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Best Vacations for the Recently Retired

Work is done and you have little to no responsibilities since you recently retired, so what are your excuses to not travel?

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Work is done and you have little to no responsibilities since you recently retired, so what are your excuses to not travel? It’s time to enjoy your golden years and travel to some fun destinations. If you saved for your retirement, hopefully you put in some sort of travel budget so you can see the world, and stay in amazing hotels like the Marriott. Baby Boomers are reaching retirement age and that means a huge influx of retired travelers is set to hit the world’s top destinations. We can’t travel like we used to so let’s explore some excellent vacations for retirees.

Ireland

Who hasn’t dreamed of strolling through the rolling green hills of Ireland? The lush green country is a perfect vacation destination for the retired set. Dublin is a great place to start to see some of the oldest buildings in all of Europe and taste the perfect pint at the Guinness brewery. There is so much to see in Ireland you can really take your time on an extended trip and enjoy everything Ireland has to offer.  The perfect vacation for the recently retired.

Sicily

If Italian food is your favorite or if ancient architecture is your bag, Sicily is for you. Who hasn’t wanted to check out Palermo, the lively capital that boasts spectacular cathedrals and delicious street food? The small island off the coast of Italy’s big toe is the perfect destination for retired folk. The islands slow pace and miles of gorgeous beaches make Sicily a great spot. Many Italian-Americans track their heritage to Sicily and those Baby Boomers can visit their ancient roots.  Retired people will love the vibe of Sicily.

Australia

The flights to Australia will take up to 21 hours so you need to spend some time there to make it worth it. Now you are retired and you have literally nowhere to be, it’s the perfect time to take an extended vacation to the land down under. Australia has something for everyone, with major cities, extreme outback and wonderful beaches. You must see Sydney Harbor, the Great Barrier Reef and a kangaroo. Other than that, explore Australia at your own pace; you have all the time in the world.

U.S. Road Trip

If times what you have, why not take a coast-to-coast road trip across our great country. America has so much diverse landscapes that you can experience so much on a road trip. For a real adventure rent a recreational vehicle and take your time, see all the sites you want and do it in style. An RV can be rented at very affordable prices and offers a unique experience many have never lived. See the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, drive historic Route 66 or make your own route.

Blue Ridge Parkway

Why not take a road trip on the most scenic highway in America, the Blue Ridge Parkway. This picturesque 470-mile drive connects Shenandoah National Park in Virginia and the Great Smoky Mountain national Park in North Carolina. The road follows the peaks of numerous mountains along the way giving off spectacular views and winding through some cute little towns.   There are some seriously cute places to stay along the way and more than enough activities to keep you entertained.

Rocky Mountaineer

Maybe you should let someone else drive so you can soak up all the incredible views along the Canadian Rocky Mountains, in the Rocky Mountaineer, a luxury train. Enjoy sitting in glass domed train cars so you can see beauty at every angle. There are multiple options available to satisfy any urge. You can get coastal views or strictly mountain routes. You can decide among many options to make the vacation fit exactly what you want.

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Float Through The Most Boat Friendly Cities

We did the research and asked our colleagues and found all the most boat-friendly cities in the world so you can sail away all day.

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Some people live in towns that are stuffed full of traffic. They spend day in and day out commuting to and from work. So when it comes time for vacation the last thing they ever want to see is a car. That’s understandable, but where can you travel to that will be relatively car-free? What other forms of transportation can add some wonder to your trip instead of dread?

Well, boats of course! Boats are relaxing to ride on and add a level of romanticism to wherever you visit. The only problem is most people have no idea what cities to go to if they want to spend more time on boats than in cars. Don’t worry, we did the research and asked our colleagues and found all the most boat-friendly cities in the world so you can sail away all day.

GIETHOORN, NETHERLANDS

Giethoorn was the first place we thought of because you can spend an entire vacation here only on boats. You may not see a car on your entire visit to this beautiful place. The waterways here run all throughout the town instead of roads which means you won’t even hear a dreaded car on your entire visit.

The serene quietness of the town around you will be very noticeable and not in a bad way. You will be able to relax and enjoy the wonderful scenery all while enjoying a utopian level of quietness that will really help you relax.

ANNECY, FRANCE

This town is known as the “Pearl of the French Alps” and when you enter Annecy it is very easy to see why. You will feel like your smack-dab in the middle of a fairy tale when you boat down the two canals that run through this town, just make sure to stop at a cafe or two along the way for a delicious cup of coffee.

The stunning surroundings of the canal will truly make this a trip to remember and you will wonder why more people aren’t talking about the unbelievable beauty that is the “Pearl of the French Alps.”

BANGKOK, THAILAND

Bangkok does have cars and tons of motorcycles, but if you want to get away from all that then hop on a boat in the tons of canals that run all throughout this giant city. The river has always been a great way to get around the city. While they may be a little bit dirty, that shouldn’t deter you. They’re still beautiful windows into the unbelievable past that makes up wonderful Bangkok.

FENGHUANG, CHINA

Head over to China’s Hunan Province to visit Fenghuang and marvel at how green the beautiful water is that this town is centered around. You can sit and stare at the beautiful water and travel it all by boat as well. If you’re feeling a little more daring and boats are starting to get boring then attempt to cross the river by foot as there is a bridge of stones that you can walk across, just make sure you can keep your balance.

