TravelCations: Baby Boomers Travel and Vacations
7th STEP: Bucket List of NEW Sights, Sounds & Sensations
Adventures & Excitement Traveling & Vacationing
TravelCations: Baby Boomers Travel and Vacations are where we discuss – How To – resolve issues boomers may have incurred during chapter 1. Accompanying this category page you will find current, up-to-date informative articles. Boomers Magic “Pro Club” is proud to be a valued resource for boomers, “Now With Renewed Health & Fitness”, the ability to achieve excitement & adventure in their travel and vacations for a Fun Filled Chapter “2”!
Mark Twain once said, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
In a recent study of current baby boomers researchers found that 79% of the boomers responded that they were planning to travel as their #1 priority.
79 Percent of Baby Boomers Plan to Travel
Travel, especially overseas travel, has the potential to enhance self-confidence and open-mindedness in our generation of baby boomers. Yet travel doesn’t have to be overseas there are many new vistas to view right in our own back yard that are sure to excite boomers of all types.
An article on Forbes details the most popular travel styles among baby boomers. Surprisingly, they bear little resemblance to the assisted senior tours of our past generations. Author Suzanne Gerber notes that baby boomers spend $157 billion on trips each year. Many polls rank travel as our most preferred leisure activity. So isn’t it time to start planning your next trip? You bet it is!
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7th STEP: TravelCations – Bucket List of New Sights, Sounds & Sensations!
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9th STEP: Dig-n-Dirt – Enjoy Nature’s Sights, Smells & Tastes!
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Most Popular Baby Boomer TravelCations
Gerber also outlined the top seven TravelCations style for baby boomers:
Ecotourism: Ecotourism is hot! Getting back to enjoying nature with its simpler pleasures. There’s more to it than zip-lining through the rain-forests or visiting Mayan ruins. Before you book your trip, do research the trip sponsoring companies, and make sure that they are actually helping the regions people and their local economy.
- Adventure Travel: As mentioned in our Recreation and Activities article, many baby boomers have kept themselves in superb physical condition, and still feel up to engaging in FunTivites such as kayaking, cycling, hiking, scuba diving, skiing not to mention a trip on their Harley. As such, many companies have been specializing in adventure vacations for the 50 plus crowd.Before you take out your credit card, ask the company about what the procedures are in case of emergency or medical backup is needed. Research the climate and other conditions that might cause problems, such as high altitude or extreme weather conditions. Finally do schedule an appointment with your doctor for a general checkup, and determine the necessary vaccinations if going outside the U.S.
- Medical Tourism: The high-costs of medical procedures in the United States have inspired the $40 billion-a-year medical tourism trend. Suzanne Gerber compared these national averages: Heart bypass in the US, $144,000; in Israel, $27,500. Hip replacement here, $50,000; in India, $7,000. Colonoscopy here, $3,000; in Mexico, $800. Dental implants, $2,800 per tooth vs. $900 in Costa Rica; Lasik eye surgery: $4,400 vs. $477 in Malaysia. Care is often comparable, and in some cases, superior to what you would receive in the US. As a bonus: try to combine your medical procedure with an enlightening travel-cation!
- Generation We Vacations: The New Retirement Survey also noted that baby boomers are moving away from the self-centered, “generation me” concept, and toward a generation “we” ideal. This change has inspired the multi-generational vacation. They often can include Mom, Dad, the kids, and even Grandma and Grandpa. The multi-generational baby boomer family has learned that sharing is caring with everyone adding a unique quality to the mix and it all begins at home.
- Ignite Your Passions: Some baby boomers are traveling overseas to learn a new language, art form, dance, etc. Others share their own skills. The amazing Vaughantown Program in Spain is an example. In exchange for teaching English in Spain, you get a free week at a luxury hotel, and three generous meals each day. No ESL training required! All you need to do is converse in English with your students, put on short plays and have fun. In exchange, you will learn many things about Spanish culture – things that rarely appear in guidebooks. Just learning a new language and using it during your travels and adventures can really give your self-esteem a boost!
- Your Bucket List: You’ve dreamed about a tour inside Europe, maybe a cruise in Italy, how about whale watching in the northwest or perhaps, a visit to Morocco. Do it now! As famous ski filmmaker Warren Miller says: “Remember, if you don’t do it this year, you’ll be one year older when you do.”
- A Spiritual Journey: Spiritual travel is not just limited to Christianity. Many baby boomers make the pilgrimage to international power vortexes, yoga retreats, Asian temples etc. Often these trips can bring a sense of inner peace to the Baby Boomer.
Glamping for Boomers
The term “glamping” blends camping with glamor. Although it seems like a new idea, it actually dates back to the Victorian era. During those times, the travel musings of renowned writers inspired wanderlust in upper class citizens of North America and Europe. They were ripe for adventure, but only to a point.
Today the idea of crude pop-up tents and sleeping bags is – to say the least – appalling to some Baby Boomers. An alternative form of camping has begun to emerge. It features canvas tents on elevated platforms, very comfortable beds and an attentive, round-the-clock service staff. Now this is how a Baby Boomer sees themselves camping.
In the past decade, glamping has become “a thing,” and a crop of new glamping venues have sprung up across North and South America. If you still love the great outdoors, but no longer feel up to the rugged camping experience, glamping offers a viable option for the baby boomer generation and their families.
Thinking back to 1961, do you remember when President Kennedy announced the formation of the Peace Corps? If you’re like many baby boomers, you probably thought at that time it sounded like a fascinating idea. Then, as you matured, the idea of making a decent living overshadowed your idealism as getting married and having babies ruled. Now, as you reach your 2nd chapter, the Peace Corp has made it possible to volunteer, without a long term commitment. While you’re there, you can also take the time to travel around the country. Organizations such as Boomers Volunteer Abroad can make it happen. Just do your research about the country – a great beginning reference would be the Central Intelligence Agency World Fact Book.
Now that we have given you a few ideas to consider – where are you going on your next TravelCations?
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