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The latest in senior travel trends

June 25, 2012

Traveling has long been a popular activity for older adults. Now that they're retired, seniors often have the time and the means to visit places they couldn't when they were younger. As the number of seniors begins to swell, a few distinct travel trends are starting to emerge, according to

One of the most popular reasons why baby boomers travel is because of their religion. Statistics from the U.S. Commerce Department show as many as 900,000 people with an average age of 55 have visited a religious-based destination. According to the website, spots such as Egypt, Jordan, Italy and Portugal were all popular picks.

Older adults have made staying physically active part of healthy aging, and that's reflected in their vacations as well. MediaPost reports adventure travel for seniors, including trips focused on hiking, snorkeling, skydiving and cycling, have all become popular over the last several years.

Seniors have also attached themselves to perhaps the most quickly-growing travel trend - eco-tourism. People of all ages are attracted to the environmentally-based trips, which often bring travelers to some of the most beautiful natural locations in the world.

Whether they're traveling for religious reasons or want to visit Niagara Falls for the first time, seniors should follow a few tips, according to Her Travel Trends. Above all else, they should not ignore the importance of senior financial planning, even when on vacation. Setting a budget for everything from accommodations to transportation to day-to-day activities will make for a fulfilling trip. Planning should not only include finances, but health as well. The website emphasizes the importance of bringing enough medication and prescriptions to last the entire trip.