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In retirement, be merry and mobile

By Jennie L. Phipps ·
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Posted: 6 am ET

We were expecting 11 people at my house this Christmas morning -- family and friends gathered to share the holiday and beautiful Florida weather.

Our family -- like many -- is spread coast to coast. So far, we've been lucky enough to have family members come to us. But the time will arrive soon when our offspring have kids themselves who won't want to miss Santa's visit to their home, or their own holiday parties. Then, I hope my husband and I will become the ones sitting on the plane and arriving in time to enjoy the festivities.

I was thinking about that when I saw a survey released the other day by the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies showing that 59 percent of Americans dream of traveling during retirement, and 69 percent say it's a goal they'd like to save for -- but only 18 percent are actually earmarking part of their nest eggs for trips, and 25 percent wish they had saved more for travel.

Travel is good for retirees

The Global Coalition on Aging, which collaborated with Transamerica on this survey, says older people who travel are healthier and happier than those who don't because travel provides "physical activity, cognitive stimulation and social engagement." I'm not sure it took a formal survey to learn these results, but that's how it's done these days.

Whether you traveled to enjoy the holiday or your loved ones came to you, here's to a wonderful day. May you have lots of reasons to celebrate and may your retirement planning give you the wherewithal to enjoy the good things in life.

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