Taking a full break from working life is a big decision, but after tens of years of waking up in the morning and going to the office at least 5 days a week, it comes as a much-deserved reward. The kids are already adults and taking care of their own life and it is time for you to enjoy yourself and forget about the tedious tasks of a 9 to 5 job.
What is there to do after retirement? Travel, explore and fulfill your dreams. The best thing is, you won’t have to worry about coming back in time for work. You can make the vacation as long as you desire and relax as much as you need. Don’t know where to start? Below is a list of 7 places to help you plan your next vacation.
If you want to visit Europe, Santorini is one of the best places you can go to. The volcanic Greek island is a mix of beautiful beaches, with red and black sands, incredible vineyards and a bunch of archeological sites, in case you want to come back with a real history lesson. Plus, the Mediterranean food is the best you could ask for.
Explore the picturesque fishing village of Ammoudi Bay, where you can enjoy a relaxing day at the beach and some of the best traditional sea food made by the local fishermen. You can book a table straight on the beach and enjoy a glass of wine at sunset. For a more intricate landscape, choose one of the red or black-sanded beaches, such as Red Beach, Perissa or Kamari.
For a true lesson of history, visit Akrotiri, also known as the Pompeii of Greece. Hundreds of years ago, a volcano erupted and the ashes preserved the area of Akrotiri just as it was back in the 1450 BC. End your stay with a trip to Sigalas Winery, for a glass of wine and a private tour of one of the most ancient wine-producing areas in the world.
Whether you choose to visit Palermo, the capital of Sicily, or the small towns of Taormina and Castelmola, there are countless things to do and enjoy on the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Palermo is full of history and opulence, as you will see if you take walk around town. Besides the palaces and historical monuments in the city, a trip to Palermo won’t be complete without a visit to Monreale Cathedral, to see the golden mosaics, made out of 2200 kg of pure gold.
If you want a more quiet place, choose the cities of Tormina and Castelmona, elevated 100 m above the sea. If seen from above, the cities look like a true maze, with small streets sprinkled with piazza and churches. If you get a chance to visit Taormina, don’t forget to take a trip to Isola Bella, a small island that contributes to the fame of the city.
Of course, a trip to Sicily won’t be complete without a visit to Mount Etna, the second most active volcano in the world. Here, you can take a cable car, which will take you 2,900 meters above sea level. The view from here will surely leave you mesmerized.
If you want a relaxing vacation where all you have to do is lay in the sun and relax all day, them Maldives is the place for you. Beautiful fine-sand beaches and turquoise waters, the islands are sure to leave you breathless. You can choose to have a private picnic on a sandbank, to enjoy the delicious seafood and a glass of champagne. Then you can relax at an underwater spa, where you can enjoy a massage, a skin treatment and another glass of champagne, all while surrounded by glass walls with an underwater view. Marine life will be all around you, so make sure to wave to the dolphins when you see them.
Speaking of dolphins, Maldives is the perfect place to spot them swimming around you. Almost all resorts offer dolphin watching trips, as the smart marine creatures are everywhere around the islands. If you want to truly spoil yourself, take a cruise on a traditional boat and experience a breathtaking sunset aboard.
Niagara Falls is a place you must see at least once in your life, as it is one of the most amazing natural beauties of the world. You can choose to stay at a hotel right next to the water, for a mesmerizing view to go with your breakfast every morning, but make sure to remember to get out of the room and enjoy the surroundings. The best time to visit Niagara Falls is during spring or fall, to avoid crowds and overpriced accommodations.
You can take a cruise to enjoy the waterfalls from up close and truly let yourself be mesmerized by the greatness of the water. If you want to get even closer, take a behind-the-falls tour and go down into the tunnels. Here an observation deck awaits, where you can watch the Horseshoe Falls from behind. Make sure to get your raincoat on, as the mist will live you soaking.
For a complete travel experience, don’t forget to take a trip to the Niagara Falls History Museum, to learn more about the three waterfalls and the history of the area.
Yosemite National Park, California
Yosemite National Park is amongst the best places to visit in all the United States. The natural beauty of the place will leave anyone who visits amazed and charged with positive energy. There are countless things you can do here, depending on how adventurous you feel. One of the easiest to access places is the park is the Glacier Point, which also has the best view over the entire area. If possible, try going here at sunrise or sundown, for a truly special landscape.
A trip to Yosemite Park would not be complete without a visit to Yosemite Falls, the highest waterfall in all North America. If you are feeling adventurous, you can even choose to hike a portion of the fall. Speaking of hikes, a 0.5-mile hike will take you to Bridalveil Fall, named this way because the Ahwahneechee tribe living here believed that inhaling the mist of the fall would improve someone’s chances of getting married.