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6 Must See Places for Women Over 60

Sixty and Me - 6 Extraordinary Places to Experience in Your Sixties
Margaret Manning

Finally, you have a little time, hopefully some money, a healthy body and most importantly, a curious mind. One of the most exciting things about life after 60 is that many of us women often get a chance to travel for the first time to places we’ve always wanted to visit. Many of us are brave enough to seek out a bit more freedom to visit the more exotic places that fill our hearts with curiosity and wonder. Travel no longer is a major operational challenge (with family, kids, dogs) but a chance to pack a carry on suitcase and navigate new places with a light heart.

Many women in their 60’s are adventurous spirits who want to express their sense of yearning and curiosity about ancient cultures, to explore places that have extraordinary spiritual significance – places of mystery.

Here are six of the most amazing places to visit after sixty:

Stonehenge, England

Stonehenge is located in Wiltshire, England. This mysterious circle of standing stone obelisks dates back to between 2,000 and 3,000 B.C. and has inspired discussion and speculation for centuries. How did the prehistoric people build Stonehenge? Its builders left no written records and so there has been a lot of debate as to how they were able to move and lift such massive stones. The purpose of Stonehenge is also unclear. Some archaeologists believe that Stonehenge was used for religious rituals or healing ceremonies – there are many graves near Stonehenge, which indicates that it was a spiritually significant place. I’ve been there and all I can say is it stirs a powerful sense of mystery and connection to an ancient time.

Petra, Jordan

This is a beautiful and mysterious ancient city of ruins, carved into the mountains, with origins dating back over 3,000 years ago. It was only discovered by Western explorers in 1812, and is a testament to the engineering skills of the ancient civilization that built it. The entrance to the city is through the Siq, a narrow gorge, over 1 kilometer in length, which is flanked on either side by soaring, 80m high rose colored cliffs. The colors and formations of the rocks are simply dazzling, one of the greatest celebrations of nature. The timeless nature resonates with a woman who values the magic of beauty emerging over time.

Venice, Italy

One of the most haunting and sensuous cities in the world, Venice is made up of a series of islands and canals where people travel via gondola along the waterways that shape the city. Venice was an independent city-state for many centuries before Italy existed as a country, and was one of the world’s most important trading centers during the Middle Ages. It is a place for dreaming, thinking and being absorbed by the waters that beat in the rhythm of the body. Burano, a small island just 20 minutes boat ride from Venice, with its spectacular colored fishermen’s huts is also a must see.

Must See Places - Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy. Photo Credit: Thinkstock

The Taj Mahal, India

A stunning marble mausoleum built in the 1600s for the deceased wife of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, the Taj Mahal is one of the most recognizable and universally admired works of architecture in the world. The building is constructed almost entirely of white marble and semi-precious stones, with a distinctive “onion dome” shape. It is one of those places on Earth that you never forget, a trip to India to see this enduring monument to love and architectural perfection is well worth the investment.

The Great Wall of China, China

The Great Wall of China was built to keep invading Mongolian armies out of China, but it has endured as a remarkable feat of human engineering and ingenuity. One of the comments that visitors to the Great Wall often make is how impressed they are that the Wall was constructed over such mountainous and difficult terrain. It is one of the few man-made structures that is visible from outer space.

Must See Places - Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China. Photo Credit: Thinkstock

The Grand Canyon, USA

The Grand Canyon, in Arizona, USA, is one of the world’s most jaw-dropping natural wonders, intimidating and awe-inspiring in its scope. Standing on the edge of these massive rock walls carved out of the earth over eons of geographic events, reminds us of how connected we are in the grand scope of the universe, and how lucky we are to experience such wonderful things in our lifetime.

Looking for some tips on how to save money for your next dream vacation? Check out this blog post from the travel bloggers at ytravelblog.com on how anyone can save money for world travel.

What do you think are the most amazing places to visit after 60? What have you learned about traveling over the years? Please add your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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Comments

  1. gee, somehow this isn’t me

  2. i have been in 4 from 6. Good experience!I would like to visit taj mahal!

  3. I’ve been to two of these places but would like to go to, at least, 2 more.

  4. Have been to Jordan but a must is Egypt Pyramids, Museum and Valley of the Kings wonderful experience.

  5. Going to Italy in September.

  6. Valley of the Kings is awesome and so worth it as well as the temples! Magical!

  7. yes would love to, but if they don’t have flush lavatories and somewhere to wash hands, forget it. Oh, neither do I travel well on a coach, (travel sickness), so that leaves me out of lots I think.

  8. been to Egypt, Tunisia, Italy, france, Germany, Austria, spain, Cyprus and nz and Australia, so not in too much rush to go anywhere else for a bit.

  9. The problem is when you have the money you don’t have the time, and when you have the time you don’t have the money.

  10. I have been to Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, India, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Yemen, Greece, Yugoslavia (during Tito’s) Germany, France, Switzerland, England, Ireland, New Zealand, and Australia. Dublin and London again and Spain here I come in May!

  11. I would love to be packing my bags and heading to Europe or Canada or the US.

  12. Hi Helen so true when your working you have money and no time.

  13. What I would appreciate in connection for the travel locations would be recommendations fpr places to stay. This is often what keeps me from travelling, I guess, a security issue…

  14. the merry maidens in cornwall untouched and spiritual when I went

  15. thre druid grove in durham amazing sculptues of the trees

  16. Uluru (Ayers rock) in Australia and the Callanish standing stones on the island of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides.

  17. Machu Picchu

  18. Roswell NM

  19. I think it was the blue lagoon in malta I cant swim which it was for people to either go in are sit in the boat and it was so calm and so still it was lovely

  20. the Pyramids and Valley of the Kings

  21. There are so many great places that I have seen and everyplace is an adventure as you get to explore it anew

  22. Avebury, Wiltshire, UK.

  23. Macchu Pichu, and the Camino de Santiago-St.James Way

  24. Difficult to rate “the most”. Mesa Verde in South West USA and similar cliff dwellings are pretty interesting and so are the Buddhist Caves (Ajanta and Ellora) in Aurangabad India. There is something about living underground that may have some religious meaning.

  25. The Outer Hebrides western isles of Scotland are truly magical, spiritual, beautiful and peaceful

  26. Paris underground years ago.. Would go back in a heartbeat if I could afford to!

  27. Egypt the Valley of the Kings wanted to go since I was a child unfortunately tried twice to go to Cairo to see museum but because of the trouble failed. I had to keep pinching myself to see if I reallly was there. Also visited Carribbean, India and Thailand. Love to see Great Wall of China.

  28. Guam – it was interesting to see evidence of the old islanders and their way of life.

  29. Egypt… Pyramids Rome…Greece Athens…..Sinai…. in any case….all the Earth is full of ancient and marvellous places….Thank God.

  30. It is hard to say.., but it was Machu Pichu.