Seniors live healthier and more active than ever before, and travel more often. The choice of vacation destinations, and the types of vacations available for active seniors are numerous and growing in number. The tourism industry recognizes that active seniors are not only a large market, but also represent a market that can travel at any time of year. It’s no wonder, then, that the travel industry is making significant efforts to attract, and subsequently accommodate, the needs and wants of seniors.
Complete Vacation Package
All inclusive vacations are the most popular choice for active seniors. With everything bundled into one complete package, including airfare, hotel accommodation and meals, it will be easier for seniors to budget for vacations while avoiding having to deal with vacation planning. There is no planning involved in all inclusive vacation packages, unless other activities are desired.
Almost all inclusive holidays allow travelers to choose from a wide variety of extra-curricular activities. Active seniors can play tennis or golf, ride a bicycle or horse, or even scuba dive. Travelers can also opt for more relaxing activities, such as visiting the spa, sightseeing, visiting galleries and museums, or just spending the day shopping or at the beach. All inclusive holiday destinations are now reaching the world, and welcoming seniors with open arms.
Another type of vacation that is growing in popularity among active seniors is “voluntary vacation.” Volunteer vacation destinations span the globe, exposing participants to new cultures, as well as rewarding experiences in helping others. Of course, volunteer vacation organizers schedule time for relaxation and recreation.
Activities for volunteer holidays range from ecological interests, such as counting bird eggs or rescuing baby turtles, to humanitarian efforts such as helping children learn to read and write. Most volunteer holidays are of the “no experience required” type. However, some are looking for senior retirees with specific skills, such as English teachers, nurses and doctors, engineers, and even farmers depending on the nature of the project.
For seniors trying to decide which volunteer vacation is right, choose one that will get you to do something you enjoy. If you’re not an animal lover, counting turtle eggs might not be fun either. the beach is beautiful. Volunteer work is important, but it’s equally important to focus on the fact that this is your vacation.
Another important point to keep in mind when deciding whether a volunteer vacation is a good option is that most of the offerings are in very poor areas with few, if any, amenities. If you want a comfortable level of accommodation, or you have better food preferences, volunteer vacations may not be for you.
Educational vacations are another popular option for active seniors. This vacation is great for seniors who are always intellectually stimulated, but since retiring from work, they find that they are missing out on mental challenges. Educational holidays devote part of each day to honing certain skills, with the rest of the day sightseeing, enjoying spa treatments, or simply relaxing.
What you can learn on this holiday varies greatly. You can take French cooking classes in France, under the supervision of a master French chef. Maybe you prefer horse riding lessons taught by a native South American gaucho. Maybe taking Spanish lessons in Spain will change your preferences. If you can think of a vacation that’s both fun and educational, wherever in the world you’d like to visit, chances are there will be educational vacation deals available.
These are just three of the more popular types of vacations available to active seniors. There are as many options as the imagination can imagine, and more being created all the time. Seniors are gold for the travel industry, so expect more vacation packages tailored for seniors, and more destinations setting up events to attract active seniors.