According to a 2018 Travel Trends survey from AARP, 49% of Baby Boomers say they travel to relax and rejuvenate—an 11% increase from last year’s survey, while 47% of respondents say their goal for traveling is to get away from everyday life.
Here are five of our favorite destinations to inspire your next R&R vacation:
Where better to spend a relaxing trip than on the sunny beaches of Hawaii? Dip your toes in the ocean, work on your tan, treat yourself to a spa day, read that book that’s been calling your name, and sip on a Piña Colada during a classic Hawaiian luau. If you want to get out, you can go on a whale watching cruise, play a round of golf on any of Hawaii’s abundant courses, take a helicopter ride above rainforests and volcanoes, or enjoy a scenic drive along the legendary Road to Hana.
Home of the world’s finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, country villas, and lavender fields as far as the eye can see, it’s no wonder this landscape was an inspiration to the great Impressionist painters. Uniworld cruises offer you the opportunity to explore the region’s breathtaking views along the Rhône and Saône rivers. These all-inclusive cruises provide guests with a truly five-star experience with locally-sourced, farm-to-table cuisine, white-glove service, soothing spa treatments, and curated excursions at each destination.
A trip to Asheville, Charleston, and Savannah is an ideal way to experience the best of Southern hospitality. Visit the Biltmore Estate, take a horse-drawn carriage past antebellum mansions, stroll through the gorgeous grounds of the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, and take a trolley tour through Savannah’s historic squares to learn about the city’s history and architecture.
Recharge with a relaxing getaway to the coast. Start in Newport, the Sailing Capital of the World, onto a true taste of Americana in Sandwich, the oldest town on Cape Cod. Listen to waves lapping on the shore from a beachfront hotel in Provincetown, at the very tip of the cape. Take a ferry out to Martha’s Vineyard, the summer playground of presidents and celebrities, to see its colorful, gingerbread-like cottages. And don’t forget about Nantucket, where cobblestone streets and high-end boutiques are sure to enchant.
While you can experience royal splendor at Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, and Edinburgh Castle, you can also slip away into the countryside for a slower pace of life. There are the iconic sites, such as Windsor Castle and Stonehenge, but there are also plenty of quaint villages that are perfect spots for sipping tea and basking in your idyllic surroundings. Take a leisurely drive through the rolling green hills of the Cotswolds or relax aboard a steam train as it carries you through the English Lake District. If you love British period dramas, this might be just the vacation your heart desires.