If you are a senior in search of a vacation, planning ahead could ensure you of a memorable and fun trip. Various types of vacations can be planned around senior travel, and whether you are looking to relax or plan your holiday full of activity, your convenience and any special attention you might require should be taken into consideration.
Taking a cruise no longer means sailing with young spring breakers looking for a 24-hour party. Certain voyages offer five-star treatment on a smaller scale, making maneuvering about the ship an easier task, which is what many seniors require. The smaller, more intimate crowd offers a quieter trip, making relaxing conversation and new friendships possible. Most large cruise lines offer Alaskan cruises or South Seas cruises with ports-of-call geared with seniors in mind. You might even want to plan an around-the-world vacation on the world’s largest vessels that offer every amenity a senior could need.
If sailing the seas is not your chosen destination, you might consider a river cruise on some of America’s great rivers. The Mississippi River is popular to small cruise boats and paddle wheelers that offer cruises up to a week long. These senior cruises many times offer some type of on-board lecturers and history and educational cruises to peak the interest of senior travelers while they move lazily down the river. Several historical ports-of-call offer day adventures along the way in order to see the sights of each city.
If traveling by land suits you more, consider a senior tour. Many travel companies offer exceptional travel plans for the senior by offering unique railroad trips, hot air ballooning or private jet or plane tours with specific stops. Whatever your choice, planning details well ahead of your travel dates will ensure a successful trip. Agents and tour companies offer different types of senior tours, because seniors usually have varied preferences when it comes to group size. A large group of seniors will often take coach holidays which usually holds 40 people, with an escort. A great advantage to a senior tour is that sightseeing, lodging, and most of the dining arrangements are typically planned for you in advance.
If you are an active senior adult, you might want to plan a vacation geared around physical activity. While this type of vacation may not fall within the definition of typical senior travel, they are popular with many seniors well into their 70’s and 80’s. These types of tours could include extensive walking, hiking, or cycling. Your accommodations can be more rustic and the tour areas more remote if you choose. Sailing may also be included.
You can also plan your trip around your middle-aged children with a type of family reunion at a specific destination. Motor home vacations are popular with seniors, and your travel agent can assist you in planning a vacation that includes a motor home rental. There are motor home parks scattered across the country offering breathtaking sights and some great memories.