You know we baby boomers are pretty amazing! I have been observing my fellow passengers on the Silver Muse and most of them seem to be retired – or nearly! That does not stop them getting out there and doing everything that someone 20 years or so younger would be doing.
Take the gym for example – every time I go there it is full. Treadmills are going, elliptical machines are grinding away and the weights section is busy with silver haired granddads getting buffed.
Shore activities like hiking, trekking, biking and canoeing fill up quickly. Yes – we are not our parents. Today’s seniors know the value of following a healthy diet and exercising regularly.
What’s the motivation? Apart from living a healthy life it is the fact that the clock is ticking. How many times do you get that post from facebook with Remember this from 5 years ago and you go “OMG – I can’t believe that was five years ago. Where did the time go?” It’s slippery this time thing…. just slips through our fingers and that’s why we have to make the best of every single day of our lives.
So take some time to think about this. You might not be able to afford a luxury cruise but that’s not the point. Get out there and enjoy. Go to Banff for the weekend. Take up biking again. You know what they say – you never forget – it’s like riding a bicycle.
Let’s show the younger generation that we – the baby boomers – are a force to be reckoned with and yes we can wear Lycra.
Yes some of us retired baby boomers are getting out and actively enjoying Alberta, Canada and the World but you travel agents should advise potential travellers that they don’t need to go the luxury route. However, I don’t know how you would earn a living on these lower cost trips.
For example, you have posted expensive river cruises in Europe which look great but with a little investigation, you can also do similar active bike and barge trips for one third to one half of the Viking River cruises. The cabins on the lower cost trips are quite tight but had all necessary amenities. You can also get hotels in France, including Paris and Loire Valley, for under $100 per night, double occupancy even if the rooms often are quite small but you’re there to see the country, not to stay in a room that could be anywhere in the world. Friends definitely enjoyed the high end River cruises, but by going on the less expensive trips we can go twice as often or for twice as long.
It takes more work to find these trips and hotels and quality is quite variable. As we age and get less physically capable, we might have spend more money on upscale trips and hotels but until then, we will keep travelling.
Your blog, ads and talks on Global TV are interesting and give me ideas for our future trips.