Since the Baby Boomers (people aged 50 and over) are either retired or approaching retirement, travel has grown exponentially over the past two decades. With a struggling economy, people find it difficult to plan long vacations without compromising their household budgets. Below is a list of five of the most popular travel destinations for Baby Boomers during the holiday season.
Cruising the Caribbean
Not only is taking a cruise to the Caribbean in the cold months a great way to have fun in the sun, but is also a huge savings on fees and accommodations. Major carriers like Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, and Holland America offer discounts as high as 50 percent off peak season prices. Also, free meals and discounts on amenities (spa, casino, shops, etc.) are always available.
Doing the Hula in Hawaii
Hawaii is one of the top destinations for returning travelers. The serene and breathtaking landscape of the Hawaiian Islands is perfect for nature lovers, and the numerous all-inclusive resorts offer guided excursions in their welcome packages like scuba-diving, boating, and whale-watching for a small fee (discounted from regular published rates). Enjoying local cuisine at an authentic Luau is an experience worth sharing with loved ones after the trip home.
Wine Tasting in Northern California
Another way to warm up during the winter months is to take a drive up to Northern California, most commonly known as Wine Country. Explore the award-winning vineyards in Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Monterey, and other areas. Relax in comfort and luxury in the many regional B&Bs, inns, hotels, and resorts offering premium amenities (some winery discounts are available also).
Coasting Along in Costa Rica
For a chance to regroup and unwind, a trip to Costa Rica is the right choice. The quiet beaches and peaceful rainforests provide the perfect haven for respite seekers. With time virtually standing still as visitors explore wildlife habitats and volcanoes, this friendly destination is a magnet for travelers year-round. Plus, dining and lodging accommodations are relatively inexpensive compared to other regional points of interest.
Immersion in Italy
Travelers may choose an escorted tour of the museums, an independent vacation through the countryside, or a river cruise when embarking on a trip to Italy. Numerous packages are available to suit every taste and budget, from the history buff yearning for a visit to the Parthenon to the foodie anxious for Sicilian cuisine. In the winter months, most travel vendors offer discounts as high as 40 percent off regular peak season rates.