Fifty is the new 30, and single women in that category know it. Retired or not, single women can benefit from some terrific travel opportunities to meet their special needs and interests. Whether you want to learn something new or just see the world, tour groups or travel clubs can set up an adventure that will renew your spirit and provide plenty to talk about with the grandkids.
Single women in their 50s are both financially and emotionally more secure than those in their 20s. Although meeting a mate might be nice, it's not the center of their world. Many have been married or been mothers, limiting their ability to travel and explore their own interests and passions. Now that the kids are grown, and they are happily single after a divorce, their 50s are their moment to take flight. Special travel packages for single women in their 50s often pair adventure, learning and relaxation with other special needs of this demographic, including seminars on health and beauty and fitness classes. By targeting this special group of ladies and offering them their own special tours, many companies offer single women in their 50s a relaxing vacation with other supportive new friends their age, without the screaming of children or competition from male tourists.
The Relaxation Vacation. Spas and resorts are big business and women in their 50s can enjoy a good massage and some pampering like no other group of deserving women. You don't have to go too far either, as there are great spas in California, Arizona and Mexico. For example, Moon Palace Resorts in Cancun offer beautiful accommodations on the ocean plus wonderful spa opportunities. Nothing is better than swinging in your own personal hammock on your patio after a day of pampering, and this is just one place a single woman in her 50s can find such a treat. The Educational Vacation. There are plenty of travel packages that include learning some new skill or sport, and women in their 50s can benefit from them all. One of the best is a cooking tour of Italy. Women are transported into the Italian culture and spend days traveling from one special place in Italy to another, learning to cook authentic dishes on the way. Excellent for both skilled cooks and novices, cooking tours let you enjoy immersion in the Italian culture and, of course, impressing your friends later with your new Italian dishes. Adventure and Explore. European tours are available for women in their 50s, ranging from walking tours of Venice and Florence to island hopping around Athens, Greece. Usually a blend of planned tours and "free days," European tours allow for a variety of fitness and energy levels with provided meals and lodging. English-speaking tour guides make this an easy choice for women who have not had the opportunity to go to Europe.
Road Trip or Cruise. Women in their 50s love to spend time with their friends, and nothing says "fun" more than a road trip with the girls. Whether you want to hit Route 66 or just let the back roads lead you where they may, finding forgotten antique stores and little diners is all part of the fun. Cruises are a bit more structured but still carefree, offering adventure, spas, entertainment and camaraderie. They have little bit of everything, including single men in their 50s. Walk on the Wild Side. If you are a single woman in your 50s seeking fun with single men, there are resorts out there to meet your needs as well. Hedonism resort in Jamaica, for instance, will have you skinny dipping on the beach, playing naked twister or enjoying a theme night party of oldies music and dancing. It's definitely not for the prudish, but if you want a secret naughty getaway, this may be it.
Travel opportunities for women in their 50s can range from a long weekend at the local spa to a four-week extravaganza in Europe. Cruises are available for three-day excursions if you want a quick escape with your girlfriends. The more time you have, the further you can get.
If you are traveling by yourself, consider your health and activity level when choosing your trip. If you are going with a friend, you'll have to think about that person's needs as well, which may limit your choices. Most tours, however, offer options for day trips and can be flexible to make the trip enjoyable for everyone.
Plan your trip well so as not to have issues when you are on vacation. For example, make sure you have your passport updated. If you are taking a road trip, have your vehicle tuned up before you hit the road. Have any prescriptions renewed or filled before you leave, and have all your contact phone numbers in your cell phone.