You Don’t Have to be Rich to Travel: 9 Tips for DIY Travel Planning Retirees.

Carol Kubota
5 min readSep 17, 2021
The gateway to travel (Carol Kubota)

“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” — Maya Angelou.

“You must be rich to travel .” says an acquaintance who walks her dog at the park.

“No, I am not rich.” I reply

I choose to spend the money I have on traveling rather than redecorating my house or eating out every day of the week. I don’t play golf or tennis. I don’t smoke, drink, or take drugs. I am healthy and able to walk long distances.

If you are reading this, you must be retired. What do you do during your free time? Is your passion for traveling?

Now, you have the time to plan your adventures. Let’s do it!

Ditch the travel companies

Travel companies charge double if you are a solo traveler. Travel companies must pay their employees, and therefore you pay a higher cost. The Internet has made it easy to plan your vacation. It takes time and patience, and you have both.

Travel in “off” season

Accommodations and airfare are cheaper, and lines are shorter, no screaming children, and people…