Your kids are all moved out now. You’re ready to play!
But wait, your kids are too busy raising your grandchildren to go on vacations with you. So the big question is where will you go, and who will you go there with?
We are no travel agency, but we know your age group better than anybody else. Most of us here are what you might call seniors ourselves.
So we realize that being over 55 doesn’t make us dead. It makes us more fun. We understand that over the next decade or two, our bodies are going to start rebelling against us. That’s why we need to make the best of these active years.
What Are Some Good Vacation Ideas For 55+ Communities in Utah?
Before you plan your trip, you need to know who to go with.
How often do you look at your vacation photos and admire the serene landscapes or the sparkling beaches? If that’s the case, maybe you like to reminisce over those pictures of your rental cars too. That would be just about as entertaining.
Let’s admit it. A vacation is only as fun as the people you go with. Not only do you prefer pictures with people you spent time admiring those otherwise beautiful sceneries with, but you are happier while on vacation with those same people. Very few will enjoy a vacation alone.
Even if you’re lucky enough to still have your significant other to go with, you could benefit from having a larger group to play with. If you are a single, then it’s imperative that you find some others to go with, else you might never make it out the front door.
If you’re like most people, I’m probably preaching to the choir. Your real question is, where do I find people to go on these trips with?
While it’s true that many of us have friends, finding some that are ready willing and able to drop everything and leave for a short vacation with us might be harder to find. This is why you need to surround yourself with people who are like minded.
Now you need to find people like you.
These are people who are active adults, who aren’t tethered to their homes by their young children, and who will enjoy the same sort of vacation destinations as you.
You could go to your local senior center to meet others your own age, but not all 55+ individuals consider themselves seniors. In fact not many 65+ individuals consider themselves seniors either.
The best way we’ve found to surround yourselves with people like you, is to find an active adult community, where everyone is 55 or better. Moving to such an area will saturate you with others who are at the same stage of life as you.
Some of these communities even sponsor trips of their own for their individual neighborhood. If you live in Utah, you need look no further than Leisure Villas. In 2016, they start sponsoring trips both near and far for people of all budgets who live in the communities that they’ve built.
But even if you can’t go on one of their affordable vacations for any number of reasons, you will still be around enough people like yourself, that you could easily put together a smaller trip with just you and one or two of your other neighbors.
You and them may enjoy these trips so much, that you make a habit out of seeing the world together.
Way to go, you’ve found people your own age, and with similar interests.
Next, you need to decide where to visit.
While there are many different places both near and far, many seniors or near seniors may have special needs to take into consideration. Among these could be: Bathrooms, special diets, wheelchairs, budgets, energy requirements, appropriate activities and so on.
To make this simple, we’ll consider all of the above, and try to give you some good trip ideas based on budget.
Keep in mind, these local trips assume that you live in Utah. But if you live out of state, you might be able to find similar types of destinations unique to your area.
Low budget: Under $500
- Las Vegas ($300-400)
- Wendover ($35-300)
- Tuacahn Theater ($350-450)
- Reno/Tahoe ($400-500)
- Moab ($400-500)
- Logan ($35-200)
Medium budget: Under $1000
- San Francisco ($850-1000)
- New Mexico ($750-1000)
- Yellowstone/Grand Tetons ($600-900)
- Mt Rushmore ($750-1000)
- Oregon Coast ($750-1000)
High budget: Under $2000
- Branson Missouri ($1500-1800)
- 7 day cruise in Caribbean, Mexico, or Alaska ($1000-2000)
- Cozumel scuba or snorkeling ($1400-2000)
- Florida Keys ($1800-2000)
- Washington D.C. ($1800-2000)
- Disneyland ($1000-2000)
- Plus many more…
Money is of no concern: Above $2000
- European cruise
- Machu Picchu
- The Moon (or where-ever else you want to afford)
Where do you want to go?
The first place you should go is to one of our new communities. Leisure Villas has long been known as Utah’s leader in building Senior communities. Check us out. Not only will you find the home you like, but you’ll find it with people who share your same age, interests and personality.
From there, it’s all a matter of finding a budget you and your neighbors are comfortable with. Not only do we build a fun community to live in, but we also encourage the HOA board to set up an activities committee. If your neighbors are as fun as you, exploring the world near home or far away is a breeze.
When you live in one of our 55+ communities, the world is open to you.