Are You Ready for Endless Summer?
It’s time to start planning your summer, and whether you’re going to laze around on the beach, visit friends, or take a trip, it’s important to also start thinking about your retirement plan. On average, we spend more time every year planning for vacations than planning for retirement – and retirement is much longer than any vacation you will take. Summer is definitely a time to relax, but it’s also the perfect time to think about what you want your future retirement, the endless summer, to look like.
Start off with the “What”
If you and your spouse are traveling together, use the hours on the plane or highway to start discussing what you want your retirement to look like, your goals, and general timeline. If you have time off, you can “practice” retirement by trying out new activities like volunteering, spending more time with friends and family, or picking up a new or forgotten hobby, it can be a good way to plan how you will fill your time and find happiness in retirement. Consider if you want to travel a lot when you first retire and if you will move. Once you have a vision for your retirement, you can move onto figuring out how much it will cost.
Move on to the “How”
Think about how you afford the vacations you currently take: Do you save for them, or have a specific vacation budget? Planning for how you will afford retirement is a much more detailed process, which is why it helps to have a professional at your side. Start thinking about how much your desired lifestyle in retirement will cost you, and then begin calculating how much you will need to withdraw from your retirement accounts. It’s also important to consider any income from your investments, and plan for when you should start taking Social Security.
Think of all the details that go into planning a vacation: There are the travel arrangements, the hotel, activities, and setting a budget. While it’s certainly important to enjoy both vacation and retirement, the stakes are much higher when it comes to retirement and there are even more elements that go into planning this 30-plus year vacation.
Here at Alpha 1, we can help you create a plan for the longest vacation of your life. We’ll take your unique retirement goals into account, and help you put all the pieces of the puzzle together. If you’re taking the time to plan a vacation this summer, consider also taking the time to come in for a no cost, no obligation financial review.
3 Things to Know Before Making Summer Travel Plans
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many things, including canceled trips. Americans are now wondering about summer travel plans, and if it’s wise to make them before the country fully reopens. Just because everything isn’t completely back to normal yet doesn’t mean you can’t or shouldn’t take a vacation this summer – even if it means staying closer to home than you originally planned. Here are three things to know before making summer travel plans.
Can and Will You Retire in a Crisis?
Life is unpredictable, and there are a number of events that can impact our finances, from global pandemics to personal crises. And while adjustments sometimes may need to be made to get back on track, no one wants to put off an event like retirement because they feel forced to. It’s important to take stock of what you have and what you’ll need if you’re nearing or entering retirement. No rule says you must put off retirement, or that your desires are beholden to the state of the world when you reach retirement age.
3 Ways to Stay Safe As We Get Back to Normal
America is starting to reopen, but that doesn’t mean the threat of the coronavirus is gone. While we can all be thankful for looser social distancing measures, it’s still important to think about safety. Here are 3 ways to stay safe as we get back to normal.