Choosing the right kind of trip is the key to an unforgettable holiday for travelling seniors. Here are some top ideas that appeal to seniors who love to travel.
Canada and Alaska
Some tours include a two-day train journey in the glass-domed GoldLeaf carriage on the Rocky Mountaineer followed by a cruise to Alaska.
European river cruising
The idea of unpacking once and waking up in a different port each day is irresistible to mature travellers.
River cruising offers the camaraderie of group travel with plenty of opportunities for independent travellers to explore freely. And the all-inclusive price tag for the stateroom, meals, drinks, sightseeing and tipping makes it easy to keep check on the budget.
Some companies offer the best discounts and free flights to customers who book well in advance.
Asian river cruising
Luxury river cruising in Asia is going from strength to strength. Cruise the Mekong River between Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Riep.
Pandaw ships allow travellers to explore difficult-to-reach villages along the Rajang River in Borneo and the Brahmaputra River in India.
Off the beaten track
One of the best travel quotes came from the creative mind of Sir Richard Burton, who once said “The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands.”
Perhaps this is why soft adventure cruising is a rapidly growing trend among active baby boomers who want to do more than laze around a pool.
First-time visitors to Europe often try to cram in as many countries as possible but spend only a short time in each place.
Travellers with more time are returning to visit those places that appealed most in a more leisurely way.
They are renting farm houses in Provence and villas in Tuscany; cooking, walking and making friends with the locals.
Most senior bookings are in small groups of three couples or more, friends exploring together.
Combining travel with a hobby or passion such as cooking in Italy, a literary tour of England, learning to paint in the Sunshine Coast hinterland or a sporting trip to the Australian Open Tennis is a stimulating way to experience the world and make new like-minded friends.
Whether it is gardening, art, writing or wine, there are more and more ways to plan a holiday around specific interests.
An increasing number of over-55s are travelling solo and many companies offer solo traveller-friendly options such as reductions in the single supplement or matching up singles to avoid the single supplement.
These days, it’s not uncommon to see people in the 65 to 75 age group travelling on their own. There are also tour companies that cater to solo women travellers who are single, divorced, widowed or married to someone who would rather stay at home.
From planting trees in Borneo to digging wells in Cambodia and teaching children in Kenya, many people who have been around long enough to experience the ups and downs of life are combining travel with the opportunity to save the environment and help those who are less fortunate.
Getting involved with volunteer projects that are aligned to caring are a becoming a popular way to see the world.