If you're over 55 and you've got the travel bug, you should check out these top 10 destinations for your next getaway!
Everyone has a bucket list: in the back of your mind, scribbled down in a journal or noted on your phone! Whether you're seven years old dreaming of Disney, or 67 and you dream of seeing the Northern Lights, you have a list of destinations that you would love to see and experience with your own eyes.
It's often taken as a given that it's the youth of the world who are the travellers; but studies actually show that the number of young people taking gap years is declining. The older you get, the more time and money you have to travel, and research shows that over 55s don't lose their sense of adventure, in fact it grows! So why not tick off those dream destinations and go see the world? These 10 destinations are a must-visit for over 55s!
See the Northern Lights
Seeing the Northern Lights came out on top of the Riviera survey, and it's no surprise! Who wouldn't want to see this colourful display of dancing lights? You can see the Northern Lights from Alaska, Greenland, Iceland and many parts of Scandinavia, so why not visit each in turn? Whether you take a Northern Lights flight or go on a wilderness safari, there are many exciting ways to experience the Aurora. Although there are no guarantees as to whether or not you will see the Northern Lights, there are certain times of the year that should increase your chances. Any time from September to March is a great time to catch the Aurora, and January to March are probably the three most popular of these months; the long dark nights really increase your chances of seeing this natural phenomenon.
Ride the Glacier Express
A ride on the Glacier Express is second on the list. Who wouldn't want to take a relaxing ride through one of the world's most beautiful mountain ranges? This 8 hour express train is the gift that keeps on giving; after leaving the stunning St. Moritz, you'll soon pass through the UNESCO World Heritage site of Abula as well as the famous Landwasser Viaduct and the spiral tunnel between Preda and BergŁn. What's more, the train's panoramic windows means you won't miss a moment of the breathtaking scenery. Make sure your camera battery is fully charged!
Go Wine Tasting
Life's too short to drink bad wine and anyway, it's long past time to start enjoying the finer things in life! Why not get better acquainted with the drink that has been in our culture and diet for thousands of years? If you want to try your hand at wine tasting you're more than spoilt for choice as 61 countries around the world produce wine. Beyond going purley for the love of wine, a wine tasting experience is a great opportunity to travel somewhere new, meet new people, or learn how to impress your friends at your next dinner party when you perfectly pair your steak with a Cabernet Sauvignon. If you love red wine, head to Bordeaux in France where over 85% of the wine produced is red or head to the beautiful Tuscan countryside to explore one of the most famous wine producing regions in the world.
Travel the Trans-Siberian Railway
The Trans-Siberian railway will take you on a journey like no other as you see sights across Europe, China, Japan, Korea, even Vietnam and Southeast Asia. The possibilities are endless as you travel 5,752 miles across two continents on the world's longest railway line! Do you want to see the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg or Lake Baikal (the biggest and deepest lake on earth), Moscow's Kremlin and Red Square or the Great Wall of China? You can see it all on your trip on the Trans-Siberian Railway!