Travel is one of the great rewards of age for many. You’ve saved for years to be able to afford to see all of the places you’ve dreamt about for so long.
But at a certain age, it can be more difficult to get around, and there can be things that make it more challenging to travel when you’re in your retirement years that when you were younger.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has built a global network of age-friendly cities and communities identifying those locations that are actively working to make their communities ones that treat people of all ages with respect.
These communities also took steps toward becoming more age friendly in terms of making it easier for individuals to stay healthy and active at any age. As such, these are ideal cities to visit when traveling as a senior.
In the United States
Steeped in Deep South charm, Atlanta is also full of New South flair. The Georgia Aquarium has been listed by The Travel Channel as one of the best aquariums in the country. It is home to more than 500 different species of animals and is the world’s largest aquarium.
Atlanta shows off its history with a number of museums, such as the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum, a part of the presidential library system, and the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum, home of the late author of “Gone with the Wind.”
Portland lovers say there is never a bad time to visit because something is always happening in their great city. Music festivals, art exhibits, and entire months dedicated to beer are on tap (so to speak) just this summer.
The quirky and original are embraced in Portland. There is a bookstore the size of a city block with approximately 1.5 million new and used books. If you are a lover of the outdoors, Portland has that for you, too, with farms and vineyards to explore.
Portland also has a strong multicultural community that brings all of its customs and heritage to the communal mix.
The summer holds music and food festivals galore for those visiting the Windy City. The city is known for legendary pizza and food trends.
It also has examples of amazing architecture – The Willis Tower, the Rookery Building, the John Hancock Center, and the Tribune Tower. Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and studio are amazing examples of the architect’s personal style.
The theatre and arts scene is vibrant in Chicago. The Joffrey Ballet performs in Chicago, celebrating this year its 20th year in the city.
This capital of Spain has medieval roots but modern liveliness. Barcelona provides history and passion for your travels. Close to the sea, you may dip your toes in the Mediterranean, and you can feast on the bounty from the depths.
The mild climate in this French city allows for walking tours, beach days and outdoor meals. Scenic boating cruises along the Cote d’Azur are popular ways to pass the time as well.
WHO provides a great many resources to assist in gaining more information on age-friendly locations around the world. To search for additional WHO-approved cities, WHO provides a click-able map of those communities in their network.
Happy travel planning and happy traveling.
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