It’s never too late to travel around the world
I created this website to inspire and help mature singles to take trips to foreign countries, regardless of their age, health, or financial situation. International travel for single seniors can be low-cost, safe and carefree.
In these pages and blogs, I describe my personal experiences, good and bad, my emotions, my fears, my excitement, my memories.
I do not include historical or geographical facts you can easily find in the glossy travel brochures or on the Internet. I think that I earned the right to advise on international travel after my almost 30 years of traveling through 70 countries. And many of them I visited more than once.
Probably, you already traveled before your retirement age. Maybe you visited some areas in your own country and took a few vacations abroad.
You always wanted to visit more countries, but your job, children, the financial situation did not allow you to travel more. Looking at the world map, you thought: when will I finally go to these places?
Please do not delay any longer!
Our beautiful world is waiting for you.
Make your travel dreams come true!
Like many other retirees, you probably downsized: sold your big house with a garden, bought or rented a small condo, got rid of a lot of “stuff,” and responsibilities. And now you are free to see the world! Travel during retirement is much more than just an enjoyable activity.
Your reasons to travel may include:
- Discovery and exploration
- Curiosity about other cultures
- Learning new skills
- Volunteer travel for charity
- Religious pilgrimage
- Obtaining cheaper healthcare
- Learning a foreign language
- Or just getting relaxation and pleasure.
Join a group tour
The majority of mature travelers prefer to participate in a group tour. It is easy to understand why. They do not have to worry about where to sleep, how to get to the next place, what to see. They can plan how much money the trip will cost because everything is prepaid and they just have to put aside some money for extra meals and shopping.
Why are so many single seniors afraid to travel to other countries?
The most common answers are:
- It’s too expensive
- I am too busy
- I do not speak any foreign language
- It’s too dangerous
- I do not know when and where to go
- I am too old to travel abroad
- I do not have a travel companion
- I don’t think I am healthy enough to travel
- I do not have any interest in other countries
Please read my comments on each of the above answers in my blog “Why so many Americans do not travel abroad?”
Health Benefits of Single Seniors Travel
Many people in retirement feel lonely and isolated. Loneliness causes depression, affects our immune systems, and raises inflammation levels. It is well known that inflammation is the reason for chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease. Also, it may contribute to dementia and Alzheimer’s. According to two new studies from Brigham Young University, loneliness and social isolation increase your risk of early death by as much as 50 percent.
Being socially and physically active after retirement is crucial to our overall health. Join an international group tour, make new friends during your trip, and you will keep your mind sharp. Socializing is one of the best ways to ward off depression and dementia in retirement.
Travel can improve your health and well-being, which can ultimately lead to a more enjoyable and fulfilling life in retirement. Older adults who travel have lower rates of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancers.
Visiting new places, meeting new people, learning about their cultures, trying new things (even strange looking food), – all this stimulates and challenges the brain.
Learning new skills in foreign countries
Another reason why I like to be a part of travel groups: the tour guides take you to the factories and shops where local people manufacture things typical of their country. On this picture, I am in Turkey learning pottery. I am not going to make this skill my new occupation, but I enjoyed the process of making a clay pot, and I had a lot of fun.
Get up and go!
If you know when and where to go, how to prepare for the trip, how to pack light, how to save money, how to stay healthy on the road, you will be ready to get yourself out of your comfort zone and plunge into the “unknown.” On my site Travel for Single Seniors, you will find a lot of useful information that will help you to “get up and go.”