Becoming a senior doesn't mean you have to sit in a rocking chair, knitting and withering away. Having more time to yourself after retirement, coupled with fewer family responsibilities, means you can finally make your traveling dreams come true. Planning a trip can be exhausting and fraught with details. A travel club catering to the needs of the senior traveler can handle those details, allowing you to relax and enjoy the ride.
Find a Group -- or Two
Just like other travel groups, senior travel organizations come in many varieties. From clubs exclusively for the female senior who doesn't want to travel alone to outfits focused on educational trips, there are groups that fit all tastes and preferences. Seniors wishing to stay active can enjoy communal trips with groups such as ElderTreks and Walking the World that focus on adventure travel and outdoor activity. Enrolling in these groups is as simple as signing up for their newsletter and participating in the trips of your choice. You'll see fresh faces on each trip and meet new friends each time you travel.
Closer to Home
If you're looking for permanent face-to-face friendships, check out senior travel clubs in your local area. Clubs such as TJ's Experiences in Arizona have local chapters with monthly meetings where members enjoy fellowship and plan local and long-distance tours. You can find more than 100 local senior travel clubs throughout the United States on Meetup.com.