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Traveling in Retirement: How to Decide Where to Go
Travel often is motivated by a desire to get away from the familiar by visiting a different kind of location. If you’re a dweller of a hectic urban landscape, then escaping to the tranquility of the country might be your objective. Conversely, rural residents may seek out the fast-paced excitement of big-city life.
Some travelers may want to experience a variety of locations. An example might be a European river cruise. The ship sails on the river through quiet country areas but docks at major cities so passengers can enjoy all that these urban centers have to offer.
Are you thinking of a trip on land or on the water? As for land experiences, the variety is endless, so let’s focus on water. The quintessential water voyage is a cruise. Large cruise ships today are floating resorts with an array of entertainment and other pleasures. Most make calls at ports where passengers can add land-based excursions.
As an alternative to their wildly popular large cousins, the number of smaller-scale cruise opportunities has been increasing. These generally are ships that carry less than 1,000 passengers, but most are well below that capacity. This type of cruise appeals to people who prefer less on-board congestion and the ability of the ship to dock at more varied ports of call. For example, river cruises have boomed in popularity. Also, some smaller vessels are equipped for more adventurous voyages, such as Antarctica.
For an even closer-to-the-water experience, some travelers charter sailboats. These trips can be with a hired crew, or there is often a “bare-boat” option for those who have maritime credentials to captain a vessel. These trips lack the posh amenities of a big cruise ship but can provide a satisfying hands-on experience for once-in-while sailors.
Are you seeking a getaway to another climate? Cold weather motivates some to plan a retreat to warm-temperature destinations while others flock to winter sports meccas for skiing or even ice-fishing. Summer heat inspires some to seek cooler geographies. As climate change pushes summer temperatures to new records in some regions, traveling to beat the heat is liable to increase.
Suppose you’d prefer to avoid a do-it-yourself vacation and opt instead for a more scripted experience of a resort or a tour. The difference between these two can be broadly defined by the amount of activity.
A resort stay may tend to be more sedentary with a lot of relaxation time with loads of food and drink. A popular resort option is an all-inclusive, where everything is included for one price. Travelers need to do their homework before committing to an all-inclusive they’ve never been to. Check the details of what exactly is included and what is extra so you’re not surprised by the additional cost. Also, some all-inclusives cut corners on the quality of food, beverages, and amenities. To avoid disappointment, check out the online reviews so you know what to expect.
On the other hand, a tour suggests movement from place to place. The transportation modes differ among tours depending on how much physical exertion is required. You could choose a luxury coach tour where you merely need to get on and off the bus or opt for something more vigorous like a bike tour.
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