A Baby Boomer Travel Guide: Transportation

Updated on February 21, 2018

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The generation of Baby Boomers is approaching their golden ages – retirement, which means that they can finally leave behind all those worries and duties and start indulging themselves. A great number of them choose to spend their retirement exploring the world and discovering its beauty, leaving a huge impact on the travel industry. If you yourself are planning to spend the upcoming years traveling, your travel adventures should be authentic, engaging and comfortable. This brings a lot of different considerations and the means of transportation, both to a country and around cities, is one of the most important things to keep in mind.

First things first: planning

Not only should you spend some time planning your travel adventure, different attractions and activities, but you should also plan your mode of transportation. The most important question to ask yourself is whether the very trip to a certain destination will be part of your adventure. For example, if you’re planning to travel by car, the very act of driving can be exciting. You get to be on the road, make unexpected stops and turns and explore a country as you go. On the other hand, if you just want to get from one destination to another, traveling by plane is one of the easiest options.

Another important thing to consider in the planning phase is how you will explore the destination itself. This will depend on whether you’re planning to spend time in the same city or go on a trip around a certain country. No matter what you decide, you need to find out which the possible modes of traveling there are and explore the road map.
Having decided on these considerations, you need to make sure that your trip is comfortable and pain-free, especially if you have certain health problems and you’re about to embark on a long journey.

Plan your travel budget

If you’ve been planning a retirement travel adventure for years, you’ve probably set some money aside for your travel budget. Travel expenses are one of the major concerns for Baby Boomers, so make sure to do your research before booking your tickets. For example, there are numerous airlines that offer certain discounts to Baby Boomers, enabling them to reduce their travel costs significantly. You can become an AARP member and reap numerous benefits, such as discounts on flights and vacations. Priceline also offers information on discounts and deals for senior travel, including flights, rental cars, hotels, etc.

Furthermore, you should also find out whether you can get certain discounts on bus or train passes in the country or city you’re visiting. From daily passes to monthly bargains, you can come across very cost-friendly options that will help you reduce your travel expenses. You should also figure out whether there’s a need for any mode of transportation in a particular city. For example, if you’re planning to visit Venice, you shouldn’t spend money on rentals because cars aren’t allowed in the city. The same goes for Florence – you can explore the city on foot because everything is within walking distance.

Travelling for authentic exploration

Baby Boomers are adventurous travelers who seek authentic experiences and unique vacations. They also enjoy relaxed and somewhat luxurious trips that can provide them with long-lasting memories. Thus, if you want a truly special travel adventure, why not make the very act of traveling exciting? Different locations offer different ways of exploration, so you’ll have a range of thrilling options. For example, if you want a relaxed, but active vacation, you can opt for a food tour of Amsterdam by bicycle. Not only will you be able to enjoy the city’s culinary delights, but you’ll also discover its sights by bike.

Another popular travel option among Baby Boomers is barge cruising around Europe, with France being one of the top destination choices. There are plenty of exciting options for barge hire that will enable you to explore numerous destinations in a relaxed yet luxurious way. This is a great opportunity for Baby Boomers because it combines adventure, relaxation and luxury. You’ll be traveling on barges that resemble hotels while exploring the scenic regions of France.

Exploring a city by train or tram is another great option. For example, in Lisbon, you can take a tour of the city via the number 28 tram that will take you through some of the city’s most beautiful parts and through narrow, meandering streets. You can get a 24-hour public transport ticket for bus, tram and metro services in the city. The 28 route is a popular attraction among tourists and you shouldn’t miss out on the opportunity to explore the city this way.

Baby Boomers are choosing exciting travel adventures as a way of spending their retirement days. And if you want a truly unique trip, make the very act of traveling comfortable and thrilling.


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