Over 50s travel guide

First things first. The author of this guide has passed the 50 mark and, like most travelers, doesn’t feel any different about travel. 18-30 clubbing vacations were probably never your thing anyway if you find yourself on the Responsible Travel website. For many, if you have been busy parenting, you are possibly fitter and more open to adventure than you were 20 years ago, with more time to hike, cycle, swim or kayak than before, now that children are older and you have a bit more time. So let them worry about you adventuring up the Alps, dancing around Cuba, backpacking around Burma or trekking through the Rwandan rainforest in search of gorillas.
Age 50: She looks at herself and sees "I am" and goes wherever she wants to go.
Erma Bombeck, American author and columnist, from her poem, Purple Hat
Our Over 50s vacations travel guide is not about bucket lists. They are vacations that allow you to take the time to immerse yourself in a culture, an activity or a landscape. About having a special 50th (or 60th, or 70th…) birthday celebration. About going solo and not giving a damn. So, forget the bucket. Just book it. See our Over 50s travel guide for more details.

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Sea kayaking in Croatia

Or indeed anywhere, but Croatia has one of the best …

Walking trails in Japan

If you have read any Murakami, then Japan’s forests, mountains …

Wildlife vacations

Safaris in South Africa, Kenya or Botswana, for example, are …


One of the Australia’s best kept secrets, and not just …

Beyond the cities

Seeing a few more of those cities you have always …

Walking vacations

Going on a walking vacation doesn’t equate with slowing down …

Sri Lanka

Famed for years for its glamorous colonial scene, as well …


Who doesn’t love Italy? By your 50s the chances are …

Giant cruise ships

So long the clichéd domain of the mature traveler, perceived …

Second homes

Who wouldn’t love a second home on, say, the French …

Car hire

Sometimes it is necessary, but consider a self-guided walking or …

Piste palavers

Either you have been going downhill skiing every year for …

Our top Over 50s Vacation

Costa Rica wildlife holiday

Costa Rica wildlife vacation

An amazing variety of Costa Rican wildlife

From US $3999 to US $4879 15 days ex flights
Small group travel:
2021: 21 Dec
2022: 13 Jan, 15 Jan, 22 Jan, 27 Jan, 29 Jan, 3 Feb, 5 Feb, 19 Feb, 24 Feb, 26 Feb, 3 Mar, 5 Mar, 12 Mar, 17 Mar, 19 Mar, 24 Mar, 26 Mar, 2 Apr, 9 Apr, 16 Apr, 23 Apr, 30 Apr, 7 May, 21 May, 9 Jul, 23 Jul, 30 Jul, 6 Aug, 13 Aug, 20 Aug, 27 Aug, 3 Sep, 17 Sep, 1 Oct, 8 Oct, 15 Oct, 29 Oct, 3 Nov, 5 Nov, 10 Nov, 12 Nov, 17 Nov, 19 Nov, 24 Nov, 26 Nov, 17 Dec, 22 Dec, 31 Dec
2023: 5 Jan, 7 Jan, 12 Jan ...
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Written by Catherine Mack
Photo credits: [Page banner: Ross Huggett] [Top image: Neville Wootton ] [Walking trails in Japan: Guilhem Vellut] [Wildlife vacations: Max Goldberg ] [Tasmania: Jenny Mealing ] [Walking vacations: Heather Cowper ] [Italy: Gareth Williams ] [Cruises: N-Lange.de] [Second homes: Andrea Passoni] [Car hire: Alper Cugun] [Piste palavers : Ralf Kaevyea]