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Retirement is often one of the best times to see the world and visit the places you’ve always dreamed of seeing.

With your savings in the bank, and newfound time on your hands, retirement may be the opportunity you needed to set off on a long worldwide trip, that may not have been accessible during your working years.

Retirement travel planning is an exciting way to start off this new phase of your life. Whether you’re single or in a relationship, setting off on an adventure is one of the best choices you can make post-retirement.

If you’re wondering where to go, here are 4 hard to turn down destinations to consider when planning your travels.

4 Amazing Places Worth Visiting on Your Retirement Travels

Cruise Alaska

Cruise liners are among the largest and most impressive vessels at sea.

cruise to / through Alaska is a once in a lifetime journey, and offers some of the most breathtaking views you’ll ever experience.

As you make your way to / through this destination, you will be able to enjoy all the amenities offered on the ship. It’s a great way to spend time with loved ones, make friends, or simply spend some much-needed alone time.

The best part about visiting this state is that you can be as active or relaxed as you wish. There is always something to do whether it be an excursion on land or sitting back on the ship and enjoying the beautiful glacier or waterfall views.

Miami Beach, FL

Beach Island RF

Opposite of Alaska, if you’re looking for some sunny skies and beautiful beaches, Miami is the place to go! There is plenty of culture and activities for retirees to enjoy.

Not only will you be greeted with picturesque beaches, but there are many other fun activities to indulge in such as museums, shopping centers, gardens, or restaurants.

Miami Beach, FL is only a few minutes away from one of the most popular botanical gardens in the United States, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. You’ll be amazed by its beauty and floral aroma.

The multitude of attractions in this area makes it a great destination to visit for retirees!

The Caribbean

Resort hotel RF beach

We encourage you to escape to a paradise island after retirement! The Caribbean offers an endless number of places to enjoy giving you the perfect tropical getaway.

Depending on your likes and preferences, there is an island perfect for you. If you want a peaceful, quiet spot consider an island such as Nevis. On the other hand, if you enjoy casinos, music, and nightlife there are dozens of resorts on beautiful islands that will give you the best value for your money.

There is a little bit of everything here giving you plenty of options. Overall, the Caribbean is a great selection when making a list of the places you want to visit upon retiring.


Phang Nga Bay

Once you retire the possibilities of travel are endless. If you’re thinking about retiring abroad consider Thailand.

This small country in southern Asia is one of the best places to retire and is home to a delicious cuisine, stunning temples, friendly communities, and pristine beaches. Not to mention, you’ll enjoy a low cost of living and have access to affordable healthcare.

If moving abroad is truly something that catches your interest, consider buying, renting, or even building a stunning home in this county. It’s popular to get a condo in Hua Hin because this small town is known for its accessible beaches and peaceful environment.

It’s the perfect destination for retirees wishing to live abroad.


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Megan is an Australian Journalist and award-winning travel writer who has been blogging since 2007. Her husband Mike is the American naturalist and wildlife photographer behind Waking Up Wild; an online magazine dedicated to opening your eyes to the wonders of the wild & natural world.

Having visited 50+ countries across all seven continents, Megan’s travels focus on cultural immersion, authentic discovery and incredible journeys. She has a strong passion for ecotourism, and aims to promote responsible travel experiences.



  1. I read about a woman this week who’s 90 years old and she decided after her husband died to go travel full time. #Lifegoals Such a kick ass lady!

    • I’ve read a couple of those news articles too – hopefully I’ll be traveling just as much as she is in 60 years time!

  2. Some wonderful destinations here, we are hoping to do a cruise of Alaska next year.

    • Have a fabulous trip Daniela!

  3. Take it from me, when you get to my age you won’t be visiting places like Alaska, you’ll be going to places where it’s warm. Cold weather makes everything a lot more difficult.

    • I guess I’ll tick off all the cold weather destinations now then :D

  4. I’m planning on traveling UNTIL I retire :D

    • Love your thinking!

  5. It’s so fabulous how there doesn’t seem to be an age limit on travel anymore. When I grew up travel was seen as a pastime of the young and responsibility-free, but it seems like older travelers are more likely to globetrot now than the younger generation. And they seem to be more intrepid too!

    • Absolutely Cathi, I think retirees are now outnumbering backpacker travel probably!

  6. Travel is a great way to keep physically and mentally fit once you’re retired. These are wonderful suggestions.

    • Absolutely Nenita! A great way to reinvigorate your senses and soul :)

  7. I’m a travel agent, and senior citizens are now considered one of the fastest growing demographics in travel. It’s a great trend to see.

    • I agree R, it’s so good to see people fulfilling their life long dreams and staying active once they’ve stopped working :)

  8. I’m definitely going to be lying on a beach in the Caribbean when I retie. Drinking rum cocktails on a beach.

    • Love it! Sounds like a plan :D

  9. A good tip for retirees is that seniors get discounts at hotels and airlines, which had been fantastic, so it’s definitely something that’s worthwhile asking for even if you don’t consider yourself to be ‘senior’. Not always, but generally if you stay at a hotel chain they’ll have a seniors rate which is 10 – 20% off.

    Southwest offers discounts too but you have to book over the phone. We’ve just started asking before we make a booking and it’s incredible the savings.

    • Thanks for sharing your insight Norah, that’s such a great tip. I had no idea that airlines offered seniors discounts, but I’ve worked in a number of hotel chains and you’re right, we had discounts for seniors usually $10 cheaper per night on the room rate.

      Happy travels!

  10. I’m thinking home exchange would be a cool thing to do when I retire … assuming I’ll be a home owner by that stage!!

    • I love that movie with Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet, ‘The Holiday’. Home exchange would definitely be a fun way to travel!

  11. Going on an RV trip is really appealing, we’re thinking Australia and America would be good continents for this.

    • We would love to take an RV and never come home :D You’re right, those are great destinations for a campervan trip. Let us know which one you choose for your first trip!

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