We retirees are fortunate in that we can travel any time we want any time of the year. By traveling in the off-season, we can save a bunch of money. Plus the biggest added benefit is that there will probably be NO lines where ever we decide to go (provided it really is off-season)
This past Memorial Day holiday saw a plethora of people crowding up the highways, waiting on long lines to either go to the beach, ride a ferry, buy an ice cream cone, attend a function etc. Well, you get the picture. Do we retirees really want to be a part of this madness?
And it’s just not the inner cities that are jammed up with tons of people and long lines. Take a good look at the line waiting for hikers to climb up Mount Everest. Did you ever see anything so insane?
DH and I make our vacation plans right before Memorial Day and right after Labor Day. Prices have neither risen before the holiday or the prices have dropped after the holiday. It’s a win-win situation for us. The weather is still good and the money saved is substantial. Plus there usually are never any lines.
So, what do we do during the summer? We stay home! There are so many free or almost free things to do in our neighborhood its almost ridiculous to leave and not be a part of the celebrations! There’s always a Farmer’s Market, a free or almost free concert, a county fair, a car show, a flower show, a food truck get together, a balloon festival, yard & garage sales (not to buy, just to look!) a local park to have a picnic. Again, well, you get the idea. Stay home! And save money for when you finally get to travel off season! Or better yet, when you snowbird for months on end in Florida or Arizona or where ever the warm sun takes you over the winter.
Our hometown has a local community pool that we sign up for each summer season. Senior price is only $50 from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Why would we leave town or wait on long lines with this barely two minutes away?
Don’t have access to any community functions? Then why not make your outdoor space as comfy and lovely as possible? Don’t have access to any outdoor space? I’m certain there’s a park somewhere close to you? Find a special place in that park and make it your own.
Check your local papers. Scour the Chamber of Commerce. There’s always something going on somewhere. Stay home. Save money. Have fun. Travel off-season. Most of the people we will meet on line in our hometown will probably be our neighbors. Strike up a conversation. Make friends. Invite them over to your house for an impromptu pot luck dinner! And save money!