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The Golden Age of Travel – Five Travel Options That Are Perfect for Retirees

As retirement approaches, you may find yourself with newfound freedom and time to explore the world. If travel has always been on your to-do list, but life got in the way, now is the time to embrace the opportunity to visit new countries and experience different cultures. The bonus? You’re no longer confined to five weeks’ holiday each year. Time is on your side. If you choose to split the next ten years between living in the UK and traversing the globe, then you absolutely should do it. And with one of our luxury retirement apartments, you won’t have to worry about your home in the process.

In this blog, we’ve highlighted five travel options that are perfect for retirees. With a wealth of options for those who want to take it easy, or the go jetters desperate to pack in as much action as possible.

For some, ageing can bring mobility challenges. If that’s you, then travel options that are comfortable, accessible and cater to your specific needs will be important. For others, something bold and active will be on the travel itinerary. Fortunately, there are a myriad of travel opportunities tailored to retirees, offering an unforgettable experience without compromising on comfort or accessibility.

A safe and secure retirement apartment

If you’ve moved to a luxury retirement apartment like those in a Burghley Retirement Living development, then there are even more benefits for those with a dose of wanderlust.

Safe, secure homes are our specialty. Your apartment will be looked after while you’re away with as much or as little interaction from our helpful staff as you desire.

There’s no need to worry about robberies, accidents, or if you’ve left the tap running – our lodge managers will keep an eye on your property and can check for any issues at your request. If you want them to water the plants, move the post, or stop your milk or newspaper deliveries while you’re away – they’ll be happy to oblige. And for that extra special welcome, why not ask them to put the heating on so you arrive back to a warm, cosy apartment?

Plus, all Burghley Retirement Living apartment owners have the option to rent the Hotel-style guest suites at our developments. So, if you live at our retirement apartments in Derby, you can book a trip to the Fylde Coast and stay at Royles Lodge, our retirement development in Thornton-Cleveleys. All the safety and security you experience at home, but with a holiday feeling.

Feeling inspired? Here are our top five travel options for retirees:

cruise ship Holiday Options for Retirees

Find your sea legs – cruises

Firstly, cruises are a popular retiree holiday option, with good reason. They are ideal for those seeking relaxation, comfort, and hassle-free travel, with the option to see a host of countries and live multiple experiences in one trip.

All amenities are conveniently located onboard, from dining to entertainment. You can unwind and enjoy the leisurely journey without worrying about logistics.

Cruise itineraries often include multiple destinations, allowing you to explore diverse cultures and landscapes without the need for constant unpacking. Or trying to navigate a busy itinerary with heavy bags and backpacks.

Additionally, cruise ships are equipped with accessible facilities, making them an excellent choice for those with mobility concerns.

There are no fly options for those who prefer to stay grounded. You can even cruise the British Isles incorporating the Channel Islands for some warmth and relaxation without the long haul.

A few cruise ideas include:

Saga cruises offer a ‘love your first cruise or money back’ guarantee – perfect for those dipping their toe in the water without going overboard.


A P&O Cruises tour of the British Isles embarking from Liverpool takes in the absolute best of England, Ireland, and Scotland.

holiday cottage Holiday Options for Retirees

Take the high road – coach holidays

The second of our five travel options that are perfect for retirees is coach holidays. A super convenient and stress-free way to explore new destinations. With door-to-door pickup services and carefully planned itineraries, travellers can sit back, relax, and let someone else manage the driving.

Coach tours often cater to older adults, with comfortable accommodations and leisurely-paced excursions for various mobility levels. Whether exploring scenic countryside routes or visiting historical landmarks, coach holidays provide an opportunity to immerse yourself in new experiences with ease. You may even make a few new friends along the way.

National Holidays has a range of coach tours in the UK and Europe which are ideal for retirees with laid-back travel plans CLICK HERE

all inclusive Holiday Options for Retirees

One stop shop – all-inclusive resorts

Meals, drinks, and entertainment are all taken care of in your all-inclusive resort giving you the chance to relax and enjoy yourself without having to plan or budget for meals and activities. If you want to switch off and forget about everything, then many have gourmet dining options, spa services, and recreational activities. There’s something for everyone to enjoy.

With spacious accommodations and accessible facilities, all-inclusive resorts cater to the needs of older adults. Safety, comfort, and complete relaxation await. Choose an adult-only resort for quiet time. Half board is another good option if you like the idea of exploring the culinary offerings of the local area.

Try Jet2 for a range of adult-only all-inclusive holidays where everything is taken care of CLICK HERE

Walking Holiday Options for Retirees

Stretching out – walking holidays

Walking holidays provide retirees with a wonderful opportunity to explore destinations at a walking pace, taking in the sights, sounds, and local culture on foot.

Tours typically involve guided walks through historic neighbourhoods, scenic landscapes, or iconic landmarks. If you enjoy staying active and prefer a more intimate and personalised travel experience, then a walking tour could be for you.

Knowledgeable guides will lead the way, allowing you to discover hidden gems, hear fascinating stories, and gain insights into the history and culture of each location without fear of losing your way or getting stranded.

Walking tours often feature manageable distances and frequent rest stops from a health and safety or mobility point of view they are perfect as we get older. Whether strolling through the charming streets of Paris, exploring the natural beauty of Yosemite National Park, or somewhere closer to home like the Lake District or the Cotswolds, walking tours offer a delightful way to connect natural surroundings.

Find a wealth of walking tour information CLICK HERE.

A holiday home from home

If you’ve fallen in love with an area and want a more permanent base to explore from, you can consider buying a holiday home. Whether it’s a cosy cottage in the countryside or a beachfront villa abroad, buying a property in a much-loved destination gives you the flexibility to enjoy extended stays, while maintaining the comforts of home.

Your property can provide added financial reassurance and a regular income in retirement. This is especially true if you have recently downsized to your retirement apartment, freeing up the funds to buy your holiday rental and luxury retirement apartment outright. You have the option to spend as much or as little time as you wish in your dream location and make it work hard for you when you’re not there.

Something for all travellers

Owning a holiday home can be a very cost-effective option for longer stays, allowing you to explore at your own pace. And your retirement apartment will be well maintained and looked after by our team no matter how much time you spend in either space.

In conclusion, retirement opens the door to a world of travel opportunities tailored to the needs and preferences of older adults. Whether embarking on a cruise, joining a guided tour, or relaxing at an all-inclusive resort, you can explore the world with ease and comfort safe in the knowledge that your home will be well looked after while you’re away.  We hope our five travel options that are perfect for retirees have inspired your next trip!

Further reading

Follow the golden rules of retirement according to well-travelled retirees in this insightful article from Conde Nast Traveler US:


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