ISLAND OF IRELAND
Of course, you can’t forget Ireland, Tenon’s very first destination! This remains the top choice for our retired travelers. With an ideal 12-16 nights, you can explore the whole island, including Northern Ireland – a place that most of us of a certain age only knew from the Nightly News – and not in a good way. Give yourself 3 to 4 nights in each of the original four provinces and you’ll have a fabulous opportunity to check out heritage sites as well some of the world’s most stunning coastlines.
Browse our inspirational itineraries to help you plan your ideal trip to Ireland.
OTHER THINGS TO CONSIDER
1. If you’re a seasoned European traveler, why not go back to a place you enjoyed before? You have more time and less of a backpacker budget now. You’ll be amazed at the changes, and it will build your travel confidence as you see familiar sites, but now with the perspective of maturity. (Hmmm, maybe staying out at a disco till 5 am on a remote Greek island wasn’t the best adulting you ever did…cough cough.)
2. Go over Thanksgiving. Let the kids feed themselves for once! For Europe, this will be the off-season which means fewer crowds and better pricing. Sure, some attractions may be closed for the season, but that might be a worthwhile trade-off depending on your priorities.
3. Speaking of “kids,” don’t assume they’ll want or be able to join you on a dream trip. Many wonderful plans have to be scuttled when work schedules/child care/pet sitting/budgets get real. Travel for yourself. Make your kids jealous (while they stuff their own turkey!)
AND ONCE YOU’VE DECIDED WHERE TO GO, HERE ARE A FEW MORE THOUGHTS ON THE WHAT.
1. Be creative with your car rental. Maybe spring for a Mercedes for a few days? Try out an SUV? We’ll include the insurance, so treat yourselves and have fun!
2. Do something 100% “touristy.” There’s a reason attractions like the Colosseum or the Tower of London are so popular – go see for yourself! But perhaps on a privately guided day tour so you’ll have the best experience possible.
3. To balance that, do something you’ve never done before. Live it up on a beach in the South of France. Blend your own whisky in Scotland. Go ziplining in Wales (I will hold your backpack, thanks very much). Just get out of your comfort zone and spark the element of surprise and delight!
4. A last thought: If there is a trip you really, really, really want to do, please do not sit it out because you haven’t hit your magic retirement age yet. If the past few years have taught us anything, life is for living – and traveling! Don’t put off your dreams when you have the chance to make them real.
Now, let’s get you packed.