Why do so many women over 60 put such a high priority on travel? Some argue that it helps them to feel energized and excited about life. Others want to be entertained. Still others might say that travel provides the perfect opportunity for learning.

Many women my age are drawn by their natural curiosity to visit new towns, with their irresistible magic. Finally, there are women who see travel primarily as a way to stay in touch with friends and family.

I’m sure that I’m missing many valid reasons for traveling and I invite you to add your ideas in the comments section at the end of this article.

At the same time, these 5 reasons – excitement, entertainment, learning, curiosity and staying connected – are the most common ones that I hear from the women in our community.

How Do These 5 Reasons Impact the Way We Travel?

Even in our 60s, when we should have more time than ever to explore the places that we visit, we often make speed and efficiency our primary travel goals. As a result, we often don’t give ourselves time to really feel the depth of each place. We learn to say “where” and “what” instead of “how” and “why.”

I know many people who consider a trip successful when they have experienced everything that the guidebook tells them to. They read articles like “48 hours in Paris” and make checklists of the famous places that they want to visit.

On the one hand, there is nothing “wrong” with this approach. If this is the kind of travel that makes you happy, go for it! On the other hand, I have a feeling that many of us travel this way simply because it is what we are used to.

As busy parents, we don’t have a lot of time for “slow travel.” We’re too busy picking up dropped ice-creams and keeping our kids occupied. When we are on business trips, very few of us have the opportunity to explore and learn.

Maybe Travel in Our 60s Should Be Like Travel in the 60s

When I was 22-years-old, I flew to India with $500 in my pocket. My backpack was practically empty and my head was filled with dreams.

My goal was to grasp every subtlety of the Hindu religion (my university degree is in comparative religion), take a train across the country, hike in Nepal, watch a cremation on the Ganges, learn how to wear a sari… oh, and finding enlightenment would have been nice too!

I came back 3-months later with a head full of memories and an addiction to all things Indian. I didn’t achieve enlightenment, but, I certainly came back with a better understanding for this incredible country and its wonderful people.

What is the One Reason We Should All Travel?

We should travel for understanding. It’s that simple.

Travel is not just about seeing things in the world, it is about learning about our own inner world. It is not just about learning about other people. It is about becoming better people.

This is one of the reasons that I love Road Scholar. As you may remember, last year, I joined them on an adventure to Prague. The theme was “Art and Architecture.”

The time that I spent on this trip was truly transformative. Why? Because, I learned as much about myself as I did about the places that I visited.

Thanks to Road Scholar, I was able to relax. I didn’t have to worry about every logistical detail. As their experts walked us through every aspect of the city, I felt their passion and love for the place that they called home.

I was able to fill in the spaces between their words with my own thoughts and dreams. I came away with a far greater understanding of myself, several new friends and a much better understanding of the world around me. Isn’t that what travel is all about – especially once we get a little older?

Where Will Road Scholar Take You?

Recently, I was looking through Road Scholar’s brand new website. As I browsed, I was reminded of just how different the Road Scholar experience is.

It’s not about how many places you can cram in. It’s about understanding what makes a place special. It’s about getting beneath the surface and understanding the magic.

The only challenge that I can see is that Road Scholar offers so many choices that it’s hard to know where to start. Fortunately, their new website has a fabulous new search tool to help you choose. Once again, the way that they help is also telling. They ask “what do you want to learn.” It’s a brilliant (and somewhat unexpected) question for a travel company to ask. After all, wouldn’t you expect them to ask, “Where do you want to visit?”

Whether you choose to learn about Cuban culture, America’s most vibrant cities, or hidden Greece, one thing is for sure – you will learn more about yourself than you can possibly imagine!

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Have you found that your travel priorities have changed over the years? How so? Have you ever gone on a Road Scholar travel adventure? What was your experience? Please join the conversation.

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