You’re finally at the stage of life you’ve been looking forward to all these years: retirement, baby! What better time than now to get out and see the world and take some fantastic trips? You certainly wouldn’t be the only one; in fact, Baby Boomers account for 80 percent of all luxury travel, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Jumping on the travel train is actually good for your health; you can look forward to reduced stress and an improved outlook, as reported in a study by the Global Coalition on Aging.

Plan trips to one of the following awe-inspiring senior-friendly travel destinations that are sure to renew your youthful spirit.

Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver is one of North America’s most stunning travel destinations. The city is set among mountains, rainforests, beaches and parks and offers endless options of activities. Vancouver must-see attractions include: Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver Lookout, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden, Vancouver Aquarium and whale watching.

The city also offers exceptional outdoor recreational adventures for adrenaline junkies, sports fanatics and water worshippers. Fishing enthusiasts can boat along the stunning coastline and fish the endless waterways. If you would like to fish one of the best salmon-fishing regions in the world, be sure to obtain a fishing license and a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (boating license) to avoid any penalties or fees. Fishing hot spots include Fraser River and Campbell River.

Williamsburg, Virginia

History buffs will enjoy America’s largest living history museum, Colonial Williamsburg. Transport yourself into the 18th century as you walk along streets lined with original buildings, historic homes and shops, taverns and exhibitions where tradesmen practice their historic trade and domestic craft. Colonial Williamsburg encompasses 301 acres of land.

Historic Jamestown is the site of the first permanent colony in North America. Join the ghosts of Captain John Smith and Pocahontas as you walk the archaeological site that is still being excavated today.

Historic Yorktown is the third member of the Historic Triangle. The waterfront village sits on land that is a remembered battleground during the American Revolutionary War.

Sedona, Arizona

Find spiritual and personal enrichment in the mystical city of Sedona, Arizona. This small town, set among majestic red rocks, offers breathtaking hiking trails for every level, Jeep tours that take you up close and personal with the enchanting back country, and gives you a glimpse into New-Age culture. Take a vortex tour to soak in the energy of the rocks, visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, and bask in the relaxation of a special massage you can only get in the spiritual town of Sedona.

New Orleans, Louisiana

Beignets, gumbo, the French Quarter, jazz and blues are just a few things the city of New Orleans is known for. Meander the picturesque streets and take in the beautiful historic homes, drink coffee and eat beignets at Café du Monde, and have a world-famous Hurricane at Pat O’Brien’s. There is something mysterious going on at every turn.

New Orleans is a melting pot of culture, cuisine and music. Visit above ground tombs, take a peek into the world of Voodoo at the Voodoo Spiritual Temple, and ride along St. Charles Avenue on the St. Charles Streetcar.

Note: Don’t plan your trip during Mardi Gras unless you’re there to really party.

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About the Author
Roy Rasmussen, coauthor of Publishing for Publicity, is a freelance copywriter who helps small businesses get more customers and make more sales. His specialty is helping experts reach their target market with a focused sales message. His most recent projects include books on cloud computing, small business management, sales, and business coaching.