Boomer Travel and Vacations
I travel a lot;
I hate having my life disrupted by routine.
Baby Boomer Travel is at the top of list of activities people 50+ look forward to. Looking for a special once in a lifetime trip? Want to travel more regularly and to far away destinations? Here are our recommendations for Cruises, tours and vacations for boomers.
Cruising is one of the best bargains around and boomers know it.
Recommended: 15 day Hawaiian cruise from LA, Baltic Sea curise from Copenhagen, Denmark, and of coarse the best cruise you will ever take, the cruise to Alaska.
Caribbean cruises for relaxation. Check out senior discounts. On recent cruises people are talking about their cruise to South America and saying you really should do it while it is a new destination. I met recently with AARP Travel and they have some of the best discounts on top cruise lines. A great site to book all cruises is Vacations
to Go. Use their web site to find a cruise then give them a call to discuss/book. >
For great rates check out cruise discounts which buy large blocks of cabins from the cruise lines at deep discounts. cruiseone.com cruisebrothers.com and cruise.com
Also try the shoulder season between peak and off peak. Also avoid anytime kids are on vacation. Some folks like the last minute cruse deals you can get in the last 3 days before departure.
Holland America Line – One of our favorite cruise lines.
Known for it’s older passengers and comfortable atmosphere. Very relaxing. Quality feel.
Princess Cruises – A little younger crowd than Holland America. Fun life on ship. Excellent for Boomers.
Celebrity Cruises – A higher end cruise line with good rating.
River Cruises are the latest trend. Different than ocean cruises, more relax, small ships, shop in center of towns for easy site seeing. Eupore’s Rhine, Main, Danube and Russia are favorites. Viking River Cruises is the place to go.
Cruise ship can be the destination – Travel isn’t always about the destination. Sometimes, getting there is more than half the fun. Just ask the 13 million people who vacationed on a cruise ship last year.
Also see our post: Cruising for Boomers
– vacation rentals site is one of our favorites.
– Why not home exchange or home swap as it’s fondly referred to, saving you lots of money to travel further and longer than you could ever have imaged.
These are some of the best boomer vacations places.
National Parks – Some of the best boomer travel vacations are to our wonderful National Parks. Here are two of our favorite National Parks.
Jackson Hole, WY – This place is great. Teton mountains frame the western town of Jackson. Wild life all around. Yellowstone Nation Park is a easy day trip away. Stay in a cabin at Cowboy Village right in Jackson.
Alaska – Fly or cruise to Anchorage. Spend a day in Anchorage then take the train up to Denali National Park. It will be a great train trip with plenty of scenery including wildlife. When you get to Denali be sure to see this view:
Keenland KY – Every April and October – Thoroughbred Racing. Go for a 3 to 4 day trip and enjoy!
Destin FL – very relaxing. Recently picked as the “#1 Beach in America” by USA Today readers, Destin is part of a 24-mile stretch of silky white sand beach in Northwest Florida known as the Emerald Coast. Go deep sea fishing for sure!
New York City is a place everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime.
Affordable Travel Clubs
Evergreen Club – With the Evergreen Club, you can experience delightful hospitality in members’ private homes for less than $25 per couple, per day. Enjoy a restful stay in your host’s guest room, a tasty breakfast, friendly conversation and sightseeing tips. More often than not, you’ll leave with new and lasting friendships.
The Affordable Travel Club – A hospitality exchange club for people over 40. With over 2,400 host locations (49 states and 50 countries), there is a wide assortment of homes both in atmosphere and location: urban, suburban, rural and resort. It is a home away from home experience, only better, since you don’t have to cook breakfast!
Boomers Travel the World
Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind. ~Seneca
Vacations Abroad – Boomers are looking for memorable experiences and more are traveling outside the country to get them. Find a comfortable and economical place to stay in an exotic location, in a big city or small town. Time for some adventure!
Nova Scotia Canada – take the ferry over from Maine and drive around for a week. Watch the high tides at the Bay of Fundy, eat some scallops, explore Peggy’s Cove, take a whale watching trip.
– There is a reason it is so popular now. Experience Ireland
culture, history, nature and scenery, and cities.
Copenhagen Denmark – Delightful city to visit. You can walk everywhere. SAS Raddison hotel is where a lot of the
cruise passages stay over.
Aruba – try the Westin for seven nites. We stayed there twice and loved it. Beautiful pool, tiki bar and cafe on the beach, safe walking distance to nice restaurants.
See our blog post Aruba for Boomers
Best Boomer Travel Sites
Boomer Travel Bloggers is a great list of the best blogs on travel for boomers.
AARP Travel Site – Travel and Leisure- Deals, Tips & News for Tours, Air, Hotel – AARP is a great source for travel and leisure destinations plus discounts on car, air fare, hotels, and cruises.
Velvet Escape is an independent source of travel inspiration providing travel advice and tips. Be sure to check out their blog.
Costco Travel has vacation packages to top destinations at quality hotels at great prices. We purchased the Aruba Radisson hotel week’s vacation package at a great price.
More Great Boomer Travel Sites
Cruise Critic Cruise deals and reviews
Vacationstogo.com We book all our cruises on this site
Flights.com Airfare booking site
AirFareWatchDog.com Free travel alerts
Senior Travel Senior group tours, cheap flights
Travel Tips From AARP Travel
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By Robert Fowler, Boomer Places