Retirement is the best time to travel and explore the world—you have money, you have time and your health is still keeping you upright. If you, your partner and your friends want to have a little adventure this year, here are a few destinations perfect for fun-loving and adventurous seniors looking for a trip that will help them rest, recharge and have a true adventure:
Quebec City, Canada
Americans looking for a truly European feel without having to travel to Europe can aim north, to Quebec City in Canada. This city with a strong French influence is oozing with 17th-century architecture, art and history. This city is predominantly French-spoken, but most people know English, so getting around won’t be hard at all. The city is not gigantic, so you’ll get to soak up all the attractions at your own pace, from the Citadel and its military ceremonies to chateau explorations and relaxing afternoon tea events. If you’re into nature, head up to Montmorency Falls Park and enjoy wilding waterfalls.
Tenerife, Canary Islands
Let’s move away from chilly Canada and go somewhere more tropical. Tenerife is a Spanish Island with beautiful landscapes, warm weather and perfect beaches for the relaxation and enjoyment of many seniors. The value is great as well, especially now that dollar is the same value as the euro. This island has an abundance of resorts, beaches and medical facilities, so it’s a great medical tourism destination as well. If you want to avoid the crowds and get a truly peaceful tropical vacation, hit Tenerife in spring or fall.
Key West, Florida
The most southern point in the USA, this destination is heaven for retirees. Key West is home to many 65+ people, but also a desirable travel destination for seniors who want a fun and active vacation. There are many interesting Key West tours from kayaking and snorkeling to animal watching and trolley explorations, all suitable for seniors. No matter if you want to explore the skies, the land or the underwater world, you will find a tour that fits your preferences. Accommodation, food, beaches and weather are all perfect for senior travelers who love a combination of an active and restful vacation.
Italy is a perfect travel destination for every type of traveler, full stop. But you as a retired senior will enjoy it the most. If you find accommodation in or around Florence, you will gain access to the whole of Tuscany. Staying in the countryside is also a great idea, because you’ll wake up in a fairytale every day, surrounded by olive trees and vineyards. Tuscany also offers various interesting tours perfect for seniors. You can opt for a visit to top wineries in the area or choose a culinary tour that will reveal to you the secrets of Italian cuisine. For a relaxing city exploration, you can find beautiful architecture and plenty of history every time you turn a corner anywhere in Florence, Siena, Lucca, Pisa, Arezzo, etc.
Here’s another tropical heaven for seniors (and all other travelers). If you’re dreaming of picture-perfect beaches, rich rainforests, countless historical sites and temples, Bali is a destination made for travelers who don’t want to spend their entire rainy day fund on their travels. In Bali, spa treatments are one of the biggest attractions, so don’t hesitate to get a famous Balinese massage and enjoy beauty treatments with herbs and spices. For island exploration, you can even hire a private driver to take you on a country tour and show you the best cultural sites—this is perfect for less-mobile seniors.
If you can’t settle on a single destination, there’s a solution to that issue as well. You can book a scenic cruise on the rivers of Europe and go through Germany, Australia and Hungary. European waterways like the Danube and the Rhine provide you with all the comfort and peace you might need, but also plenty of excitement at every stop. You will enjoy the slow-passing views of villages, vineyards, castles and make stop at iconic cities like Vienna and Budapest. This is a perfect vacation idea for seniors looking for a slow-paced vacation speckled with activities like wine tasting, theater performance, bike tours (electric bikes available) and city exploration.
Use the best years of your life to travel and see the world. No matter if you’re searching for peace and quiet or fun and excitement, you’ll find everything and more at these aforementioned destinations.
This guest post was graciously provided by Diana Smith. Diana is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in alternative medicine and latest DIY projects. In her free time she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.