The basics

Mature adventurers have generally reached a level of financial stability that allows them to leave the armchair behind and explore the world. All you have to do is put your mail on hold and take off on the vacation you have earned. And the travel industry has become aware that older folks have the time and money to travel and are designing trips that provide the activities and experiences seniors enjoy. These generally include cultural activities or something with a grownup taste. Although there’s also plenty of options for those that still like to play a bit for example the golfing vacations, mountain biking and heli hiking options.

Options for beginners

There are plenty of sedate options if you’ve not traveled much, have health problems or don’t wish to be too remote. You could rent an RV in the USA or a “grey nomad” caravan in Australia and take a road trip. Stick to the main roads where there are plenty of gas/petrol available and sealed surfaces. Or go a little more up market in Europe and rent a BMW or a Mercedes to cruise around, stopping in B&Bs on the way. Or you could rent a canal boat in England, a journey that doesn’t require any former skill level or particular fitness, or take a cruise along the Danube or through the Pacific Islands. If you join in a group you’ll find people of the same age and time of life with similar interests – a great way to make new friends.

Options for advanced

Some seniors companies offer independent adventures where they take care of your luggage and logistics but leave you to explore at your own pace. This will satisfy those with the independent streak.

Most operators grade their tours so you can choose those with a more moderate or even extreme pace or activity. You may prefer some of the adventure activity type journeys or up the anti on a cruising vacation and undertake an expedition cruise to an area in the Arctic or Antarctic. Or go it alone and consider a do-it-yourself type vacation.