Senior travellers are an important niche within the travel industry, and for good reason: they tend to have the time and money to travel to destinations that are out-of-reach for younger travelers. But of course, that doesn’t mean that all travel destinations are fit for seniors. To help inspire your next trip, we’ve rounded up the 6 best travel destinations for seniors interested in a range of activities.
Miami built its reputation as a travel mecca thanks to its lively nightlife scene and immaculate beaches. But there’s lots more to discover if you know where to look, especially for senior travelers. The city has some of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in the world, which you can experience via leisurely walking tours. You could also take to the seas on a charter boat to take advantage of the top-notch deep sea fishing, or take a family trip to see the lions, gorillas and native Floridian species at world-class Zoo Miami.
Upper Middle Rhine Valley, Germany
Located in western Germany between the towns of Koblenz and Bingen, the Upper Middle Rhine Valley (commonly referred to as the Rhine Gorge) offers visitors the quintessential European vista. Complete with majestic castles, crumbling ruins, and numerous vineyards. Because of its importance as a trade route for many centuries, this UNESCO-heritage region is perfect for history buffs and nature fans alike. And while the imposing mountains are gorgeous to look at, don’t get the impression that you’ll need to embark on a strenuous trek to the explore the Rhine Gorge – instead, consider taking a leisurely river cruise.
Lake District, England
It’s no surprise that the Lake District is one of the most popular holiday destinations in England for seniors and youngsters alike. The UNESCO-heritage site is best known for (you guessed it) its lakes and its handsome countryside. While you could see the Lake District from the confines of a tour bus, it’s much more fun to travel in a minivan with a local guide who can show you the area’s hidden gems. And if you’re a fan of classic literature, you’ll definitely want to make the trip out Dove Cottage, the family home of famed poet William Wordsworth that still has many of his personal belongings on display.
If you’re a senior traveller that wants to vacation in style, few destinations can match the glamour and glitz of Cannes, in the French Riviera. Be sure to take in the art, architecture and action on Boulevard de la Croisette, one of Europe’s most luxurious streets, then relax on one of Cannes’ famed beaches. Fans of history and culture will also love the medieval era buildings and castle found in Le Suquet, the city’s old quarter. And when you grow tired of the city, the Iles de Lerins island group is just a 15 minute ferry ride. This set of four small islands is heavily protected and boasts very little development, making them the perfect getaway when you’ve had enough of the high-energy Riviera.
Singapore is the perfect destination for a senior traveller that wants to experience the thrill of a new culture without sacrificing the comforts of home. This technologically-advanced city-state’s crowning attraction are the supertrees at the Gardens by the Bay. Yet the real trick to a quality Singaporean journey is simply enjoying the variety of languages, cuisine and shopping you’ll find as you wander the streets. Singapore has one of the most advanced train systems in the world, perfect for a senior traveler that doesn’t want to walk far. Also, Singapore really comes alive during the annual Grand Prix in September.
Chances are the first thing you think of when you hear the word Cambridge is the University, and for good reason! This prestigious University boasts gorgeous architecture, imposing churches, and attractive gardens, all of which you can explore on a guided tour. Cambridge is also home to scores of scrumptious restaurants (consider taking a walking tour to help keep the calories in check), world-class museums, and scores of shopping opportunities.