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This European Country Gives Retirees Discounted Vacations

Did you know Spain is considered one of the best places in the world to retire? Check out this article from Condé Nast Traveler. Military Retirees can also take advantage of Space-A air travel into/out of Rota, Spain, if they become residents of the country.

Condé Nast Traveler ~ "When it comes to retirement, many people envision spending their golden years traveling the world. Those aspirations, however, involve a lot of money, effort, and planning to execute.

But did you know there’s a country that will actually take care of the majority of travel costs and logistics for its retirees to vacation? Spain, a country that consistently ranks among the best places in the world to retire, is the first country in the EU to give certain senior citizens and residents access to greatly subsidized getaways, with expenses like transportation, meals, and hotels included.

Barcelona, Spain | Image by katerina zhang from Pixabay

The program is run by Spain’s Institute for Seniors and Social Services (IMSERSO), which calls the concept 'social tourism.' The gist is that investing in travel for seniors will help improve their health and keep them active and engaged. 'The IMSERSO tourism program contributes to active aging and the promotion of an active lifestyle, while favoring intergenerational solidarity, generating employment and economic activity, and favoring inter-territorial solidarity through travel between different regions,' an IMSERSO spokesperson told EuroNews in February.

The discounted trips are available each year in the 'shoulder season' from October through June. For the 2023-2024 season, the Spanish government made 886,269 places available for retirees in the social tourism program—that’s 70,000 more spots than the previous year. Prices for these vacation packages range anywhere from 124 euros to 435 euros, depending on the destination, length of the trip, and whether transportation is included.

Here’s everything you need to know about the program, including how American expats can apply." ~ Condé Nast Traveler

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