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Top Tips for planning your GOAT

Tip one – you’ll need a suitcase...

In our last blog, we talked about the holiday fever sweeping through Blueheath at The Bower as our residents finally make good on long-planned road trips and holidays overseas. And this isn’t unique to Blueheath, Expedia’s 2022 Travel Trends Report found that 71% of Australians are planning their GOAT (Greatest of All Trips). So, if you’ve been inspired to plan your GOAT, then read our top tips:

  • Plan your trip – you may not be a natural planner, but if you’re embarking on your best trip ever, planning is key. And as you start to think about where you want to go and what you’ll do, you may enjoy the planning (almost!) as much as the trip itself.
  • Think about your finances – how will you fund the trip? Are you travelling on a budget or can you afford a splurge? And don’t forget to investigate travel insurance.
  • Get tips from those who have done it – talk to your friends and family and use social media to help - join forums, dedicated Facebook groups, read online travel blogs.
  • See your doctor before you go – get a peace of mind with a health check before you go and also plan how you will manage any medications you require on an ongoing basis.
  • If you’re already benefiting from retirement living, your village will likely make it easy for you to lock up and leave but otherwise plan in advance. Will a neighbour or family member look after your home for you or do you need to organise something more formal like a housesitter? 

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