Some of life’s greatest gifts cannot fit inside a box.

Traveling, for instance, cannot be packaged. The experience of visiting new places opens our senses to new frontiers through culture, food, landscape, and people.

The cost of travel will vary, but there is no price tag for the experience of traveling, which provides lasting memories that you can share and hold onto for a lifetime.

As you begin the next chapter of your life, you deserve the gift of travel. Here are five destinations you can add to your list that are sure to create the memories and experiences you deserve in retirement.

National Parks

If you enjoy natural beauty, an escape to Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Zion are must-see destinations with an affordable price. Whether you decide to RV across the country or fly in to a nearby city, national parks provide endless adventure.

Road Trip!

Your next American road trip doesn’t have to be a matter of driving across the entire country. You can take in some of the most beautiful scenery right here in California. All you need is a recreation vehicle, California’s Route 1 and the desire and curiosity to enjoy the ride.

Adventurous Wine Tasting Tour

If you’re a wine aficionado, why not treat yourself to a wine tasting tour? Whether it’s California’s famous wine country or Bordeaux, France, a well-planned wine tour can be the ultimate toast to your retirement.

Check Out the Northern Lights

The Aurora Borealis, the magnificent natural light show in Iceland, may be too incredible to pass up. Everyone should see one of the most spectacular natural marvels on the planet once in their life. But there’s more to this trip than a light show. There is also an opportunity to go whale-watching and take a trip to a volcano and hot springs.

If you believe living your travel dreams are out of reach, you may be surprised. Special travel offers and smart shopping make it easier. You can also leverage your own assets through a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM)* to refocus your financial priorities and make room for something special.

Through a HECM, retirees can gain financial flexibility of bypassing a monthly mortgage payment, increasing liquidity and decreasing the risk of putting all their eggs into one real estate basket. If your budget allows it, you can use the money you earned for something you deserve such as a rewarding and memorable vacation.

Please get into contact with us if you want more details about the HECM**, or other financial programs that can bring added excitement and vitality to retirement life.

*(1) at the conclusion of a reverse mortgage, the borrower must repay the loan and may have to sell the home or repay the loan from other proceeds; (2) charges will be assessed with the loan, including an origination fee, closing costs, mortgage insurance premiums and servicing fees; (3) the loan balance grows over time and interest is charged on the outstanding balance; (4) the borrower remains responsible for property taxes, hazard insurance and home maintenance, and failure to pay these amounts may result in the loss of the home; and (5) interest on a reverse mortgage is not tax-deductible until the borrower makes partial or full re-payment.

** This material is not from HUD or FHA and has not been approved by HUD or any government agency.