Since her dad was in military, my mother was traveling before she knew what traveling was. Years later, she herself married a military man and traveled across India. But during the years of raising children and working, traveling was at the bottom of her priority list- until retirement age. At 60, with the kids out of the house, my father and she started planning retirement and “settling” down. Soon I realised what they meant by that- getting into the car and driving everywhere! At 62, with her partner gone, she was still raring to go. Ten years, later she is still traveling.
Older people are traveling like never before — and loving it. With so many choices and travel destinations and options available in print and online media, picking the right destination is easier than ever before and also overwhelming in terms of the number of choices available.
At Grass On The Hill, my constant endeavour is to tell you a story through real on-ground experiences, which evoke a genuine emotion in you- it inspires you and makes you pause- even if for just a moment. I’m sharing here 5 different and amazing travel ideas to consider -
South Africa — South Africa is a story of people as diverse as possible and therefore, a culture that is as varied as possible. From whale-watching to a wildlife safari to sipping what is arguably the best wine in the world and tasting the most amazing melting pot of world food- it is a sensory overload of experiences.
The Adriatic- The countries with coasts on the Adriatic are Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Italy, Montenegro and Slovenia. This area not only offers breathtaking vistas of over 9 UNESCO World Heritage sites, it also offers a slice of history with each of the places. The choice to make is if you’d like to visit one country at a time or drive along the coastline taking a bite of each of these incredible nations.
Bhutan- Bhutan, the land of Thunder Dragon — Druk Yul, is a thrilling land of towering peaks, pristine forests, and stunning landscapes. Bhutan is known for its very rich flora and fauna, flourishing green valleys and cool breeze of fresh air. Sacred Buddhist sites, beautiful landscape, picturesque villages, massive fortresses and one of the warmest people on the planet is what a journey to Bhutan has on offer. For those seeking adventure- motorbiking, trekking, cycling or a combination is recommended.
Finland- Explore Finland beyond the cities! The country’s natural and cultural heritage takes you to some of the most interesting places in Europe. For instance, there is the intriguing story about how a group of 70 Finns equipped with bows and arrows drove away an Army of over 10 thousand Russian soldiers during World War II. You have the chance to hike through boreal old-growth forests and peatlands called mires typical for northern regions to walking, cycling or driving across the Archipelago or hot air ballooning or driving along the Artic Circle.
United Kingdom (London, Cotswold/Windsor and Scotland)- The United Kingdom is equally comfortable and interesting for folks of all age groups to those with limited mobility. The hop-on-hop-off services for London are one of the best I’ve seen in the world and cost actually less than five pounds for the entire day. Cotswold is stunningly beautiful with the Warwick castle, Shakespeare’s town and so, so much more. Scotland’s castles and lakes (including the famous Lock Ness) and an incredible number of golf courses is well-worth the time and effort.
For many, 70 is the new 50, and boomers who have been pushing the envelope — and themselves — since they were kids are not willing to stop just because they’re older. For these hardy souls, many adventures await. Some require physical stamina; some require courage; and some just a sense of wonder!