Exploring Vacation Adventures for Older Adults

  • January 27, 2020

Retirement is a season of life people look forward to for years. For many, travel is part of their retirement plan. If you are a senior looking for new travel adventures, we have some ideas you might find useful.

7 Travel Ideas for Older Adults

  1. Visit the US National Parks: From Florida’s Everglades to the forests of Denali Park in Alaska, our National Park System has much to offer. Older adults can purchase a Lifetime pass for just $80. With this pass, you can visit more than 2,000 federal recreation sites without paying for entrance, amenity fees, or day use fees for some of those in your vehicle 
  2. Plan a hobby or theme vacation: If you’ve always wanted to write a novel, learn to paint, or tackle another new hobby, a vacation getaway might be the perfect opportunity. Themed travel packages have recently become popular. They’re geared towards a variety of topics ranging from photography to cooking.
  3. Drive the California coastline: Pacific Coast Highway, formally known as US Route 101, is one of the most spectacular drives in the country. It extends through California from north to south. You’ll cross the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, pass the popular town of Santa Cruz, enjoy the beauty of Big Sur and Monterey, and so much more. It makes for the ultimate retirement road trip.
  4. Book a volunteer vacation: For a travel adventure with purpose, round up a few friends and plan a volunteer vacation. You’ll find both domestic and international opportunities. Discover Corps can help you find a trip that meets your interests and budget.
  5. Follow your family tree: With age often comes a desire to trace your roots and learn more about your family’s unique history. Retirement is an ideal time to dig deeper and learn more about where you came from. One way is to visit the towns and cities that shaped your family.
  6. Take a Road Scholar trip: This nonprofit organization hosts a variety of experiential learning opportunities for seniors. They offer 5,500 learning adventures in 150 countries and all 50 states. Topics range from cross-country skiing in Vermont to educational getaways about America’s earliest presidents. There are trips to meet every interest. Some are designed specifically for solo travelers and for grandparents traveling with grandchildren.
  7. Create a bucket list for travel: Many of us have a bucket list for things we’d like to do or accomplish. Why not create a bucket list of trips you’d like to take during retirement? That makes it easier to start researching and planning.

Life Enrichment at Five Star Senior Living

At Five Star Senior Living communities, residents enjoy opportunities to travel and grow every day. From local and regional outings to a full calendar of daily events and activities, our Lifestyle360 program is designed to nurture the body, mind, and spirit.

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