There may be no better time to explore the world than in your senior years, sharing new experiences and making more memories. It is important to travel in a safe and convenient way (without compromising on enjoyment!). Considering this, where should you go?
Here at InsureMyTrip, we created an index that scores 76 cities around the world. Each city is ranked by factors relevant to senior travelers. An overall score for each city has been given to find the best cities to visit in your golden years. You can also look at how cities rank for each category.
Overall, if you are looking for the most appropriate city considering all factors, Edinburgh will not let you down. Despite a relatively hilly landscape and limited amount of senior tours, the city consistently performed across all categories. Its solid healthcare system, historic culture and most accessible transport for those with limited walking ability (of all analyzed) gives it this year’s crown for places to visit as a senior.
While Rome is the most appropriate for seniors from a quality of tourism perspective, its relatively poor access to public transport and poor limited mobility access damages its reputation for senior travel, although it still features within the top 10 overall.
Vienna boasts several dozen hospitals with experts from all fields of medicine. Its recent accolade as having the highest quality of life is testament to its healthcare system. On top of this, it is also one of the most peaceful countries in the world with low crime rates, limited conflict and high security. All of this adds up to the city being the best for both physical and psychological well-being while traveling as a senior.
Interestingly, Rio de Janeiro ranks as the best for mobility. Seniors who are anxious about getting around will benefit from its high density of public transport services, of which the majority are accessible to those with limited mobility. However, if you are looking to prioritize walking around a city (but don’t want somewhere too hilly and strenuous) Amsterdam and Miami offer interesting options that also have accessible transport services.
Japan has the highest population of seniors and has long been known for providing the utmost respect for elderly citizens. As a result, while visiting Tokyo it is incredibly likely you will be incorporated within their friendly culture. A recent sign of their inclusive nature can be seen with their keenness to encourage elderly citizens to participate in rugby games ahead of the Rugby World Cup. However, if an appropriate elderly culture is not something of interest and you would rather prioritize space, Australia has some of the least densely populated cities in the world (along with stunning wildlife). Half of the top ten most spacious cities analyzed reside in Australia (Brisbane, Canberra, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney).
Each data point consists of the latest research available from reputable sources. The data was standardized using minmax normalization. The minmax normalization value is multiplied by 10 to create a score (between 0-10). A score of 10 is always the best result, while a score of 0 is the worst. Each city is then ranked on their overall average rating across all data points which includes both city-level data and one country-level data point.
InsureMyTrip segmented factors into four categories (Tourism, Well-being, Mobility and Demographics). In addition, we’ve provided an “Overall Rating” for each location. The categories were organized in order of the most important and relevant factors while travelling as a senior. As some seniors may struggle more with mobility issues, this gives these seniors an opportunity to target cities that are solely appropriate for this criterion. On the other hand, seniors may be anxious about their health while traveling, hence “Well-being” gives these seniors an opportunity to solely target high performing cities in this category. Alternatively, the “Overall Rating” gives seniors an encompassing view of which cities are the most appropriate across all relevant factors.
Quality of Things To Do
The average review for the top things to do in each city Google Travel
Choice of Senior Tours
The number of tours aimed at seniors in each city Tour Radar
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For this type of concern, you would need a policy that has "Cancel for Any Reason" as civil and political unrest is typically excluded with Trip Cancellation.
There are typically 3 conditions that must be met to purchase a Cancel For Any Reason Rider: Purchase the policy within 10 - 21 days of First Trip Payment; Insure ALL prepaid and non-refundable travel expenses prior to departure; Trip arrangements must be canceled more than 48 -72 hours prior to the departure date. If you meet all 3 of these conditions, this benefit will typically reimburse you 75% of your trip cost, unless otherwise noted.