There’s nothing more heartwarming than seeing an old couple enjoy a good vacation. Unfortunately, not all tourist spots are senior-friendly. So, If you’re planning a trip with one of your more elderly relatives or if you’re one yourself, here’s a list of the best vacation spots for senior citizens:
1. Coron, Palawan
Believe it or not, one of the top destinations for adventurers is also great for senior travelers. Whether you choose to stay in town or by the water, Coron has a number of accommodations perfect for a relaxing vacation.
The beach town also has a number of must-visit spots like the Maquinit Hot-Springs and Lualhati Park which is easily accessible to visitors.
On top of having one of the most efficient transport systems in the world — Singapore’s tourist areas are fairly close to each other. Just equip yourself with an umbrella and some sunscreen, and your city stroll becomes pretty painless.
Once you’re done with the sights, the city is complete with all of your favorite international retail brands. And most importantly, you have dozens of Anthony Bourdain-approved restaurants to feast in.
3. Tokyo, Japan
It’s quite surprising to learn that a country so busy and vibrant has a large chunk of its population aged over 65. If the crowded image of Shibuya crossing intimidates you, Tokyo is a lot more senior-friendly than it seems.
Just like other progressive countries, all their commercial areas, train stations, and public areas have wheelchair accessible ramps, lifts, and dedicated chairs. There’s even a town called Sugamo which is fondly referred to as “Grandma’s Harajuku”.
4. Hong Kong
The comfortable two hour flight from Manila is not all that makes Hong Kong a favorite quick-vacation spot. Tourists flock to the the “fragrant harbour” to get one of the best shopping and culinary experiences in Asia.
It doesn’t hurt that flights and hotels are often on sale throughout the year. And in addition, seniors get to enjoy discounts and priority on multiple attractions and tourist cards.
5. Phuket, Thailand
Though the island is famous for its nightlife and cheap shopping, Phuket’s miles and miles of soft white sand is perfect for a quiet escape. Here, you can have an itinerary-free vacation, just lay around in the sand, and spend your days enjoying the view.
Most resorts are connected through their beaches where you can walk as far as your knees permit. Of course, there’s also the delicious promise of local food which is available everywhere in the island.
All the comforts of US shopping and services can be enjoyed in Guam but in a smaller, more personal scale. There’s the shiny Tumon that will remind you of a trip to Epcot with it’s polished diners and shopping areas. And the complete opposite, out-of-town side where the beaches are more rugged and the lines are less long.