10 Places to Visit in Retirement

One of the main benefits that comes with retiring is all the traveling that you could do. The world is so vast it can be hard to decide where to go. To help, here are some places that we recommend you visit during retirement.

Hawaii

Hawaii is a great destination spot when you really want to enjoy life after retirement. The relaxed lifestyle and sunny beaches will make you feel like you are in paradise. There are plenty of activities available for you while you’re there. From whale watching on the North Pacific Ocean to touring one of the seven islands that makes up Hawaii, there is something for everyone who goes there. No matter what you’re into, you will truly experience heaven on earth while there.

Italy

If you’re looking to spend your retirement visiting outside the country, Italy is a place you should consider. What better way to celebrate being done with work than immersing yourself in delicious Italian cuisine. In order to help work off the calories, you can explore Italy’s many tourist sites. From the Colosseum and the Leaning Tower of Pisa to Pompeii and the Venice Canals, Italy offers many beautiful attractions and landmarks. Before you leave, make sure to throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain and make a wish.

Australia

If you’re looking to venture south, Australia is certainly the place to go. The continent can offer you experiences you will remember forever. You can visit popular attractions such as the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge or you can explore the natural side through the various National Parks, islands, and the Great Barrier Reef. Another amazing place to visit would be the city of Melbourne which offers a deeper look at the culture of the continent. No matter what you decide to do, you will create amazing memories that will last a lifetime.

New York

If you’re looking to stay in your backyard, New York is a great place to explore. With over 8 million residents, the Big Apple has tons to offer. Some of the more well-known sites to visit include the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Empire State Building, and Central Park.  If you’re looking to participate in some retail therapy, New York offers the best of the best from Tiffany’s to Saks Fifth Avenue. In the evening, you can entertain yourself with a Broadway musical or a show at Shakespeare in the Park. There is something for everyone in the city that never sleeps.

Alaska

Another place to consider that stays within the country is Alaska. While here, you can enjoy the natural beauties the Earth has to offer. You can visit one of the many National Parks or you can take a boat tour to Tracy Arm Fjord to witness the glaciers. If you want to experience more of the cultural side, check out the museums that showcase the art and history of the Native Americans. Finally, if you’re lucky, you can witness nature’s spectacular light show with the Northern Lights.

England

If you’re looking to travel across the pond, England is a great place to visit in retirement. There are many “bucket list” worthy sites to see such as Big Ben, the London Eye, Buckingham Palace, and the Houses of Parliament. If you’re looking to dive deep into history, there are plenty of old castles where you can step inside and travel back in time. Another must see is Stonehenge, one of the seven wonders of the world. Finally, view some classic pieces of art at one of the many museums that England offers.

Ireland

Another must-see destination across the pond is Ireland. Here you can explore many of the historic castles that still stand today, such as Dublin Castle. You can also tour the beautiful cliffsides and prehistoric landscapes, which can make for some great pictures. Another hot destination is Old Jameson Distillery, where you can see how popular whiskey is made. Finally, you can see Ireland’s wildlife at Fota Wildlife Park and other National Parks.

France

If you plan on visiting either England or Ireland, you might want to take a train to France as well. Here, gaze upon popular tourist attractions including the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame de Paris, and the Arc de Triomphe. While enjoying some delicious pastries, you can take a walk through the Old Quarters of Paris or Artists’ Villages of Provence. Another must-do is taking a cooking class where you can learn to make classic French cuisine. Lastly, you can shop at some of the local markets, such as Aix-en-Provence.

California

One more place to visit without leaving your backyard is California. From Hollywood to Lake Tahoe to everything in between, there is something for everyone. You can drive across the Golden Gate Bridge to San Francisco, walk along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, relax on Venice Beach, or even go to the happiest place on earth: Disneyland. If you are geared more towards exploring nature, there are numerous National Parks, mountainous regions, coastal areas, and even desert sites to see. Whatever you choose to do, you will experience some amazing things while on your trip.

The Caribbean

The final destination you should consider visiting is the Caribbean. If you envision life in retirement laying on a beach with a fruity drink in your hand, this is the place to go.  Don’t worry though, there are plenty of other outings available if you want your trip to be more than relaxing on the beach. For example, if you desire to experience more of the culture you can take a stroll through the Zona Colonial, which is the oldest city in the Americas. Supposing you want to treat your taste buds, try some of the more traditional Caribbean dishes, such as Ackee Saltfish and Roti, which is split peas surrounded by a doughy outside. Finally, one of the more popular excursions that is highly recommended is swimming with wild pigs. That is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that cannot be passed up.

The best part about retiring is having the opportunity to travel. You can choose to explore a new country or continent or just a new state. No matter where you go, the experiences and memories you make will last forever.

10 Places to Visit in Retirement