Senior travel ideas for the upcoming year

As seniors begin to plan their vacations for the upcoming year, they will have plenty of options to consider as different companies not only offer discounted prices to travelers over 50, but also expeditions catered specifically toward older crowds. These senior-focused trips allow individuals to engage in exciting learning and social opportunities, from group whitewater rafting to scenic leisure walks with a loved one. When planning travels this season, consider these active and adventurous trips that will contribute to a healthy lifestyle for seniors

Hiking in Portland
Portland, Ore., has become one of the nation's most exciting hiking destinations. The city of Portland's Parks and Recreation Department offers a range of senior recreation activities all year long, with special emphasis on senior hiking activities. Seniors have the choice to participate in the Metro Movers hiking tour or the Hike for Health excursion. Metro Movers takes walkers on a trek through the city where participants can enjoy the beauty Portland and its surrounding areas have to offer. Seniors on this tour must be able to comfortably walk a mile, but the tours range in difficulty from easy to hard. 

The Hike for Health trips encompass the numerous mountain ranges, idyllic landscapes and vast patches of wilderness the state has to offer. These tours have become so popular with seniors in the area that they have had to double the number of expeditions available during the day to accommodate everyone. Travelers have the opportunity to hike Mount Howard, follow in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark and walk alongside the many rivers in the area.

Exploring the Amazon
For the more adventurous senior traveler, consider venturing to the heart of the Amazon on a rainforest tour. These walking treks, led by local tour guides, take hikers through the lush scenery of the tropical destination, allowing visitors to witness wildlife and even canoe along the way. Eldertreks, an exotic adventure travel group for seniors 50 and older, offers an Amazon package that includes round-trip plane tickets, lodging and bird-watching opportunities.

Cruising the Nile
ROW Adventures offers an exciting cruise option for seniors interested in exploring ancient Egypt and its sites along the Nile River. The intimate yacht, which only holds 12 passengers, stops at each large historical site to show travelers the wonders of different cities. Led by a private Egyptologist, this exciting journey lasts 13 days.