Why retirees need vacations

Published on: April 26, 2014 | Last Updated on April 27, 2014

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Check-in at the Hotel Neri Barcelona

Check-in at the Hotel Neri Barcelona

Even retirees who’ve quit the 9-to-5 grind still need vacation getaways…

When someone works or is a student, taking time off to travel or relax at home is considered a necessity. The case for needing a vacation once you’re retired isn’t as clear.

People romanticize retirement as the long-anticipated vacation that never ends. So why would someone who is retired — removed from the stresses of waking up to an alarm clock every morning and relieved of the daily hassles of the workplace — need or relish a vacation?

Actually, a preponderance of research and expert opinion suggest that vacations may be just as essential for retirees as for working folks.

The only limited factor turns out to be having enough funds. Although retirees have the gifts of more freedom and time, they tend to live on reduced incomes (an average one-half to two-thirds less than when they were working), which can crimp anyone’s vacation plans.

Read my article published on PBS Next Avenue 0n 4/23/14 (also reprinted by Forbes and the Huffington Post) that explains the compelling reasons why retirees need vacations.

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    Nicholas B.
    April 26, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    This is a great sounding book! I would start my travels by staying in Amsterdam and riding my bike everywhere.

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    Ann Cochran
    April 29, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    What an excellent, insightful article. Am forwarding to Husband, who is planning to retire in two years. Thankfully, I’m married to a planner and a saver, but we are not sure how long we will continue to live in expensive DC. Big decisions coming.

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    August 15, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    Great pic of an adorable couple!

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