It’s a growing phenomenon with appeal to those who want to enjoy an active independent retirement. The grey nomads are packing up and heading out on self-contained sojourns to all corners of the country.
With the responsibilities of a family and mortgage no longer keeping them pinned down, those who have planned their finances well are discovering they now have the time and money to escape with a caravan or motorhome and explore the country at their leisure.
Perhaps the attraction lies in the potential of discovering unexpected sights and experiences, knowing that you are free to stop and stay as long as you like. Add to that the appeal of meeting like-minded folk who are sharing the same lifestyle and it is not hard to understand why so many are choosing to spend their retirement this way.
A little planning goes a long way
Of course, it isn’t just a matter of heading off on the spur of the moment. Some wise planning is needed to ensure that your adventure delivers maximum enjoyment.
Discuss with your partner what you both expect from the trip and how you will handle living together at such close quarters. It can be quite intense if you are used to your own space, but on the plus side, it can be a great way to rediscover the joys of your relationship and share new experiences together. Just ensure you also allow time and space for individual pastimes, such as reading, golfing, fishing, bushwalking or photography.
Test the water before diving in
It’s a good idea to perhaps try a shorter trip in a hired motorhome or caravan to iron out any unexpected issues, before you take the plunge into a longer term investment in vehicles and equipment.
Planning your route and researching some key destinations is essential, but it’s equally important to build in flexibility so you can stay longer if a particular location takes your fancy.
Sound appealing? Where would you travel to?