My next guest in the Over 50 & Thriving Series is Kathy Marris from 50 Shades of Age. Kathy is another Aussie blogger who actually lives nearby. She has travelled extensively and loves writing about her travels and also including helpful tips to help others enjoy exploring this big world of ours. You can read more about Kathy at the end of her post and connect with her on social media.
Too often, we put off travel or other things in life and say ‘one day’. In her guest post, Kathy shares her ideas on How to Slot Travel into your Life – don’t wait, enjoy life now! I know you will drool over her photographs!
How to Slot Travel into your Life
We’ve all probably heard stories about people waiting until reaching retirement age to start travelling to see some of the world. Then once they reach that magic number they find themselves unable to travel due to bad health or other issues. That is why I feel it is paramount to know how to slot travel into your life before it’s too late.
Once our children left home and we had less financial burden, we started to travel when we were in our early fifties. Prior to that stage travel for us mainly consisted of taking our kids camping for holidays and a couple of ski trips. Then in 2014 we both decided to chuck in our jobs and travel right around Australia in our caravan for seven blissful months. I think people thought we were crazy to do this, but believe me it was the perfect time to do it.
Travel Before You’re Too Old
We decided that we didn’t want to be too old to enjoy our trip around Australia, because we wanted to hike through national parks and gorges, swim with Whale Sharks, scale up mountains and experience everything Australia had to offer. We felt that if we left it until we were in our sixties, (and I’m not saying that sixty year olds are incapable of partaking in physical activities), it wouldn’t be possible to enjoy it as much as we did.
During the past ten years we’ve managed to have at least one overseas holiday per year and a few trips within Australia as well. How we’ve managed to do this is by making travel a number one priority in our lives and ensuring that we budget for it each year.
How to Afford Travel Before Retirement
My husband and I don’t live exorbitantly. We would prefer to have wonderful holidays rather than spend money on expensive dinners out and entertainment. So we only dine out once a week and try to live within a budget that we draw up every year. So my first tip would be to devise a budget that includes at least one holiday a year.
Now that your children have left home you will be able to trim your budget substantially. You immediately save money on utilities, food and educational expenses. So filter this money into travel.
In the past we’ve rented out our house during longer stints of travel to give us an income whilst we’re travelling. We also use the Trusted Housesitters website so that our beloved dog is cared for when we’re away. Because we run an Airbnb in our home, we even have the housesitters taking care of that when we’re away.
Snagging Good Holiday Deals
We’re always on the look out for great travel deals. We shop around for competitive air fares, travel economy on most flights and utilize low cost airlines. We don’t stay in luxury 5 star accommodation, we stay in Airbnbs, Bed & Breakfasts or look for cheap deals on hotels.
Taking advantage of travel package deals is also a great way of saving money on travel. We sometimes opt for these deals that include both your hotel and air fares. We’ve been on three cruises and each time we’ve snagged a great deal on them. Our first cruise was a relocation ship, so my tip is to look for these types of cruises as they are normally a lot cheaper.
Work to Live not Live to Work!
If you’re able, reduce the amount of days you work and work part-time. Remember that once you’re 55 years of age you can access your super fund so this can supplement your income if required. We both have only worked part-time for many years now, and in my case I work from home with flexible hours so that I can work anywhere at anytime.
I’m a great believer in a “work less, live more” philosophy once you reach a certain age. I can’t see the point in working until you’re burnt out and your health suffers. As you age your health is your number one priority, because if you don’t have good health you can’t live your life to the fullest. I believe this time of our lives is for us to enjoy! So take a leaf out of my book and travel to new and interesting places before it’s too late.
To sum it all up here’s one of my favourite travel quotes:
Kathy is a 60 year old who has been blogging at www.50shadesofage.com for the past 4 years. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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