Adjust the text

Book: Retirees Explore the World


65 Things To Do When You Retire
Travel rates high on retirees’ "to do" list.

65 Things to Do When You Retire: Travel, edited by Mark Evan Chimsky, provides practical advice from travel experts and first-hand accounts by retirees.

Here are some examples from the book to spark your imagination.

The golden gap year: Gap years are no longer just for the young. Jo Carroll describes how retirees can launch their own amazing year of travel. Carroll packed her rucksack and took off for her own gap year when she was in her late-50s, heading first to Australia and New Zealand, and then to India and the Far East. She recounted her life-changing adventures in her popular book Over the Hill and Far Away.

Senior gypsies: In 2011, Lynne Martin and her husband sold their house, ditched most of their belongings and became international nomads. Since then, they have lived in short-term vacation rentals in Mexico, Argentina, Turkey, Ireland, France. Italy, Morocco and Florida. Plans for South America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand are in the works. Martin shows how to live retirement on the road at Home Free Adventures.

Sacred journeys: Looking for that magical spot that speaks to your soul? "Celtic tradition suggests that there are places where the physical world and the spiritual world come so close that the distance between them is ‘thin’," writes Sharon Gilchrest O’Neill, who found her own "thin place" on the outer banks in North Carolina.

But that’s only the tip of the iceberg, there are many more riches in 65 Things to Do When You Retire: Travel:

  • Mahara Sinclaire provides tips on planning trips.
  • Warren Stortroen describes unearthing a 3.6 million-year-old fossilized relative of the armadillo while on an Earthwatch expedition.
  • Kristina Hurrell’s details global fitness adventures, also found in Ageless Active Vacations.
  • Mike Bonacorsi writes of finding valuable travel experiences locally.

How to travel and not go broke

Traveling need not be expensive. "The key is picking a spot where your money is worth a lot instead of a little," explains award-winning travel writer Tim Leffel.

For instance, you can spend a month in a place like Thailand, Ecuador or Morocco for what you will pay to spend a week in London. And there are countries where US$8 will get you a basic beach bungalow, and $20 will you get you a car and a driver for the day.

Leffel’s Cheapest Destinations Blog is packed with practical ideas.