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The Best Spots In Europe For A Fall Getaway

Check out this list of the best places in Europe to have an amazing Fall vacation. 

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You do know you don’t have to take your vacation in the Summer, right? Mix it up a little bit, people! There are plenty of amazing places around the world that are truly beautiful in the Fall. And many of the best places are located in Europe. Check out this list of the best places in Europe to have an amazing Fall vacation. 

LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON, FRANCE

It doesn’t get much more romantic than France in the Fall. And the Languedoc-Roussillon area is significantly cheaper than many other areas in the country while still offering worthwhile experiences. Know for its horseback riding, La Narbonnaise Nature Park is a sight to behold.

While the city of Carcassonne will take you back to medieval times as it is completely surrounded by stone walls and castle-like elements. And if you’re an oyster fan, this is definitely the place for you. There are multiple Michelin-starred restaurants in the area.

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

Budapest is quietly one of the world’s great cities, and it’s especially nice in the fall. The temperature stays consistently in the 60s, perfect for just walking around and exploring. It’s an active city with plenty of lively markets, delicious wineries, and plenty of great food. Be sure to take a cruise of the Danube River while you’re there.

BAVARIA, GERMANY

Germany, in general, is a beautiful country during the fall. But more often than not people focus too much on Berlin. Bavaria is equally (if not more) beautiful and it’s slightly smaller so it can be a more peaceful and enjoyable vacation spot. You can catch an authentic Oktoberfest in Munich, enjoy the nature in Fussen, or take in the truly breathtaking sight that is the Neuschwanstein Castle.

And if you’re willing to devote an entire day to it, check out the Brewery Trail, a 20 mile stretch of 13 breweries serving classic German beers. 

GREEK ISLANDS

The Mediterranean is something everyone should see before they die. And if you’re looking for the perfect spot to vacation in the fall, the Greek Islands is the place to be. The ocean water might be a little too cold to swim in, but there are still plenty of cruises that take you around the islands and provide endless jaw-dropping views.

And the best part about visiting the Greek Islands in the fall? It’s their slow season so it will be much less crowded and the rates will be lower!

SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS, SCOTLAND

Scotland is one of the best places in the world to bundle up with a good sweater and just take it all in. The city of Glencoe is a must-see for the nature and scenery lover, while Inverness (the capital of the Highlands) provides more of a lively setting with various food festivals and fireworks shows (in addition to also being beautiful). Not to mention… you’re right by Loch Ness…

 There are plenty of other great places in Europe that truly shine in the Fall, but these are easily our favorite five. So if you’re looking to mix it up and actually do your yearly vacation in the Fall, then try one of these great locations! We promise they won’t disappoint.

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Perfect Vacation Destinations For The Fall

Next time you’re thinking of adventuring in the fall look no further than these fun autumn destinations all located within the United States of America.

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Fall is coming up but that doesn’t mean that vacation ideas have to be put on hold. The autumn is a beautiful time to travel and you can we a lot of awesome things that aren’t available any other times of the year.

Plus another upside to traveling in the fall is it’s a lot cooler. You don’t have to try to put up with sweltering heat and packed beaches. You can have a little bit more personal space and enjoy yourself at a nice serene destination that is sure to make you say “wowee wow wow.”

Next time you’re thinking of adventuring in the fall look no further than these fun autumn destinations all located within the United States of America.

BALD HEAD ISLAND, NORTH CAROLINA

Escape all the crowds and the hustle and bustle of everyday life by coming to this supremely quiet island. During the summer people are running all over this place swimming, surfing and taking part in the many great things Bald Head has to offer.

But once autumn hits the island becomes deserted and the only people left are the ones who actually live here, which are not many. You will have no cars buzzing by, just birds squawking and the waves crashing. You can enjoy the lighthouse or swim in the water which is still warm from the summer. The weather may get a bit chilly but it’s a small price to pay for your unbelievable relaxing getaway.

KATY TRAIL, MISSOURI

If you’re an exercise hound then go travel the Katy Trail in Missouri. You can walk, run or bike along part of or the entire 225-mile trail that runs along the Missouri River. This route also will take you through Missouri’s wine country so you can stop and treat yourself to a delicious glass of wine or eight, just be sure you sober up before hopping back on that bike. You can find plenty of great places to stay along the trail so you won’t have that hard of a time trying to relax while traversing the Katy Trail making this a great exercise filled vacation for you, active travelers.

CAPE MAY, NEW JERSEY

A lot of people know Cape May for its excellent summer vacation potential. But many people don’t realize how great of a vacation spot Cape May is for the fall as well. Autumn turns Cape May into a magical destination when it is filled with monarch butterflies as they migrate through for a few weeks. You can ride your bikes, go shopping and eat all at magnificent places along the New Jersey coast.

LANCASTER, PENNSYLVANIA

What would a fall vacation be without a visit to some apple orchards? Head to the Pennsylvania Dutch Country and pick some apples in the many beautiful Lancaster apple orchards. Then head to a corn maze and if you ever get out of one of those you can have some time to hit a farmers market to enjoy some fresh homemade baked goods.

It’s hard not to get in the fall mood when surrounded by all these prototypical fall activities. Plus the Amish charm is bursting at the seems in this beautiful town. Fall is a great season and the only way to truly enjoy it is to celebrate it on a great vacation.

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