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Senior travel can take many forms

April 15, 2013

With summer on the horizon, many older adults are likely thinking about traveling in the coming months. Summer vacations are one of the many perks of active senior living, but deciding where to go can be a tough choice to make. Do you want to relax in the sun or would you rather add some enrichment to your retirement by taking advantage of the many educational travel opportunities out there? Of course, there's no wrong choice when it comes to traveling the globe, but there are a few places in particular that stand above the rest.

Yellowstone National Park 
Perfect for anyone who loves the outdoors, Yellowstone National Park is an American treasure. Located mostly in Wyoming - but extending into parts of Montana and Idaho - the park is home to some of the most picturesque views in the United States, if not the world. However, its scenic landscapes are not the only reason you may want to make the trip there - it's also a great spot to go hiking, so you can still live a healthy lifestyle for seniors while you're on vacation. For a truly authentic experience, you can stay at the Old Faithful Inn, which is billed as the largest log hotel in the world. 

Puerto Rico
Although Yellowstone is well-suited to adventure seekers, if you'd prefer to relax on the shore then it's hard to compete with Puerto Rico. This beautiful island is a good match for seniors for a number of reasons. It's easy to get around, English is spoken almost everywhere and, because it's a commonwealth of the United States, there's no currency exchange. Add to that the fact that the weather is nearly perfect nearly the entire year, it's one of the best places to experience the Caribbean. 

A stark contrast to the azure waters of Puerto Rico, Scotland has plenty to offer despite the less-than-perfect weather. For starters, it's hard to compete with the variety of experience the country offers. You can find it all, whether you want to explore the lush Scottish highlands or tour the grounds at St. Andrews, one of the oldest golf courses in the world. You also can't forget the many striking castles that dot the landscape, which will certainly add a historic element to an already compelling trip.