Once you've retired, it's time to start thinking about what it is that you really want to do. If travel is on the top of the agenda, why not start a list of all of the places in the world that you have always dreamt of seeing in person? Whether you're looking for untouched beaches, stunning natural scenery or simply want to enjoy immersing yourself in the culture of another country, here are our top ten choices for retirement travel.
1. Da Nang, Vietnam
This stunning coastal city was once a French colonial post, now it is one of the top destinations for retirees. There are plenty of things to see and do including the magnificent beaches and a journey to the Marble Mountains. The area is also seeped in rich culture, with a wide range of museums and restaurants to enjoy.
2. Buenos Aires, Argentina
As the largest city in Argentina, it is no surprise that Buenos Aires offers a multitude of fantastic attractions for visitors. This is a city that is full of history, meaning that each day you explore, you will come across something new. Enjoy fantastic art exhibitions and a lively Latin American culture that really comes alive at night.
3. Barcelona, Spain
If a dose of Spanish culture is what you need, why not head to Barcelona? A firm favourite with expats and retirees, the city is known for its spectacular architecture and beautiful beaches. The city is truly buzzing and you can enjoy the tranquil nature of the coastal areas and the vibrant city lifestyle.
4. Istanbul, Turkey
This is truly a Turkish delight, offering the perfect city escape for those that want to lose themselves in the rich culture. Enjoy delicious Turkish cuisine as you stroll through the markets and take in the stunning religious architecture - don't forget your camera!
5. Chiang Mai, Thailand
Thailand is not just for the young! There is so much more to this diverse region than the famous Full Moon parties. This city offers some of the world's most amazing scenery, with mountain landscapes that will take your breath away and plenty of temples for you to explore.
6. Abruzzo, Italy
Situated close to the Apennines Mountains, this is the ideal retreat for those that want to explore the wonders of Italy. Visitors can explore both the beautiful beaches of the Adriatic Sea and the smaller cities surrounding the area that are packed full of history and art.
7. Puerto Vallarta, México
This historic city is located right on the water and boasts picturesque views of the mountains and the beaches to the north. No visitor to this city can miss visiting the famous My Lady of Guadalupe church as well as exploring the markets in Marina Vallarta.
8. Algarve, Portugal
Portugal is one of the most popular destinations in the world for those looking to enjoy their retirement. The tranquil nature of the area means that you can sit and watch the world go by, marvel at the dolphins playing in the sea or perhaps taking in a spot of reef fishing. The cities are full of historic architecture and there are plenty of quiet beaches to visit and relax on.
Although Malta is one of the smallest countries in the world, it is packed with a wide range of things to see and do. With over 3000 hours of sunshine per year, it is no surprise that this is a popular destination with retirees looking to relax in style!
Escape to the Caribbean and enjoy the stunning Barbados surroundings. This island is known for its friendly nature, with plenty of sun, sea and sand to enjoy as you take in the glorious scenery. Save us a cocktail on the beach!