If you’re nearing retirement, one thing you’re probably looking forward to is the opportunity to pack your bags and see the world. Great thinking! This time of your life should be filled with adventure and excitement, and travel is certainly a big part of that. Before you hit the road (or hop on that plane), however, it’s a great idea to do your homework. Whether you want to find the perfect tour for seniors or need help finding travel insurance, here are some great resources for senior travelers:
Temporary medical insurance – Travel gurus say that travel insurance is something that seniors should consider getting when travelling out of the country. Call your own medical insurer to understand what your insurance covers while you’re overseas, but you may want additional travel insurance to be safe. Check out IMG Global’s GlobeHopper Senior plan, AIG’s Travel Guard plans, andHTH Travel Insurance plans for starters, or ask your own insurance agent for recommendations.
American Association of Retired People – AARP has a robust travel website for seniors, with destination guides, articles and tips, itineraries for quick getaways to some of America’s great cities, a trip finder database, and information about travel discounts through the AARP Member Advantages program. You should also explore the many different AARP escorted tours while you’re at it.
TripAdvisor – More of an online community than a travel website, TripAdvisor offers advice from millions of travelers, who offer their reviews and opinions on everything from restaurants to accommodations to excursions. The website links to hotel and airline websites to help you find good deals, but TripAdvisor is mostly known for being a valuable resource to research a destination and get others’ advice and opinions. Check out their Best of 2017 awardees and the travel board where you can post questions and get answers from seasoned travelers and locals.
Road Scholar – Are you the type to dig deep into a place’s history and culture before you take a trip? If so, Road Scholar is worth a look. It’s a great way for single or married adult travelers to go on all-inclusive “learning adventures.” They even offer intergenerational trips with grandchildren, like an archaeology Native American Art program to Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, a French Canada journey to Quebec, or a Travel Back in Time to the Birthplace of America trip to Virginia.
Over50andOverseas – If you’d like to give back, Over50andOverseas is a resource of international volunteer opportunities for people 50 and older. It offers links to international job websites and information about how to choose the right organization for you if you want to volunteer in another country.
ElderTreks – ElderTreks was the world’s first adventure travel company for people over 50 and they continue to raise the bar for the industry, offering active, small-group adventures in over 100 countries. If you’re seeking more than a big cruise ship or tour bus through the most touristy destinations, check them out.
Vantage Deluxe World Travel – Whatever kind of travel tour you seek, Vantage likely has something for you. From solo to multi-generational travel programs, from themed activity adventures (think wine, birdwatching, safari, and arts and culture tours), Vantage has an impressive website chock full of information, whether you choose to book one of their destination trips or not.
Walking the World – If you love the idea of adventure travel with people in the same stage of life as you (and you love to explore on your own two feet), Walking the World might have the travel experience for you. The company organizes walking/hiking tours for people ages 50 and older, all of which incorporate active travel, cultural immersion, and culinary exploration. On the schedule for 2017 are tours to Ireland, Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, France, Utah, Spain, Maine, and Nepal.
Explore 360 – Thinking about moving to Trilogy? Explore 360 is one of many exciting benefits of living here! This program lets you discover new places while getting to know other Trilogy Members—at the community where you live (or will soon) and all around the country. This year, we’re headed to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, the Mediterranean Coast, and New Zealand.
Travel is one of the most wonderful aspects of retirement. Where do you want to go next? The world is a huge place, so you might as well get started. Get out a map and globe and create your travel bucket list. Enjoy the journey and the destination(s)—both will be fabulous!