If you’re an Australian or British retiree, retirement is the perfect time to travel the world and explore the places you’ve always wanted to see.
Travelling may lead to much more than just a relaxing vacation, too. Seeing the world in your 50s, 60s, and beyond can also be good for your health and well-being.
Travel is a great opportunity to expand your horizons, meet new people, have new experiences, and continue learning and growing as a person. Also, retirees who travel a lot tend to stay more active well into later life.
With so much time in your hands, your only issue would probably be where to start.
No worries, though.
You’ll be inspired to start packing after reading about these top five international destinations that ought to be on your travel bucket list.
1. Alaska, USA
Experience Alaska’s breathtaking natural splendour on a leisure cruise. Alaska is one of the most popular cruise destinations for people over 50, and it offers a wide range of experiences to suit different interests and inclinations.
Alaska is a senior-friendly community with stunning, rugged scenery (think Mount McKinley and the Exit Glacier), and senior-friendly establishments, including restaurants, shops, and even some hotels.
2. Florence, Italy
Florence or Firenze in Italian is a destination that tops most everyone’s travel bucket lists – and for good reason. It’s a place steeped in culture, making it ideal for senior travellers who love seeing beautiful works of art and historical monuments.
Some points of interest here include the Duomo Cathedral, Ponte Vecchio, Fountain of Neptune, and the different museums, palazzos, art galleries, and more.
3. Bali, Indonesia
With its picture-perfect beaches, rich vegetation, waterfalls, numerous fascinating temples, and more, Bali is a dream for everyone who visits its shores.
Like most Southeast Asian countries, Indonesia is relatively inexpensive, so you’re sure to have some spending money left to enjoy a unique, soothing spa experience like a Balinese massage. While here, make time to visit must-see places like Kelingking Beach, the ruins of Gunung Kawi, and the Agung Rai Museum of Art.
4. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
San Miguel de Allende in Mexico boasts colonial elegance, a lively culinary scene (including organic farm-to-table restaurants), art galleries, soothing hot springs, and so much more. No wonder some retirees and tourists visit and end up making it their permanent home.
The old town of San Miguel de Allende is actually a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so expect to see plenty of well-preserved structures like the Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, winding cobblestone paths, and lush courtyards.
5. Nevis, Caribbean
The Caribbean comprises several island countries you can visit for the best tropical break. However, Nevis (which is the other half of the Saint Kitts and Nevis country) is one of the greatest options if you want to avoid the noise of loud casinos and parties.
Nevis is known for its tranquil, lovely, and relaxing atmosphere – perfect for those who prefer a laid-back island holiday. Here, you’ll also enjoy lush, breathtaking landscapes and pristine, uncrowded white-sand beaches. You can also partake of amazing meals that are frequently a fusion of African, European, and American cuisines, as well as tons of locally grown fruit like mangoes and tamarind.
Time to see the world
Retirement is a great time to have some fun, relaxation, and adventure.
Begin ticking off your international travel bucket list, starting with these five destinations, and keep adding more.
If this article has inspired you to think about your own unique situation and, more importantly, what you and your family are going through right now, please contact your advice professional.