After more than a year of travel restrictions, limited adventures and postponed travel plans, it’s no wonder many are dreaming of their next getaway when it’s safe to do so. Wanderlust has no age limit! More than half (58%) of global travelers over the age of 55* revealed that not being able to get away has made them realize how important travel is.
As the world slowly begins to open and travelers begin to plan their future trips to make up for missed time, we have delved into our over 28 million listings in over 226 countries and territories across the globe to reveal the top destinations visited and loved by those over the age of 55**. It is never too late to go exploring, broaden your horizons and immerse yourself with new people, sights and cultures, sample a new delicacy or learn a new skill.
Machu Picchu, Peru
Just as wanderlust has no age limit, neither does adventure! The top endorsed destination by global travelers aged 55 and above is the dramatic and mysterious Incan citadel of Machu Picchu.
A UNESCO World Heritage site, this artistic and architectural wonder sits atop a mountain more than 2,400 meters above sea level.
Those looking to visit can either take a one-day hike to the summit, or, for those with limited mobility or just keen to arrive with fresh legs, take a bus from the village below after a scenic journey through the Sacred Vally of the Incas by train.
The history rich city of Matera is a destination that’s not to be missed according to Booking.com’s mature travelers! A must-see destination in Basilicata, a visit to Matera will see you eating, sleeping and drinking in once-abandoned caves.
This unique city is home to many ‘Sassi’, hand dug caves from the rock which once housed the population.
Visitors can take a step back in time by visiting the Casa Grotta, experiencing how life in a Sassi would have been or visit the stone-carved churches Chiese Rupestri.