Retirement is the perfect time to take a nice, long vacation.
It’s the perfect time to go explore the places you’ve always dreamed about. Many seniors have the time and resources needed to plan and take a trip, but where do you start?
Well, deciding where to go is the first step.
Below are some of the best places for seniors to vacation. If you want to stay close to home, I have some national points of interest here in the US. But, if you’re looking to broaden your horizons a bit, check out my international recommendations.
US Travel Destinations
There are plenty of perfect destinations for seniors right here in the U.S. You won’t need your passport for these, but you’ll feel like you’re in a whole new world!
Who doesn’t love a good island vacation? Hawaii is easily accessible for U.S. citizens, but it’s an entirely different culture from the continental U.S., making it a great close-to-home getaway destination.
The locals are friendly and welcoming, and there is plenty to do, whether you want to attend a traditional luau or spend days on end relaxing on the beautiful sprawling beaches. Maybe even be a little more adventurous and take a bike ride through the jungle or explore a natural volcano.
There are also plenty of natural spas, great dining, and beautiful sights anywhere you look.
Miami Beach, Florida
For another coastal beach destination, check out Miami beach.
The main advantage this vacation spot has over Hawaii is the senior community that already exists in Florida. There are plenty of senior activities in Miami, along with plenty of senior discounts as well. You’ll also find more casinos, golf courses and inland attractions, if that’s something you enjoy doing on vacations.
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Are you a bit of a history buff? Check out Williamsburg Virginia.
Virginia has beautiful, mild weather all year round, and Williamsburg has plenty of attractions for elderly visitors. This area boasts historic, beautiful architecture, colonial reenactments, and plenty of fun activities like shopping and golfing.
It’s also much more affordable than other options on the list, as it’s not a highly populated metropolitan area. If you’re looking for a quieter getaway, this is a great option.
You may not realize, but Alaska is actually a really beautiful, unique national vacation spot.
It’s a bit of a haul to get there (you’ll most likely have a layover if you fly there), but it’s worth it for the beautiful sights. How many people can say they’ve seen glaciers moving through the ocean?
International Travel Destinations
Whether you’ve never been off of the continental U.S. or you’ve explored a bit overseas, there’s always more of the world to see. Check out some top spots for seniors abroad below.
Who wouldn’t love a week on the pure sands and clear blue waters of the Caribbean?
Caribbean culture is synonymous with laid-back, relaxed, vacation-time attitudes, delicious food, and fun experiences. However, this is a popular destination for people of all ages, so make sure to book your vacation early, and try to avoid the busy season (June-August).
Looking for a little Italian culture? Check out the historic countryside in Tuscany. This city is the best Italian destination for seniors because it’s a bit quieter than neighboring Italian cities like Florence, but you still get easy access to these fun spots for day trips.
You can easily see the Leaning Tower of Pisa from here as well. Come back and enjoy the culture, cuisine, and an out-of-this-world glass of wine to wind down.
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If you really enjoy French culture, but don’t necessarily want to take a trip that far away, check out Montreal.
This French-speaking area has much of the culture without the prices or extreme language barriers of France. It also has plenty of attractions, fun towns, cuisine options, and more.
If you’re looking for a little more adventure to liven up your retirement years, check out a safari in South Africa.
These guided tours let you get up close and personal with animals you may have only seen photos or videos of before! This could be a really eye-opening experience, and a really unique vacation you’ll have stories about for years to come.
Don’t Forget About Cruises!
A great option for seniors looking to see the world and get an all-inclusive experience is a cruise. Many cruise packages encompass some of the destinations above and more! There are also varying lengths, so if you’re not sure you can spend a month at sea, try a week-long vacation instead.
Check out multiple sites, all guided and planned for you by the cruise company. This takes a lot of the stress out of planning an entire itinerary, and you also get food, drink, and housing covered with beautiful ocean views the entire time.
Best of all, many cruise lines offer senior discounts, so this type of vacation is ideal for senior citizens looking to get away without the hassle and cost of planning a trip themselves.
Summary and Sources
Your ideal travel destination is going to depend on your unique interests, but there’s truly something for everyone out there. Whether you like to relax on sandy beaches, love shopping and entertainment, or need something a little more adventurous, you’ll be able to find something here or abroad.
Before booking anything, make sure to look for senior discounts on all aspects of the trip (flights, housing, activities, and more). It’s also a great idea to check into mobility and transportation options if walking is difficult. Also, remember to check out cruise deals that might give you a little of everything at a discounted price.
Flying? Take a look at my tips for successful air travel for senior citizens.
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