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So you are retiring - now what? Have fun and travel!

Walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain

Walking the Camino de Santiago is one of the popular choices to celebrate retirement

The day has come that you are ready to retire. And when that day finally arrives you might just get up in the morning, look in the mirror and ask yourself: "Now what? How do I fill my days?".

We hear it from many retirees - they have never been busier. And part of the reason is that they are all having a lot of fun travelling.

Here are some ideas to fill your days with travel and tours now that you are retired.

Walk the Camino de Santiago An ancient networks of pilgrimage trails runs throughout Europe, culminating in the final stage from the French town of St. Jean-Pied-du-Port to Santiago de Compostella in northwestern Spain. A deeply spiritual experience for some and a scenic hike for others, the Camino is sure to give you an amazing experience. The Full Spanish Camino

Raise funds while travelling Challenge yourself AND do something good! Summit Africa's highest mountain via the Rongai Route to help raise funds for your favourite charity. The key is to tap into your different networks, friends, family and the broader community and to try different ways of fundraising. From running a BBQ day, to hosting a movie night in local cinema, or an afternoon tea or fun dinner event. Then join one of our Climb Kilimanjaro Open Adventure Challenge

Visit the Holy Land If you grew up in one of the monotheistic faiths, a pilgrimage to the holy sites in Israel and the Palestinian Territories may be on your bucket list. Walk in the footsteps of Jesus in Galilee and Jerusalem, pray at the Western Wall, or visit the Al Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock. Journey Through Israel & the Palestinian Territories

Take a European river cruise

While you have done active adventures all your life, retirement may a good time to have a more sedate trip on which you sample the finer things life has to offer. Enter a European River Cruise. Our favourite route? The Danube. Do it on a budget, in style or in luxury.

Take a really, really long trip

Now that you have time on your hands and the boss doesn't want you back at your desk after a paltry two weeks, go for a really, really long trip. Go ahead, you deserve it! If you can get away for only a month, Discover South East Asia. It takes six weeks to travel the Silk Road, eight weeks to see all of India by train, nine weeks for a pilgrimage from Switzerland to Rome along the Francigena Way, five months to hike the full width of the Himalaya and a full seven months to travel from Alaska to Rio.

Explore Canada

You have probably heard yourself say it more than once: "I can explore Canada when I am older". So now that time has come. Kayak with Orcas, take the Rocky Mountaineer, Discover the North West Passage or cruise Labrador and the Torngats.

Hike the Himalayas

On many a person's bucket list is a hike through the Himalayas. And a trek to Everest Basecamp is one of the best you can do.

Go on safari

To celebrate their retirement, many people choose to go in safari. There are many places to go and many ways to do it. Have a look at these five Botswana safaris or read about the different ways you can do the wildebeest migration.

Spend your children's inheritance

We say this with tongue in cheek of course. But many of our travellers are empty-nesters, who decide to sell the home or family cottage, move to a condo and spend the proceeds on pricey bucket list trips that are now within reach. For some this is a cruise from South America to New Zealand via Antarctica for others a place that is so far out of reach that few people have ever made it - the North Pole. Others might choose to travel the TransMongolian from St. Petersburg to Hong Kong while people looking for something less adventurous may choose to Discover Australia and New Zealand.

Visit Antarctica

A dream trip for many is a cruise to Antarctica. Be it a short jaunt to the Peninsula, or a longer trip including the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica, memories of Antarctica will be with you for the rest of your life.

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