Today, seniors and baby boomers are more health conscious and active than before. As result, traveling is often a goal for many 55+ year olds who may have the time and the financial resources at their disposal. However, as people get older, the risks involved in traveling increase. The most prominent is health as well as coping with stressful situations and the hassle that is sometimes involved with traveling. Nevertheless, these challenges may be overcome with proper planning and utilizing tips and benefits to enhance your travel experience. These include having a medical check-up prior to traveling, getting travel insurance, traveling during off peak seasons when crowds and rates are lower and taking advantage of special seniors’ discounts.
One of the best choices for traveling and vacation options for the elderly is cruising, which is safe, relaxing and hassle-free. Some of the top destinations for seniors include the Caribbean, The Bahamas, Hawaii and the Mediterranean. Since many cruises are all-inclusive, you can know the costs ahead of time. In addition, you can go sightseeing and on tours and visit several different destinations or countries as well as take advantage of the many onboard activities such as dancing, wellness lectures, games and swimming.
Some of the fun places and stress-free traveling destinations for people aged 55+ include Europe and the USA. Paris, France is a popular destination for seniors and it offers some of the most visited monuments worldwide. By taking a bus tour you can visit the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees and the Orsay Museum or you can take a cruise along the River Seine. Depending on your fitness level, you may climb the stairs of take the elevators at some of these attractions.
One of the highly recommended tours for the elderly is visiting the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museum in Rome, Italy. The Colosseum is also a favorite as well as wine tasting and cooking tours in Tuscany and the viewing of fine arts in Florence and Venice.
In the USA there are many destinations that offer a range of activities catering to seniors. These include Branson, Missouri that has several movie and music entertainment venues, excellent golf courses and museums, including the Titanic Museum and the Hollywood Wax Museum. For beach lovers, Waikiki Beach in Hawaii is a favorite as well as the Jersey Shore and if you are interested in a wellness vacation such as a spa treatment, California, Arizona and Texas are good locations to pursue.
Other popular and less stressful traveling places for seniors include Switzerland and South America and not to be forgotten are the great beaches, water sports activities and resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico.