Here is a general question and would like your comments and ideas.
We are a Canadian couple in our mid-fifties and we have been doing at least 2 trips abroad every years for quite a long time. It's usually similar every year and we like it: 1-2 weeks down south and 2-3 weeks out of North America (mostly Europe until now because of the maximum of 3 weeks in a row). We spend around $7-9,000 a year on those trips and we are low spender while travelling (using public transport, making some meals ourselves, using B&B's and apartments for long stay, etc ...). We also try not to visit the same place more than twice in our out of continent travel (can be the same country in a different region however!).
We are approaching our retirement and we plan to spend a lot more time travelling, months per travel perhaps! Looking at my actual travel budget and my plan to travel lot more, is there any strategies you have done or thinking about to stretch your travel $? Obviously, we will need to invest more, but can I get more bang for my buck!
For instance, purchasing a house/condo or timeshare in a popular region and use it to exchange it with other owner in different countries. Also, maybe look at long term rental (1 month or more) or motorhome type, etc ...
They are many considerations in long term travelling, health care, laws on time spent as a visitor, taxes, cost of living, etc ... but usually it comes down to financial considerations, so we need to plan it very carefully!
I look forward to your comments and ideas!