Guest Post: Lindsay Denton
Retirement is the perfect time to travel the world and explore the places you've always wanted to. The only issue is: where should you go? To help you decide, we compiled a list of the best vacation ideas and destinations for seniors. You'll be inspired to start packing after reading about these places!
USA National Parks
Senior adventures that include energetic interests but don't involve lengthy airline travels have been increasingly popular among older travelers in recent years. With the recent pandemic still looming over our heads, many people, seniors included, feel the need to get out and explore the great outdoors.
Seniors interested in bicycling, fishing, hiking, wilderness camping, and much more can find their next vacation spot in one of the 63 U.S. national parks. Remember that Americans over 62 can purchase the National Park Service's lifetime senior pass for a one-time price of $80. This means you can spend the rest of your life exploring all the national parks and enjoying all the beautiful horizons at a highly affordable price.
The Caribbean is a top destination for individuals seeking relaxation, whether they choose a Southern Caribbean cruise or arrange a trip to Cuba. The powder soft white beach and turquoise-blue sea attract people of all ages, especially seniors looking to start their retirement the right way. However, if you're not a crowd fan, you should consider visiting the Caribbean in May or September/October. You'll enjoy all the beauty of the destination without the stress of the crowds.
Additionally, you should plan and reserve your Caribbean holiday as soon as possible. The "last-minute deal" is a thing of the past now that the economy is better than it was a few years ago. Cruise companies are spending millions on new ships to keep up with demand, and they want to fill their ships quickly and early.
If you're seeking relaxation on a tropical island, your next choice might be the Maldives. At first glance, it may not seem like this is one of the most popular destinations for seniors, but it is.
There are so many activities you can take part in, from cruises to snorkeling. Or, you can just stay on the beach all day long and enjoy the beautiful views. Most luxury retreats also have spas available to all guests where you can get pampered as much as you want.
There are many enjoyable things to do in Williamsburg, whether you want to play golf, visit museums, enter a walking tour, or shop. A trip to this Virginia town, which offers everything from historic architecture to reenactments at Colonial Williamsburg, can be one of the more economical destinations for seniors.
Williamsburg and adjacent Jamestown provides a wide variety of prices and activity levels for practically any interest. Compared to big urban locations, the hotel price range is better, albeit the cost of event tickets can increase your overall expenses.
To save money, we advise adopting senior-friendly modes of transportation, such as trains. Moreover, you should reserve accommodations with kitchenettes or refrigerators to decrease food expenditures, as well as visit off-peak or in the shoulder season, when demand for tourism is lower and, therefore, the prices have dropped.
Machu Picchu, Peru
An adventurous journey down the Inca Trail is the best way to get to Peru's enigmatic fortress in the Andes. But you don't have to cross Machu Picchu off your bucket list if you don't think a strenuous hike at a high altitude is for you.
You may also go there by rail from Cusco, and on the route, you'll enjoy breathtaking vistas of verdant valleys and snow-capped mountains. An organized group trip can assist with planning, providing for special needs, and meeting new people. Being able to mingle with people, particularly on solitary vacations, is something we certainly view as a benefit of package tours.
Who wouldn't like to visit Italy? Think about all the beautiful scenery, wine, and pasta. Consider Tuscany if you're a retiree looking to go to this lovely and ancient nation. It might seem expensive, but prices were substantially more affordable outside of Florence.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Florence, Siena, and other well-known sites in and around Tuscany can be just a short trip away from your stay if you plan well. Moreover, if you decide to expand your travels to the rest of Europe, Italy is a great starting point.
From there, you can visit most European countries and legendary, vibrant European cities.
What to do with your belongings at home?
When you're taking a long vacation in another country, you might be wondering whether your belongings will be 100% safe in your home. If you aren't sure about that and can't get anyone to house sit for you, you should look into other options.
For example, if you have items that require climate-controlled storage, you can rent a space like that and ensure your valuables are kept safe while you're traveling. Then, when you return, you can bring your belongings back to your home and give up the storage space until your next trip.
Or you can use it to store other excess belongings such as old clothes and mementos of yours between your travels.
After you retire, you have all the time in the world to do what you want. Whether that's a trip to an exotic destination or a national park in a nearby state is up to you. While we listed some destinations for seniors, it's important to note that you can really go wherever you want!
Make a bucket list of all your ideal vacations and start ticking them off one by one. And, if after some time, you start to feel your body holding you back, you can always look for destinations that don't require lots of walking or strenuous activities.
Whatever you want to visit, do it. Don't let your age stop you. It's just a number!
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