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Posted: Friday, June 8, 2018 2:01 pm | Updated: 3:26 am, Wed Sep 19, 2018.

(BPT) - With the kids out of the house and newfound independence, summer is the perfect time of year for empty nesters to embark on bucket list trips they’ve always craved. In fact, according to a recent survey conducted by Tracfone, 68 percent of empty nesters say that traveling is a priority now that their kids have left home, but 62 percent are concerned they won’t be able to fulfill their travel goals due to budget concerns.

With the help of your smartphone and a dependable wireless service, you can travel to your dream destination without worry this summer. Follow these easy tips to stay connected and enjoy your vacation without breaking the bank.

1) Be spontaneous: Until now, you’ve been accustomed to traveling with kids, which meant planning an itinerary full of activities once you arrive to your destination. Now that you’re vacationing without the kids, ditch the planning for your next summer adventure. Not only is it liberating to be able to take trips whenever you feel like it, but you also save time on the lengthy planning process. It could even save you money, especially on hotels, which often have last-minute deals to book open rooms.

2) Stay connected: Whether snapping and sharing photos, looking up directions or booking a hotel, it’s essential for travel-bound empty nesters to stay connected. In fact, more than half (51 percent) of empty nesters say they couldn’t live without their cell phone while on vacation.

With Tracfone, you get nationwide coverage on America’s largest and most dependable 4G LTE† networks, so you’ll never have to worry about losing connection while venturing on your trip. Even better, with the 30-day smartphone plan± including talk, text and data for just $15, you can easily capture and share your favorite memories without breaking the bank. Tracfone is there to help you make the most of your summer travels, all while helping you to save.

3) Check out local guides: The best way to enjoy a new town? Connecting with the locals. It’s a quick and easy way to experience what your destination has to offer, and a good way to meet new people! There are a variety of websites that connect travelers with local guides to help create a hometown experience while traveling. Taking the time to make these connections can result in a more authentic and exciting trip.

4) Take the road less traveled: Traveling by interstate on a road trip may save you time, but you also risk passing up the small-town treasures that can only be uncovered by taking the scenic route. Prior to your trip, use your smartphone to uncover the hidden gems and locations that you can visit on the way to your destination. Once you’re on your way, take advantage of the navigation tools on your smartphone to uncover the best restaurants and hotspot attractions that only the locals know about.

This summer, turn your dream vacation into a reality. Visit www.Tracfone.com to learn more about how Tracfone can help you make the most of your summer travels.

±These plans do not triple your minutes, texts, or data.

†To get 4G LTE speed, you must have a 4G LTE capable device and 4G LTE SIM. Actual availability, coverage and speed may vary. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. Please refer always to the latest Terms and Conditions of Service at Tracfone.com.

This survey was commissioned by Tracfone conducted by Survata, an independent research firm in San Francisco. Survata interviewed 1,001 U.S. Empty Nesters (ages 50-65) between May 7, 2018 and May 15, 2018. For further information, visit www.survata.com.

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