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Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Let’s Travel!

As we emerge from the worst of the pandemic, older adults are looking for places to go and things to do. 

At long last, travel appears to be opening, and seniors are among those eager to take advantage of this renewed freedom. We are ready to put on our walking shoes and get the heck out of Dodge! While there are many forms of travel, it is nice to have a group to go with, and just plain wonderful for someone else to handle all the planning and preparation. With that in mind, here are 10 travel companies (in no particular order) that either specialize in planning trips for older adults or offer trips that will accommodate their needs.

  1. Firebird Tours Specializing in assisting clients aged 50 and up, Firebird Tours takes small groups to tour places in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, South Africa, Morocco, and North America. Themes range from local cuisine, opera, history, architecture, theater, and much more in between. They will even arrange a tour just for you and your family to focus on individual preferences. 
  2. Backroads This company specializes in active vacations, such as biking, walking, and hiking. They accept clients of all ages, but most are over 50, so you will have plenty of company. You can choose one of the “Dolce Tempo” tours for "relaxed pace, stylish comfort, authentic experiences, and unique access.” These include a winery tour in California via e-bike and a leisurely tour in Norway. 
  3. Senior Cycling If you love traveling by bicycle, check out these small tours (a maximum of 13 participants) for ages 50 and above. Tours vary in difficulty from easy, to moderate and longer, to more challenging, advanced treks, which cover up to 50 miles per day with some hills and traffic. They can even design a custom package just for your family or group of friends. 
  4. Road Scholar If you love lifelong learning, this is the outfit for you. Filled with lectures, tours, field trips, and a variety of educational experiences, this company has been in business since 1975. Check out trips to national parks, historic destinations, and cities worldwide. You can also try out their Grandparent Adventures, or even a cruise. Trips are sortable based on duration, activity level, location, price and much more. 
  5. Walking the World This company is a great choice for those who enjoy truly immersing themselves in a destination. Walking the World offers walking and hiking adventures for multi-day trips in both local and worldwide destinations. One option is an eight day excursion in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, and another package offers an 11-day trip to Ireland. All trips provide full details regarding mileage and difficulty, and most participants are 50 and up.
  6. ElderTreks Geared toward those 50 and older, ElderTreks concentrates on taking small groups on unique adventures, such as wildlife safaris and cultural journeys. Their tours are rated from one to five, from easy to challenging. For instance, clients at level one should be able to walk a mile and hike for an hour or two.
  7. Overseas Adventure Travel Trips to every continent entice mature travelers with their flexibility and personalized itineraries. Another plus: there are getaways intended just for solo travelers, regardless of whether you are an experienced globetrotter or are just starting out. Additionally, they offer exclusive, women-only getaways, which is something that will appeal to many female adventurers.
  8. Kensington Tours For the traveler with deep pockets, Kensington specializes in personalized tours for older clients who appreciate ease and luxury. Say hello to private guides, your own vehicles, and curated cuisine while you immerse yourself in the history of a beautiful location. 
  9. YMT Vacations These all-inclusive, affordable trips are fully guided and catered to convenience, meaning you will not have to do much walking. Packages cover hotels, sightseeing, baggage handling, drivers, and tour directors. Choose from destination trips to California, Hawaii, Alaska, Australia, and beyond for exciting local events such as the Rose Parade and Oberammergau, an event in Germany that occurs only once every 10 years.
  10. Country Walkers While these treks are always on foot, you get to choose the level of involvement with a guide. Your trek can be fully guided, partially guided, or totally independent. Select a trip from one of five levels starting at “easy walking,” consisting of two to four miles daily, to “challenging walking” that covers six to 14 miles from dawn to dusk. Guests of all ages are welcome on adventures, which encompass five continents.