Seniors live healthier and more active lives than ever before, and travel more often. The vacation destination choices, and types of vacations available to active seniors are numerous and growing in number. The tourist industry recognizes that active seniors are not only a huge market, but represent a market able to travel anytime of the year. So it is no wonder the travel industry is investing significant effort into attracting, and then accommodating the needs and wishes of seniors.
All Inclusive Vacation Packages
All inclusive vacations are the most popular choice for active seniors. With everything rolled into an all inclusive package, including airfare, hotel accommodations and meals, it’s much easier for seniors to budget for a vacation while avoiding having to deal with vacation planning. There’s no planning involved in all inclusive vacation packages, unless other activities are desired.
Most all inclusive vacations allow vacationers to select from a wide array of extra curricular activities. The active senior can play tennis or golf, ride bicycles or horses, or even scuba dive. Vacationers can also choose more leisurely activities, such as a visit to a spa, sight seeing, gallery and museum hopping, or just spending the day shopping or on the beach. All inclusive vacation destinations now span the globe, and most welcome seniors with open arms.
Another type of vacation becoming increasingly popular with active seniors is the “volunteer vacation”. Volunteer vacation destinations span the globe, exposing participants to new cultures, as well as the rewarding experience of help others. Of course volunteer vacation organizers schedule time for relaxation and recreation.
Activities for volunteer vacations run the gamut from ecological interests, such as counting bird eggs or rescuing baby sea turtles, to humanitarian efforts such as helping children learn to read and write. Most volunteer vacations are of the, “no experience required” variety. However, some seek retired seniors with specific skill sets, such as English teachers, nurses and doctors, engineers, and even farmers depending on the nature of the project.
For seniors trying to decide on which is the right volunteer vacation, select one that will have you doing something you’re interested in. If you aren’t an animal lover, counting turtle eggs is probably not going to be any fun no matter how beautiful the beach is. The volunteer work is important, but it’s equally important to focus on the fact it’s your vacation.
Another important point to remember when deciding if a volunteer vacations is a good choice is that most offerings are in extremely poor areas with few, if any amenities. If you want assurances of a comfortable level of accommodation, or you have more refined food preferences, a volunteer vacation may not be for you.
Educational vacations are another popular choice for active seniors. These vacations are terrific for seniors who have always been intellectually stimulated, but since retiring from the workforce have found they’re missing mental challenges. Educational vacations devote part of each day to honing a particular skill, with the remainder sightseeing, enjoying spa treatments, or just relaxing.
What you can learn on these vacations varies widely. You can take French cooking classes in France, under the tutelage of a master French chef. Maybe you’d prefer horseback riding lessons taught by an authentic South American gaucho. Perhaps taking Spanish language lessons in Spain would tweak your fancy. If you can think of an enjoyable, and educational vacation, no matter where in the world you’d like to visit, there’s likely to be an educational vacation offer available.
These are only three of the more popular types of vacations available to active seniors. There are as many options as the imagination can conceive, and more being created all the time. Seniors are gold to the travel industry, so expect more vacation packages tailored to elderly travelers, and more tourist destinations gearing events towards attracting active seniors.