With their kids grown up, many boomers are now getting to experience a new freedom they haven’t had in over 18 years. Many boomers, now more than ever, are beginning to travel abroad to check off more experiences on their bucket list. We’ve compiled a list of 10 reasons why boomer travel is important.
1. It Can Make You Healthier
As a boomer traveling, it can make you healthier from the amount of walking you do when exploring new areas. When returning from a trip, some boomers experience lower levels in cholesterol, mainly due to the increase in exercise and what they ate. Not to mention, in addition to walking, many countries also use different ingredients in their food, so not only will you get healthier from walking, you may even shed a few pounds, too!
2. Culture Domination
Boomer travel is a tremendous market, with boomers continuing to dominate economics and culture. The majority of boomers are also hip with technology and when it comes to travel they can basically organize their entire trip on their own without needing a travel agent.
3. Boomer Solo Travel
Solo travel is vital and those who don’t have a partner should never use it as an excuse not to travel, but to embrace it. Boomers have navigated life enough to know what they want and how to maximize their traveling experience. The best part is, that even when you’re traveling solo, you’ll still be able to meet new like-minded individuals along the way.
4. Expanding Horizons
As boomers, you’ve most likely spent the majority of your life raising children, followed by becoming an empty nester with the fear that you’d have nothing left to do. You can expand your horizons by traveling and challenging your mindset, giving you plenty to talk about and experience. As an added bonus, you’ll get to rediscover the once young individuals that first met years ago.
5. Traveling After Kids
Boomers are beginning to lean out of their child-focused schedules and into a more flexible schedule, which is an opportunity for new traveling experiences. This is the perfect opportunity to schedule a couple’s cruise to visit new destinations and to meet new people.
6. Experience New Firsts
As a boomer, when traveling as a couple, you’ll get to experience new firsts and make your relationship stronger. Experiencing like riding in a hot air balloon or eating at a new restaurant is a great way to make memories and enhance your relationship.
7. Healthier Senses
Did you know that traveling can be highly beneficial to your brain and heighten your senses? It’s more than just experiencing breathtaking views and taking in the new smells and sounds. Many scientists believe that traveling can enhance your cognitive abilities and enhance your creativity, lift you out of depression, and increase your problem-solving skills.
8. Learn More About Yourself
Being a retired boomer, you’ll view time as a precious gift that can’t go to waste, so you can travel to various cities and countries, and learn about different cultures. As well as having more time to travel, you’ll get to learn more about yourself and the world, make new friends, and find out what you enjoy. After you take the leap to achieve your travel goals, you begin to see just how small our world is and how long your bucket list can grow.
9. Lack of Obligations
For many boomers, much of their life has been spent playing a role, whether it’s being a mother, father, caregiver, etc. By traveling later on in life, you’re able to get rid of many of those obligations get in touch with your true self, and feel an exhilarating kind of freedom. Having a lack of obligations gives you the ability to make all the decisions yourself in each step of your journey.
10. Multi-generational Travel
With multi-generational travel being on the rise with many baby boomers, they not only want to create close relationships with their children and grandchildren but to develop a lasting legacy. Group traveling can help boomers appreciate cultural diversity along with respecting the environment. As a bonus, boomers can give back to the environment and help whatever destination they’re visiting.
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