When the heavy burden of the workforce finally lifts off your tired shoulders, you are suddenly filled with newfound energy to go forth and explore the world once more. Whether you want rest and relaxation, low cost or luxury, adventure or exploration, there’s always something on this globe for you. Check out these eight great destinations for your post-retirement holiday!
A cruise is the perfect lazy holiday. We say lazy because you don’t need to spend any amount of effort hopping on and off planes or trains; everything is planned and ready for you. What’s more, you get to cover more distance and see more places with a cruise itinerary. The Alaska cruises can be tailored to your preference. If you want a little adventure, you can get off for a day’s hike through the land and catch bald eagles swooping down for prey. Or you can paddle out and see whales and otters in their natural habitat. But if all that is still too much for you and you intend to just marvel at the sights of this beautiful, wild country, you can certainly do so by sitting in the warmth and comfort of your cruise as waterfalls and glaciers pass you by.
Miami Beach, Florida
Who said Miami is only for the debauched college-aged drinkers? Miami has some of America’s most beautiful stretches of beaches, and it has a quieter side too. If you stay in a luxurious beachfront resort, the price alone will keep you away from the noisy partying kids, all of whom can only really come out in March and April, so you could just avoid those months altogether. The city itself is full of culture and arts, with the Wolfsonian-FUI and the Perez-Art Museum, you will not be short of galleries to visit here. The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is another attraction that might interest you, with a diverse range of botanical taxonomy and specially cultivated flora. There’s lots of good food here, with strong Mexican and Cuban influences, so you’ll find great tacos, croquetas, and ceviche all around.
California’s Highway One Road
Road trips are fun because you decide the itinerary and you have free range of where you travel to. One of the country’s best road trip trails is California’s Highway One, between San Simeon and Carmel, also known as the Big Sur Coast. The landscape is spectacular, as the road winds through redwoods and waterfronts, you get to see endless sea and sky. Stop by Mcway Falls, a beautiful silvery cascade down 70 feet of sea cliffs, and you may also see migrating whales in the distance and the endangered California condors. There are many cozy inns to break the night, such as the rustic Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn or up the comfort at the luxurious Ventana Big Sur.
You might have gone to a few Caribbean islands back in the day, but Nevis stands out as a tranquil, quiet paradise without the loud partying and incessant drinking that is characteristic of many other islands. The island is full of verdant foliage like ferns and trumpet bushes punctuated by cascading waterfalls and cheeky wildlife like monkeys. The cuisine is a fusion of African, European and American, and you can eat to your heart’s desire with local fruits like fresh mangoes and tamarinds Four Seasons Hotel is also a great luxury accommodation, with an incredibly scenic golf course that provides an ocean view. From afar, you can see the sugar plantations and mills from the old days, and even some Green Vervet monkeys.
Douru Water Cruise, Spain and Portugal
What did we tell you about cruises? Hassle-free and they get you to many places! The Viking River Cruise moves through one of Europe’s most well-renowned wine regions. You will pass by ancient wine estates where the luscious port wine is produced. From your cruise, you can see the Portuguese Manueline architecture, Moorish Alfama district, ancient universities in Coimbra and Salamanca, Spain, and the tiny, picturesque village of Favois, to name a few. Otherwise, go for something more unique and be treated to a port wine tasting session in an elegant wine estate when you make a stop at Porto, one of Portugal’s most scenic cities.
Arizona is one of the most awe-inspiring locations in the United States. Its’ incredible red rock formations change color with the varying sunlight and weather conditions. Sedona, in particular, is well-known for being a place of healing, an ideal destination to restore your well-being from within. Old Sedona town is full of New Age mysticism, from the giant sycamore trees of Tlaquepaque to the L’Auberge de Sedona spa and wellness center. If you’re not into all that hippie stuff, Oak Creek Canyon National Scenic Byway makes for a picturesque drive. You can also get active with lots of outdoor activities such as hiking and bird-watching. There are many resorts in Sedona, but Dragonfly Sanctuary stands out. This private residence is flanked by bamboo hedges and rock walls, so you will definitely get a good night’s sleep.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
The USA’s oldest state capital is a vibrant, bustling city, and has been inhabited since 1050 by the Native Americans. It is a city full of life, culture and the arts. It is chockful of art galleries and museums, perfect for art fanatics who enviously get no museum fatigue. You can tour the home of the late painter Georgia O’Keeffe’s and her studio in Ghost Ranch which is full of mid-century furniture and her own collection of works. Abiquiu Lake is another sight to behold, flanked by Pedernal, a flat-topped mountain where O’Keeffe’s ashes are spread. For accommodation, consider staying in one of the Rosewood Inn of Anasazi’s 58 exquisite room with handcrafted wood and leather furnishings. Each room comes with its own patio and fireplace. You can even get in-room massages and aromatherapy here, making it unbeatable.
History buffs will relish here in Williamsburg, a city full of colonial heritage. Colonial Williamsburg is a living, breathing piece of American history. This restored village was where Thomas Jefferson once walked, and in the walkable history museum, you’ll be transported back to the 18th century with venison-stuffed game pie and women in ruffled dresses sewing on patios. You’ll even get to meet some historical characters like First Lady Martha Washington or one of the Founding Fathers. The grand Williamsburg Inn has rooms that are beautifully furnished with reproductions and antiques from the English Regency era and come with perks like morning coffee and tea. Liberty Rose is another stunning accommodation option, in a white clapboard house atop a hill from the 1920s, full of European decoration, resplendent with silk and damask curtains. You can also enjoy a leisurely breakfast on the sun porch every morning.
And that wraps up our guide to the best travel destinations for a senior retiree! These places are not difficult to get to and offer a range of leisurely activities to suit your preferences. Once again, congratulations on earning this well-deserved holiday and enjoy your travels!