soft adventure tourism

What is soft adventure tourism for mature travelers?

 

What is soft adventure tourism for mature travelers?

What a strange question to come across for mature and senior travelers who know and have been doing soft adventure travel at this stage of their life. But for those not in the know, there is such a category in senior travel that encompasses travel and adventure experiences in a more gentle and accessible means for senior travelers that still can explore and go out to various places but at their own speed with mild physical activity. It’s probably one of the most popular travel trends for seniors who want to explore areas close by to even bucket list adventure travels. At The Mature Traveler, we have also created a category for soft adventure travel as a drop-down segment in the destination navigation section.

This might mean that some senior travelers have mobility issues, but many just require an easier travel lifestyle with easy to moderate recreation and adventure to experience the outdoors, nature and some kind of physical activity. The senior age range for 50 + and over covers a whole spectrum ranging in easy walks, fishing, kayaking to more challenging cycling, climbing and back packing.

Soft adventure travel enthusiasts want to also be out in nature doing something physical and fun but not as strenuous as regular adventure seekers and hard-core recreation junkies.

So, what are the top soft adventure travel experiences to do

So, what are the top soft adventure travel experiences to do for seniors now?

As typical, this covers the gamut of adventure and recreation along with interest in experiences and activities, culture and history, visiting natural wonders, Cruising destinations, Unesco World Heritage sites and those big bucket list places they have always wanted to do. More active travel to add on a recreation or physical type of activity to include activities like biking, snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, barging, safaris to road trips cover a whole repertoire of interest-based travel for seniors.

 

 

Cycling, hiking or walking tours for seniors

 

Cycling, hiking or walking tours for seniors

Many tour companies offer a range of active tours for seniors, but if you are open to DIY tours, you can also opt for some easy touring on your own and maybe closer to areas that you are familiar with. Tour companies that specialize in these activities manage all the details, lodging, food and your daily itinerary of events so all you have to do is pack and show up at the starting point.

 

 

Visit to State and National Parks

Visit to State and National Parks

A very popular type of trip for seniors to places that are a short drive or even a day trip visiting a state or national park in the area. You might want to challenge yourself to visiting areas out of state or even on your bucket list of parks that have been on your list of places to visit and enjoy all the outdoor activities, hiking, kayaking or just walking around the major monuments and historic sites within that park to explore and enjoy on your own free time.

 

 

Skip Gen Vacations

 

Have you heard of Skip Gen Vacations?

This completely new vacation trend extends from the multi-generational vacation and just cuts out the kids so it’s mostly the grandparents and grandkids vacationing together and sharing some fun bonding time on vacation. Whether you book a nearby cabin or close getaway or opt for something more long distance or a group tour that focuses on different age groups and activities, the Skip – gen vacation getaway and niche travel is starting to gain a lot of interest and traction with families traveling together.

 

 

Extended stays or home exchange

Extended stays or home exchange

Yes, longer stays at a destination using Air BnB, Verbo and home exchanges are a popular senior travel strategy and cheaper if you do the home Exchange component. You definitely can enjoy a stay better and more relaxed but explore on your own terms whether you want to go hiking, visit a national or state park or do a road trip in the area you are staying at. It’s about having the comfort of home, shopping local farmers markets and picking up some delicious artisanal foods home to snack or enjoy a meal if you don’t want to go out for that night and just order in or even cook up a meal if you are inspired to do so.

 

 

 

Cruising with an adventure component

 

Cruising with an adventure component

Think river cruising where you can bike shoreline trails and historic sites between cities. Alaska adventure cruising where you can go dog sledding and helicopter over glaciers or snorkeling or diving off the barrier reef in a small cruise operator with marine biologists and certified divers to set you up. Cruising is taking off to new levels with soft to more adventure focused travels with mature audiences. More exotic locations with lectures, field trips and recreation focused activities are making more headway than just traditional cruising experiences.

 

 

 

Eco Tourism for seniors

 

Eco Tourism for seniors

Popular eco-tourism focus has also targeted senior travelers with programs that deliver on soft adventure experiences to include easy to moderate physical activity combined with an eco-tourism mindset. Low impact travel and sustainability is important to many senior travelers and soft activities like bird watching, hiking, kayaking, trekking, yoga or meditation, glamping and other easy to do activities that incorporate senior conditioning and travel.

 

Community Based Tourism

Seniors love to be productive and give back to their community or the places that they visit. Community Based Tourism or CBT are typically sponsored by a local community and tour group that backs the experience and directs a direct economic benefit to that community with education and sponsorship, volunteerism, business development, health outreach and a variety of community based outreach and programs that senior travelers have a direct impact and a sharing opportunity that is a benefit for both the traveler and the community that are visiting and helping in same fashion through their experience base and knowledge or direction contribution to help fund an organization and particular needs of that community.

 

 

 

 

Accessibility travel component

Accessibility travel component

Travel for seniors still is a good option for those that have accessibility mobility issues and tour operators that provide a service to cater to seniors or travelers with mobility needs are making inroads in servicing those needs so they can travel. You’ll see a variety of programs that offer disable parking, on ramps to buildings, sidewalks and in many tourist locations bathroom access. Many hotel, airline, restaurants and tourist destinations are bringing more focus and availability for those with travel constraints and access.

 

 

Conclusion to soft adventure tourism

 

Conclusion to soft adventure tourism

Soft travel for mature and senior travelers have become more important as we age but still want to have an active lifestyle and explore as many places on our bucket list and adventure travels while we can. We hope that this quick introduction has given you a look at what soft travel is all about for our age demographic.

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