5 Retirement Celebration Travel Ideas


“We always plan our own trips, and prefer off-the-grid adventure travel, but like to balance R&R with energetic days. This month-long journey to Tanzania included both. We used the family-run, solar-powered Honey Badger Lodge [in Moshi] as our refuge and home base in between legs. We started with a six-day climb to Mount Kilimanjaro, organized by Milestone Safaris & Mountaineering, for which we trained nine months by climbing high-altitude peaks at home in New Mexico. Our guides encouraged us with Swahili songs and dances, and we saw the sun rise over the Kenyan plains as we approached the crater’s rim. The company also led our five-day safari through the Serengeti, Tarangire, Manyara, and Ngorongoro, during which we covered 800 miles and witnessed the wildebeest migration. We ended the trip on the Indian Ocean, in a private villa surrounded by coconut groves at Kijongo Bay Beach Resort. To fully immerse yourself in Tanzanian culture and people, a month is minimal, and this opportunity usually comes after retirement.” —Bob and Janet Ratliff, retired engineers

Lisbon and Southern Spain

The Spanish city of Malaga


“We planned this September 2019 trip in our heads, then met with Cathy Moha of Gourmet Voyages to refine the details; she had arranged two prior trips for us, so she was familiar with our interests. In Lisbon, a local accompanied us to the market, selected ingredients, and cooked while regaling us with history and customs. The Douro Valley with its river, vistas, and fortified wine was inspiring, and it was neat to visit the bookstore where J.K. Rowling started writing the first Harry Potter book after she moved to the city to teach English classes. We explored the ancient Roman baths in Ronda, as well as the ring where Hemingway would watch the bullfights. We did a walking tapas-and-wine tour in Malaga. We saw the caves in Gibraltar. With age comes more knowledge and the ability to appreciate places and experiences that may not have been viewed as significant when we were younger.” —David and Jean Schlesinger, retired teacher and high school secretary, respectively

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