adventure with someone who has similar interests
will make the trip unforgettable!