We have always loved to travel, but the older we get, the better travel is. We don’t ever need an excuse to “get out of town,” as it’s something we love to do. In case you need a reason to justify your travels, here are 50 good justifications for why you should travel at age 50 and beyond. 

  • You’re not getting any younger. Let’s face it, time flies and before you know it you’ll be sitting around reflecting on what you might have done or where you should have gone. As Ferris Bueller so aptly put it, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
  • Take a trip down memory lane. We all have so many great childhood memories, and taking a trip down memory lane with your kids and grandkids is a great way to connect your past to your present.
  • A road trip is the perfect excuse to get behind the wheel of an RV. Hit the open road with all the comforts of home (such as running water and a commode) at your fingertips.
  • Visit long lost relatives. What better time than now to reconnect with family?
  • Take your kids to your college. Visiting colleges can be a really fun time to get to know some of the potential cities and towns where your high school senior might live.
  • Someone else does the cleaning for you. No explanation is necessary here.
  • Someone else does the cooking for you. See above.
  • Take a spa vacation to rejuvenate. There is nothing better than taking some time for you and taking care of yourself. A massage, a facial, or a yoga class will have you feeling spry in no time. You’ve earned it!
  • Visit the grandkids. If you’re lucky, they live somewhere awesome. If they don’t, well, they’re still you’re grandkids.
  • Trace your ancestry. How amazing to travel the world in search of where your family originated. Maybe you’ll discover you come from royalty.
  • Ride a bike through one of the world’s wine countries. Studies show exercise and red wine are both good for your heart. Just be careful not to ride under the influence.
  • Take a cruise. A cruise is a great way to sample several destinations while unpacking only once.
  • Learn to make pasta in Italy. There is nothing quite as delicious as fresh pasta in Italy. You can dazzle your friends with your new-found culinary skills when you return home. (Homemade pasta for friends is better than any photo slide show.)

 

  • Climb the Eiffel Tower. Get your heart pumping with a little cardio and spectacular views of Paris.
  • Take tango lessons in Argentina. Head to Buenos Aires, the “Paris of the South,” and learn to dance authentic Argentine Tango
  • Visit NYC and see a different Broadway play every night. With shows in 40 professional theaters, you will have plenty from which to choose. If your dream always has been to perform on the Broadway stage, you can attend the Broadway Fantasy Camp.
  • Experience an outdoor concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, the Hollywood Bowl (in California), or the Jones Beach Theater (outside New York).
  • Take a hot air balloon ride at the Albuquerque (New Mexico) International Balloon Fiesta.
  • Attend Octoberfest in Germany and drink to cool weather, big steins of beer, and a cavalcade of sausage and schnitzel.
  • Take a river cruise to see the European Christmas Markets. Nothing gets you in the holiday spirit like these holiday markets. Gluehwein, hand crafted ornaments, gingerbread, and the intimacy of a river cruise will most certainly elevate your holiday spirit.
  • Ride mules down the highest sea cliffs in the world on Molokai, in Hawaii. Overcome your fear of heights with breathtaking views atop a mule, while navigating down the 2.9-mile trail with 26 switchbacks.
  • Teach English in a foreign country.
  • Make new friends. Whether you’re on a cruise, a cross-country train trip, traversing the country in an RV, or flying around the world, strike up a conversation and get to know some strangers.
  • Challenge yourself. Do something totally out of character. Go skydiving. Drive a NASCAR race car. Attend Burning Man in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. Dream big and travel there.
  • Visit the locations or destinations in your favorite movie(s) and television show(s).
  • Follow the trek of your favorite book.
  • See the Cherry Blossoms bloom in Japan. Spring is the best time to go and catch these pink blossoming trees in all their glory.
  • You’ve turned 50, now what? A trip to one of the Disney parks and resorts of course!
  • Take a second honeymoon (or a third honeymoon). Keep the romance alive through travel.
  • Take the road less traveled and explore destinations on foot. This approach often leads to the most awesome discoveries.
  • Travel to Dublin, Ireland, to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Raise a pint to St. Patrick in his homeland.
  • Find your Zen in Sedona, Arizona.
  • Do a “City Slickers”-style cattle drive.
  • Head to Montana to see why it’s called “Big Sky Country.”
  • Play a round of golf at Pebble Beach (aim to shoot your age “on each nine”). Better yet, head to Scotland where the game was invented.
  • Spend Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Massachusetts, where the very first Thanksgiving was celebrated.
  • Throw a dart at a map and just go! If you can’t decide where to go, let fate chart your course.
  • Start a travel blog/journal and share your experiences to encourage others. Or just do it to make people jealous.
  • Travel with a friend who would not have traveled otherwise. Be his or her inspiration.
  • Take an extended train trip. Leave the driving to the engineer, sit back, and enjoy the ride.
  • Learn about a different culture first-hand. Talk to locals. They offer some of the best insight to a destination.
  • Take an African photo safari. Capture the “Big Five” in photos.
  • Visit all of the U.S. National Parks. The National Park Service turns 100 in 2016, and with 409 sites that cover more than 84 million acres in every state, there is sure to be a park that fits your fancy.
  • See the world through YOUR lens. Whether you use a fancy camera or just click away on your smart phone, adorn your walls with your own travel photos. It’s a great way to stay inspired until your next adventure.
  • Don’t just read about where to go, get out and experience it. 
  • Traveling to a foreign country is the perfect reason to learn a second language.
  • Spring Training and fantasy camps. There’s no better way to live out your dream of being a big-leaguer than by attending Spring Training or baseball fantasy camp with the pros.
  • Learn to ski or snowboard. January is “Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month” and many resorts offer specials to encourage you to learn a snow sport.
  • Fly first class at least once. You deserve it.
  • Visit all of the 50 United States.

 What are your favorite reasons to travel?