Bucket List Trips for Boomers

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Do you keep a list of bucket list trips to take that you’d like to experience? Alan and I do! And we’re constantly updating it.

Of course your boomer bucket list will be different from ours. Boomer travelers—and seniors—are unique, each one having his or her individual likes, dislikes and places they want to visit.

Do you need inspiration for your boomer travel bucket list?

Our bucket list trips—and those of guest writers—involve off-the-beaten path destinations, spectacular nature experiences, active travel fun, and luxury cruises. in our first-person articles, you’re sure to find unique bucket list travel ideas that will result in the trip of a lifetime.

And a few tips for managing your bucket list: Keeping track of bucket list vacation ideas is easy with our favorite bucket list travel apps. For planning your trip, read my article on how Alan and I decide where to go. Yes, we have a system for choosing the best destinations. Then you’ll want to consult one of our manny travel planners to help that trip become a reality.

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Bucket List Trips of a Lifetime

What trips and experiences should be at the top of your travel bucket list? The ones that thrill you! Here are some iconic travel experiences to get you started.

Normandy Highlights: The Best Things to Do

When I think of the highlights of a Normandy trip, the D-day beaches and Mont Saint Michel immediately come to mind. But the Alabaster Coast, as the coast of Normandy is called, offers so much more to see like a picturesque UNESCO World Heritage Site and the beaches of the D-day landing. My Itchy Travel […]

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Monastery in Petra

A Baby Boomers Guide to Petra and other Jordanian Sites

With its intoxicating blend of the exotic and the historic, Jordan is a dream destination that deserves to be included on your list of bucket list trips, especially after reading our guide to Petra. However, exploring this enigmatic off-the-beaten-path destination takes quite a bit of planning for travelers of any age. Grueling uphill hikes through […]

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Tips for a luxury trip to Machu Picchu, Peru.

Visiting Machu Picchu in Luxurious Style

Do you have a travel bucket list? Alan and I keep one. And a luxury Machu Picchu trip to Peru’s top UNESCO World Heritage site is very near the top of our “want to do’s.” My Itchy Travel Feet featured contributor, Debi Lander, of ByLanderSea, has been there and done that. Her Machu Picchu luxury […]

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Whitsunday Region

Three Ways to Experience the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is without a doubt one of the world’s most beautiful natural gems. If you’re planning a trip to this amazing destination, guest contributor Patti Morrow from Luggage and Lipstick is here to show us how to make the most out of this unforgettable bucket list trip. It’s on nearly everyone’s Bucket […]

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2 Week Morocco Itinerary: The Best Places to Visit in Morocco

Located in Northern Africa, Morocco may seem like an off-the-beaten-path trip, yet it’s only 8.6 miles from Spain! In this Morocco itinerary you’ll discover ways to explore a country that offers a wide variety of travel experiences that boomers will enjoy. My Itchy Travel Feet featured writer, Debi Lander of ByLanderSea, recently spent two weeks in […]

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Sunset glow over ancient Rome

Baby Boomer Adventures in Rome

If you’re looking for tips on baby boomer adventures in Rome, Italy, you’ve come to the right place. Read on to add this trip to your bucket list. After covering Italy quite extensively over the years, including writing our Italy Travel Planner, it’s clear that we love to get off the beaten path in this […]

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View from Bell Tower

Exploring Florence: Art and Culture in Italy

They say that you haven’t really seen Italy until you’ve seen Florence. This gorgeous town is where the Renaissance period began and today, Florence is very much a work of art in itself. Sure, it’s an incredibly popular tourist area, but its full-on Italian splendor and sophistication will leave you breathless nonetheless. Today’s guest contributor, […]

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man steering a gondola with passengers inside

Travel Tips for Venice from a First-time Visitor

Is this your first time in Venice? The Floating City has been a top Italian destination for well, forever. Recently, the Venice has made headlines for its efforts to crack down on rampant tourism that has overrun the iconic city for decades. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a responsible trip to Venice these […]

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11 Paris Highlights For First Time Visitors

Is a trip to Paris, France on your bucket list? With so much to see and do, it’s easy to cram too much into your itinerary, leading to a rushed, stress-filled experience. And that’s not our idea of boomer travel. My Itchy Travel Feet featured writer, Debi Lander of ByLanderSea, narrows it down for us. She […]

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Cruises for Your Bucket List

Some of our most memory-worthy travel experiences have occurred on cruises. From Antarctica to the Galapagos, cruises make it possible to visit some of the most stunning places in the world.

