Retirement is the perfect time to travel and visit the spots you’ve always wanted to visit in person. Meeting new people, exploring new places, and learning new cultures will keep you young—and it is an opportunity for you to take a well-deserved break now that your kids are all grown up. But you’re probably thinking where can you go that’s safe, affordable and easy to get around?
No need to worry—we’ve come up with a list of great travel destinations for seniors overseas and in Australia that will offer you everything you could possibly want and more. Don’t forget to check out our seniors travel insurance so you can travel with peace of mind.
Hawaii truly has it all and is a great way to kick back and relax. Think golf courses, beaches and a whole range of tropical island wonderlands to explore. For an absolute no-fuss holiday, head to Oahu where there are plenty of places to stay right on Waikiki beach. Waikiki is a tourist hot-spot with plenty of shopping, restaurants and bars to keep you satisfied. Be sure to check out Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay and the Polynesian Culture Centre for a true Hawaiian experience and all within a few minutes’ drive from Waikiki. The USS Arizona Memorial located at Pearl Harbour is also a must-do, as it marks the resting place of thousands of sailors and marines who lost their lives on the USS Arizona during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor. It’s a beautiful memorial and still to this day—oil leaking from the sunken battleship—can be seen rising from the wreckage to the water’s surface. It’s said that when the final drop of oil reaches the top of the water, then all the souls will have passed on.
The scenery in New Zealand’s North Island is beautiful. Rent a hire car or camper van, so you can stay how long or little you like in each town. Places to check out in the North Island include Pahia—where you can see the Bay of Islands, as well as heading a bit further north to Cape Reinga where you can see the Tasman Sea and South Pacific Ocean meet (literally). Have you really been to New Zealand, if you haven’t been to Auckland? Even if it’s just for one day, be sure to check out the Sky Tower and dine in one of their trendy, upmarket restaurants in Britomart. After Auckland, you can drive down to Rotorua, which has so much to offer. Check out the Hobbiton movie set where they filmed the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings—an absolute magical fairyland. After the tour, you can then relax in a mud bath at Hells Gate (which is only a few minutes’ away from central Rotorua), where you can get your fair share of geothermal activity happening right in front of you. If that doesn’t sound like a lot, we recommend heading down to the South Island (if you have time)—which is on a whole new level. Good luck and safe driving!
Only a few hours’ away from home, Fiji is a super romantic getaway for you and your partner. Remember you deserve this much needed break now that your kids are older. Most of the resorts in Fiji have everything, so it means you don’t need to leave the resort. We recommend staying in the Coral Coast. It’s breathtaking and most of the resorts sit right along the ocean, so you can check out all the coral and marine life. Sleep-ins, all-you-can-eat buffet breakfasts and slowing down—allows you to take in what Fiji has to offer. Each night you can expect entertainment, as well as a variety of different restaurants to choose from—and all located within the resort. The locals also sell hand-made jewellery and can pamper you with a pedicure and manicure—all while taking in the breathtaking views of the ocean. If you have some spare time, check out a village tour where you can experience true Fijian culture and see for yourself how local Fijians eat, live and embrace their culture still to this day.
If you don’t want to leave the country, then why not visit Cairns? Cairns has so much to offer like the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation—all within reasonable driving distance. Many travellers recommend renting a hire care to make this trip a bit easier. It allows you to enjoy your trip at your own pace and you can decide how long you want to stay in each place. The Kuranda Scenic Railway trip is a must. It offers a unique railway journey where you pass through beautiful tropical scenery surrounded by majestic mountains and cascading waterfalls. You can even upgrade to first class and ride in a private carriage with sparkling wine and canapés. Doesn’t that just sound delightful? We also recommending checking out the nightly markets along the Cairns esplanade as they come alive with a myriad of food options and locally-made hands goods like clothes, jewellery, souvenirs, and arts and crafts.
The best way to experience a destination is going at your own pace. Now is your opportunity to slow down and make every moment count. If there’s anything we’re hoping you take away from reading this; remember 'travel is the fountain of youth'.
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