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Friendly Spring Travel Ideas for Seniors

Finance & Planning | May 05, 2017



Spring vacations aren’t just for college students and families with children! Everyone has a bit of cabin fever at the end of a long winter. Traveling in spring can be easy on your budget when you consider a variety of destinations and plan carefully. Late-April through mid-May is considered off-peak for travel in many areas of the country. You can take advantage of specials and travel in the mild weather before kids get out of school and summer crowd sizes swell.

Bargains can be found that fit all kinds of senior travel interests in spring! Is your goal to catch up on some reading while lounging on a sandy beach? Maybe you want to visit museums and experience cultural events or musical productions in the city.  A cruise may interest you if you’d like a blend of those two types of travel! Or is it time to get out of the city to enjoy nature? These can all be affordable options during this ideal time to travel each year!

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It’s Better at the Beach.

Beach communities are quiet during these weeks in spring. College students and families have returned home after enjoying the sand and surf during school breaks. Airlines compete to fill their seats to warm weather destinations as the weather improves for much of the country. Condo and hotel rental rates also plunge the week after Easter until Memorial Day Weekend.

Fly in to Tampa or Sarasota and head south to Siesta Key Beach, Florida. Trip Advisor named Siesta Key Beach the #1 beach in the country in February, 2017! You can rent a condo on Siesta Key for about $100/night in the off season. Grab your chair, a good book, and some sun screen and relax in the sugar-white sand without worrying about finding enough room to put up your umbrella! To save even more money, consider vacationing at a beach close to an airport where there is plenty to do and you don’t need to rent a car.

Explore the City.

If you’re looking for more adventure, late spring is a great time to explore a new city! Avoid the intense summer heat and waiting in long lines by visiting cities before school lets out. Consider a vacation to San Antonio, Texas in late April to enjoy their 10-day spring Fiesta festival. This is one of the nation’s premier festivals. The annual festival highlights San Antonio’s rich and diverse culture and it’s been celebrated for over 125 years!

Affordable lodging can still be found during this exciting event! You can also keep expenses low by visiting free historical and cultural sites while vacationing in San Antonio. These include Riverwalk, Brackenridge Park, The Alamo, San Fernando Cathedral, and San Antonio Missions National Historic Park.

Relax on the Rolling Seas.

Many people think of Caribbean cruises as the ultimate cold weather escape. You can relax in the sunshine, hang out by the pool, enjoy performances, or check out a new port of call each day. Cruising offers something for everyone - but cruises aren’t just for winter vacation fun!

There are terrific prices available for Caribbean cruises each spring. You can find 6 – 8 night cruises from many departure ports for less than $100/night. This price usually includes meals, entertainment, activities, fitness options, and more! As an added bonus, spring cruisers usually enjoy fantastic weather while avoiding the start of hurricane season. Relax and enjoy your tropical vacation by heading to Port Canaveral or the Port of Miami and leave the driving to the captain!

Get Back to Nature.

Maybe it’s time to get away from it all to enjoy the serene beauty of the forest. Spending a week of spring in Tennessee at Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an excellent vacation option. The park is nicknamed “Wildflower National Park” because it boasts more than 1,500 types of flowering plants. And that is just one of the reasons it is the most visited national park in the country!

You may not avoid crowds at this park because of its popularity, but cabin rentals and other lodging options are still available in the area for less than $100/night. Mild spring days with highs in the 70’s and lows in the 50’s and reduced haze make it an ideal time to visit the park. Whether you take an auto tour or spend time hiking, you are likely to see wildlife in addition to wildflowers! Take in views of waterfalls or sunsets, catch a ranger-led program or visit a historic building – you are sure to find plenty to do and things to appreciate in this wonderful setting.

Spring is an ideal time for seniors to travel! There are four or five weeks each spring season when fewer tourists are able to take vacations. Budget conscious travelers can enjoy a variety of destinations because of affordable lodging and airfare rates. You’ll avoid long lines at most attractions and restaurants by traveling at this time of year too. Warmer weather, longer daylight hours, and lower costs are the perfect trifecta for enjoying your spring vacation plans!