Ilulissat Icefjord Cruise Excursion: The Best Boat Tour

Is your expedition or classic cruise ship calling on Ilulissat on a Western Greenland cruise? While there are several active things to do here, an Ilulissat Icefjord cruise excursion is one of the best choices for seeing the giant icebergs that fill the Icefjord after calving from Jakobshavn Glacier. On our Seabourn expedition cruise through […]

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Seine River Cruise Highlights: Cruising with Viking

Have you thought about a Seine River Cruise in France? After spending a couple of days in Paris (on your own), you’ll board a boat to explore the highlights of Normandy. It’s a wonderful cruising experience for boomers who favor river cruising. Debi Lander of ByLanderSea, recently cruised the Seine River as a guest of Viking […]

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Sunset in Neumayer Channel

Luxury Antarctica Cruise

A luxury Antarctica cruise had been at the top of our travel bucket list for a long time. When it finally happened, Alan and I chose to cruise to Antarctica with Seabourn. We traveled on the 450-passenger Seabourn Quest through South American fjords to the tip of the continent and then across the Drake Passage […]

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Galapagos Islands

A Photographic Tour through the Galapagos Islands

Making a travel bucket list is a very personal thing. But when it comes to choosing travel destinations, there seems to be a few reoccurring favorites that show up on most travelers’ wish lists, such as the Galapagos Islands. You’ll see what we mean after viewing this Galapagos Islands photo essay. About 1,000 kilometers off […]

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Double decker river boat on the Nile River

Discovering Ancient Egypt on a Dahabiya Nile Cruise

A luxury Nile River Cruise has long been on our bucket list here at My Itchy Travel Feet. I imagine gliding along the Nile on a Dahabiya, stopping to explore temples that become more and more grand. For me, it would be a travel dream come true. Featured writer, Debi Lander, ByLanderSea, shares her experience […]

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man sipping coffee looking at South Pacific sunrise

Silversea South Pacific Cruise: 64 days of boomer cruising adventure

A Silversea South Pacific Cruise that will blow your mind: Alan and I enjoy South Pacific cruises so much that we keep booking them—again and again. At last count, we’ve cruised the South Pacific six times. But this page is all about our 64-day Silversea South Pacific Cruise experience. We call it La-La because the […]

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panama canal passage

Cruising Through the Panama Canal…again

Some baby boomer travel experiences are worth repeating. That’s certainly true of a Panama Canal transit. The journey may travel along the same watery path; but each time, Alan and I discover new facets about The Big Ditch. Tips for a Panama Canal transit On our first Panama Canal cruise transit, Alan and I sailed from east […]

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Maine Windjammer Cruise: Glamping on Penobscot Bay

If you’re looking to relax and unplug, a Maine Windjammer Cruise is the answer. My Itchy Travel Feet featured writer, Debi Lander of ByLanderSea, says it’s like “glamping on the sea.” Read about her experience on a 3-day schooner cruise that explores the beautiful Penobscot Bay, courtesy of the Lewis R. French. My boyfriend, John, […]

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Wildlife Watching Experiences of Your Dreams

Have you dreamed about watching lions while on safari? What about trekking to see gorillas? Wildlife watching experiences are the perfect addition to your travel bucket list. Check out our suggestions.

How to Travel to See Monarch Butterflies in Mexico

Have you always wanted to see the Monarch Butterflies in Mexico? Planning a winter trip to watch the migrating butterflies is a bucket list experience for boomer nature lovers. And it’s important to appreciate them while you can as their winter habit is threatened by illegal logging and climate change. Debi Lander of ByLanderSea, recently traveled […]

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Kodiak bear next to a river with water dripping off his chin.

