Originally published in Nomad Africa Magazine November 3, 2023
According to a new report by AARP, more older adults are participating in adventure travel, such as cycling holidays and expedition cruises, than ever before. Many older travelers favor smaller groups, which can sidestep overcrowded spots and form stronger connections with locals. And multigenerational adventures can create strong family bonds that leave a legacy of special memories. Here are 13 exciting adventures to satisfy the desire to see the world and be fit and healthy while doing it.
Active in Crans-Montana: Visit Best of the Alps destination Crans-Montana, Switzerland, for a variety of active pursuits amid majestic views of the Rhône Valley and 4,000-meter peaks. In summer, it offers hundreds of miles for walking, hiking, and biking, golf on the course that hosts the Omega European Masters, and lakes and ponds for swimming, paddling, and fishing. In winter, there’s skiing and snowboarding for all levels, and cross-country options from the village to the Plaine Morte Glacier. https://www.bestofthealps.com/en/d/crans-montana/
National Parks RV Trip: Blacksford rents fully stocked Mercedes-Benz Sprinter overland adventure vehicles from Winnebago with an all-inclusive pricing model that includes unlimited miles, bedding, kitchen and bath supplies, a free annual pass to the national parks, 24-hour roadside assistance and no generator fees. Use the AdventureGenie AI-powered RV trip planner to plan an unforgettable vacation. https://www.blacksford.com/
Fly to Antarctica: Book a fly-and-cruise expedition to Antarctica through Adventure Life and avoid sailing through the turbulent waters of the Drake Passage. Instead, fly two hours from Punta Arenas, Chile, to King George Island, then board the Magellan Explorer ship and cruise among the icebergs, penguins, seals and whales of the white continent. Each day, disembark to explore the frozen landscape with expert polar guides. https://www.adventure-life.com/antarctica/cruises/13000/classic-antarctica-air-cruise
Treasures of the Seine: Cruise France’s Seine River from Paris to Le Havre and back with Silver Travel Award-winning Riviera River Cruises, taking in cultural and historical treasures along the way. Explore iconic Paris, walk through the medieval city of Rouen, visit Monet’s house and the gardens of his paintings, honor the memory of World War II heroes on Normandy’s historic beaches, see the pastel-colored waterfront houses of Honfleur’s harbor and more. https://www.rivierarivercruises.com/river-cruises/paris-normandy-historic-treasures-of-the-seine
Yellowstone Adventures: Set on the edge of Yellowstone in Big Sky, Montana, The Wilson Hotel serves as a basecamp for adventure throughout the year. Guests can hike, bike and horseback ride on nearby trails, float or fish the Gallatin River, explore the national park’s natural wonders and wildlife, snowshoe and snowmobile a wintry landscape or ski 5,850 acres of terrain on Lone Peak, returning to the comfort of The Wilson’s suites. https://thewilsonhotel.com/
Cycle Across France: From the culinary capital of Lyon to the wine mecca of Bordeaux this epic cycling tour with Ride & Seek meshes remarkable pre-historic sites with a gastronomic odyssey across southern France. The tour is defined by a remarkable diversity of cuisine, landscapes, and history along the route. https://rideandseek.com/tour/cro-magnon-lyon-to-bordeaux/
Amazon Ecolodge Adventure: Experience the astounding biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest during a stay at Ecuador’s Sacha Lodge. The 5,000-acre private ecological reserve surrounding the lodge is home to more than 600 bird species and other wildlife, providing guests an up-close opportunity to learn about the rainforest from naturalists and native Quechua guides. https://www.sachalodge.com/
Jackson Hole Glamping: Wyoming’s Fireside Resort offers 25 luxuriously outfitted tiny house rental units designed by Wheelhaus just a short distance from Grand Teton National Park and the Jackson Hole ski slopes, making it the perfect place to stay for a winter ski trip. https://www.firesidejacksonhole.com/
Galapagos Yacht Adventure: The Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel has joined forces with Scalesia Galapagos Lodge to offer a weeklong program that includes day trips aboard the yacht Sea Lion, glamping in luxury tents on Isabela Island, and visits to remote locations that highlight the incredible diversity of the archipelago. https://www.scalesialodge.com/
Tour de France in Italy: Join Tourissimo in Emilia Romagna, Italy this summer for a once-in-a-century cycling vacation. Guests will stay at the luxurious Lungomare 4-Star Bike Hotel in Cesenatico, witness the Tour de France live, and cycle between the Adriatic Sea and the Apennine Mountains. https://www.tourissimo.travel/tour-de-france-2024-italy-start
Hut-to-Hut Utah MTB Excursion: The Aquarius Trail Hut System offers a backcountry mountain biking experience like no other. A system of five huts furnished with beds, a bathroom, and a fully stocked kitchen has been strategically placed along a 190-mile route through some of Utah’s most scenic backcountry. https://aquariustrail.com/
Montana Horseback Fly Fishing: Travel by horseback into Yellowstone National Park’s interior and cast for trout on seldom-fished streams guided by the experts at Flying Pig Adventures. Whether it’s for a few hours or a full day, a family or a group of friends, Flying Pig will handle all the details for a unique Yellowstone fishing excursion. https://www.flyingpigrafting.com/flyfishing-montana
Cycle California’s Coastline: Escape Adventures is excited to offer a six-day cycling tour of California’s Central Coast from Santa Barbara to Big Sur. Tour highlights include the iconic Highway 1, Piedras Blancas Light Station, Monarch Butterfly Grove, Harmony Headlands State Park, McWay Falls, Point Lobos, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and cycling the world-famous 17-Mile Drive. https://escapeadventures.com/tour/california-coast-big-sur-road-bike-tour.