The Best in Senior Travel
The web has completely revolutionized travel research for people of all ages. Many senior travelers are now extremely fluent in using modern technologies and are comfortable with computers, tablets, smartphones, and devices of all kinds. Mature travelers often love to research and plan their own vacation destinations, themes, accommodations, and tours. Many seniors may still book through a travel agent, but they seek to customize many more aspects of their trip than the usual planning for a standard holiday.
Please see our articles by senior travelers, senior volunteer vacations , and our directory of senior tours for recommendations.
Below you will find some of the finest websites for senior travel that we have found anywhere on the web, each with their own specialties—from offering tours to providing advice for travel to retirement abroad.
Travel with a Challenge is a global travel resource, updated monthly, that speaks directly to the senior traveler through richly illustrated feature articles and fast-breaking travel news around the following alternative travel themes: ecological, educational, cultural/historical, and volunteer vacations worldwide. The web magazine, whose host is our Senior Travel Editor Alison Gardner, attracts readers worldwide.
Road Scholar is a great place to begin or to continue your adventures in lifelong learning, and is the top not for profit organization for active seniors who wish to travel abroad or within the U.S. Road Scholar, founded in 1975, offers a huge range of senior tours ranging from small to large in size,
combining educational, cultural, and adventure travel.
Eldertreks is the world's first adventure travel company designed exclusively for people 50 and over. With 15 years of experience, they offer active, off-the-beaten-path, small-group adventures in over 50 countries. The all-inclusive land journeys focus on adventure, culture and nature. Choose a wildlife safari in Kenya, explore Mongolia by camel, hike to Patagonia's Torres del Paine, or navigate the awesome ruins of Angkor Wat.
Stride Travel is a metasearch site for senior tours, meaning it allows easy searches across over 700 tour companies and presents discounted options you should find of interest, most with reviews by people who have actually taken the trip.
AARP: Travel provides a very wide variety of commercial discounts for American seniors who wish to travel, live, or retire at home and abroad, along with many destination guides, articles, resources, and other useful benefits.
Walking the World offers adventure travel tours for people 50 and better. Adventure travel is a way of experiencing the world, not as a passive observer, but as an active participant. And walking, more than any other type of activity, allows you to experience firsthand not only a country’s majestic natural areas, but its rich and varied human cultures as well. With Walking The World, you’ll be walking through small villages, meeting the local people, and sampling some of the world’s finest food and drink.
Rick Steves' Europe, host site of the first columnist for Transitions Abroad magazine, is carefully managed by a very respectful and respected American ambassador to Europe. Rick is also famous for the expertise that has produced a series of books, including, Europe Through the Back Door, country guides, city guides, podcasts, forums, the acclaimed PBS video/DVD series, and much more. Check out his website for many senior-friendly tours with a European emphasis.
Adventures Abroad Senior Tours offers small-group tours for "mature" travelers (those 50+) around the world. The focus is on cultural immersion travel, adventure travel, and traveling off-the-beaten-path. Meet, eat, dine, and converse with locals rather than staying in more conventional tourist locations while being guided by experts in destinations.
Over50AndOverseas is an informative and resource-intensive website for those who are mature or senior in age, may have retired, and wish to volunteer overseas in order to make a difference. The site is hosted by a very active volunteer since he participated in the Peace Corps in 1991, John Dwyer, our contributing editor on Senior Volunteer Service Abroad.
Smarter Travel: Senior Travel offers a growing archive of articles that encourage older Americans to travel creatively both domestically and abroad. While much of its focus is commercial in theme, there are many tempting deals, especially in heavily discounted transportation. The articles and guides include excellent travel tips on destinations that make this site a valuable information source.
Trip Advisor Senior Travel Forum is active and offers answers to many common travel-related questions, with many of the locations covered and reviews made by senior travelers.
ElderTrav.com is a website featuring senior alternative and adventure travel as well as links to senior tours, in addition to articles.
Overseas Adventure Travels specializes in small group tours for seniors to destinations around the world. The organization, based in Boston, Mass., offers to "take you off the beaten path so you can participate in everyday life in your destination," allowing opportunities for as much cultural interaction as possible with the local culture as you explore. The site also offers a travel forum for seniors.
JourneyWoman.com offers articles and resources for woman travelers, including a section for adventurous women over 50.
International Living offers information for seniors who wish to travel, move and live abroad. Much of the content does require a subscription.