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5 Real Perks of Being 55 and Older

Hitting the age of 55 or older doesn’t mean you’re on your last legs, and the perks for senior citizens don’t stop there either! It simply means that you have reached a sort of right of passage for all that you have done throughout your life, and now it’s payback time, in a good way! Here are five well-deserved perks for senior citizens that you should totally take advantage of:

Travel Perks

At this age, it’s like your 20s all over again! It’s the perfect time to start traveling the world and exploring. Many may not know this but most major airlines provide senior discounts which could help you tremendously with your trip. A 20% discount could save you hundreds of dollars depending on where you’re flying! That extra cash can be spent on all the great souvenirs for your friend and family or on dining out at delicious restaurants with foods you’ve never tried before.

Swimming during the summer months

Continuing Your Education

For those who simply love to learn, continuing your education in classrooms is a great way to do that. In fact, it’s even greater for those 55 and up because tuition can be of little to no cost to you. Lots of local colleges offer no-credit courses for free to seniors, making it an easy and inexpensive way to continue your love for learning.


National Park Perks

Tons of national parks provide discounts for seniors, making it an easy way for you to check out some of mother nature’s beautiful scenery. Remember the airline perk? Now you can get a discounted flight to a beautiful national park! Also, if you’re 62 or older, you can get an ‘America the Beautiful’ pass for $10. This pass provides you with a lifetime of free entrances to all U.S. national parks, including huge discounts on campgrounds, boating, etc.

Senior couple on country walk

Dining Perks

Let’s face it, we love to go out and enjoy a nice meal at a sit-down restaurant no matter what age we are. So why not take advantage of what you already love to do and receive discounts at restaurants? Most people don’t know about the perks because they are not advertised, but simply asking can unveil just how big of a discount you can receive. So much more bang for your buck!

Shopping Perks

Whether you’re shopping for yourself, a friend, your kids, or grandkids, tons of big-name stores offer discounts to shoppers 55 and up. It just depends on the day of the week. Some stores only have the discounts on one particular day of each week. So, be sure to stay tuned to such perks and cut your shopping expenses significantly.

The greatest perk of all is the time you have to spend with family and friends, and more of it! You’re in what most consider the happiest years, so go explore and enjoy the many perks of being 55 and older. You deserve it!

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