Baby boomers are among the most diverse group of people in the United States. We’ve fought wars, raised families, started businesses, fought the man, marched for civil rights, and now many of us are enjoying a well-earned retirement. Born between 1946 and 1964, baby boomers are still the largest portion of the population (though Millennials are expected to overtake us sometime this year), and if there’s one thing we know how to do right it’s have a good time.
If you’re a baby boomer, travel is probably a very high priority on your list. Baby boomers traveling around the United States and the world spend about $157 billion on travel annually. That’s right, billion. According to Forbes, the average baby boomer takes 3.7 trips per year, and the locations are as diverse as baby boomers themselves. If you’ve got some spare change lying around in your retirement fund and are planning your next trip, here are just a few suggestions that baby boomer travelers tend to love:
- Escape to a warmer climate
If you’re going to go somewhere, you might as well go somewhere with beautiful weather. Many baby boomers are partial to destinations like Western Europe, the Caribbean, or South America. In the latter two destinations in particular, you can enjoy a fabulous luxury vacation at a fraction of the price you’d pay elsewhere in the globe. Warm weather is good for the health of your body and your mind, and you don’t need to be athletic or full of energy to enjoy the benefits of sitting on the beach.
- Go on an adventure
If your age doesn’t reflect the way that you feel, you might enjoy an adventure vacation to a destination like New Zealand, Thailand, or India. In places like this you can mountain climb, kayak, cycle, or hike. Whether you’re looking for a little bit of activity or a whole host of options, adventure vacations can be tailored to your particular fitness level.
- Go solo
A number of travel companies have begun to realize that many baby boomers enjoy taking trips on their own. In fact, a 2014 survey done by AARP found that 37% of adults over the age of 45 took a trip by themselves in the past two years, the Huffington Post reports. The survey also found that more than 80% plan to take another solo trip in the next year. Because of this, many vacation companies have started to offer packages specifically catered to solo travelers.
Rob Lee is co-founder of Swift Passport and Visa Services. Originally from Michigan, Rob is an avid fisherman and SCUBA diver who enjoys adventure travel.