Take the Great American Tour
Traveling is a top priority for many when talking retirement. Some people start off with countries like France, England, the Netherlands, India, Japan, and Brazil. But what about a USA tour? If you’re like most Americans, then you’ve only visited a few states. Why not explore your own country before venturing out into the world? It probably seems intimidating, so we broke it down into steps.
How long do you have? A minimum of three weeks is best for a coast to coast tour. Depending on your plan, you can hit all 48 states within 5-6 weeks. Knowing how long you want to be on the road is important because it’ll determine how long you can stay in each state. You can also incorporate events into your trip like concerts, tastings, and seasonal or regional shows.
Where do you want to go? You probably have some states or cities in mind, but really do some research here. Colorado has been on your bucket list for a while, so why not visit Wyoming or New Mexico while you’re in the area? Figuring out the places you must visit is a great way to build an itinerary.
- Decide on a Budget
Budgeting is important while traveling. Without a budget, overspending is bound to happen. Vacation is a time for splurging, but too much can happen fast and hurt your savings. Estimating your spending can prevent unnecessary purchases. Try paying for hotels, rental cars, and tours in advanced. Only using cash can control your spending while still making impromptu purchases. If you aren’t sure where to start, think about the activities you want to participate in and what you’ll want to buy.
- Guided Tour
Tours can take you to places you would have never visited. They also save tons of planning time. There are a variety of American tours available at different prices. Only need a tour for some of the trip? Many cities have guided tours to show you the magic of the state—check out Airbnb for unique, local operated tours!
- Make a list
Now that you know the where and when, it’s time to fill in the blanks. A quick Google search can show popular cities or activities in a specific place. Ask around for recommendations—friends and family can give you places you’ll enjoy! Having that list on hand can ensure you don’t miss any experiences.
- Be Spontaneous!
Lastly, and most important, live in the moment! Planning is important, but so is spontaneous decisions. Having a checklist or rough outline of the trip is a good idea but make sure to leave some time for spur of the moment activities. You never know how you’ll feel after hours on the road or what you’ll spot off the highway.