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4 Tips to Be Worry-Free When Traveling During Retirement

Posted by David Ghiorso, CPA, September 9, 2016

Retirement is the perfect opportunity to explore the world with family and friends. You have worked hard to save for your golden years, and now you finally have the time and freedom to travel. Even though you are excited about your upcoming trip, there might be a few nervous feelings as well.

As you are planning your travel, use these tips to give you the peace of mind when you are on the road:

1. Share Your Travel Itinerary with a Friend or Family Member

It is a good idea to keep your loved ones informed about your plans. Send a copy of your itinerary to a friend or family member, including contact information in case they need to reach you while you are gone. List that person as your emergency contact on travel forms that you fill out.

2. Plan Transportation in Advance

One of the most stressful parts of travel is trying to figure out the transportation in a foreign country. Take time to arrange the transportation in advance and make plans if you need any special accommodations. For example, you can request for help getting from gate-to-gate in the airport if you are experiencing limited mobility.

3. Don’t Flash Your Valuables

The risk of theft increases in touristy areas. Avoid wearing watches, clothing, jewelry or other accessories that are flashy and expensive. Leave these items home to reduce the risk of losing your valuables. Make sure that your passport is stored in your hotel safe and keep your wallet secure by using a money belt.

4. Go in for a Routine Checkup

Regular visits with your doctor are essential, especially in the later years of life. Schedule an appointment and talk with your doctor about any health concerns that might be on your mind. If you take any prescription medications, then you should ask your doctor for a letter in case you are questioned going through customs. Also, it is important to be sure that you bring enough medication along to have it for the duration of the trip.

Whenever you visit the doctor, it is beneficial to have a good insurance plan to cover the costs. If you are looking for the best insurance during retirement, contact us for details about the plans that are available.

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