I participated in a Zoom call with women travelers over 50 to discuss the future of travel now that we’ve experienced a major pandemic. It got me thinking about travel for Baby Boomers in particular.
The future of travel for Baby Boomers
The pandemic taught us valuable lessons. During that time, hardly any of us caught a cold or the flu because we were wearing masks, practicing social distancing, and good hygiene. You should continue with those practices, especially if you have a chronic condition to avoid getting sick and ruining your vacation.
And even though many of us over 60 have been vaccinated you should still take baby steps when it comes to future travel opportunities. Start with local travel in a location where fewer people are around. Instead of planning a trip to a large Metropolitan city, visit a small nearby town with wide-open spaces
Businesses in small towns will be hardest hit by the lack of tourist trade and will need support. Why not jump in your car and take a short road trip that could be 30 minutes or even several hours away from where you live? Visit a wine-region, beach community, forest area, or campground.
If you have an RV, this is the perfect time to take advantage of it. Or, if you love the water, rent a sailboat.
Take advantage of your Senior National Park card and celebrate nature because nothing is as majestic as the National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands.
You may want to avoid booking a stay at a large and bustling resort for a while. A better option would be to book a vacation rental.
If you do stay in a hotel or take a plane, train, or bus, keep wearing your mask and bring sanitizing wipes to clean surfaces.
Have more picnics
We need to be out in the sunshine whenever possible to breathe fresh air and enjoy nature. Continue to support local restaurants and grocery stores and eat your food outside if you can. Enjoy a picnic in a park or other nature spot so you can socialize and social distance at the same time.
Our new normal
As much as we would like things to be the way they were, it’s hard to predict what the future of travel will be going forward. For all we know, it may never be the way we’ve experienced previously. Let’s hope that’s not true. We all want to get back to watching a ball game in a crowded stadium, enjoying a concert, seeing a show, and having big family gatherings.
I hope you will have many wonderful and exciting trips in the future. Have you planned your next vacation yet? Please leave a comment below.