Holidays For Those Golden Years: Lago Maggiore, Wine Tour in Bordeaux & Train Trip In Canada
I imagine the big 50 is like any birthday, dreaded, ignored and finally acknowledged by consuming a little too much wine, surrounded by friends telling you it’s just a number. Let’s face it, changing decades is never going to be easy or fun, but crossing over the half-century mark has always been seen as a significant milestone.
When I started my research into ‘over-50’s holidays’ I imagined luxury cruises and quiet resorts specifically geared towards this market, meaning there would be no screaming children or boisterous party-goers.
Browsing the web I discovered this was clearly a lucrative market for the travel industry, with most agencies having dedicated sections to ‘Over-50’s’ holidays. Pilgrimages, cruises and bus tours featured high on the list of what was on offer and before choosing what I believed to be a perfect holiday or destination for travellers of this age, I decided I needed advice.
It was through talking to my parents and my friend’s parents, all in their 60’s, that in fact, they were weren’t slouching off to some staid resort, zimmer frames at the ready, but were travelling the world and doing it in style. Safaris in Africa, cycling trips through Switzerland, train trips across Russia and Canada, boat trips to Alaska and cruises to the fjords in Norway. As they reeled their trips off, I realized they were just as hungry for adventure as those in their 20’s and 30’s. They didn’t get to do it in their 20’s and now they’re making up for lost time and they have the disposable cash and time to do it properly. Whether it’s hiking in the Rockies, Opera Season in Vienna, wine tours in France or boating on the Italian lakes, travellers of this age realize our time here is not infinite and if you want to feel alive, you’ve got to get out there and see it for yourself.
For information on wine tours in Bordeaux, lakes in Italy and a train trip across Canada please download this PDF – Holidays For Those Golden Years