How to Go Kodiak Island Bear Watching in Alaska

Is a Kodiak Island bear watching trip on your bucket list? It’s been on mine for a long time. Although I’ve visited the island of Kodiak on Alaska cruises, there’s never been enough time to schedule a trip to see the Kodiak bears (and none of my favorite cruise lines have ever offered one). My […]

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10 Days in Kenya: Safari Memories and More

Is a safari on your travel bucket list? Alan and I still consider South African safari as the trip of a lifetime. But there are many more options when it comes to wildlife watching in Africa. What about spending 10 days in Kenya? My Itchy Travel Feet featured contributor, Debi Lander (ByLanderSea) did just that. […]

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South African Safari, a Trip of a Lifetime

Is a South African safari on your boomer bucket list? It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Read our tips for planning a safari, the best luxury game lodges and wildlife photography tips.

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Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda

Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda

Is gorilla trekking in Rwanda on your travel bucket list? Have you ever dreamed of living out a scene from the movie ‘Gorillas in the Midst’ while traveling through Africa? Through gorilla trekking tours, travelers can have close encounters with gorillas in their natural habitat, but it does take some careful planning. Guest writer, Leslie Burnside, […]

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Seeing pandas in China

Chengdu Panda Tour for Boomer Wildlife Watchers

Wildlife watching is one of my favorite active boomer travel adventures. Alan’s too. Of course we prefer to observe wildlife in their natural environment, like we did on a South African safari. Seeing Pandas in China When it comes to wildlife experiences, seeing pandas in China has long been on our bucket list. But that’s […]

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Whale watching San Juan Islands

Whale Watching in the San Juan Islands

Would you like to go whale watching in the San Juan Islands? Follow along as guest contributor, Shaly Pereira from traveltoes85, takes us on a beautiful adventure around the Orca trail in the San Juan Islands off Washington State. In January 2017, Tilikum, the oldest orca whale in Sea World died of a lung infection. […]

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hawk in a tree

Birding South Texas on a Rio Grande Valley Road Trip

Did you know that the birding in South Texas is world class? For avid birdwatchers, stopping to go birding in the Rio Grande Valley is a wonderful addition to your Texas road trip itinerary. James Richardson is here with the best places to go for birding in South Texas. What a unique U.S. road trip! […]

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Walrus watching on an Arctic expedition cruise

Walrus Watching in the Arctic on Silver Explorer

Would you like to go walrus watching in the Arctic? It’s not an easy task. First, you need to travel on an Arctic expedition cruise to the Atlantic or Pacific. And then keep your fingers crossed that the expedition staff will make a sighting of a walrus on the ice or spot a herd hauled […]

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USA Bucket List Trips

You don’t have to travel out of the U.S. to experience amazing landscapes or unique activities. These road trips and USA destinations are worthy of any bucket list.

Highway traveling towards mountains

Alaska Highway Road Trip

Read our Alaska Highway road trip tips for the best routes to choose, when to go, and where to stay. An Alaska road trip definitely belongs on your boomer bucket list.

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Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

Monument Valley Scenic Drive (Everything You Need to Know)

Are you planning a road trip in the American Southwest? A scenic drive in Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park on the border of Arizona and Utah places you in the middle of nature’s wonderland of spires, buttes and red rock creations. Grab your camera (I am currently learning how to use a Sony Mirrorless with […]

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Exploring Glacier National Park

Exploring Glacier National Park is an incredible experience thanks to breathtaking landscapes and prolific wildlife. Read our tips for visiting this crowded and popular national park!

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Colonial Williamsburg Itinerary: The Ultimate Guide for Travelers

Do you include history in your travels? If so, this Colonial Williamsburg itinerary is a must-do for history lovers visiting Virginia. This itinerary helps you plan before you go, identifies the best historical buildings in Williamsburg to see, along with tips for the best places to dine and stay plus other things to do while […]

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A lighthouse with the beam on shining from sand dunes on the Outer Banks

How to Take an Outer Banks Lighthouses Road Trip

Alan and I have long talked about an Outer Banks lighthouses road trip. The idea of slowly traveling along the North Carolina Coast while visiting and photographing historical lighthouses is our kind of boomer travel fun. In this article, you’ll learn the best route and which lighthouses to include in an Outer Banks lighthouse itinerary. […]

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rugged mountains with green trees, train trestle near bottom of phto

Fairbanks to Denali by Train and What to do When You Get There

Have you thought about taking the train from Fairbanks to Denali during an Alaska trip? Alan and I will certainly be adding the experience to our next adventure in the Last Frontier. Did you read Debi Lander’s (ByLanderSea) tips for fun things to do in Fairbanks? She’s back to tempt us with a Fairbanks to […]

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