Vacations for Over 50 Singles: How and Where to Travel

Travelling as a single person can be intimidating, especially if you’ve reached your 50s and have never travelled alone before. I took my first solo trip when I was 35, fell in love with travel and never looked back.

Planning a trip all by yourself can be overwhelming. Where do you go? Who do you go with? And what should you be adding to your travel itinerary on a day to day basis?

I’m here to help you with travel tips for singles over 50. If you’re not quite there yet, be sure to check out my travel tips for singles over 40.

You may be heading abroad by yourself, but there’s no need to feel alone in this venture. I’ve been doing it for years and encountered the most incredible experiences because of it.

Here’s what you need to know about travelling vacations for over 50 singles.

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Top Tips for Vacations for over 50 Singles

There are a variety of challenges that present themselves when you’re travelling as a single person over the age of 50. Here are a few travel options that could make the whole experience a little less stressful.

If you’re planning some solo travel don’t miss my posts on the best Singles Holidays over 40, vacations for over 50 singles, the best singles ski holiday options, the 30 best singles travel groups, Bali Retreats for Singles and some fantastic solo spa breaks.

Join Organized Trips

Organizing an entire trip by yourself can be a little stressful if you’re not the planning type. But the good news is that you don’t have to do it all by yourself.

You may not have to do it at all. For those among us who are not great planners, joining an already organized group trip is a great way to go.

There are plenty of companies that allow you to book all-inclusive trips. Flights, accommodation, activities, and sometimes even your meals are included. This takes all the pressure off of you.

I have travelled solo with Exodus travel several times and always had a great experience. The age range of attendees is very broad. Explore is also a good option.

G Adventures are great if you’re looking for something lower cost and well adventurous. And Just You travel is specifically designed for singles travel.

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Plan a Group Trip

Being single doesn’t mean you have to travel alone. There are plenty of people well into their 50s who are keen to explore the world and who are looking for a travel buddy. If reaching out to your friends proves unsuccessful, then venture into an online community.

These often come in the form of Facebook groups that allow you to chat about your travel plans and meet up with others that are planning the same thing.

Travel Alone

Travelling alone comes with many perks. The main one being that you never have to compromise. Do what you want to do, when you want to do it. And if you decide you’d like to extend your trip by a week or two, or even a couple of months, you won’t be interrupting anyone else’s schedule.

It’s actually one of the most liberating things to do. Whether you decide on a solo spa break or an adventurous year-long globe-trotting trip, you’re bound to end it feeling fulfilled.

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Where to Travel in Your 50s

With a little extra cash in your pockets than you had in your 20s, travelling in your 50s can be even more exciting than it was when you were younger. You can finally get to all the places you intended to go to.

If you’ve been to all of the destinations on top of your bucket list, then I’ve got a few more for you to consider.

After all, your tastes change as you get older. A full moon party in Thailand might not be the epic adventure you once envisioned, but there’s plenty more on offer. So here are some of the best 50s friendly travel destinations.

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Japan

Japan is famed for its traditional arts, distinctive gardens, and numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites. If you’re visiting to get a glimpse of the awe-inspiring cherry blossoms in full bloom, then visiting during the month of April is a must.

These are a few of the top things to do in Japan.

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Pink petals in the moat around the Imperial Palace

Take Part in a Tea Ceremony

A tea ceremony in Kyoto is all you need for a relaxing start to your trip. Learn about traditional Japanese teas and the process used to make them during the ceremony. Once the tea master has demonstrated the preparation of matcha tea (a powdered green tea), you’ll make it for yourself.

You’ll also learn about the spiritual benefits of drinking matcha tea while you savour every last drop.

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Matcha tea

Scenic Train Ride

Take a scenic train ride alongside the Hozu River. The views are absolutely spectacular as you pass through mountains in the Hozukyo Ravine. During the trip you’ll get a chance to hop off and sail down the Hozu River in a boat, providing you with views from a completely different angle.

Taking a train through Japan is possibly the best and most relaxing way to enjoy the country’s incredible scenery. Some other fantastic options in Japan are to spend a day in Tokyo, visit beautiful Kanazawa or take the Nakasendo Trail.

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Mount Fuji seen from the bullet train

Antarctica

Antarctica may not be the first place that springs to mind when you think of vacation destinations for your 50s, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a desirable option.

Take a Cruise

Take a voyage through the icy water of the Antarctic to experience what few others have. These voyages are usually all-inclusive, which takes a lot of strain out of the planning. Most of them allow for a stop off at some point, so you won’t just witness the ice, you’ll experience it first hand.

You’re likely to see a myriad of wildlife that you won’t find anywhere else in the world and that few have ventured to see. The antarctic holds a variety of unique adventures that, in your 50s, you just have to experience.

⇒ There are some other destinations that I have visited which I think are particularly good for solo travelers over 50 due to their friendliness and safety levels.

Some of my favourites are New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in Canada, Medellin in Colombia, Verbier in Switzerland, Iceland, Riga in Latvia, Edinburgh and Glasgow, Bali, Nepal and Melbourne, Sydney and Perth in Australia.

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Costa Rica

Costa Rica is home to 6% of the world’s biodiversity, making it one of the best places to go for wildlife viewing. But if you’re still young at heart, it’s also one of the best places to go for a heart-pumping adventure.

