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Just because you're a single senior, you don't have to miss the boat on travel and adventure. Explore these great trip ideas. If you are divorced, never-married, widowed, or have a partner who's a homebody, you may face a daunting decision. Are you willing to travel alone? You may find the idea of traveling alone to be overwhelming. Maybe you're not used to making all the arrangements yourself. Perhaps you have never stayed alone in a hotel room, or are afraid you will feel lonely on your adventure. Still, if the travel bug has bitten, you don't want to miss opportunities just because you're on your own. A reason to travel Don't let your fear of the unknown stop you. Travel can help keep you feeling young. Other benefits? A trip gives you something to plan for and look forward to. Travel keeps you occupied and involved in what life has to offer. Experiencing different places keeps your mind sharp. Planning and taking trips promote your independence. Vacations often include healthy physical activity. Traveling can enhance a relationship or lead to making new friends. Lots of choices Whatever you desire, there are plenty of options to explore. With the increasing number of single seniors looking to travel, companies are slowly becoming more solo-friendly. Some groups will match you in a room with another single traveler of the same sex so you won't pay a singles supplement. Cruises. Cruises are a popular choice for single seniors, especially women. Look for single-friendly tour groups and cruise lines. They work to give you a break on the cost of a single room or pair you with a roommate in a cabin. Special interest programs. Want to travel and learn? There are many special interest programs geared for seniors. They may involve taking classes or pursuing areas of interest from opera to horticulture. Or if your interest is in another culture or language, some programs place you with a host family in that country. As a solo traveler, this provides an instant connection and a way to interact with the locals on a personal level. Adventure treks. If you fancy exercise and nature, ask your travel agent about adventure trips designed with single seniors in mind. Choose from a variety of walking/hiking, biking, camping, canoeing, or sailing trips geared to varying levels of skill. Road Scholar (formerly called Elderhostel). Many singles enjoy Road Scholar trips. They include various types of educational, volunteer, and off-the-beaten-path activities. These trips give you a more meaningful look at an area than you might otherwise get. They tend to get a mix of singles, married couples, and friends and relatives traveling together. Alumni clubs. Many university alumni clubs sponsor overseas and domestic trips that can reconnect seniors to long-lost classmates or spark new relationships. Some of these trips have a theme or include classes. Contact your former college for information about such trips. Local church, synagogue, or mosque. Aside from day trips, many religious institutions sponsor trips abroad. If you are affiliated with a particular one, call the main office and ask if trips are offered. Day trips from senior centers. If you are looking for something local and inexpensive, look no further than your local senior center. They often offer bus trips to festivals, parks, and theater and music events. Many trips are low-cost or free. This is also a good way to get your feet wet and meet people in your own community who have similar interests. Venturing out on your own may seem intimidating. But it is more satisfying than staying home wishing for adventure. Travel is an enriching experience. Can it add years to your life? Maybe not, but it can certainly add life to your years.
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