Story by Cele and Lynn Seldon Illustrations by Alice Feagan
Your tastes and interests often evolve with each stage of life — as will your vacation choices. There’s a trip to match them all!
Chapter 1: Footloose and Fancy-Free
When you’re single, in your 20s and looking to travel solo or with a group of like-minded friends, there are lots of exciting destinations and places to explore. If nightlife and entertainment are the goals, stay at one of 14 different MGM properties in Las Vegas. Catch a show, hit the casino, or explore the outskirts of town with a day of hiking or rafting.
If a winter mountain outing interests you, consider Mammoth Mountain or Vail ski resorts to show off your skiing and snowboarding skills by day — and your dance floor moves by night. Beach bums can always find a good time in the Caribbean at all-inclusive singles resorts like Sandals Montego Bay or Sandals Ochi in Jamaica. Everything from golf and scuba diving to dining and dance parties are typically included.
Sample lots of islands on a Carnival Cruise Line “Fun Ship” or a hip Celebrity Cruises sailing. To see even more of the world, U by Uniworld plies the rivers of Europe for the young and young at heart, while Contiki coordinates customized travels and tours specifically for millennials.
Chapter 2: Couples and Newlyweds
Planning a couples getaway or a honeymoon can be almost as much fun as the travel itself, especially if you rely on the experience of a AAA Travel Agent. With one-stop-shopping it’s easy-peasy to choose an all-inclusive Caribbean resort like Paradisus Palma Real Golf & Spa Resort in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, where personal butlers will draw a candlelit bath, plan a romantic beach picnic and cater to your every whim. Nearly wed and newlyweds might also consider a cozy mountain escape, where hiking, fireplaces, hot tubs and stunning scenery create romantic memories. Options abound at places like Currier & Ives-esque Blackberry Farm in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, The Inn on Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, Jenny Lake Lodge at the base of Wyoming’s Tetons or Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, Alaska, just 40 minutes southeast of Anchorage.
For more adventurous travels, consider a walking or cycling tour of the Amalfi Coast or Provence with Breakaway Adventures or The Wayfarers. Or let the experts at Club Adventures put together travel tours to far-flung places like Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East or South America.
Chapter 3: Kids’ Time and Family Getaways
There are few better ways to bond with your family than through travel. Shared experiences and memories of a family vacation will last for years. Naturally, visits to theme parks like Disney and Universal resonate with the young and the young-at-heart. It’s also easy to combine Florida theme parks with a Disney cruise that carries the Disney characters, entertainment and kids (and adults-only) programming to the Bahamas, Bermuda and throughout the Caribbean from Port Canaveral.
Other great family options include all-inclusive Club Med family-friendly resorts like Sandpiper Bay in Florida and Cancun Yucatan in Mexico, where they offer kids clubs for every age, day and evening childcare services, accommodations with families in mind and sports and activities for the whole family. Or explore our nation’s national parks with Amtrak Vacations and let getting there be half the fun as you watch the scenery roll by in spacious and comfortable seating and accommodations, knowing that rail vacation specialists have handled all the travel details and hassles.
Chapter 4: Multi-Generational Travel
As parents age and the kids get older, family getaways become more challenging, even though it might be the best time to travel. Renting a villa in the Caribbean or Hawaii with Pleasant Holidays takes all the stress out of deciding where to go and finding the right accommodations, while offering all the comforts of home.
There are also family-oriented cruises offering something for everyone. Explore exotic destinations with tons of onboard activities like rock-climbing walls, ziplines, water slides, water parks, dozens of specialty dining restaurants, kids’ programs and activities to get you from one port to the next with Royal Caribbean. Cruise to Alaska and add on a land tour to Denali National Park with Holland America Line or Princess Cruises. Or see the wonders of Europe, Australia, Asia and other destinations through the eyes of the kids with a cruise or land-based trip with Adventures by Disney.
Consider a bucket list trip for the entire family with an African safari with Micato Safaris or Alexander + Roberts. Join pre-scheduled small group safaris or create your own personal family journey with game viewing (lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, giraffes and more), bush walks, picnics and cultural exchanges.
Chapter 5: The Golden Years
Now’s the time to travel at a relaxed pace without time constraints, explore all the places you haven’t been and splurge. The golden years provide the time to immerse yourself in the sights and insights of other cultures, with extended and leisurely discovery or regional journeys with Insight Vacations or Trafalgar. Or sit back and leave all the lavish details to luxury tour operators like Tauck or Artisans of Leisure.
If you prefer your leisure on the high seas, there are plenty of luxury cruise lines waiting to take you to the seven continents, including Seabourn, Cunard, Regent Seven Seas and Oceania. If the rivers of the world are more your cup of tea, set sail with Viking or AmaWaterways. A rail adventure through Canada and the Canadian Rockies beckons with Rocky Mountaineer, providing divine destinations and
spine-tingling scenery by day, gourmet meals and wines throughout the day and luxury hotels at night.
What travel chapter do you want to write? Your AAA Travel Agent can help! Call 800-750-5386 today!