Retiring should leave you with some extra time on your hands. It doesn’t, however, always leave you with extra spending money, which means that going on vacation is still a luxury. Or not. Unlike debt assessment companies, travel entities take age into consideration and the savvy senior can find some affordable deals.
AARP, for starters, has a partnership with Expedia.com, which makes finding a discount for your destination of choice fairly simple. But there are also other ways to score. Read on for some suggestions on where you can spend the summer vacations of your golden years.
There is more than one advantage to taking a post-retirement vacation aboard a cruise ship. Cruise lines, generally, offer a discount to senior citizens 55 and over (Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Holland America, Celebrity and Costa Cruises all offer senior discounts on select sailings). Food, board and activities are all included for one low price and at your convenience. (You don’t even have to leave the boat!)
Beyond that, many liners offer cruises specifically designed for seniors so you don’t have to worry about falling in with the wrong crowd. The Norwegian Pearl, a Norwegian Cruise Line ship, is specifically outfitted for senior sails. Along with spacious rooms and healthy dining options, The Pearl also offers enrichment classes such as “How to Use the Internet,” “Learning How to Play Bridge” and “Learning How to Crochet.”
You can book a suite on the ship’s five-day coastal cruise for as little as $859. Or you can opt for a weekend getaway for about $300. The seven-day Alaskan cruise runs anywhere from $700 to $5,500, but all AARP members can receive a 5% discount if they book their cruise nine months in advance, so you can save a little bit on a splurge.