Is there any travel that is best for senior travelers? Find out what we recommend for our baby boomer and senior travelers.
Best Types of Travel Suitable for Seniors
There isn’t one ‘type’ of travel for anybody, but as we age, our interests age beautifully, like wine! Instead of the conventional type of travel that you have pursued in your younger years, you might find some interest in these suggestions for after retirement:
Taking a trip on a nice, relaxing cruise is one of the most ideal types of travel for seniors. Spend a few days or even a week relaxing in the ocean or even on a river cruise! River cruises offer seniors to visit little towns along the river’s bank as well as a magnificent view from the boat itself. Be sure to go seek out senior discounts, check out the senior-only onboard activities, and purchase travel insurance to provide coverage for an unforeseen illness or injury.
Companies like Road Scholar offer thousands of educational tours for people from all walks of life, including baby boomers and mature seniors. These tours are unlike regular tours- they focus primarily on the spreading of knowledge as they are scholars themselves. They carry the passion of scholars that is intriguing for all.
Small Group Traveling
Traveling with a large tourist herd may be overwhelming to seniors, as there is generally a faster pace of touring. With a smaller group (typically, 12-24 people), there is more focused attention on the individuals and tour guides can give more thorough descriptions of the landmarks. The smaller groups can offer more flexibility and freedom when traveling and a more personal and authentic experience overall.
A train tour allows seniors to conveniently eat and sleep on the train and stop at various stations for short sightseeing excursions. It enables seniors to enjoy historic routes such as the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Some train, including Amtrak trains offer private compartments that include private shower stalls. California will always be a great location for train tours. These train tours often venture through the beautiful valleys of California or through mountains in many areas, including Canada.
By post-retirement, many seniors often feel as though they haven’t spent enough of their time giving back to the community. A great way make the best of both worlds is to combine travelling and volunteering! Seniors often realize that many of their lifelong skills they learned during their youth can be passed on to the next generation- something that can be fulfilled through volunteer travel.
Author: Richard Hsu