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Take a vacation (from winter too!)

Senior Wellness | Feb 23, 2015

In certain parts of the country winter can be cold and miserable, but taking some time away from home and heading on a vacation may help revive your mind and body. According to USA Today, seniors have a number of options specifically designed with their demographic in mind. Consider planning a getaway by yourself, with a loved one or your whole family.

Add a touch of magic

Homeaway.com, a vacation rental marketplace, recommended traveling to Walt Disney World as a great way to connect with family. This famous vacation destination has something entertaining to offer everyone, no matter their age.

If you plan a trip to Orlando's gem, Grandparents.com, which is part of the American Grandparents Association, suggested planning out the rides and attractions you want to see ahead of time. This could be a fun prevacation activity to do with your grandkids or loved ones over an afternoon.

Also consider booking a resort or hotel that offers meal options - it's a great way to save a little money without sacrificing experience and can also be convenient after a long day at the park.

The theme park offers attractions for all ages, such as entertaining shows and dance halls. D?isney Information Station, an informative board for Walt Disney World, suggested noting the precautions on all rides and mentioned the availability of first-aid stations available to you while you are in the park.

Cruise through vacation

Go on a lazy cruise along European rivers and explore the world. There are a variety of options available that offer relaxing vacations specifically for older adults. Cruises are also a great way to meet new people and build relationships.

According to USA Today booking through Panama Canal, Princess, Holland America Line or another cruise line that offers senior-friendly cruises. Shop around to find affordable and interesting voyages.

If you decide to take a cruise, taking extra precaution and planning ahead is important, especially if you take prescribed medicine. Agingcare.com noted taking a cruise should prompt you to also pack written prescriptions in case you need additional medication.


If you are interested in a trip that will help you thaw out, spend some time on a beach or in a warmer climate. Enjoy a spa treatment at a tropical resort or bask in beautiful weather.

USA Today suggests booking a trip to Mexico. With a blend of history, breath-taking beaches and intriguing wildlife, a trip south of the border can help you warm-up and enjoy yourself.

Greece is another fantastic option for a vacation with a wealth of meaningful experiences available to tourists. Frommers, a travel guide, recommended traveling during the early spring or fall. This will ensure that you avoid peak travel times in the summer. In addition, the weather is far more comfortable during these seasons, allowing you to enjoy the heat without boiling.

Barbados is a particularly enjoyable destination for older adults. The tropical setting, sandy beaches and friendly locals will make you wish you never had to leave. Barbados.org recognized the charming personality of Barbadians and unique energy the emit.

Find discounts

USA Today suggested utilizing government discounts for seniors in many of these places, as doing so is a great way to capitalize your designated vacation dollars. In fact, free entry into national monuments and parks is available with a Senior Pass, which is available to buy for by anyone 62 and older. The U.S. Geological Survey has an FAQ on its website that breaks down what seniors need to know about the Senior Pass. Additional discounts may be available at federal locations and attractions.

Know what you want out of a getaway, and plan something special. Explore your options and ask about senior discounts. Sometimes you just need to escape routine and dropping temperatures.