Now that you’re retired, you may have more time than ever to enjoy the best travel destinations on your bucket list. All your new-found flexibility means you can take advantage of last-minute deals to the best travel destinations for seniors.
Some travel destinations are more senior-friendly than others. For example, if you’re a slower walker or need a cane or other device to get around, the best travel destinations may be ones you can reach with a direct flight. Packing, too, is a consideration. Packing light makes it easier to get your luggage from place to place, so warmer locations where you won’t need to bring heavy clothes also may be some of the best travel destinations for seniors. And if you’re looking beyond US travel destinations, a river cruise on the Rhine or the Danube in Europe may be a great way to fit in multiple sightseeing stops without the hassle of packing and unpacking your bags.
Whether you’re looking for the best senior-friendly US travel destinations or want to experience new cultures around the world, here’s a look at a few of the best travel destinations for seniors recommended by CBS News.
Senior-friendly travel destination: The Southern Caribbean
If you love beautiful beaches and year-round good weather, the island nations of Aruba, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, and St. Lucia are a great choice for winter-weary seniors. If you want to avoid heavy crowds, however, the best time to visit is in late spring or early autumn. The Caribbean is a popular travel destinations for seniors, so be sure to make arrangements early to get your first choice of dates and hotels.
Senior-friendly travel destination: Hawaii
Hawaii is one of the few US travel destinations where you can get a taste of the Caribbean without leaving the country. You can even take a Hawaiian cruise if you want to see more of the islands without moving from hotel to hotel.
Senior-friendly travel destination: Tuscany, Italy
The Tuscan cities of Siena, Florence, and Pisa are a great way to sample the best of Italian food, wine, and architecture, all set in some of the most beautiful scenery in all of Italy. Travel in May and September to save money, and look for senior discounts on the train so you can see more of the countryside on your visit. You can even consider a short-term house rental and live like a local to make the most of your time in these wonderful travel destinations.
Senior-friendly travel destination: Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico
Some of the best travel destinations for seniors include more than just leisure. A program called Road Scholars offers educational and cultural trips of one to four weeks to exciting international and U.S. travel destinations. One of their most popular excursions is a week-long adventure in New Mexico learning about the artwork of Georgia O’Keefe and Native American cultures.
Senior-friendly travel destination: Williamsburg, Virginia
Among US travel destinations, Williamsburg shines for its wide variety of activities to suit any senior—golf, museums, shopping, even historic reenactments. To keep costs low, look for hotels that offer kitchenettes and take a few meals in your room. You’ll get the best rates during the off seasons, usually spring and fall, and avoid the crowds of the summer peak season.
Senior-friendly travel destination: Bangkok, Thailand
If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, Bangkok offers the hustle and bustle of a major urban center with the breathtaking beauty of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. It’s also one of the most affordable travel destinations for seniors; you may be able to book a luxury hotel far more cheaply than you’ll find in Europe or many US travel destinations.
Senior-friendly travel destination: Montreal, Canada
You don’t have to cross the Atlantic to get a taste of Europe; Montreal feels a bit like France and it’s just a short plane ride away from most US destinations. You can even brush up on your French (or learn a few new words and phrases to take home to your grandkids). Current exchange rates give your dollar more buying power, so it may be more affordable than many international travel destinations.
Senior-friendly travel destination: Tulum, Mexico
Active seniors will find plenty to keep them busy in Tulum, and you avoid the tourist hotspots of Cancun and Cabo San Lucas, making Tulum a travel destination for seniors who want both tranquil beaches and outdoor adventures. You can stay in a luxurious beachfront bungalow—or save money by staying at a hotel in town.
How does Medicare work with foreign travel destinations?
If you have Medicare Supplement (Medigap) Plan C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, M or N, your plan may cover foreign travel emergency care if it begins during the first 60 days of your trip, and if Medicare doesn’t otherwise cover the care. Medicare Supplement generally pays 80% of the billed charges for medically necessary treatment you receive on an emergency basis, after you meet at $250 deductible. Your foreign travel benefits are capped at $50,000 over your lifetime.