Many people think about the places they’ll go after they retire. But have you ever thought about the places that you’ll go before you retire? You can’t visit many places after your last day of employment, but some of the destinations are perfect for those who are ready to take a break away from the rigors of the workforce and jump into an adventure. Retirement means taking things easy and slowly enjoying your trip. Pre-retirement means plunging in with both feet and letting loose!
You might have your own bucket list, or you might be open to suggestions, but here is a list of the 11 places you should consider for vacationing before your final day at the office.
11) Kruger National Park, South Africa
At one of the largest and oldest game reserves in Africa, you’ll find lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and buffalos as well as hundreds of other mammals and diverse bird species. The landscape includes rivers, mountains, bush plains, and tropical forests; perfect for viewing from rustic or elegant accommodations.
10) New York City, New York
It’s the city that never sleeps, so be prepared to become a part of the nightlife when you visit. You’ll get plenty of exercise as you take in the sights and sounds of from Chinatown to The Village. See a Broadway show, ride the subway, tour the landmarks--and wear your best walking shoes.
Many people make this choice after retirement, but going before you retire is smart. You’ll want to cover a lot of ground to get this most out of this once-in-a-lifetime trip. Tour the Carmel Market, drive an hour north to see the breathtaking views of the Mediterranean and walk the path of the Crucifixion.
8) The Grand Canyon
It’s amazing, it’s gorgeous, and it offers plenty of tours, hikes, and treks to see the things that you never thought you’d ever feast your eyes upon. Standing on the edge of the canyon is not for the faint of heart, nor is riding a burrow to the bottom. But it should be done at least once.
Right off the “toe” of Italy is the island of Sicily. Many people in the U.S. can trace their roots back to this “old country,” and taking a trip to visit your roots is always an adventure. Sample the local wines, fabulous foods, and explore the unique coastline cities and beaches.
6) Coast-To-Coast U.S. Road Trip
Best done prior to retirement, this is a trip you’ll never forget. It’s a whole lot of driving, but the experiences you’ll have and the sights you’ll see are unforgettable. Get your kicks on Route 66, or take US 50 from Maryland to Northern California.
5) New Zealand
It’s a long flight, but worth the time. Mountains that plunge into the coastline, diving, boating, snorkeling, swimming, whale watching, and rainforest exploration are just a few things that will keep you busy on this fantastic getaway.
It’s cold, but it’s crisp and so blue that it looks tropical. Snorkeling and scuba diving are the tops here. The countryside is like no other and you can even take the time to visit the Blue Lagoon hot spring for a warm-up.
3) The Swiss Alps
Winter or summer, the Swiss Alps are full of things to do. In the winter, ski, sled, and sledge. In the summer, hiking and biking will yield you beautiful sights like no other. The 600-kilometers of Swiss National Park and the many lakes and meadows make this a beautiful place.
2) The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
There is never enough time to do and see everything that this beautiful island chain has to offer. From the giant tortoises, sea lions, Galapagos penguins, sharks, iguanas, and birds, to the opportunity to hike, bike, snorkel, and surf to your heart’s content.
If you live in North America, Australia, plan for a long trip as there is much to do and see. The wildlife on Kangaroo Island includes koalas, wallabies, kangaroos, seals, and kookaburras. The Great Barrier Reef holds endless species of aquatic life. When in Melbourne, tour the Yarra River and Great Ocean Road.
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