The perfect time for getting out to explore the world, retirement lets you fulfill your long-standing travel dreams. Now, you don’t need to adhere to work schedules and employers’ leave policies.
After all, retirement is your well-deserved vacation time! However, as a retiree, you can have a hard time planning your vacation. Since you now have the freedom to travel anywhere, it becomes all the more difficult to decide on a vacation spot.
Here are 10 top vacation spots for retirees:
A land of diverse, soul-stirring landscapes, Spain boasts a fascinating culture of bullfighting fairs, flamencos, tapas, and wine. With its excellent weather throughout the year, Spain is sure to offer you a perfectly relaxing holiday. The country’s healthy Mediterranean diet, which mainly consists of olive oil, only adds to your vacation appeal.
Walk along glittering beaches such as La Concha, taking in amazing sights of the coastline. Spain is full of historical sites like the Alhambra Palace, the Segovia aqueduct, and the ancient city of Cuenca. Immerse yourself in the world-famous flamenco show at Madrid’s capital city, as you relish your sangria.
A land of extraordinary beauty on the U.S. soil, Alaska certainly qualifies as a natural wonder. The best way to experience it firsthand is on a cruise. You’ll love being encompassed by the Alaskan wilderness while on this relaxing journey.
An Alaskan vacation is one of the best romantic options for you and your better half. Rekindle the romance as you dance and dine onboard the cruise ship! Besides taking you to lovely towns, the Alaskan cruise offers incredible sights of cascading waterfalls and massive glaciers. Imagine eagles soaring overhead and whales emerging to say “Hello”!
Having said that, if the idea of a road trip still excites you, go for it. While renting a vehicle for the same, ensure that it has a good-quality universal roof rack for extra storage.
3. The Caribbean Islands
One of the most relaxing, enjoyable, and money-saving vacations, a Caribbean getaway is senior-friendly. Affordable flights, budget-friendly accommodations, and countless, scenic islands – what more could you ask for?
Head straight to the peaceful Nevis Island, where you’ll be far from noisy casinos as well as wild parties. Relax amid the lush, beautiful scenery and stroll on the unspoiled, white-sand beaches. Savor mangoes, tamarind, and the delicious Caribbean cuisine here.
A land of compelling beauty, Norway is impossible to ignore! With the sun never setting here during summer, you can easily enjoy some midnight sightseeing!
Take a free walking tour in vibrant cities like Oslo to learn about the country’s culture and people. Visit scenic national parks that abound in massive glaciers and wild reindeer.
Get onto a yacht and experience the incredibly beautiful lake drains more commonly known here as fjords. Also, visit the historic Bryggen wharf with its colorful, wooden boathouses and the one-of-a-kind Arctic Cathedral.
5. South Africa
Once and for all, you can complete this item on your bucket list – an African safari. A famous vacation spot, South Africa offers you days of wildlife viewing. Travel here together with your college buddies, get inside a safari vehicle, and explore the African bushes to the hilt!
Visit the famous Kruger National Park that gets you up close with the Big Five. Enjoy your stay at a luxury lodge here and take plenty of pictures to delight your grandchildren.
An incredibly biodiverse country, Colombia is full of spotless beaches, snow-clad mountains, and small isles.
The top tourist attractions here include the Gold Museum and the iconic, 17th-century castle of San Felipe de Barajas. The Gold Museum has a vast collection of pre-Colombian gold, clay-based art pieces, and stones.
Also, experience mind-blowing panoramic views of the resort town of Guatapé by climbing stairs of the unique, freestanding rock called El Peñón.
An Asian country offering budget as well as first-class vacations, Malaysia is full of captivating cityscapes. Experience world-famous cuisine, diverse Asian cultures, wildlife-packed rainforests, and countless shopping outlets here.
Among the hot tourist spots here, visit the Petronas Towers, which are also the tallest twin structures worldwide. A 2 story bridge called the Skybridge connects these 88-storeyed twin towers, offering amazing views of Kuala Lumpur. Furthermore, take the elevator to the Observation Deck on the 86th floor of either tower and enjoy a 360-degree view of the city.
Treat yourself with the country’s outstandingly delicious cuisine such as Ikan Bakar (grilled fish), Hokkien mee (prawn noodles), and Cincin (ring-shaped rice flour cakes).
Most known for its beautiful beaches and colorful festivals, Mexico is sure to offer you a relaxing holiday. You’ll also enjoy exploring the country’s ancient ruins and lush, natural reserves. Your vacation here won’t be complete without indulging in traditional Mexican cuisine.
Take relaxed guided tours in the country such as a bus or a boat tour. Relax in a hotel on less crowded, palm-fringed beaches like San Agustinillo which will offer you more privacy.
The country’s tourist hotspots include the outstanding Mayan temples, the National History Museum, and the Montes Azules tropical forest. Mexico hosts plenty of food festivals all around the year. If, for instance, you’re traveling here between May and June, make sure to attend the Corn and Tortilla Fair.
Are you an explorer at heart? If so, head straight to the fascinating land of Egypt. Preserving a history of almost seven thousand years, Egypt is full of ancient pyramids and temples. Egypt’s mighty Nile River is a popular means of traveling through the country and viewing several spectacular historic monuments.
The African country’s star attractions include the iconic stone-built Great Sphinx, the Karnak temple ruins, and Cairo’s National Museum. While exploring the country to your heart’s content, don’t miss out on delicious Egyptian street food like Fuul (spiced fava beans) and Fiteer (sweet pastry).
Sure to stir up your passion, Israel is full of breathtaking valleys and archaeological sites. What also makes Israel worth visiting is the landlocked Dead Sea, a mysterious-looking salt lake and also the lowest point on the planet. Look forward to floating on its surface as you relax amid the peaceful surroundings!
Visit the beautiful wine region of Galilee, characterized by quaint hamlets and lush forests. In the vibrant city of Tel Aviv, indulge in visual arts and classical music performances.
Now you shouldn’t find it difficult to finalize your vacation spot. Start packing and live your dream!
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