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Adventure Travel for Seniors

Adventure travel for seniors
Is adventure travel for seniors really feasible?

If we allow ourselves to fantasize and see ourselves as some version of Indiana Jones pere o fils, we may decide that this is all very entertaining in the movies, but not possible in real life.

Think again!

Adventure travel is not after all the exclusive domain of unshaven twenty-somethings with backpacks and cargo shorts heading off into the rainforest. Not a bad image and there are many adventurers who who match that description..or the female counterpart. But unfortunately, it may also scare some of us older folks off, and that's sad, because it doesn't have to be that way. We can be inspired by the example, but find our own way to adventure.

When we stop to think about it, the image of the youthful adventurer  may even be a little backward these days. Very often it's people in their later years who find that for the first time in their lives they actually have the time the explore the world.

The key is knowing where to go, how to stay safe and healthy, and how to adapt our itineraries and ourselves to adventure travel our way.

It's all in the planning...

The best way to ensure that your adventure turns out the way you want or better is to take the time to do a little careful planning.

When to go.  The very first consideration is deciding when to go. Travel to the Yucatan during hurricane season (late summer through mid November mas o menos) is risky: though there's more to your plans than your person. And it get hot....very hot! The best time to travel to the Yucatan is from the end of November to early March. By Easter, you're toast.

Amenities and Services.  Mexico is largely accessible for senior travelers. The country as a whole is rapidly adapting itself to tourism and part of this transition is putting in place amenties and services that make travel easier for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Most good hotels, for example, will now offer both local cuisine and an "international" menu, for those whose courage or consitution is flagging. Additionally,Mexico now has laws on the books regarding disability access and these standards are being slowly but steadily enforced. Airports, roads, public transportation improve every year, making it ever easier to get around the country.

Be In the Know Before You Go.

As you might expect, there is a vast amount of information available for who want to make room for a little overseas adventure in their lives, and the same is true when it comes to adventure travel for seniors. Here's a list of helpful resources, some on our own website, and some out there on the Net. All of it is worth looking over, and a few of these websites could lead you off on the adventure of a lifetime!

Resources on Yucatan-Vacations-for-Seniors.com

Other resources available on the Web for those interested in Adventure Travel for Seniors
(We found these on an excellent travel site called Transitions Abroad. Be sure to check it out.)
  • The AAPP (of course! This link is to their leisure travel section)
  • Elder Hostel (an exceptional choice for those interested in traveling with groups and learning along the way)
  • About.com senior travel section
  • Fifty Plus Expeditions
  • ElderTreks
  • over50andoverseas.com, and

  • Wired Seniors (a great resource for seniors who have stepped over the digital divide,,,which would be you if you're reading this page!)
  • SeniorJournal.com (an online journal with tons of good information on all kinds of subjects)

Adventure travel for seniors is more and more a real possibility, espcially for those with a little gumption and imagination. So, whether you're climbing pyramids in the forests of Central America or rafting down a river in Chiapas, good luck, stay safe and drop us a line!

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