There’s a whole world to explore out there, and many adventurous baby boomers are in the unique position of having finished work, but not being anywhere near ready to settle down in a one place and stop travelling. If you’re an adventurous baby boomer who’s always prepared for their next adventure, try one of the following locations for your next trip:
Being a stone’s throw from beautiful animals in their natural habitat rather than at the zoo is sure to be a thrilling prospect to many baby boomers. South Africa is home to a wealth of incredible animals, including lions, buffalo, and elephants; take a safari to view these magnificent animals in their natural environment.
This northern European country has gained a reputation for its windswept features and fascinating culture, making it a popular destination for people of all ages. Its ring road makes it relatively easy to explore by car, but as it’s so sparsely populated, it still manages to enchant its visitors with awe-inspiring views and gorgeous, postcard-worthy scenery.
The Land of the Long White Cloud has it all – whether you’re looking for a serene trip away or a non-stop adventure (or if you’re aiming for a combination of excitement and relaxation), you’ll be satisfied here. Head to the Otago region if you’re a bit of an adrenaline junkie – picturesque Queenstown is full of exciting things to do. The adventurous baby boomer may find they are surprising the millennials with their choice of activities!
Take a jet boat ride, try a bungee jump, or ride the luge – you’d be hard pressed to find another place on earth offering more adventure activities than this South Island town, which is easily accessible by rental car from Queenstown Airport. On the east coast of the North Island, you’ll find Gisborne, where you can visit Mt Hikurangi, a mountain that holds cultural significance to locals. You can even take 4×4 guided tours that blend history, culture, and jaw-dropping beauty into one exciting trip.
Tourism is booming in this Southeast Asian country, and you can reap the benefits of excellent hospitality combined with relatively low prices. Take a bicycle tour in Hoi An, or go trekking in Sapa – wherever you go in this diverse country, adventure is just around the corner. You can’t beat the food, either – street food reigns supreme here, and you’ll be eating delicious bowls of noodles around the clock. Combine your adventurous baby boomer activities with a cooking course, and you’ll return home with new memories as well as new skills.
If you’re an ocean lover as well as an adrenaline junkie, what could be better than swimming with real whales? Tonga, a peaceful island in the South Pacific Ocean, is the perfect place to give it a go. You’ll be able to return home having taken part in a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience; there aren’t many places in the world that allow visitors to get up close and personal with these gentle giants, and Tonga is also completely worth a visit for its friendly populace and abundance of natural treasures such as beaches and waterfalls.
Mexico often gets an unfairreputation for danger, but there are plenty of safe areas that are perfect for a bit of adventure. Visit idyllic Playa del Carmen, a seaside town on Mexico’s east coast full of great restaurants and beaches, and take a trip to the nearby cenotes. These caves, filled with fresh water, are the perfect place to explore for anyone interested in unique natural features; you can generally swim through with a guide who’ll tell you all about the history of the area.
Once you catch the travel bug, you’ll never get rid of it! Take advantage of your freedom, of having more cash than you did in your younger years, and plan your next trip to a location that’ll offer you new, exciting adventures.
Maia Fletcher is an aspiring freelance writer and nature lover living in Gisborne, New Zealand. She dreams of someday traveling between countries, and typesetting a novel. You can also find her on Tumblr.