Trips for over 55s have a somewhat harsh reputation. Yes, we agree that the mere mention of trips for over 55s floods the mind with images of tacky hotels, bland coach trips, or even Weston-super-Mare. However, passing the 50 mark is no excuse to hang up your dreams of seeing the world. If anything we consider 55 the prime age for travelling. Etch 2020 into the memory books, with a trip to one of these incredible destinations. All spectacular choices for let’s say, the more mature explorer.
Top five trips for over 55s in 2020
After playing host for the 2019 Rugby World Cup with aplomb, Japan is rolling out the carpet yet again for the 2020 Olympics. Even without hosting a major event this enchanting country has long been a must-visit. From the futuristic glow of its cities to peaceful countryside, Japan masterfully blends the spiritually serene with the pioneering avant-garde.
Whether you fancy marvelling at snow monkeys, wandering through lanes dotted with cherry blossom trees, or hiking up Mount Fuji, Japan’s beauty is as mesmerising as it is unique. Alongside the outstanding cuisine, the Japanese are globally revered for their respectful approach to foreigners. Japan is perfect for those looking for a slice of oriental wonder at a relaxed pace. Make 2020 the year you visit the land of the rising sun.
Portugal may seem like an obvious inclusion for holidaymakers seeking sun, sea, and cheap booze. However, we think you should skip the beach and head to its charming capital. Lisbon is absolutely teeming with fascinating museums and cultural events. Throw away the map and get lost in its quaint streets peppered with gothic grit that tell a thousand stories of Portugal’s yesteryear glories. After wander through grand buildings into some of the most pioneering galleries in Europe – Lisbon masterfully blends the old world and the new.
After visiting its arty delights, tuck into its vibrant culinary scene. This fascinating country is famed for its fresh seafood, hearty stews and grilled meats. During the day find refuge in one of its many charming squares to indulge in a pasteis de nata (Portuguese custard tart).
Ever wanted to gaze upon the Arabian sea from silky sand, lose yourself in a heady mix of spicy cuisine, or wander through the gardens of one of the Seven Wonders of the World? Well, India is your ticket. Not only does this magical land of colour, spice and all things nice boast cheap prices, fantastic hotels, and friendly locals, it’s also seeing a resurgence in its most famous locals: the Bengal tiger. According to the latest tiger census the population has grown by a third in the last four years. A trip to India wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the striking grounds of the Taj Mahal. Some may wonder why the the Taj Mahal is one of the Wonders of the World, others go find out for themselves – book your trip this stunning country today.
Stunning wildlife, quaint log cabins, and astounding landscapes a-plenty, the land of the vikings rarely disappoints. Head to the almighty fjords to gaze out from steep cliffs for breathtaking views of dark waters weaving through rugged mountainscapes, or cruise through Nærøyfjord (literally meaning narrow fjord) by boat from the town of Flåm. The Gulf Stream’s warming currents mean the fjords are a haven for porpoise, seals and an abundance of fish.
Alongside the monstrous fjords, is the country’s other best attraction: the Northern Lights. The magic of this phenomenon appears often from October to March. Curtains of glimmering lights unfurl from the heavens when charged particles from the sun collide with atoms in earth’s atmosphere. This causes electrons in the atoms to move to a higher-energy state. When the electrons drop back to a lower energy state, this Nordic marvel fills the sky. The more north you venture the more likely you are to witness these vivid colours; making the islands of Lofoten a hotspot.
Marvel at the astonishing natural beauty of the Fjords and nature’s very own festival lights, by joining us on one of our Nordic escapes.
This addition should be a number one choice for those craving stunning beaches, but also feeds the need of culture vultures. Cartagena blends modern skyscrapers with colonial charm.
The gorgeous port city is also draped in tales of invasions and swashbuckling pirates. The main attraction of this imperial port is its enchanting Old Town. Fenced in by over 13 km of stone walls, the UNESCO protected site is alive with bright yellow churches, romantic balconies, and smiling street vendors. During the day seek refuge from the searing temperatures in one of the city’s magnificent cocktail bars. Due to the tropical humidity, the city waits until dusk to spring to life. Watch the sunset from perfectly placed bars before taking an evening stroll. Traverse the cobbled streets teeming with street performers while enjoying the cooler temperatures. End the evening with a generous plate of fresh local seafood and patacones (fried plantain).
Sitting on the Caribbean coast, this dazzling city is a stone’s throw from tropical paradises. Without a doubt the best trip for over 55s wanting the best of both worlds.