Five ways senior living makes traveling easier
Attention would-be globetrotters: has your list of must-see countries stalled since you entered retirement? Are you looking for a way to invigorate your traveling dreams? If so, there’s one lifestyle change that could clear away the blocks that may prevent you from touring around—moving to a senior living community.
Here’s a look at five ways retirement living can help you move forward with your travel plans.
1. You’ll have more money to travel.
Do you know that living in a retirement community could free up hundreds of dollars each month, savings you could sink into a robust vacation and travel fund? In senior living, you aren’t saddled with home security, property taxes or hefty maintenance and repair bills. Plus, you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars making your home accessible should your mobility change. Another bonus of this cost-effective lifestyle: unlike your current living situation, a car isn’t essential, meaning you could say good-bye to car payments, insurance, gas and repair bills.
2. You’ll have fewer cares and worries.
Like many homeowners, you may have landed home from an otherwise relaxing vacation to discover your roof leaked, your pipes burst or your driveway is piled high with snow. By moving to a senior living community, home- or yard-related worries will be a thing of the past.
In addition, you’ll be able to rest easy knowing your home is safe and sound while you’re away. Not only do senior living communities provide a sense of security, but also neighbors and fellow community members will keep an eye on your place, even watering your plants and caring for your pets.
3. You’ll have more time to travel.
A third advantage of retirement living is that your schedule is freed up, giving you more time to plan your vacations and travel. No more carving out time to cut the lawn, paint the house or deal with contractors—you simply alert the community’s management team if something isn’t working properly.
Furthermore, much of your housework is taken care of by housekeeping staff, plus a more compact living space does not require as much time tidying up in the first place. Finally, most communities offer three home-cooked meals a day, so you don’t have to shop for groceries, plan menus, cook meals or clean up afterward.
4. You’ll get inspiring vacation ideas.
At a senior living community, you live alongside a whole group of people from whom to crowdsource vacation tips (and share the pictures and your experiences when you get back!). Not only that, but more and more retirement communities are going wireless, making it easier to research vacation ideas on your computer or iPad. And don’t forget, other tech-savvy community residents would be close by to offer online support should you need it.
5. You might meet a traveling companion.
Living in a retirement community means you get the chance to meet and mingle with a group of like-minded people every day, which encourages bonding and friendship. You might well bump into a future best friend who would share your desire to travel, say, to New York City or across the pond to Ireland. As everyone knows, having a traveling buddy can make it a much richer experience.
In addition to making traveling easier, discover even more benefits of senior living by getting in touch with a community near you.