Just because you’ve retired doesn’t mean you have to stay put! Many seniors love to travel, and putting yourself out there can benefit both your mental and physical health. Here are some great destinations and travel resources for seniors looking to hit the road. Note that specific trips may be subject to change.
Road Scholar, formerly known as Elderhostel, is a non-profit organization providing educational trips geared to seniors. The organization was founded in 1975 and offers its study tours in 150 countries.
Travelers can search opportunities by various criteria, including location, activity level, area of interest, popularity and date offered. Adventures Afloat, Road Scholar’s “shipboard study cruise” program, offers trips like seeing Antarctic inlets via expedition vessel or sailing France’s canals on a riverboat.
Among the program’s most popular tours are:
- Hiking Death Valley National Park.
- Rockies By Rail: Western Canada’s Splendor
- Greece: Island Hopping in the Aegean
- Discovering Machu Picchu and the Galapagos
AARP Travel Center
AARP Travel Center, offered in conjunction with Expedia, highlights a number of senior travel opportunities both stateside and abroad. If you’re an AARP member, you can get special rates on trips to destinations including Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., San Diego, Rome, Barcelona and London. The site also includes a number of helpful travel tools, like a currency converter, an airfare calculator and State Department travel advisories.
Niagara Falls Deluxe Tour
This all-inclusive tour offered by Senior Tours includes five days of hotel accommodations, along with eight meals, USA Today reports. The tour includes a ride on the Maid of the Mist along with visits to Horseshoe Falls and Queen Victoria Park.
Independent Traveler offers a variety of travel tips along with discussion forums, trip reviews, polls and information on numerous destinations.
The site also offers a feature called “Seniors in Motion” that provides suggestions for senior travel destinations. You’ll need to make your own arrangements, but Independent Traveler provides detailed recommendations and helpful information for various trips, such as three-day excursions to Boston and Tampa.
Grab your walking shoes and get traveling!
With so many travel options, there’s no reason to sit on the sidelines. Consider taking advantage of one of the many travel packages geared to seniors, whether through Road Scholar, AARP or any number of tour companies.