Traveling Solo After 60

Travel is one aspect of retirement that many people look forward to with great anticipation. Kids are raised and educated, house is paid off and precious time is now available in abundance. But what about those who want to travel but are now alone?

Many seniors will forgo travel plans if they are single, but with many group trips now available, it is possible to maintain a sense of adventure well into old age while having the assurance of a safe and rewarding experience.

With the “graying” of North America, travel tour companies and cruise lines are catering not only to older travelers but to single ones as well. Bike tours are a popular way to see the word for active seniors complete with support vans should the exertion prove too much. It’s a great way to get a close up look at a country and provides opportunities to connect with the locals. There are also kayak and canoe tours, history tours, hiking, wildlife and archeological tours. Whatever might be on your bucket list, there’s likely a tour for that.

Many seniors will volunteer abroad to experience another culture while making a difference in people’s lives. Whether it is an interest in helping orphaned children, working to build a school or saving endangered wildlife, combining a passion for helping with travel can be a rewarding experience to consider.

Older travelers may also combine learning with travel. There are a wealth of travel opportunities that are based on learning everything from photography and cooking to diving and learning about wine. Whatever you have wished you could learn, it ’s never too late, and why not try your hand a something new in an exotic location?