Explore the Amazon, party in Switzerland, or chill in France.
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Traveling is great at any age: In your 20's, 30's, 40's, and well beyond your 50's! But, the type of trip you'll get the most from and enjoy the most depends on many factors. Are you the type of guy who likes to explore foreign territory? Party it up? Or maybe you just like to chill. Fortunately, we've found a trip to fit each of those travel "types."
What's more, your tastes will probably change as you get older (and hopefully you'll have more money to spend on fancier vacations!). Likely the type of trip you went on in your early 20's is not one you'd appreciate as much when you're 50. So, that's why we divided up our travel reccomendations by decade.
The following slides include trip ideas for guys in their 50's. Click the links below see trips for other age groups—check out the story for your actual age or for the age you most relate with!
Swap the concrete jungle for the real deal with a tour of the Amazon rainforest, which largely spans northwestern Brazil, Peru, and Colombia as well as Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana. Delfin Amazon Cruises offers the perfect entry point—via a luxury river vessel complete with five-star cuisine—into one of the most biodiverse places on the planet, starting with Peru’s sacred Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Get an up close and personal view of this tropical wonderland with a canopy walk across eight hanging bridges, stand up paddle boarding excursions and a night-to-remember post-sunset safari. Keep your eyes peeled (and cameras ready) for pink river dolphins, sloths, seven species of monkeys, and 300+ species of birds.
>>$3200 for four days in a deluxe suite, includes all meals on board, all excursions and some gear, ground transportation to/from the vessel, and entrance fees. June to October is low water season and November to May is high water season – both times allow travelers to explore the reserve in unique ways (delfinamazoncruises.com).
Take a page from Sir Richard Branson's travelogue and head to his property, The Lodge, in Verbier, Switzerland. Secret Escapes, a luxury travel flash deals website, is offering a killer deal to this all-inclusive retreat—one of the finest in the world and nestled in the breathtaking Swiss Alps—for $671 per night (rates generally start at $894). While at the chic nine-room chalet, do what a billionaire British knights do and enjoy paragliding, canyoning, hiking, mountain biking or just lounging in the jacuzzi with a glass of champagne or wine from the extensive cellar while breathing in the fresh mountain air. Afterward, take it inside for dancing under a mirrored disco ball or head into town to meet new friends at any of the 40+ restaurants.
>>$671 per night, includes accommodations, most meals and snacks, all drinks such as top quality wine and house champagne, 24-hour driver service within Verbier, and more. Available during the winter and summer months: December to April and June to September (virginlimitededition.com).
Don't just stuff your face silly in Provence, but actually learn from a Michelin-starred chef how to make each dish and bring the deliciousness back home with you. As part of Backroad's six-day Provence Active Gourmet Walking Trip, guests will get a crash course in making classic Provençal plates and tasting local favorite wines, including Côtes du Luberon. In between meals, walk off calories—anywhere from two to eight miles depending on your fitness level—to make room for your next feast. Visit quaint perched villages, meander through markets (be sure to sample the goat cheese and olives), duck into 12th century churches and cathedrals, and take a stroll with resident van Gogh expert, Marie-Charlotte Bouton.
>>$4298 per person, includes accommodations, most meals, cooking lessons and more. Dates available in May, August and September (backroads.com).