Travel during retirement can be much more than just an enjoyable activity. Those who travel tend to be more active, which in turn can help lower the risk of many age-related health issues, from heart disease and high blood pressure to stroke, diabetes and cancer. Travel and its associated activities are continuously linked with healthy ageing, being known to boost physical, cognitive and social health in seniors.
Meeting new people, learning about new cultures, and navigating new places helps stimulate the brain and can boost overall health and wellbeing. The benefits of travel in later life are endless, so that leaves just one question – where to?
If you’re considering exploring the world now the kids have all grown up, but aren’t quite sure where to go, why not consider one of these incredible destinations which offer everything you could possibly want from your well-deserved holiday?
London is one of the most exciting cities in the world, and offers an endless array of day trips, tours and museums to enjoy. Join an organised tour and explore the city with the comfort of your very own guide, or get to know the world-famous sites on your own. However you choose to do it, be sure to take in the Natural History Museum, sample London’s best ingredients at Borough Market, and visit the political big hitters such as Big Ben, Nelson’s Column, and 10 Downing Street.
Alaska is a land of rugged mountains, shimmering glaciers and pristine wilderness, and there’s no better way to see it all than by travelling aboard one of the majestic liners that cruise the Inland Passage. From Vancouver on Canada’s west coast, you can cruise up to Port Hardy and on to Prince Rupert via a circuitous maze of icy channels and fjords. Along the way, marvel at humpback whales, orcas, sea otters, dolphins, seals and bears, and take a side trip out to a glacier if you’re feeling adventurous.
If kicking back and relaxing is your idea of a breakaway, Hawaii has it all – with great golf courses, excellent beaches, and a whole range of tropical island wonderlands to explore. For the absolute best in no-fuss holidays, stick to Oahu where there are plenty of spacious and accessible condos right on Waikiki Beach.
France is the home of good food and even better wine, and is the ideal destination for seniors looking to taste the “good life”. Imagine relaxing in the sun outside a little French cafe, exploring stunning eighteenth-century palaces, or developing your palate in the hundreds of world-famous wineries.
Visit France for museums, cheese, shopping, wine, sophistication, and a little touch of romance.
Great Barrier Reef
Australia’s very own Great Barrier Reef is something every Australian should explore in their lifetime. Join a cruise and discover not just the reef, but the islands and rainforests that make this region World Heritage-listed. Take to the reef by glass bottom boat, try your hand at snorkelling or scuba diving, or laze on a cabana with a good book at one of the many island resorts. Each island offers something different, so whether you’re after pure indulgence, romance or adventure, you’ll find it in Queensland’s tropical north.
Branson, Missouri is a retiree’s paradise. Home to a dozen world-class golf courses, including the world famous Branson Creek Golf Club, it’s also home to more than 50 theatres, all featuring live shows with some of the biggest names in entertainment. As for the town itself, Branson has a lot to offer seniors, from an endless supply of boutique shops to thriving restaurants and cafes.
Italy, with its ancient cities, classic works of art and breathtaking scenery, is a perfect place for seniors looking to soak up some culture. The country boasts some magnificent medieval and renaissance castles, and cities such as Rome, with its dramatic Colosseum and impressive Sistine Chapel, and Milan, with its La Scala opera house must be seen to be believed.
Italy can get very busy and hot over summer, so to make the most of your Italian adventure, look to travel between March and May or September to October.
Australia’s red centre offers some magnificent sights, and no more so than Uluru. To get the most out of your trip, consider joining an organised tour, which will not only keep you safe in the sometimes dangerous desert, but will provide you with all-important information surrounding the region and its peoples.
New Zealand is a friendly country for seniors, and the locals welcome mature travellers with open arms. And just as well, as there is so much in this beautiful country to explore.
New Zealand offers something for everyone. Adventurous travellers may like to sign up to an all-inclusive tour, while wine lovers might prefer to do some tasting in one of the many winery-rich regions. For those wanting culture, New Zealand’s Maori culture is unique and beautiful, while those wanting to shop will love Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin for their vast array of stores. No matter what you do or where you go in New Zealand, there’s one thing that is certain – you’ll be spoilt with incredible scenery from every direction.
Portugal is a favourite with seniors due to its warm climate, serenity and slow pace of life. Unlike other coastal regions in Europe, the beaches are relatively quiet and the great golfing, traditional festivals and colourful architecture are all within easy reach of each other. It’s also great value for money, with Portuguese prices among the lowest in Western Europe.