Holiday destinations for older people
As people get older, they don’t always fancy fighting with hordes of tourists for an inch of camera space. Sometimes a holiday should be just that – a break, something different and a chance to get away from home for a bit of peace and relaxation.
Deciding where to take ageing relatives, however, can be tricky. Not only do you have to consider budget – but there are many, many other factors to think about when choosing a holiday destination, particularly if your relatives are in poor health.
With this in mind, we’ve looked at a few different holiday locations according to your family’s needs, so you can make the right holiday choice for them. You can use these specific examples to create your own checklist and find the right holiday destination for your family.
Close to home
If your elderly family members’ health conditions are making it difficult for them to get around, steering clear of long haul flights and instead visiting worthwhile places closer to home.
Kingswear in Devon is a small town, settled alongside the beautiful River Dart, accessible for ageing parents who perhaps have limited mobility and can’t walk too far. Full of quaint boutiques, restaurants and traditional guest houses Kingswear offers something for all generations.
The nearby 15th century Kingswear Castle is also a great sightseeing spot, and once you’ve exhausted your exploration of Kingswear your family can take a memorable steam train trip to Paignton.
If you’re holidaying with children as well as older parents Paignton Zoo could provide plenty of distractions from face painting to outdoor adventure areas keeping them occupied while your parents view the abundance of exotic beasties in relative peace.
Further afield for some sun, sea and sand
Just off the coast of Spain Mallorca’s far enough away to feel like you and your parents have escaped the burdens of home, without taking up too much travel time (2 hours 20 from Gatwick). A popular British tourist destination prices are cheap and cheerful, particularly when it comes to flights, which is helpful for those watching their wallets.
Only 1 hours’ drive from Palma de Mallorca airport Cala Millor is renowned for its fabulous beaches. If sunning in deckchairs isn’t up your parent’s street, there are plenty of other things to do in the area, and of course, endless waterfront cafes serving up paella and sangria. The fact this island is warm most of the year round means you don’t even have to visit in-season (April is a balmy 19 degrees).
For elderly parents with limited mobility or those reliant on a wheelchair to get around Munich is one of the more accessible cities in Europe. With attractions like the English Garden or the Frauenkirche Cathedral offering wider open space Munich is almost 100% barrier-free transit. Browse wheelchair-friendly hotels here.
For those who love sight-seeing the city itself is home to chocolate box houses painted in different colours and panelled with brown wood in the traditional Bavarian style, while the Neuschwanstein Castle, the inspiration for the Disney castle, is only a short drive away and straight out of a child’s fantasy land.
Once in a lifetime
If your ageing parents are up for an adventure Bora Bora could be an extra special excursion you treat them to that they can tick off their ‘dream destination’ list. An idyllic location, popular with honeymooners, many of the hotels are set out into lagoons whose shades of blue even Dulux don’t cover.
While Bora Bora may be more difficult to get to, especially with older people, it’s an experience that’s not to be missed. The plane ride from Tahiti offers a breath-taking aerial view of the island with the gorgeous, green Mount Pahia looming in front of you.
For fish fanatics and parents who enjoy swimming Bora Bora’s clear waters offer the perfect setting for snorkelling and scuba diving as well as a peaceful soak in the Pacific Ocean with tropical fish, rays and sharks easily spotted through azure waves.
It’s worth bearing in mind that the island has no public transport so while this may be ideal for those who’re happy remaining in their resort and simply relaxing you might need to hire a car for parents who’d like to venture to other parts of the island.
Have you been to any destinations that were perfect for your elderly parents? Don’t forget to check out our guide to insuring yourselves properly before you go, and check hotel reviews to make sure your parents won’t be climbing 12 flights of stairs to get to the hotel room!
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