Preparing to Travel in Your Retirement

Retirement is an extremely exciting prospect, whether you are doing so after a long innings of hard graft or a concerted effort to leave the workforce early. Retirement can also be a somewhat scary concept, particularly if you have little planned for your newfound free time. Luckily, the hills of Britain await…

Why Travel Later in Life?

The benefits of travelling in retirement needn’t be overstated – they are self-evident enough. Not only do you have the free time to properly explore the great landscapes of the UK, but you also often have the funding to make the best iteration of such a trip a reality. Besides, there are cognitive and physical health benefits associated with keeping active in later life, which camping and caravanning absolutely encompass.

Planning Your Trip

But what should your retirement travel look like? Camping is a fun, inexpensive and easily repeatable prospect, but might present its own accessibility issues further down the line – which could also be incentive enough to do so while you can. Motorhome travel is much more luxurious, and also much more modular in terms of destinations, travel length and amenities.

Planning Your Finances

Of course, there is a stage in every trip planning process where you have to engage with the inevitable: money. Travel costs money, and can cost quite a lot if you’re intending to truly make the most of your retirement time. Even if you’re planning a relatively austere national tour of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the inherent costs associated with purchasing, modifying and stocking up a campervan can mount considerably.

Being retired, you may have some rainy-day savings put aside for just this kind of trip. However, this money might be better saved for rainier days – or may have already been spent on them. Poor credit history can further discount you from utilising loans or credit cards to make up the shortfall. Luckily, bad credit loans are available for such cases, and can also be a good ancillary route to repairing your credit history.

Budgeting

However you secure the money for your trip, you’ll need to do some careful thinking about how it gets spent. We’ve already touched on the ways in which costs can mount for even the most innocuous of campervanning trips, but what about specifics? Now is the time to get into the nitty gritty, and nail down as many costs as you can divine.

Research

Of course, this does not have to be an especially grim exercise. After all, it can go hand in hand with arguably the most fun part of the whole process: researching your journey. Wherever it is you plan to visit, there’ll be a great deal to learn about the local cultures and landmarks, whether neolithic monuments or Michelin Guide restaurants. Further, as a camper or caravanner, you’ll want to frequent the various forums and online communities relating to camping in order to glean as much information as you can about the best places to stay!