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Holding out until retirement to go travelling may seem like the logical strategy but here’s why you should be travelling right now
Going on a journey is often associated with either teenagers on their gap year, backpacking across Europe or Asia, or retirees who are cross-country road tripping.
While these are both perfect opportunities to travel, there’s no reason why travelling pre-retirement, during your 50s and 60s, isn’t equally as good an opportunity.
Waiting until retirement to tick off places on the travel bucket list can mean you miss out on the benefits of travelling in your 50s and 60s.
Gain new perspectives
Travelling is a fantastic way to expand your horizons. Deep in the nine to five lifestyle, it may have been a while since you tried new things or saw life from a fresh perspective.
Visiting a different country allows you to experience a new culture first-hand. This can offer alternative ways of living and provide you with a renewed excitement for life.
Daily life can be stressful at any age, but during your 50s and 60s it’s likely that you have a whole host of responsibilities which need to be managed. From caring for family, to work commitments. We all need a break at times so we can rediscover our best selves.
A few nights away from home may be enough for you to wind down. However, if you find you’re after something more structured, there are plenty of options out there.
You could book a walking holiday for singles or check into a wellness retreat.
Benefits to your health
Improve your physical health with an active holiday; like hiking, swimming, or skiing.
Or, if you are highly active in your everyday life, opting for a slower holiday allows your body to relax and recoup.
When it comes to mental health, travelling can help to relieve stress, boost your creativity, and provide opportunities to socialise with new people.
It’ll also afford you time to focus on yourself. Which could help you identify areas in your life where you may want to make changes for the better.
After years in the same job and living in the same home, it’s easy to sit firmly inside our comfort zone. Pushing yourself occasionally allows you to grow as a person and try new things.
By travelling alone, or somewhere new, you’ll push the boundaries of your comfort zone and build confidence.
This newfound confidence can benefit you when you get back home in plenty of areas in your life. Whether it’s making new friends, setting boundaries at work or in your personal life, you’ll feel the benefits of your redefined comfort zone.
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