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Your children are old enough that they are doing their own thing on school breaks and no longer willing to travel with the family or they are already out of the house. Now is the time for you to start taking some of the trips of your dreams.
If you have the time and the means, consider these five types of trips:
The Bucket List Trip If you are like me, you have a long list of places you want to visit. Now is the time to start checking them off your travel list. If you have always wanted to go to Australia for two weeks, do it now. If you have always wanted to go to Italy, what are you waiting for?
The Group Trip The more socially active you are, the more healthfully you will age. If you have already retired, group trips with friends or like-minded strangers are ideal. You may even meet travel companions for your next trip! Group trips can include things like escorted land tours, themed river cruises, and adventure travel.
The Educational Trip Many river cruises include experiences such as hiking, food and wine tastings, cultural performances, and cooking demonstrations. Some of these experiences take place on board while others take place at the destination and include things such as visiting castles, wineries, abbeys, picture-postcard villages. River cruise companies such as Ama Waterways, Uniworld, Celebrity, Viking, and Tauck, to name just a few, can provide educational experiences that you will remember forever.
The Volunteer Trip Did you know that “people who volunteer live longer”? So says Melissa Gartenberg Livney, Psy.D., a geriatric psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. It is becoming easier to combine volunteering with your vacation. One example is that conducted by The Sandals Foundation. Guests staying at Sandals Resorts, Beaches Resorts, and Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts can participate in the Reading Road Trip program. Reading Road Trip is a two-hour program that takes you into the community to one of the Foundation's participating adopted basic and primary schools in Saint Lucia, Antigua, the Bahamas, Turks & Caicos or Jamaica to engage small groups of children in active reading strategies.
The Fit Trip Think about how you like to move. Do you love weekend hikes or long bike rides? Take your go-to activity and plan to do it in a different environment. Hikers might want to head to one or more of the national parks in Utah or the Grand Canyon. Bike riders might want to consider a biking tour in Europe. Swimmers might want to try the turquoise waters of the Caribbean.
Best thing of all, you don’t have to wait until your children no longer want to travel with you. You can do many of these trips with your children if you and they are so inclined.