Should you plan a trip or two, three, maybe even four this year? Most definitely. Make 2017 your year to get out of the house, have fun and see the sites, whether a local or faraway destination.
Rick Steves said it best in his Savvy Seniors travel tips, “travel is their fountain of youth.” Venturing out into the world to see and learn new things keeps the mind, body and spirit healthy and active.
Being retired or semi-retired gives you the flexibility to choose when and where you go, and for how long. Pull out your 2017 planner and make it your year for multiple adventures.
5 Reasons Traveling is Good for You
Taking a trip is not only fun and exciting, but it also offers these health benefits:
- Promotes heart health. Traveling promotes physical activity. The Framingham Heart Study found women who took a vacation once every six years or less were almost eight times more likely to develop coronary heart disease or have a heart attack than those who took at least two vacations a year.
- Keeps the mind sharp. By interacting with new people, cultures, situations and experiences, you keep your mind sharp and active.
- Relieves stress. Traveling, or any form of leisure activity, can lower levels of depression and improve psychological functioning, according to a 2009 University of Kansas study. When planning a trip, you can boost your happiness up to eight weeks before as you look forward to the adventure.
- Shifts perspectives. Seeing how others live and interacting with new people can challenge assumptions you may have and free your mind to new ways of thinking.
- Boosts connections with others. By going somewhere new, you boost your opportunity to meet new people, make connections and build new friendships.
An AARP 2017 Boomer Travel Trends report found Baby Boomers on average were planning 5+ trips in 2017, with nearly all (99%) planning at least one leisure trip.
Reasons Those Age 50+ Want to Travel
The top three travel motivators for Baby Boomers and older adults, according to the AARP research, are:
- 57% to spend time with family and friends.
- 39% to get away from normal everyday life.
- 38% to relax and rejuvenate.
Planning a spring or summer excursion can be a great way to kick the winter blues. If you live alone, the winter weather can lead to longer periods of isolation and potential loneliness. Schedule a trip or a local outing as a way to keep you active socially and help curb loneliness.
Schedule a 1-Day Trip to Someplace New & Nearby
You don’t need to plan a 15-day European excursion to enjoy the many benefits of traveling. A day trip to a nearby location can be just as satisfying — if not more so — than an extended vacation. There’s a lot less hassle, with little planning and no packing.
Find a local destination that interests you. Pick up and go today!
Plan an Outing with Your Grandchildren
The AARP Boomer Travel Trends study also found that, of the types of domestic trips planned, more than a quarter (28%) are multi-generational.
Plan a trip with your grandchildren this year. Make it a one-day outing that focuses on creating memories and building your relationship. Get ideas for things to do in Cincinnati with the grandchildren.
Discover the Beautiful Queen City
Cincinnati made Travel & Leisure’s list of 50 Best Places to Travel in 2017 for its transformation in recent years.
The city has renovated the Over-the-Rhine historic district into a hot, trendy spot for locals and travelers, added the Cincinnati Bell Connector streetcar, redesigned public spaces, reopened the city’s historic Music Hall and scheduled a four-day Cincinnati light and art festival in October that will span 20 blocks.
Join the fun we are having in Cincinnati! Feeling good inside and out is the cornerstone of life at Twin Towers Senior Living Community. One of the many benefits of living within a senior living neighborhood is the weekly opportunities for social activities, events and planned trips.
To find out more or schedule a visit, call Twin Towers Senior Living Community at 513-853-2000 or fill out our online form.