See the Natural Beauty of the La Fortuna Area

Trek along the trails of La Fortuna, visit an aboriginal village, hike over lava fields, and come to the best viewing point in the La Fortuna area. Take in the stunning views of the cascading 70-metre high waterfall and make your way across a suspension bridge. 

All the while taking in the wonderful diversity of the lush vegetation surrounding you. This is certainly an experience for nature-lovers, although most of Costa Rica is.

Spend a Night in the Jungle

Taking a tour of the jungle at night is even more exciting than it is during the daytime. All of your senses are heightened. Hear sounds of the nocturnal creatures, and maybe even spot a few glowing eyes in the darkness.

You’ll venture deep into the rainforests of Rainmaker Park where species that were previously thought to be extinct are being rediscovered. Your naturalist guide will point out snakes, frogs, salamanders, lizards, owls, birds, and many other wonderful nocturnal creatures.

Zipline Through the Rainforest

For those of you who are still hungry for adventure and an adrenaline rush, ziplining through the rainforests of Costa Rica has to be on your itinerary. To get there you’ll enjoy a scenic drive through volcanoes, plantations, and the jungle, taking in all the biodiversity Costa Rica has to offer.

You’ll then zip-line through the jungle, seeing waterfalls and stopping off at the Arenal Volcano hot springs along the way.

⇒ For Great Vacation Ideas for Singles over 40 check out Exodus Holidays

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Scotland

A colourful history has left Scotland with castles and military fortresses all over the country. It has also kept up with the times and has some fantastsic food on offer (and of course whiskey) as well as some great spas.

If you’re ready to explore thick woodlands, rolling farmlands, and a destination with a fascinating story, Scotland is waiting for you.

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Take a Cruise on the Caledonian Canal

Ready to explore the home of the Loch Ness Monster? The Caledonian Canal is a tranquil body of water that provides stunning views of the surrounding area. Taking a cruise on the Caledonian Canal provides you with views of beautiful Great Glen, as well as long-standing Aldourie Castle.

Explore Underground Vaults

If you like to dive head-first into the history of a destination, exploring the vaults under Edinburgh’s Old Town is a must. These vaults were built in the 18th century, and held murderers and witches. You’ll even see the location where “witches” were persecuted all those years ago.

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The backstreets of Edinburgh

If you like all things dark and creepy or are simply fascinated by the customs of years gone by, this is a tour you cannot pass up in Scotland.

Visit Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle is one of the most popular fortifications in the country. The castle has been around for over 3000 years and helped to shape the history of Scotland as a whole. Take a tour of the castle to learn about its hidden mysteries.

A guide will teach you everything you need to know about the history of the castle and take you to the must-see locations in the fortress. After that, you can set out to explore for yourself. 

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Edinburgh Castle sits on the top of Edinburgh

Scotland is a great place to hire a car as a solo traveller and explore less visited areas like Ayrshire or Dumfries and Galloway. Glasgow is a super friendly town and a great spot for singles travellers. I would highly recommend having at least 7 days or 10 days in Scotland.

Looking for some Luxury on your Solo Vacation?

If you’re looking for more luxurious singles vacations over 50 options check out the fantastic Girls Guide to Paris. Girls’ Guide to Paris & Beyond is a boutique female-owned company specializing in solo-travel for women-only.

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Ladies having a fantastic time on a Girls Guide to Pairs tour!

As a Francophile and someone who owns homes in France, Doni Belau started her company with a focus on La Belle France and is now expanding worldwide with tours to Italy, Bali, japan and Morocco in 2020 as well as a myriad of “off the beaten path” luxurious tours in France.

Doni says, “Girls’ Guide to Paris & Beyond is an invitation to travel with me in a small group (no more than 12) and explore another part of the world while we explore another part of ourselves.” And they have a pretty impressive range of 5 stars only reviews on TripAdvisor.

Girls’ Guide to Paris & Beyond have a number of tours but the hottest ones for 2020 look to be visiting Burgundy in France on the Life at the Chateau tour, discovering hidden gems in France on The Undiscovered Aveyron and heading to wonderful Japan on a Wabi-Sabi Tour – great name!

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Ready to Book? Here are my travel favourites:

⇒ For accommodation Booking.com – great prices, great clear layout of accommodation options & brilliant for cancellation (& good photos!)

⇒ Or feel like a local by staying at an airbnb or having one of their great local experiences Airbnb

⇒ For flights skyscanner.net – always have the cheapest prices and great tools to help easily figure out if it would be better to leave the day before etc

⇒ For car hire rentalcars.com – huge range of options and a price match guarantee

⇒ Every trip is improved if you know at least a little bit of the local language – Rosetta Stone is the best and often have great getting started deals.

Skip the Line tours – Viator have over 14,000 of these – I am always so happy when I have pre-booked one of these! And you can cancel most Viator tours with full money back if you’re more than 24 hours out

⇒ And finally and super important – Roam Right for Travel Insurance have an excellent rating and lots of choice. I particularly like their policies that just cover medical or car rental. They also have great options for adventurous travellers.

Wrapping Up Travelling for Singles After 50

Travelling only gets more exciting with age. A little more experience under your belt, a taste for the finer things in life, and a maturity that allows you to enjoy the little things – all these factors make travelling as a single person in your 50s a wonderful experience.

I hope I’ve given you some great insights into where you should be travelling next. Whether you’re going it alone or travelling with a group, it’s sure to be one for the memory books.

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