Reaching retirement age is a very exciting time for many people who have been working their entire lives with very little vacation time. As long as you are in decent health and have your finances sorted out, retirement is definitely something to look forward to! With all the free time you’ll have, it’s the perfect time to travel to all of the places you never got to go before. Here are some of the best places every retired person should travel to if they have the chance.
Europe boasts all kinds of different sceneries, historical places, and great food. Another plus is that so many of the countries are so close together, so it’s easy to see multiple countries in one trip. Unfortunately, some countries in Europe are difficult to get around if you aren’t able to walk well, so keep that in mind if you are physically disabled. Just make sure to do some research on the specific countries you plan on visiting before you go.
If you’ve never been to California, retirement is the perfect time to go. More specifically, one highly recommended trip is a road trip on the Pacific Coast Highway. If you’re still able to drive, this is affordable, easy to execute, and totally worth it. Many assisted living communities in some parts of the states offer to take their residents on group road trips such as this one, so that may also be an option for you.
The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon in Arizona is one of America’s most famous and well-traveled National Parks, and there’s a reason for that. It truly is one of the most spectacular places you will ever see in your lifetime, so if you haven’t been, make sure to put this one at the top of your retirement travel list. Walking may be required for some of the trip, but many parts of the park are wheelchair accessible, so even if you are disabled you will still get to see the incredible views.
For the fit and healthy retirees, going on a safari in Kenya is truly the trip of a lifetime. You will see animals up close in their natural habitats that you had previously only ever seen in zoos. These safaris are not cheap however, so make sure you have some extra funds saved up. But make no mistake, it’s definitely worth the investment.
Alaska, Iceland, Sweden, Finland, Or Canada – For The Northern Lights
The Northern Lights are extraordinary and definitely a must see at some point in your lifetime, and what better time than retirement? They can only be seen for a certain period of time each year, but luckily can be viewed from several different places on the planet, so you have options. Alaska or Canada may be easiest for someone currently living in The United States. Or you may have always wanted to see the fjords so you’ll be able to kill two birds with one stone.
No matter where you plan to go, there’s no question that retirement is a great time to travel. Take advantage of your good health and adventurous mind while you still can!