Ending your career and reaching retirement age gives you a fantastic opportunity to set off and see the world and all the great destinations you’ve been dreaming about. Nowadays, travelling has become more accessible and much easier than before so regardless of your age and physical mobility, you’ll be able to explore places that inspire your inner adventurer.
The only question that remains is where to go? There’s a myriad of amazing places to see all around our glorious planet, so to help you get started, here’s a list of several that could spark your imagination and motivate you to get packing.
National parks of the USA
There’s more than one good reason to visit the USA, but one of the best is coming to explore its national parks. Each is a unique guardian of natural beauty and wildlife, offering its visitors the opportunity to enjoy in them, savour its treasures and return home with a deeper appreciation of the world around them.
Currently, there are 59 protected areas within the USA and whichever you choose, from taking the Amtrak to Montana’s East Glacier National Park, the Grand Canyon or the Yellowstone, you will surely be satisfied both with the price of your trip and the abundant memories that will result from it.
From Florida’s Everglades to Utah’s Canyonlands and from California’s Death Valley to Alaska’s Denali, nature generously offers its infinite and inspirational riches. If this sounds like a perfect travel destination and a good reason to leave your homeland of Australia, make sure you obtain your seniors travel insurance so you can travel confidently knowing that you are covered in any case and you can be worry-free enjoying the unforgettable moments of your travel adventure.
Portugal and Spain
One of the most popular trends in recent years is river cruises as they don’t require much travel planning but they do offer a great variety of sights every day. They’re an ideal option for seniors who love to get off the beaten path and get lost in beautiful landscapes and quaint little mountain villages. Such is the Viking River Cruise’s “Portugal’s River of Gold” that starts in the beautiful city of Porto, famous for its elegant bridges and port wine houses, and then winds through the narrow stretches of the upper Douro River, taking you through the steep terraced vineyards and giving you the spectacular views of historic monasteries, old castles and baroque mansions.
For most senior travellers, Japan is an exotic destination with many attractive sights and wonders. There’s the Cherry Blossom festival every April, Zen Temples of Kyoto, Jigokudani Monkey Park, Mount Fiji as well as taking sushi classes in Tokyo and taking a ride on Shinkansen to Kanazawa.
The whole point of your trip here is to find something that inspires whether it’s a bowl of perfect noodles or gorgeous scenery in the countryside or maybe the hustle and bustle of vibrant Japanese metropolises.
If you're more of a lounging type of a holidaymaker, why not relax on board of Queen Mary 2 and enjoy the treasures of the largest library on the open seas while your cruise the world? You can opt for a two-day or a 21-day cruise as well as choose your favourite events once on board, from simply lounging on deck chairs to dining in one of the restaurants.
A cruise is a great way of experiencing new destinations if you prefer quick access to entertainment and avoid having to search out restaurants or manage a walking map on your own. Cruise ships can go literally everywhere; whether it is a tropical, transatlantic or glacier exploring adventure you have in mind, there is a ship to accommodate you. Moreover, there are travel organizations and cruise lines that make extra effort to meet the specific needs of the disabled or senior travellers.
The list can go on and on and the suggestions given here are only a few options you might consider to explore. Even if you have a very specific interest, such as learning more about Shakespeare or going on wine tours or even ecological tours that will show you the wonders of nature without compromising its integrity, there are companies that will be happy to oblige you. All you need is your passion for knowledge and travel and your adventurous spirit!