For many the first activity of a post-retirement life is to pack up and leave home for a far flung experience. For individuals who plan to continue to work Post50 taking a gap year is growing in popularity.
Seems we all want to be on the move. Travel is a top priority for 59% of retirees according to a 2013 study.
With late-in-life freedom, there’s a romantic notion to the idea of leaving home. We hear a siren song from Tahiti, the RV points westward, Italy beckons, New Zealand’s Milford Track craves our boots or ghosts of past lives plea for a visit to grandpa’s cabin deep in the Nantahala Forest with ten long lost cousins nearby.
Must we go? We must.
Compelled to enter a Post50 life with travel at the forefront, we pocket the AmEx, grab a neck pillow, Ziplock our snacks and set off on a journey.
What I want to know is ‘why?’
What is to be accomplished or gained? Are we off to capture lost adventures of youth? Will you be happier after you see inside the Louvre? Will finding your center happen after 4 days walking on the Inca Trail?
As for that 40% who don’t have travel as a top priority, do they risk ending up on the low end on the totem pole of life satisfaction?
For the record, it is not documented that travel is necessary for a happy, well-lived life. (more…)