Bucket List Trips for Boomers

Do you need inspiration for your boomer travel bucket list?

Do you keep a list of bucket list places to visit 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 and dislikes.

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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.

Is an Arctic cruise at the top of your bucket list?

Taking an Arctic Cruise

Alan and I checked off a major bucket list destination when we cruised the Arctic on the Silversea expedition ship, Silver Explorer. Not only did we experience the ultimate in active travel, but we saw some amazing landscapes. Hiking on a glacier, exploring Greenland’s icebergs and standing on the Arctic ice are just a few of the trip highlights! Check out our time Exploring the Arctic to read all about Arctic cruising in Norway, Greenland, the Arctic Circle and Iceland.

We're so glad to have checked a trip to Antarctica off our bucket list trips list. It was awesome!

Cruising to Antarctica

We cruised on the 450-passenger Seabourn Quest through South American fjords to the tip of the continent and then across the Drake Passage to Antarctica and South Georgia, finally ending in Buenos Aires. Click on Cruising to Antarctica to read all about this amazing bucket list travel experience that included photographing penguins, exploring stunning scenery plus celebrating Christmas and New Year in Antarctica.

Be sure to add the Great Barrier Reef to your bucket list.

Exploring Petra and other Jordanian Sites

Traveling to Jordan is a dream for many, but Petra remains the star of this beautiful destination. It’s definitely one of those “places to see before you die” destinations. My Itchy Travel Feet featured contributor, Debi Lander takes you on a stunning journey in A Baby Boomers Guide to Petra and other Jordanian Sites.

South African Safari, Trip of a Lifetime

Adventure, luxury, wildlife sightings, our South African safari had it all. Read our safari planning tips, first-hand luxury lodging reviews and wildlife photos to get you started on the road to your own South African safari. To begin your travel dreaming, click on South African Safari.

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Drive the Alaska Highway!

You’ll find driving the Alaska Highway on many baby boomer bucket lists. Our four-week adventure included driving scenic highways with a return ferry cruise on the Alaska Marine Highway. This travel experience never ceased to surprise us with Alaska’s rich history, natural beauty and lots and lots of bears! Click on Tips for an Alaska Highway Road Trip to read more.

Luxury trip to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is a must-see UNESCO World Heritage site in Peru. My Itchy Travel Feet featured contributor, Debi Lander, shares her luxury travel experience touring this famous South American destination. Read more as Debi takes you Exploring Machu Picchu on a luxury trip.

Galapagos Islands: A wildlife photographer’s paradise

The Galapagos Islands is high on our list of dream trips. Dennis Calhoun takes us there through the lens of his camera. Experience abundant sea and bird life as Dennis takes you on a Photographic Tour through the Galapagos Islands.

Be sure to add the Great Barrier Reef to your bucket list.

Experience the Great Barrier Reef

Is the Great Barrier Reef on your want to do list? If you’re into active travel in the beautiful waters of Australia, check out Patti Morrow’s beautiful trip Exploring the Great Barrier Reef. The snorkeling and scuba diving are amazing so bring your underwater camera!

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Italian Bucket List Trips

Thinking about adding an Italian road trip to your bucket list? We couldn’t recommend this beautiful country enough! The food, alone, is worth the trip. But there’s so much more to see and do in Italy. Read about our road trip experiences in both the North and South of Italy by clicking on Italian Bucket List Trips.

Rhine River Christmas Market Cruise

A Rhine River Christmas Market Cruise has been on our bucket list for a long time. And then we cruised on AmaWaterways Amacello from Amsterdam to Basel with a land extension in Lucerne and Zurich. It’s a Christmas lover’s delight. To read more, click on Rhine River Christmas Market Cruise.

Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda

Seeing gorillas in the wild is worthy of any wildlife watching bucket list. Gorillas have always had a special place in our heart and gorilla trekking in Rwanda is certainly an adventure every animal lover should have. Leslie Burnside’s shares her experience by clicking on Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda.

Watching pandas in China

Alan and I visited China’s Chengdu Panda Base on a hazy, hot, March day when the pollution was, frankly, terrible. But, the pandas made it all better. Read about all about our experience taking the Chengdu panda tour.

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