As empty nesters settle into their life without the hustle and bustle of children in the house, they may realize they have more spare time.
According to Becky Newland, a travel agent at Sunshine Travel in Belding, this realization often brings empty nesters to her hoping they can make their dream vacation a reality.
“Usually at this time in their lives they can take the longer trips, so traveling abroad is more appealing,” Newland said.
Popular places for empty nesters include Europe, Australia and Hawaii.
Newland has seen empty nesters include some of the once-in-a-lifetime opportunities such as hiking volcanoes or taking surfing lessons in Hawaii, as well try zip-lining in various locations across the globe.
“A lot of empty nesters are very active,” Newland said. “They’re exercising and more active. They want to do more things and try new things.”
In Europe, she said the history often compels people to travel there.
“You do have some that mobility is an issue, so they’re doing something more escorted,” she said.
Hawaii is still a viable option if mobility is an issue, and Newland said she often sees vacationers wanting to take escorted tours of Pearl Harbor and the U.S.S. Missouri.
Whatever the dream vacation, Newland said planning is an essential part of the process and can sometimes take two to three weeks. She also emphasized the importance of booking in advance.
“I’m seeing more and more people that are booking farther in advance,” Newland said. “People are not doing last-minute travel. They’re planning for a year or two years.”
Cost also goes into planning. For a 14-day trip, Newland said to expect the cost to typically be between $10,000 and $12,000.
However, she did say that costs can vary depending on what type of plane ticket, hotel and excursions are included in the trip.
Those interested in planning a vacation with Newland can reach her at (616) 794-2994 or [email protected].