By Carol Trehearn
Retirement is supposed to be a time of enjoyment and relaxation, and one of the best ways to enjoy yourself after years of hard work is to do some traveling. We’re all familiar with retirement havens – cities or places that people love to relocate to after retirement. While permanently moving to another area is a common practice, many times the one-time road trips and getaways are the most memorable and entertaining experiences.
The travel experts at globalluggage.co.uk talk to people about their vacation plans all the time, and have therefore become familiar with some of the most popular places that retirees are visiting. If you’re looking to visit a few unforgettable places after years of being tied to a specific job or location, consider their suggestions for five great destinations to visit during your retirement:
- Santorini, Greece
This small group of islands in the southern Aegean Sea originated from a series of volcanic eruptions that created stunning geographical features thousands of years ago. When it comes to scenery and romance, few places can compete with the islands of Santorini, which consist of Asproníssi, Nea Kaméni, Palea, Thira, and Thirassiá. If looking out on the horizon from ancient cliff-perched towns that offer some of the best cuisine in the world sounds appealing to you, be sure to check out Santorini on your next getaway.
- Santa Marta, Colombia
Santa Marta is the oldest city in South America and as such is home to an abundance of culture, history, and architecture. If you’re looking for tropical scenery and some of the best dining south of the Equator, this coastal Colombian town should be on your list of places to visit. When you’re done enjoying the festivities the town has to offer, get out and see the nearby nature at Cristal Beach or Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.
- Kayangan Lake, Philippines
If you’re in good enough shape to take a fairly steep 10-minute hike, you’ll be greeted by one of the most beautiful lakes on Earth with the picturesque waters of Lake Kayangan nestled into the surrounding mountains. Expect there to be a number of other visitors at midday, so for more privacy you might want to see it in the afternoon or evening.
- Canyon Steps, Ecuador
Located in the tropical paradise of Pailon del Diablo, Ecuador, the so-called Canyon Steps descend alongside an amazing waterfall nestled in an exotic jungle canyon. There’s a walking bridge that crosses a raging river, and there are a number of cool spots off the beaten path that won’t require a very strenuous hike.
If clear blue skies, serene white beaches, palm trees, and an island breeze sound like things you’d be interested in, be sure to stop by the island of Tahiti for some fun in the sun. There are a number city tours as well as nature and wildlife tours that can help you see the best of the island while you’re there. A few examples of places to see would be Bougainville Park, Panaauia Beach, Faarumi Waterfalls, and the Water Gardens of Vaipahi.
Use This List as Inspiration
In closing, we should remind you that the above five locations are only a handful of the thousands of amazing places this planet has to offer. After working for decades to enjoy your retirement, you owe it to yourself to get out and see the world. If none of the locations on this list are places you’d want to commit your next vacation to, consider making your own list by searching for other destinations in the same or similar regions.