The Retiree’s Winter Travel Guide

Even if you love a four-season climate, a winter getaway is always a good idea.
Even if you love a four-season climate, a winter getaway is always a good idea.
Even if you love a four-season climate, a winter getaway is always a good idea.

After the hustle and bustle of the holidays are over, it is a great time to travel and regroup. Here are a few of our favorite winter travel options for every interest:

For the Ski Lover…

Hit the slopes in Park City, Utah, and ski like an Olympian. The two main resorts (Deer Valley and Park City Mountain) both served as major sites for the 2002 Winter Olympics. And if you get tired of skiing and snowboarding, the town is also home to top-notch outlet shopping and great golf courses. You may also recognize the name Park City as the home of the annual Sundance Film Festival, which takes place here every January and attracts film buffs from around the world.

For the Beach Bum…

If your goal this winter is to get away from the cold and snow, try Tulum, a tourist town on the Caribbean coast of Mexico. Traveling to Mexico won’t make as big of a dent in your post-holiday wallet as it would if you opt for the Caribbean, but you can still experience the white sand beaches and clear blue water. For some added fun, check out some of the ancient structures that can still be found on and around the beach.

For the Budget Traveler…

You don’t have to travel far to feel like you got away this season, try right in your own backyard. Midwestern retirees can head to snowy resort towns like Lake Geneva in Wisconsin, and active adults in New York and New Jersey can rent a picturesque cabin in the Adirondack Mountains for some rest and relaxation. If you’ve retired in Florida, try the Florida Keys for a quick getaway, and if you’re on the West Coast, flights to Las Vegas are incredibly affordable.

For the History Buff…

If you’ve got some money to spend and some interest in experiencing history and new cultures, try Venice, Italy. Winter can be chilly here, which makes it a great time to get cheaper airfare and avoid the huge crowds of tourists that usually populate the museums and cathedrals. View historic art and architecture, take a stroll in St. Mark’s Square, or go for a walk along the famous canals in one of the most beautiful cities in the world this winter.

For the World Traveler…

Live out your own version of Casablanca in Morocco. Certainly not your everyday travel destination, Morocco offers plenty of unique things to see and do.

Between the mountain ranges and the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts, natural beauty is around every corner. And with beautiful palaces and mosques dotting the country, there’s no shortage of history and architecture to take in. And you can’t beat the climate, with temperatures in the 60-70 degree range almost year round.

What are some of your dream travel destinations? Let us know in the comments!

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