All is not lost. If you planned a multicity tour across Europe or Asia this summer, you’ve probably already rethought those plans. But that doesn’t mean you have to abandon the idea of a vacation altogether. Perhaps a domestic destination, a little ingenuity and a lot of family unity are just what you need.
As far as COVID-19 restrictions go, federal guidelines still do not recommend travel, especially internationally. The CDC advises that if you decide to travel domestically, be sure to take precautions against catching the virus, including washing hands often, socially distancing and wearing a mask.1
In addition, tourism experts recommend avoiding large crowds and choosing outdoor destinations. The key may be to find destinations that fewer people know about.2
Before you go too far down the road, decide how much you can spend. If previous travel plans have been canceled, consider whether you want to use a voucher to rebook in the future or be reimbursed now.3 If you choose the latter option, you might be sitting on cash you are itching to spend. But before you do, it’s a good idea to research where the U.S. is in terms of “flattening the curve” and what the economy — and your job situation — could potentially look like in the future. Many economists are concerned about the effects a possible second wave of COVID-19 infections could have on the economy, so consider whether it’s smart to hold back some that cash you haven’t spent yet.4
If you are concerned about the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on your retirement income, we may be able to help. Please feel free to contact us to discuss creating retirement strategies through the use of insurance products that can help you work toward your retirement income goals.
If you are up for rerouting your vacation plans, consider these ideas. On the high end of travel, an upscale hotelier, Auberge Resorts Collection, and a luxury travel company, Black Tomato, have partnered to host “Take the Open Road with Auberge and Black Tomato.” Packages offer the use of a Mercedes-Benz to take you on multiple destinations with unique experiences in a particular area, with options ranging from lobster fishing in Kennebunk, Maine, to hiking, horseback riding and fly fishing in Park City, Utah. All packages feature award-winning hotel accommodations.5
A more budget-friendly option could be a vacation rental. To minimize your risk of exposure to coronavirus, consider renting an all-in-one party house, complete with swimming pool and other kid-friendly accommodations. The extra expense of renting may be offset by preparing meals at home and limiting other excursions. Research to make sure that you don’t choose a “hotspot” experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak and that you’ll have access to stores, restaurants and any other venues you plan to visit.6
Fresno Retirement Consultant Takeaways
Soutas Financial your Fresno financial planner would like to remind you of the following points: If you planned a multicity tour across Europe or Asia this summer, you’ve probably already rethought those plans. But that doesn’t mean you have to abandon the idea of a vacation altogether. The key may be to find destinations that fewer people know about.2 Before you go too far down the road, decide how much you can spend. If previous travel plans have been canceled, consider whether you want to use a voucher to rebook in the future or be reimbursed now.3 A more budget-friendly option could be a vacation rental. To minimize your risk of exposure to coronavirus, consider renting an all-in-one party house, complete with swimming pool and other kid-friendly accommodations. The extra expense of renting may be offset by preparing meals at home and limiting other excursions.
Diversifying your retirement assets among a variety of vehicles and alternatives—both insurance and investment oriented, depending on what is appropriate for your situation—may offer you a better chance of meeting your retirement income goals throughout your lifespan. We help our clients with problems sometimes associated with retirement such as stopping spend down and avoiding probate. In doing so we leverage Asset Protection as well as Long-Term Care Strategies designed to help accomplish those goals.
When searching for Fresno financial advisors, look no further than Soutas Financial & Insurance Solutions Inc. your Fresno financial planner is committed to helping take the complexity out of retirement planning. By using a variety of insurance and investment strategies that focus on Asset Protection, Long-Term Care Strategies, Legacy Planning Tax Planning, Strategies IRA, 401(k) & 403(b) Rollovers Life Insurance, Annuities, Medicare, we can help you develop an overall retirement income strategy specific to you and your family. We have a strong team of professionals helping ensure you receive all the assistance you need not only in developing your retirement income strategy, but in maintaining it throughout your retirement. Contact us today at 559-230-1648 or visit us today at Soutas Financial to get your retirement plans on track for success!
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1 David Oliver. USA Today. May 20, 2020. “Weighing whether to travel this summer during the coronavirus pandemic? What to consider.” https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/news/2020/05/20/coronavirus-travel-summer-vacation-what-cdc-state-department-say/5198927002/. Accessed June 9, 2020.
3 Lisa Milbrand. Real Simple. May 14, 2020. “How to Handle Vacation Plans (Including Your Summer Vacation) During COVID-19.” https://www.realsimple.com/work-life/travel/travel-planning/travel-vacation-planning-covid-coronavirus. Accessed June 9, 2020.
4 Carmen Reinicke. Business Insider. June 8, 2020. “A 2nd wave of COVID-19 infections poses the biggest threat to the US economy this year, economist survey shows.” https://www.businessinsider.com/economy-biggest-threat-second-wave-coronavirus-infections-us-covid19-survey-2020-6. Accessed June 9, 2020.
5 Lauren Mowery. Forbes. June 9, 2020. “Four Ways You Should Hit America’s Roads This Summer With Black Tomato.” https://www.forbes.com/sites/lmowery/2020/06/09/four-road-trips-with-auberge-mercedes-and-black-tomato/#66e874be71f3. Accessed June 9, 2020.
6 Claire Ballentine. Bloomberg. May 21, 2020. “Considering a Vacation Rental? Here’s What to Know Before You Travel.” https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-21/considering-a-vacation-rental-what-to-know-before-covid-travel. Accessed June 9, 2020.
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