Money is tight for most South Africans so smart travel planning is essential. But if you’re retired and can travel whenever you want, you’d be better off aiming for off-peak season to avoid the crowds and the worst of the weather – and get a great travel deal.
Anthony Grant, CEO of FNB Foreign Exchange, suggests you do your planning, reserving and confirming sooner rather than later. Pensioners should pay particular attention to how they spend their money to ensure they have enough to sustain themselves in the long term. Before travelling, it’s best to research how you can limit your travel expenses.
Tips for seniors to consider for international travel:
- Money matters. When booking your flights and accommodation, always ask if there are any special travel deals for seniors. A simple enquiry could save you money on both your travel and accommodation costs, which could be quite substantial when added up.
- Travel in a group to share and save costs in accommodation and entertainment. For example, if you are with a group of friends and family, you can all contribute towards renting a holiday home.
- Travel off-season. Research the different places you wish to visit and check when they’re off peak to travel for less.
- Know your medical status. Always get medical clearance to travel, especially if you have any special medical condition. Pack any medication where it is easy to access when you need it and try to take along extra medication – a delay could leave you stranded without your chronic or life-saving medication.
- Be prepared for emergencies. Make copies of your essential documents such as your passport and the contact numbers of the hotel where you will be staying, and leave these behind with a family member. Keep the details of your embassy in the country that you will be visiting safe and close at hand. Advise family or friends back at home of your movements and be sure to get travel medical insurance.
The key to any trip is being smart with your money, especially as a pensioner – and that starts before you even hit the road. Be safe, be savvy and have a great adventure.
Source: FNB. Images: Pixabay