5 Fantastic Travel Ideas Unique To Seniors!

Jet taking offAs we get older, mobility becomes one of the biggest issues with travel. (Note: This is one of the reasons I like to have a focus on fitness!) Climbing Mount Everest may no longer be possible, but climbing the high point in our state may be easy! And there is a club for climbing the high points in all the states!

I know “older adults” (sometimes I think that should read “older kids”) who do all sorts of challenges. One is running a marathon on every continent and a few who love running “ultra-marathons” (anything over 26.2 miles). You have others who want to compete in an “Ironman™” race or “thru-hike” one of the long trails.

But, what about the rest of us? Below are some fantastic ideas for travel as we get older!

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1. Think Off-Season

One advantage we have, especially if we're retired, we can travel when other people can't! Not only are the crowds less, but there's a good chance you can get better deals on everything! Not all destinations have an off-season, but they should have a slower time. This is where a good travel agent can help. While some place like Alaska has a peak summer season, they also have “Northern Lights” tours in the winter, but deals may be found in the late spring, early fall.

2. Walt Disney World (WDW)

I know this may seem like something you would do with the grandkids, I know plenty of older adults who love going! You want to plan your trips around school vacations with the fall being one of the best times. The weather is still nice and the ambiance has taken a shift. WDW does not offer senior discounts on much, but you may find some other places like AAA or AARP.

If you've never been, Disney is huge but manageable. I have found some good tips on TripSavvy which can prove invaluable with experiencing it with less stress.

3. Riverboat Cruise

These can be a little more expensive, but it can be a great way to see different parts of the world! There are cruises in Europe and the U.S. that can be wonderful! Think about a wine and food cruise in France! Or how about a grand tour of Europe, going from Budapest all the way to Amsterdam!

One point on going on a river cruise that I was warned about, make sure your cabin is above the waterline; otherwise, you hear everything on the river! If you want some shore excursions, make sure to check out how much walking is involved as some of these cruises can get strenuous.

4. Train Trips

Train travel can be fun, but also it can be expensive. One of the nice things about train trips is they can be as short or as long as you'd like. For a nice fall trip, check out foliage trips, New England is great for that! Or if you want the ultimate in luxury, try the Orient Express! You can do from London to Venice or for a longer trip, Paris to Istanbul! All you have to do is Google “Train Tours” to get a great list all over the world!

My wife and I actually took the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express from London to Venice. Just stepping on the train is a fantastic experience. The cars are a throwback to an era that has long passed. For dinner, there were people dressed in tuxes, but most had on suits. It was a once-in-a-lifetime trip!

5. Small Ship Cruising

This has become our favorite way of cruising! We've been on ships that held as little as 80-passengers, but most small ships are around 600-800 passengers. You'll find on small ships; you will get more personalized service and generally better food. On small ships, you can go more places than the big ships allow, but the schedule isn't always as tight!

On the big ships, the food is always out with all of the buffets and snacks. But, on the small ships, some of that may be missing, and I never did miss it. You are more apt to meet some other passengers your own age. When we took a cruise to Greece, we became friends with other couples around our age, and we're still friends with some of them! When we did our Alaskan cruise, on an 80-passenger s, our captain was able to stop and watch the whales feeding for sternwheeler couple of hours!

In Closing…

My wife and I have done most of these types of trips, except Riverboat Cruise, which may be coming in the next couple of years, and enjoyed them all. I suggest you look into each one of these types of trips for your next vacation! If you want some more ideas or information on where to go to research these, let me know in the comments below!

If you have some other travel ideas, I'd love to hear them! Let me know in the comments so I can plan my next vacation!

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