Remember the days when you only had two weeks of summer vacation? Well, those days are long gone. You just retired and are ready to see the world. The question is, where do you go first?
Prepping for your vacation is just as important as where you go and what you do when you're there. In fact, how you plan on paying for your retirement vacation needs to be settled prior to booking ticket. If you've been saving up, then all you need to do is check that you have enough to cover everything. If you short on cash and don't want to tap into your retirement fund, you could apply for a personal loan to pay for your vacation. To get the best rates, apply through a private lender instead of going through your bank. They tailor to terms that can fit your budget, and the interest rates are usually lower too.
If you’re ready to see the world but aren’t ready to go abroad, Alaska is a good start point. It’s a completely different place than where you currently live, and you can customize your vacation any way you like. You can go hiking and kayaking, or you can choose to relax in nature and take in Alaska’s beauty. Just remember that it gets extremely cold in winter, so plan your travels to this utopia accordingly.
How can you not want to visit Miami? It’s home to beautiful beaches, vibrant nightlife and an eclectic arts district. You can spend your days working in your tan, or choose to explore the city and do a little retail therapy. Miami has hundreds of quaint boutiques and shops to choose from. If you really want to go all out, you should book a stay at the Four Seasons or Mandarin Oriental. Both hotels are beachfront properties, and offer luxury vacation packages. It’s important to note that as beautiful as Miami is, it can also be expensive.
The Caribbean is another great place to kick off your retirement. There are numerous idyllic islands to choose from, so do your research and figure out which island is for you and best suits your plans. The food is delicious, and the locals are warm and welcoming. If you want to spend time playing golf, you should check out the Four Seasons resort in Nevis.
What can you say about Italy? It’s rich in history, culture and its Mediterranean climate is perfect. There are plenty of places to visit in Italy, so if you’re planning on spending a few here, you could go on a tour. The top spots to visit include Rome, Milan, Venice and Positano. There are plenty of other regions worth visiting as well. Just keep in mind that major metropolitan areas are better if you don’t speak the language. In smaller towns, it might be difficult to communicate with the locals.
Paris is another international destination you should visit. In fact, it’s only a four-hour train ride from Paris to Milan, so you could combine the two trips into one longer vacation. Paris is full of expats, so finding someone who speaks English won’t be hard. You should visit the Louvre Museum, sample French cuisine and also try to see the beaches in Normandy.
Lisbon and Algarve are just two must-see regions to visit but there are tons of opportunities to explore Portugal’s best kept secrets also. Lisbon is the capital of Portugal whereas Algarve is more of a laidback beach town. Both have stunning architecture and landscapes to enjoy, in addition to plenty of shopping and entertainment options. There’s a huge digital nomad and expat community in Portugal, so you’ll have no problem finding someone who speaks English.