You’ve weathered the worst of the pandemic. Now, your retirement vacation fund is burning a hole in your pocket. It’s time to feel the sun on your skin and take in some new scenery! Many retirees report that travel is an important priority, supporting a thriving travel industry that caters to a wide range of Active seniors' interests and needs. Take advantage of the many varied travel options available to assist seniors in planning the perfect adventure.
At Daystar Independent Retirement Living in West Seattle, we love to hear about our resident’s adventures. Our active residents shared some of their favorite trips, and we put our heads together to come up with some of the most senior-friendly travel destinations, no matter your interest or lifestyle.
Why Should Seniors Travel?
There are more reasons than ever for seniors to travel.
- Senior Discounts- Traveling, dining out, and entertainment are less expensive than ever because many places offer a discounted senior rate.
- Free Time- No more squeezing in a quick trip or begging for time off. You own your schedule, and you can book a trip whenever you like. Take advantage and book a spur-of-the-moment trip, travel to see a time-sensitive event, or strategically book for the best rate.
- Improved Mood- Active seniors who have traveled at least once in the last calendar year report increased feelings of well-being and reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Best Vacation Destinations for Seniors
The best vacation destination for active seniors will depend on your budget and preference. Here are a few of the most popular vacation destinations our senior residents select:
- Niagra Falls
- European River Cruise
- Caribbean Resort
Tours for Seniors Traveling Alone
Many seniors find themselves up for adventure without a partner. Nothing about traveling requires enlisting a travel buddy. Choose to travel alone if you feel comfortable. Do your research, consider travel insurance, and communicate your plans with others if you choose to travel without a group.
If you’re interested in joining forces with others while traveling alone, consider booking a tour.
Tours are a great way to structure your trip and ensure that you see the best an area offers. Many seniors who travel alone prefer to book a tour. They reap the social benefit of a group and have the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends. Some tours are even geared specifically for solo travelers. Many people feel more at ease when everyone is in the same boat.
If you’re interested in repeated travel, join a local travel group to make local friends with shared interests and hear about upcoming trips that might be a good fit.
Destinations for Seniors with Limited Mobility
The destination is less important for seniors with limited mobility than the transportation, accessibility, and mobility support available when you arrive. Arrange for assistance ahead of time. Online resources like Wheelchairtraveling.com or aarp.com mobility resources can help you ensure the devices you need (e.g., wheelchairs and scooters) are available at your destination and waiting for you.
If you have mobility support needs, consider the following to ensure you have access to everything your destination has to offer:
- Train- Train travel is almost always wheelchair accessible, though it usually requires a special ticket. Traveling by train allows you to rest comfortably and access concessions and restrooms. No one in your party needs to drive, so you can sit back and enjoy the ride.
- RV- Take everything you need with you! Bring a familiar bed, comfortable surroundings, and all the equipment required to enjoy your destination.
- All-Inclusive- Choose a resort, maybe in the Caribbean or Mexico, and take advantage of all-inclusive services and amenities. Enjoy the beach, entertainment, food, and drinks on site.
- Cruise- A cruise ship is a floating resort. Most cruise ships are highly accessible. Many of our residents who cruise frequently opt to stay on board, even during some excursion days, as there is so much fun without stepping ashore. Cruise staff and travel agents are familiar with helping passengers select excursions that match their interests and ability level.
- Senior-Centered Tour- Pick your destination first and find a tour that caters to seniors. Research and reviews reputable senior tour companies and choose your favorite from their offerings.
Best Road Trips for Seniors
Why pick one destination when you can have several? Plan a road trip and take in the sights on your list at your own pace. Here are some of our favorite ideas for road trip themes for seniors:
- National Park Tour- See the most beautiful range of wilderness the enormous North American continent offers. Take in the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and Zion National Park. The US National Park Service offers a senior pass at both an annual and lifetime rate.
- Battlefield Tour- Many of our most storied American battlefields, such as Gettysburg, are also American National Parks, but their rich history offers a somber and fascinating experience for visitors that is unique from admiring the glories of nature.
- Keep it Local- Be a tourist in your own town. We’re fortunate to have so much to do in Seattle. Many seniors can plan a fun-filled local weekend as a mini getaway.
- Pacific Coast Highway- Enjoy sunny weather, entertainment history and culture, and world-class wine.
- Fall Color Tour- Tour the mid-west or enjoy the peak of fall and the breathtaking colors of the upper east coast.
Come Back Home to Daystar in West Seattle
Wander the world and come back home to comfort and ease at Daystar Village Retirement Community in West Seattle. We’re happy to keep the lights on for you while away and welcome you home with a familiar, fun, and fantastic daily routine. Contact us today to learn more about our options and offerings and check our availability.