One of the most important times of the year for seniors to have some vacations or getaways is during the colder months of the year. This is especially true if the aforementioned seniors already live in locations with a colder climate. The perfect idea is to vacation in a very warm place while things at your home may be cold and frosty. Once you start looking around a bit, you’ll find how simple it is to plan a fun trip to a warm climate no matter what your age.
To begin with, cruises can be the perfect senior trip as long as the passengers are in decent health. Remember that you’re going to be out on the ocean away from on land civilization. While cruise ships do carry a small medical crew, there may not be the needed equipment to save your life if you’ve got a debilitating illness. On the other hand, if you’re a senior with no health issues, this is one of the most exciting vacations you can take. Typically, the Caribbean cruises are best if you like tropical weather.
As a part of the cruise idea, you can go whale and dolphin watching on the islands of the Azores Archipelago. These islands are located about halfway between North America and Europe surrounded by azure blue waters that serve as a haven for many different types of dolphins and whales. You may be delighted by the appearance of Sperm Whales, Baleen Whales, Pilot Whales, Blue Whales and even Killer whales. Dolphins that you’ll enjoy observing include the Short-beaked Common Dolphin, Rissos Dolphin, the Bottlenose Dolphin, the Striped Dolphin and the Atlantic Spotted Dolphin.
If water and cruises aren’t your thing, try some historical getaways. You may love knowing more about Mayan history and the Yucatan Temples. If so, join a tour of Mexicos archaeological sites. This is always a warm destination. The Archaeological Institute of America play host to groups of tourists all the time. These experts in Mayan History guide tourists to the temples and pyramids of the Yucatan Peninsula. The tours include short road trips, group lectures, comfortable hotels and seaside lunches for senior travelers and offer the chance to meet others while enjoying a historic and fascinating vacation.
No matter how old you are, a trip to the Smithsonian Institute located in Washington, D.C. is always an adventure. There are lots of attractions within walking distance of each other as well as wheelchair accessible pathways to accommodate everyone. Be sure to allow plenty of time to visit the Smithsonian. You may need a few days at least because of the magnitude of things to be seen. Consider that this is the worlds largest museum made up from 16 museums along with the National Zoo.
Something else to see in the nations capital is the Lincoln Memorial. This huge statue of President Abraham Lincoln and 36 columns representing the 36 states that were in existence while he was president are definitely worth a look. You can also see the Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument, and the White House all in the same day.
Florida is always a favorite of young and old alike, but is set up in many cities for enjoyment by senior citizens. There’s plenty of history in the state as well as beautiful beaches to be visited. If you really feel adventurous, theres always Disneyworld, Epcot Center, and Universal Studios.
If you come up at a loss for things to do as a senior, have a look at some holiday retirement communities. Theres a directory that will show you more than 300 of these communities in the United States as well as Canada. That may help you get a few more ideas as well as discounts.