For some seniors, the perfect trip is lying on the beach with a pina colada; for others, it involves activities like cycling or hiking. For still others, it’s about the intellectual pursuit of learning new things. With the last two years forcing many of us to curb any idea of travel, many people are eager to start planning their next trip. And fortunately, there is no shortage of options. Many travel organizers now specialize in trips for a 50-plus audience. According to a recent AARP survey, 67% of older travelers anticipate they will travel in 2022 — taking an average of at least four trips this year. So, FirstLantic (with the help of Travel and Leisure) has consolidated a list of travel organizers that can help you plan that perfect getaway.
If broadening your outlook and learning new things is your cup of tea, Road Scholar could be just what you’re looking for. They are an American not-for-profit organization that provides educational travel programs primarily geared to older adults. Working with expert faculty, they create one-of-a-kind experiences that dive deep into the history and culture of the destination. Participants receive privileged access to places and experts that are part of the Road Scholar global network.
If you’re looking for an active vacation, then you might want to check out Eldertreks. They specialize in adventure travel for people over 50 and engaged, unique, small-group adventures in over 100 countries. Whether your interest is in an African Safari or a trip to the Himalayas or the Antarctic, they have a journey that will fulfill your wanderlust. Tours are rated on an activity level ranging from one (easy) to five (challenging), so you can find the one that best suits your interest and capabilities.
Walking The World
Do you love to get out in nature and feel like you’re a part of it rather than just looking at it from a distance? If so, then Walking the World could be for you. Their walking and hiking tours are designed mainly for travelers over 50. Whether you are interested in exploring Ireland or Rocky Mountain National Park, they have an excursion that will suit you. Daily walks range from four to eight miles and are gentle to moderate.
Are you the type of traveler that likes to get out on the open road and explore and get some great exercise at the same time? Then Senior Cycling is the one for you. Specializing in bicycle tours to active adults ages 50 and over, its itineraries focus on the U.S. and Canada. Trips include places like the Outer Banks in North Carolina, Cape Cod, the Champlain Islands in Vermont, and Lac-Saint-Jean in Quebec. They also offer various levels so that the occasional and the advanced riders can find a trip that is best for them. And they can arrange custom tours for families or groups of friends.
Overseas Adventure Travel
For those of you that prefer a little more rest and relaxation, we haven’t forgotten you. Don’t get fooled by the name because while Overseas “Adventure” Travel offers all types of trips to destinations worldwide (adventure included), they also provide flexibility to personalize activities. So, if you feel like taking an extra day to get some beach time, their trips allow for that type of customization. They specialize in small group travel guaranteeing that groups will include no more than 16 people, averaging 13. They also create getaways for solo travelers as well as single female travelers.
So, if you are thinking about making 2022 the year you cross a destination or two off your list, do it! You never know if 2023 will be another year of being locked down at home, so go big but choose a trusted partner that will make it easy and as stress-free as possible. For a complete list of senior travel organizers, click here.
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