You don't have to give up your dream of international travel just because you've reached a certain age. In fact, some events and activities are even more exciting when you're old enough to truly appreciate them. If you're ready to ride horses, taste wines and gaze up at the stars from romantic bridges, here are just eight places worth visiting this summer for the 50+ crowd.
1. Buenos Aires
Often called "the Paris of South America," Buenos Aires is a hotbed of culture and history for visitors of all ages. Wander its museums and art galleries; take in a show at its 2,500-seat opera house; try a sophisticated dish at one of its many four-star restaurants. You might even find yourself tempted to samba on the dance floor!
Located in the northernmost tip of Japan, Akita is most famous for its luxuriously snowy winters, but few people realize that it's equally appealing in the summertime. Friendly dogs roam parks filled with fountains and playing children, and the grand, colorful temples are always a place of tranquility. Akita is a place where you can really get away from it all.
3. San Juan del Sur
Nicaragua isn't one of the wealthiest countries in Central America, but San Juan del Sur has escaped the economic downturns of the rest of the area. It's a thriving resort city filled with beaches, casinos and shopping malls, so if you're looking for a little excitement this summer, you won't want to miss the thrill of this destination.
In addition to being a fun city filled with activities for every kind of traveler, Boryeong is also home to the annual Boryeong Mud Festival, a wonderfully silly tradition in July where everyone plays in the mud. You can get a mud massage, build mud sculptures and even participate in a Mud King contest! Now that's a story for your grandchildren!
Umbria offers all the beauty of Tuscany without the crowds that flock to its villages and picturesque hills every year. In Umbria, you'll find everything from crumbling cathedrals to sun-drenched fields for the exploring, allowing you to really get close to nature during your vacation. Summer is a particularly beautiful time to visit as long as you bring some bug spray.
Many people dream of retiring in Paris, but its high cost of living usually nips that fantasy right in the bud. Languedoc-Roussillon, however, is just three hours away from the bright lights of the city, and it offers the same kind of wining, dining and drinking experience for a fraction of the cost.
7. Galapagos Islands
Wildlife lovers, this one is for you. The Galapagos Islands are home to thousands of species of fish, mammals, birds and amphibians, and that isn't even including all the amazing flowers and coral that make up their living places. If you've always wanted to see a giant tortoise up close, this is the vacation spot for you.
Cheyenne is home to the Cheyenne Frontier Days Festival, a week-long event at the end of July that offers everything from rodeos to barrel races to flying jet demonstrations. Cowboys of all ages will be able to enjoy pancake breakfasts and authentic, old-fashioned saloons, so grab your spurs and get ready to walk backwards in time!
These are just a few destinations to enjoy as a retiree. Have fun!