Top Destinations To Travel if You’re Living Off Social Security

If you’re struggling to make ends meet, traveling is obviously one of the first things that you’re going to forgo. However, it doesn’t mean that it’s never going to be a possibility. People who are retired and, just living off social security may certainly have a tougher time finding decent places to travel to on a budget. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t options out there for you. These are some of the more affordable destinations for retirees.

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Drone Aerial of Downtown Chattanooga TN Skyline, Coolidge Park and Market Street Bridge.
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Chattanooga has a few things going for it that make it a great low-budget travel destination. You can find a hotel there for 50 to 60 dollars a night; that’s a decent property. It’s a city that features an interesting cultural offering, yet not a lot of people know about that. There’s a university in town as well, so you can expect to find some low-budget bars and places to eat. Sure, there are probably a lot more things to do in Nashville, but you won’t be able to keep your budget as low as in Chattanooga.

New Orleans Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Downtown Skyline Aerial
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This one may be a bit of a surprise, but the thing is, there are plenty of hotels where you can stay for around the same rate as you would in Chattanooga. Yes, they may be lower-quality options, but in the off-season, you may find cleaner hotels at discount rates. This is a city with a vast cultural offering; you can just sit in a café and watch the place come to life. You’re bound to find a spot where you can listen to some smooth jazz for a while and eat a po’boy sandwich without it costing you a fortune.

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA downtown cityscape at twilight.
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Another city that has a lot to offer, but doesn’t get many tourists. An important thing to keep in mind here is that you want to come in the fall. Otherwise, it can get way too hot. There are plenty of cultural attractions and things to explore. Since the city is not a tourism hotbed, most of these spots won’t be as crowded or expensive. One of the best spots for a date later in the year on any given weekend.

Decatur, Alabama

A beautiful shot of a Steamboat Bill Bridge across the Tennessee River in Decatur, Alabama
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There are a few museums in this area that are worth a visit. The Cook Mesuem of Natural Science and the Carnegie Visual Arts Center top these lists. Both are very decent facilities where you likely won’t find massive crowds. As a retiree, you could take a weekday trip here, particularly if you live nearby. This can help you get better deals on hotels and even some of the local attractions. All of this while you avoid the massive crowds. In fact, this idea of traveling during the week and not the weekend can open a bunch of new locations, even if you’re on a tight budget.

Winnemucca, Nevada

Main Street with Casinos and Traffic in Daylight or Daytime, Winnemucca, Nevada USA
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If you think that Reno is the budget option when you can’t head to Vegas, it’s because you’ve never been to Winnemucca. There are a few casinos and gambling halls here; you could stay at one of the motels or inns in the city for 60 dollars a night. Do the casinos look like they’re trapped in the 80s? Yes, that was probably the last time they were updated. That, however, brings a sense of nostalgia to the trip that some folks will actually be able to enjoy!

Mario Perez

Author: Mario Perez


Mario is a seasoned journalist who’s worked with multiple publications over the years. He has a passion for looking for that story within the story itself. When he’s not actively looking for breaking news, he enjoys playing and watching sports.

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