13 Money-Saving Travel Tips for Retirees

Globetrotting in your golden years doesn't have to cost a fortune. Here are some ways to cut down on your travel expenses.

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Traveling the world was always part of Patti and Abi Maghamfar's retirement plan. In 2017, the couple sold their home in a Washington, D.C., suburb and bought one-way tickets to Europe. From June until just before Christmas that year, they visited 14 destinations in nine countries over 12 weeks and spent three months living in Porto, Portugal. "Travel in retirement was never not an option," says Patti, a 65-year-old retired teacher. "We aren't the type to get out the reclining chairs and then that's life. That's not us at all."

Initially, the Maghamfars had every intention of remaining expats, but the birth of a grandchild brought them back stateside. Now, the couple has a permanent home in Silver Spring, Md. Before COVID-19 hit, the couple spent three to four months a year globetrotting with travel expenses averaging about $10,000 annually. Even the pandemic didn't sideline the Maghamfars. They just shifted their travels closer to home and explored parts of Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., as well as Massachusetts. They've chronicled their adventures on their blog, "One Road at a Time."

Jetting off to different parts of the world may sound extravagant, but "travel does not need to be expensive and drain your savings," says Sahara Rose De Vore, a wellness travel coach and founder of The Travel Coach Network.

Like the Maghamfars, you just need to be smart about how you spend your travel dollars, and these 13 penny-pinching tips can help you do that.

Senior Retirement Editor, Kiplinger.com

Jackie Stewart is the senior retirement editor for Kiplinger.com and the senior editor for Kiplinger's Retirement Report.