There is an entire world at the fingertips of any single senior citizen. From Vermont to going back to school to touring the globe, vacation packages for single seniors take the stressful elements away from planning a vacation. Instead, single seniors have time to enjoy their hard-earned vacation and leave the planning to the others while learning about new places and meeting great people.
New England has world-renowned foliage during September and October. The vibrant reds and oranges of the trees against the bright blue sky, and the mild, cool weather, make for a vacation to remember in this picturesque corner of the United States. The Wildflower Inn offers a vacation package for senior citizens who enjoy traveling and fall colors by combining the two in the Fall Foliage Midweek Explorers Package. The package includes a four-night stay at the Wildflower Inn in Lyndonville, Vermont, complete with a full country breakfast and afternoon snacks replete with famous Vermont Cabot cheese and apple cider. During the day, the staff provides maps of fall foliage tours in Northern New Hampshire, Southern Quebec and Vermont for individuals to explore at his or her leisure. The beautiful setting, tours and communal atmosphere of the Wildflower is a great way to meet other people, too. Prices start at $390 in the low season for a four-night package.
The Wildflower Inn 2059 Darling Hill Road Lyndonville, VT 05851 1-800-627-8310 wildflowerinn.com
Senior Summer School provides seniors with the opportunity to go back to college. Seniors live and learn at one of four colleges, Loyola in Chicago, Appalachian State in Boone, North Carolina, University of Wisconsin Madison in Madison, Wisconsin or San Diego State University in San Diego. Seniors engage in six daily classes, extensions of the university in which the individual is attending, with college professors and local professionals, three or more field-trips to local sightseeing hotspots and evening entertainment including dancing, singing and talks by local historians. Both singles and couples attend the program and come away with many different friends and experiences to talk about! Accommodations include private suites in college residence halls, apartments or hotels, and exercise facilities, computer centers and recreational areas are available. Food is included and served cafeteria style. The program varies from two to six weeks. The AARP has reviewed the Summer School positively as a wonderful travel/educational combination experience.
Senior Summer School P.O. Box 188 Madison, WI 53701 608-255-0263 seniorsummerschool.com
The Semester at Sea program is a study abroad program in which college and non-traditional students learn and travel together. Semester at Sea is a cruise around the world. Teachers, students and staff live on the MV Explorer, taking a wide array of academic classes during travel times and embarking on exciting tours and adventures while in port. Previous ports of call include cities such as Salvador, Brazil; Walvis Bay, Namibia; Cape Town, South Africa, and Chennai, India. The program lasts three to 3.5 months. Lifelong learners live, eat and travel with the students, thus making friends among other lifelong learners and with students.
University of Virginia Semester at Sea PO Box 400885 Charlottesville, VA 22904 1-800-854-4885 semesteratsea.org