Senior travel groups are great and one of the best ways for retirees or older adults to travel.
Whatever your travel goals or health capacity, there are groups well-suited to your interests and needs.
You can find groups near you by searching for “senior travel groups near me”.
You can also find senior women groups specifically for older or retired women.
There are senior travel groups for singles and AARP travel groups.
If you are new to traveling or consider yourself to be a seasoned traveler, there are good reasons to take group trips.
Some benefits might include making new friends, simplicity of planning, cost bargains, trips related to your specific interests, safety and health considerations.
It can definitely be more fun to travel with a group, especially a group of like-minded individuals. When a common interest is shared, there is more enjoyment to be had.
Finding topics to talk and laugh about will be second nature. Many lasting friendships have begun this way.
The range of possibilities is enormous. There are travel clubs, groups tours, and freelance groups.
Perhaps you are looking for a simple day trip or a vacation lasting for months.
You might be a bird watcher, mushroom forager, hiker or someone who is looking to relax on the beaches of the Caribbean.
Is a volunteer opportunity group your dream or has an African Safari always been on your bucket list? There is no lack of availability.
The types of travel are just as plentiful.
How do you prefer to travel?
There are walking, biking, snowmobiling, skiing, plane, car, bus, boat and ship group trips.
Planning a trip can be overwhelming and can be a reason to stay home. As we get older, we want life easier. Group travel is one answer to this dilemma.
We want the excitement of travel without the burden that comes with the planning involved. Most group travel is planned for you.
All the hassle of decisions and bookings for transportation, accommodations, restaurants and meals is eliminated.
Yes, as seniors, we can usually make requests for special dietary needs, mobility or disability requirements.
(Note: Always check ahead with the company if you have special needs.)
Of course cost will vary greatly with the different travel experiences.
Do you seek a bargain or luxury indulgence? The range is practically endless.
Group travel can be a bargain because companies can buy in bulk and offer deals that would be unavailable to the individual.
Besides that, knowing your travel cost before the trip, can be a huge advantage for making a budget.
Making a budget can include the cost of the group trip and any extras you might want, such as, extra activities, meals (if not included), gifts, or special buys for yourself!
We often have unique health and safety concerns and togetherness can add confidence.
Tourists are often the target of thieves, pickpockets, and con artists.
A company or club with experience knows the ropes to provide tips to avoid such problems. Plus just walking or traveling with others is generally safer.
Some larger commercial businesses hire experts to review national and international travel policies, which can change with time.
By taking responsibility for the health protocols of hotels, restaurants and other facilities. They reduce our concern for such matters.
If an unfortunate health related problem does occur, we will have the help and support necessary.
The COVID 19 Virus offers some greater challenges for us right now.
It is absolutely important to check with your Travel Group about their own expectations or requirements for travel with them and the destination itself.
Each of us has our own current health status. You will decide personally if you are comfortable with the Covid requirements of the group.
Also, just as the virus changes, these requirements can change. So keep in touch and up to date with them as much as possible.
Senior travel groups and clubs are so prolific; you can find them in many different places.
Senior Citizen Centers, Community Centers, Religious organizations, Sports groups, Arts Organizations, to name a few, often have group trips suitable for older adults.
The Internet is a wonderful resource for group travel ideas and companies.
Whatever your source, always remember that when a deal or opportunity seems to good to be true, it usually is.
So stay alert and enjoy your travels.