Retirement doesn’t necessarily mean you have to slow down. More and more people are hanging up their company badges and picking up walking shoes to spend their golden years traveling across the globe. Even extreme adventures aren’t out of the question for the older travelers, who can be found zip-lining and paragliding on almost every continent (I can only hope to be that adventurous when I retire!). Here are three adventures you’re never too old to have.
Taking an African Safari
Many people spend their whole lives wishing they could see an elephant in the wild or listen to lions groaning and roaring during sunset. Africa is home to some of the most inspiring animals on the planet and has captivated travelers for centuries. Fortunately, you’re never too old to experience this exciting land. Many tour companies create excursions specifically for older travelers, which means you can travel in comfort and at your own pace.
There are even options for older travelers who want to go into the bush but worry about traveling too far from a hospital. In an emergency, providers like MedjetAssist can arrange for transportation to the hospital of your preference, ensuring that you get the treatment you need. As a result, you can focus on the giraffes and zebras before you instead of worrying about a possible crisis.
Snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef
Today’s older travelers are more active than ever and if you’re over 65 years, you’re in one of the fastest growing travel segments! If you’re like other travelers, you also don’t want to just sit by the pool or take a bus when you travel. You want to enjoy the sites and take advantage of cool once in a lifetime opportunities that are available when traveling. You’d be surprised at the options available to older travelers.
For instance, if you’ve thought about exploring the Great Barrier Reef but hesitated because you weren’t sure if it’s for you, many snorkeling excursions offer classes to help people who have never used the equipment before. They also offer instructors and guides who snorkel with people and help them if they’re struggling. One of the benefits of traveling with a guide is that they typically know the best places to see local wildlife and will make sure your snorkel adventure is unforgettable.
Visiting Machu Picchu
Some might worry about visiting Machu Picchu when you’re older. The Peruvian air is thinner, and it’s harder to turn back if something goes wrong. However, it’s becoming an increasingly popular destination for retirees. Even AARP has multiple tour recommendations to consider.
One of the benefits of visiting Machu Picchu as a senior is flexibility. Active travelers can opt for the multi-day hike and walk at their own pace, while other travelers can take a train and experience a guided tour. Depending on your travel style, you can find the right guide or group of people to go with.
You’re never too old to give up your dreams, and today’s travel industry is working to make them a reality. So break open a map and decide where you’re going to go next!