7 Fun Travel Trends For Retirees

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    A total of 10,000 people turn 65 each day -- and many of them who retire want to make the most of travel opportunities. In my new book, "65 Things to Do When You Retire: Travel," I invited a world-class collection of writers and travel experts who are literally from all over the world to offer practical, inspiring advice about how to have the time of your life, whether traveling with a group, with a spouse or partner, or on your own.

    Though the contributors to the book represent diverse perspectives, what they share in common is a restless curiosity, a passionate desire to discover more about the world. One of their recurring themes is that traveling is not a "spectator sport." They write in very different ways about how important it is to engage with the people in whatever city you're visiting. It's great to see the sights, but you only know a culture by interacting with its people, even if you don't always share the same language. In fact, that's part of the fun.

    As I compiled the essays for this book, I was surprised to learn about a number of travel trends for intrepid retirees. They include:

    * Glamping (a hybrid word that stands for glamorous camping) is for people who want to commune with nature in comfort and style. The concept has spawned a whole cottage industry of companies that provide authentic safari tents, or yurts, or tree houses, plenty of amenities, and planned activities. And there's something for every budget. GlampingHub's Abby Jeffords contributes an essay to the book that lets readers know about some of the great glamping options that are available.

    * Voluntourism can be any kind of volunteer trip, from traveling to locations to help protect endangered species to helping improve conditions for people in developing countries. In my book, two contributors describe going on archaeological digs with Earthwatch Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing opportunities and unusual expeditions for travelers who want to "make a difference" in the world: Ruth Clemmer writes about the thrill of discovering mammoth bones over 26,000 years old on one of her digs, and another retiree, Warren Stortroen, describes how he went about unearthing an ancient relative of the armadillo that was the "size of a small Volkswagen."

    * The golden gap year is like the gap year that graduating students take before setting off for college or to join the work world, only for new retirees it's a year of glorious travel before they settle into their retirement. The phenomenon of the golden gap year has taken the U.K. by storm and I expect that it's going to gain momentum in the U.S. as well. In her essay, gap-year expert Jo Carroll explains how you can prepare for your own amazing year of travel and adventure.

    Read More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-chimskylustig/travel-trends-retirees_b_2914881.html
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