When you reach your 50’s, you might think that your travelling days are over, however it’s never too late to discover new places around the world. To help you decide where to go on your next trip we have compiled 15 places to visit in your 50's!
1. Swiss Alps
Take a walk through the alps and marvel at the spectacular views of the landscape. A lot of the trails are easy to hike and there are cable cars that travel up to the ascent of the mountains, so it is not too strenuous. There’s also some lovely villages to visit as well as contemporary city life, and don’t forget to try their swiss chocolate.
If you’re a keen adventurer than Iceland is one of the perfect places to visit in your 50's. Wrap up warm and explore the beautiful landscapes including the Skaftafell Ice Cave in Vatnajokull National Park to view the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). There are also several other activities such as whale watching, relaxing in the blue lagoon and touring the golden circle.
Relax in the sun and take a visit to Seville in Spain. With pretty cobbled streets, grand palaces and beautiful parks, it is a wonderful place to visit in your 50’s. If you decide to go to Seville, you must visit their cathedral which is the largest gothic cathedral in the world, as well as catch a flamenco performance in the evening.
4. Norwegian Fjords
The Norwegian Fjords is a popular destination for nature lovers, thanks to its huge mountains, mesmerising waterfalls and pretty river scenery. If you travel to any part of Norway it will be expensive, so hopefully you should have some money saved up in your 50’s to explore this place fully.
Scotland offers a variety of modern arts and culture as well as amazing architecture and history. Events run throughout the year including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Burns Night celebrations, and there are several museums and galleries you can visit. The North of the UK is usually quite cold, but that shouldn’t deter you from visiting this wonderful country, and you should definitely try their national dish Haggis, a savoury pudding containing sheep's pluck, minced with onion, oatmeal, suet and spices.
Portland is known for its spectacular views, and there are also many gardens and museums you can visit. Lan Su Chinese Garden, Washington Park, Portland Japanese Garden and Forest Park are well worth a visit, and there is also the Oregon Zoo which houses crocodiles, swamp monkeys, american beavers, tigers, elephants and african wild dogs. If you’re a bookworm you must visit Powell’s City of Books, which covers an entire city block with over one million books. There is also the Portland Saturday Market that is open rain or shine, and the Stumptown Coffee Roasters, which offers a quality cup of coffee.
Vietnam is steeped in history and culture and has lots to offer for all ages, that’s why it makes the list of 15 places to visit in your 50's. There are so many things to see and do including travelling along Halong Bay, visiting Ho Chi Minh City and learning about the history of the Vietnam war, relaxing on the beaches of Nha Trang, and trying the local cuisine. If you’re an inexperienced traveller, it is recommended that you arrange a planned tour of this country rather than try to navigate it on your own.
Petra is an ancient city and famous archaeological site in Jordan which is half built and half carved into rocks. It is surrounded by mountains you can hike through, and there are many walking trails which will lead you to breathtaking vantage points. If you make this one of the places to visit in your 50's, some of the amazing sights you must see include the Treasury, the Street of Facades, and the Roman Theatre.
9. The Seychelles
The Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands in Indian Ocean, with clean white-sand beaches, coral reefs and nature reserves. Mahé is the largest island in the Seychelles and is a good base for visiting the other islands, as well as being home to the tiny capital Victoria. The capital can be explored in a two hour stroll and its highlights include the islands’ Natural History Museum and a miniature replica of London’s Big Ben.
Tuscany is one of the suitable places to visit in your 50's, as it caters for those with a mature intellect. There are so many cities you can visit in this region so it’s worth choosing a location which will be your base, and arranging day trips from this location to the different cities. However if there are particular cities which peak your interest and you think you may need more than a day, you should consider booking accommodation there and staying over for a night or two, before travelling to the next city in your itinerary. Some of the cities you can visit in Tuscany include Florence which houses some significant art galleries, Pisa which is obviously home to the leaning tower of Pisa, and Siena which deserves at least a full day to explore its gothic architecture.
Visit Provence in the summer to enjoy the glorious sunshine and fully explore the region by taking day trips to the different cities. We recommend embracing the french cuisine and trying bouillabaisse, which is a traditional fish stew, taking a look at the Roman ruins in the village of Saint-Remy-de-Provence and hiking in the Gorges du Verdon. If you’re a fan of the markets, go to Isle sur la Sorgue, which has the largest flea market in France outside of Paris.
Marrakech is a medieval city that is packed with gardens, markets, mosques and palaces, so you will never run out of things to see and do. Some of the top sights include Djemma el-Fna, which is a large public square showcasing snake charmers, acrobats, belly dancers and other entertainers, the Koutoubia Mosque and Jardin Majorelle.
The Nepal Golden Triangle is the most recommended tour for those who are 50 and over. By having an organised tour with an itinerary this takes the hassle out of planning your trip and you get to see and experience the highlights of Nepal. Tours usually include exploring the world heritage sites, such as Boudhanath Stupa and Durbar Square, trekking the village of Ghandruk, going on a wildlife safari to Chitwan National Park and viewing Mount Everest.
Maine is known for its rocky coastline and stunning beaches. It’s one of the great places to visit in your 50's, as you can take a scenic boat ride, relax on the sandy shores, explore the lighthouses, or visit Acadia National Park. If you come in the winter you can even go skiing in the snowy mountains.
Kona is one of the ideal places to visit in your 50's, as you can relax on a beautiful beach, ride a parasail boat or go snorkelling with manta rays. You can also take a leisurely stroll through the town which has many art galleries, restaurants and contemporary boutiques.