Your retirement has finally arrived, and what a wonderful opportunity to discover the world at your own pace. After so many years devoted to work, the time has come to indulge in the luxury of travel and create unforgettable memories.
Prepare for adventures that will leave an indelible mark on this new chapter of your life.
Here is a selection of 10 trips to consider, unique experiences that will be a well-deserved reward for your years of effort.
1. The Camino de Santiago: A spiritual adventure
To start this new phase of your life, why not venture onto the historic path of the Camino de Santiago in France and Spain! Walk through picturesque landscapes, discover authentic villages, and feel inner peace as you journey along this pilgrimage route.
This experience of physical, mental, and spiritual endurance invites you to stay in pilgrim refuges, walk with your backpack, and connect with millennia-old traditions.
The best time for this adventure is in spring (May-June) when temperatures are mild and the weather is generally pleasant.
2. RV travel: Freedom on four wheels
Have you always dreamed of going on a road trip through Canada, the United States, or even Mexico? It's more accessible than you think. You have the option to buy or rent a recreational vehicle (RV) or campervan to fulfill this dream.
Explore distant lands, decide on your own itinerary, and wake up each morning to a different view from your window. North America is at your fingertips, and it's up to you to decide where to go.
Opt for fall (September-October) to avoid summer vacationers and enjoy the vibrant colours of the leaves and pleasant temperatures.
3. Greek Islands: A Mediterranean paradise
You'll be delighted to start your retirement in a destination that perfectly combines culture, history, gastronomy, and beaches. Explore Santorini, Mykonos, or Crete and soak in the warm Greek hospitality while enjoying the infinite blue of the Mediterranean Sea.
Hop on a cruise from Athens to easily discover these islands, providing a carefree experience and the chance to fully appreciate each destination.
Visit in spring (April-May) to avoid summer crowds and enjoy mild temperatures.
4. Portugal: The charm of Lisbon, Porto, and more
Portugal will charm you with its authentic allure, cobbled streets, and delicious cuisine.
Explore the historic neighbourhoods of Lisbon, savour good wine in Porto along the Douro River, and dive into the rich history of this welcoming country.
For more freedom, rent a car and visit the southern region of Portugal: the Algarve, known for its golden beaches and spectacular cliffs.
Fall (September-October) is ideal for enjoying the grape harvest and pleasant weather.
5. Spain: From Costa del Sol to Seville
Start your Spanish adventure on the Costa del Sol, landing in Malaga by plane. Then, visit gems such as Granada with the Alhambra, the impressive Seville, charming coastal villages like Nerja or Frigiliana, as well as must-see cities like Córdoba, Ronda, and Marbella. Y
ou can also easily travel by train across the country to Barcelona or Madrid.
Embrace the shoulder seasons of spring and fall to enjoy more moderate temperatures.
6. Safari in Africa: A wildlife encounter
Travel to the heart of the wild with a safari in Africa. Observe majestic lions, graceful elephants, and breathtaking landscapes on the continent. Whether you choose a safari in Kenya, Tanzania, or South Africa, this adventure will connect you deeply to the raw beauty of nature.
Secure your safari during the dry season (June-September) by booking well ahead to ensure availability and the best experience.
7. Kyoto, Japan: Harmony and tradition
Experience the sweetness of life in Japan, especially in Kyoto. Stroll through the bamboo forest and the gardens of ancient temples, attend a tea ceremony, and explore charming narrow alleys. Don't miss glimpses of beautiful geishas at nightfall. It's an immersion in a culture rich in history and serenity.
Spring (March-April) offers cherry blossom blooms, creating magical landscapes.
8. Morocco: Sensory journey in medinas and the desert
Immerse yourself in a Moroccan sensory experience by exploring the enchanting medinas of Marrakech and Fes. Let yourself be captivated by the palette of colours, exquisite scents, and exotic flavours of lively souks.
Enrich your itinerary by adding a camel trek or a walk in the Sahara Desert from Merzouga, the majestic gateway to Erg Chebbi, a vast expanse of sand dunes. You'll have the opportunity to spend one or two nights under the stars alongside the Berbers.
The spring and fall seasons offer pleasant temperatures to fully experience this adventure.
9. Peru: In the footsteps of the Incas
Explore Peru by starting your journey in Lima, a city rich in history. Choose the neighbourhoods of Miraflores or Barranco for a dynamic and artistic urban experience. Then head to Cusco, a historical city aligned with the stars, the starting point for your adventure to Machu Picchu by train or bus.
Experience the culture firsthand by connecting with the descendants of the Incas, exploring local cuisine, and crafting unforgettable memories in this enchanting corner of South America.
The dry season (May to September) is ideal to avoid rain and enjoy sunny days.
10. Alaska Cruise: Glaciers and wildlife
If you want a unique experience to celebrate the beginning of your retirement, consider an Alaska cruise, where majestic glaciers will leave you speechless. From whales to eagles, this experience will immerse you in Alaska's raw and pristine beauty.
Take advantage of the longer days and temperate weather in summer (June-August) for this once-in-a-lifetime cruise experience.
Start your retirement bliss!
Whether on the Camino de Santiago, in a campervan, exploring the Greek Islands, in the footsteps of the Incas in Peru, or through the medinas of Morocco, this trip marking the beginning of your well-deserved retirement will be a liberating, emotion-rich experience!
Embark on this new adventure and create unforgettable memories. Don't forget to contact a soNomad travel agent to find the best travel insurance before your departure.