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Budget Travel Ideas

With the increasing cost of health care and constraints of a fixed income, many retirees nix vacations for lower-cost visits with family. However, there are plenty of destinations that can be affordable to visit on a budget. The following are a few ideas for this summer and the rest of 2017.

  • Wine tasting in Sonoma, California – Take a bus tour, open-air Jeep, bike ride or even a cable car to tour wineries in California’s Sonoma Valley. Tours may include cave explorations, wildlife sanctuaries, barrel and VIP tastings and a gourmet picnic lunch.
  • The Big Island, Hawaii – Offers unique sights ranging from volcanic landscapes to rainforests with rare, colorful birds to a beach with green sand replete with semiprecious peridots. Lodging is less expensive starting in May through the summer months, and authentic Hawaiian food is available at any number of family-run restaurants.
  • Madison County, Iowa – You may have seen the movie, but if you haven’t visited the six famous covered bridges of Madison County, they offer a quiet glimpse into the beauty and laid-back lifestyle of middle America. Enjoy quaint parks, historic town squares, hometown fairs and festivals, local wineries, and learn crafts of yesteryear such as quilting and glass fusion.
  • Lake Champlain, Vermont – Charter a sailing trip, visit beautiful lighthouses and experience the charm of auld New England villages. You’ll find bed and breakfast options up and down the coast to help you escape the summer heat.
  • Savannah, Georgia – Within the walk-friendly historic district, you’ll find an array of park bench squares, museums, low-country restaurants, plus upbeat nightlife options on River Street. Check out the authentic Pirate’s House Restaurant, join the daily lunch line for Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room and take a short drive to check out the peaceful beachfront vistas at Tybee Island on Savannah’s coastline.

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Ryan Keapproth

Ryan Keapproth

Retirement Planner

Ryan is dedicated to serving clients to achieve their retirement goals. Ryan’s holistic approach centers on wealth management strategies with a focus on income planning throughout retirement. As a Financial Advisor, Ryan is an Investment Adviser Representative (IAR), life and health insurance licensed and a Certified Tax Preparer. Ryan is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, with an Accounting and Finance major.

Ryan is a lifelong Minnesotan originally from Woodbury and currently residing in Bloomington with his wife, Riamae, and their rescue Terrier Beagle mix, Douglas. He and his family are avid travelers in their free time. Ryan enjoys playing golf and poker, and describes himself as a major foodie enjoying new restaurants around the cities whenever possible. He is a sports fan especially when the Vikings and Timberwolves are playing.