I love to travel, and I dread the day when my body just can’t handle the stress of international time zones and jet lag. With my 82-year-old mother-in-law recently moving in with us (after the passing of her husband), I’m now more in tune to physical limitations of the elderly. So where do older folks go who still love to travel? Here are 8 of the best travel destinations for seniors.
8 Best Travel Destinations for Seniors
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Traveling to foreign countries can be difficult for elderly people, who may struggle with getting around crowded, compact cities or coping with extreme heat or cold. But seniors still want to travel, and there are a variety of destinations which would be ideal holiday locations for “silver travelers.” Read on for the 8 best places for senior travel, including destinations in the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America.
Senior Travel: Top 3 travel destinations in the United States
Within the United States, there is plenty of choices for older travelers, but we’ve narrowed down your options to these 3 best travel destinations for seniors in the U.S.: Alaska, Branson, and Miami Beach.
Alaska offers majestic scenery which can be enjoyed from the deck of a luxury cruise ship, and most of the time it’s not half as cold as you may think. And how about adding a fly fishing adventure in Alaska?
2. Branson, Missouri
Known as a family vacation destination and with so many things to do, seniors flock to Branson, an Ozark town in southwest Missouri. For those who enjoy a show, its 76 Country Boulevard is home to more than 50 theaters with performances ranging from country music to classic rock, including many new shows each year. Branson is also home to award-winning golf courses, including some of the best courses in the Midwest. Other attractions include Marvel Cave, Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction, and the 1800s-themed amusement park, Silver Dollar City.
3. Miami Beach, Florida
Connected by bridges to the mainland Miami, this south Florida island city has appealed to senior travelers for years. Spending time in the sunshine and relaxing on the beach is a likely attraction, but it’s also the laid-back style of Miami Beach. From stretches of wide beaches to palm-lined parks and the Art Deco Historic district in South beach, it’s no surprise that Miami Beach takes a spot as 1 of the 8 best travel destinations for seniors.
Best Destinations for Senior Travel: Europe, Asia, and South America
If your physique can stand up to longer-haul travel, there are many great destinations for elderly people in Europe, Asia, and South America. Read on for 5 not-to-miss travel destinations for seniors.
It’s been many years since I visited London, and I can’t wait to return this summer. Senior travelers will LOVE soaking in the sights and sounds of London, the capital of England and the United Kingdom. This 21st-century historic city stretches back in time to its Roman connection. There are lot of reasons to love London, and that’s why it is 1 of our 8 best travel destinations for seniors.
Italy was my first international destination many years back, and I have some fond memories of Rome. What’s not to love about the Eternal City? From the Vatican to historic sites such as the Coliseum, I feel life wouldn’t be complete without adding Rome on your travel bucket list.
6. River Danube
Now, this is on my travel bucket list! I plan to cruise the River Danube in the next year or two. Why river cruises? A river cruise is one of the most romantic ways to travel. Peaceful and scenic, river cruising offers a smooth, gentle ride along the world’s most remarkable waterways. Experience magnificent cities, historic villages, and little-seen enclaves with comfort and convenience from your balcony.
7. Bangkok, Thailand
I had no idea how special a place Thailand would become until I embarked on a solo travel experience there a few years ago. Even the colorful and bustling capital city of Bangkok, Thailand, with its cultural experiences wrapped itself around my traveler’s heart. From its ornate shrines, vibrant street life, boat-filled Chao Phraya River, and opulent Grand Palace, it’s no surprise that Bangkok tops the list as a favorite travel destination amongst seniors.
8. Machu Picchu
Add the Incan Empire’s most iconic site, Machu Picchu, Peru, to your travel bucket list. Machu Picchu is an incredible experience if you enjoy scenic walking, and this destination offers more leisurely tours for senior citizens who might find the climb difficult. But it’s also an educational journey through history.
Senior Travel: Want more?
Enjoy the interactive StoryMap below (courtesy of Be Independent Home Care), and you may just find the perfect place for your next holiday!
Where will your travels take you?
So many ideal places to travel for seniors, but so little time. Have we missed your favorite destinations for seniors?