Travelling is something that I didn’t do when I was younger. I married young, started a family and the dreams of travelling were put on the back burner as is often the case. As I grew older so did my lust for travel and I realised that travelling around the world is not just something for gap year students and twenty-somethings.
This year I’ve already managed to fit in trips to Tanzania, Normandy, Rhodes and good old sunny Somerset and I still have the Jura region in France and New York to come (and of course a return trip to sunny Somerset – what can I say, I love it!) And as my children get older I can see that it will become more and more easy to be able to travel not only with them, but without them.
Recently I've seen a few newly retired couple thrown back into a life of togetherness, a period that inevitably requires a bit of readjustment on both sides. Each couple have found that having something that they can enjoy together as key to marital happiness post-retirement. I’m already planning a mental wish-list for the future for my husband and I!
Suggestions for types of holiday for the over 50’s
You can cruise to just about anywhere in the world from the Caribbean to Scandinavia. Saga Travel runs Scandinavian cruises which usually include sailing past the Arctic Circle into Svalbard or Tromsø. Being at sea and experiencing the Northern Lights would be a big step up from experiencing it on land and the open sea would reflect the lights and the vast space could offer fantastic views.
Touring on a train can be a great way to experience and enjoy the sights a country has to offer from a different perspective to travelling by road and undoubtedly offers more comfort. Rail holidays are available her in the UK, Europe and beyond. From inter-railing to luxury train journeys there’s something for every budget. Many companies offer inclusive packages to give peace of mind so you simply turn up, get on board and have an adventure!
UK short breaks
Let’s not forget home! Staycations are proving ever popular and can offer a cheaper and easier alternative to European breaks. If you are an older person thinking of travelling alone for the first time then a UK short break is worth considering as your first step into solo travelling. Again, if you look into booking with Saga Travel you will find packages available that include transport, hotel, food and excursions. One may find that having the framework of a short break in place gives you confidence to go off to explore on your own whilst there too.
Have you any suggestions of types of holiday that older travellers might like to consider?