Whether you want to learn French in Paris or Spanish in Colombia, studying a language in a country where it’s actually spoken is always an effective way of learning – and if you get to immerse yourself in a new culture while doing so, all the better.
To find out more about the best places in the world to study foreign languages, check out Go Abroad’s website
Road Scholar is a not-for-profit organization that offers educational travel programs designed for adults aged 50 and older. They offer a variety of trips and learning experiences in destinations around the world
You’ve always wanted to learn how to Tango — why not do it in Argentina? Learn Spanish in Guatemala (or Spain, or Chile, or… or… or…). Take a glass-blowing course in Florence. Find a wine course in the south of France. Take a writing workshop in Ireland. Learn photography in Berlin.Take part in an archaeological dig in Egypt
The list is endless
Seeing the world is the number 1 reason over 50s give for taking a Gap Year. There are a huge number, and variety, of organisations to guide you, including:
ElderTreks specializes in adventure travel for those aged 50 and over. They offer small-group tours to destinations all over the world, with an emphasis on active and culturally immersive experiences
Try a once-in-a-lifetime, bucket list type travel experience – this could be a round the world cruise or a trip to a remote place like Patagonia or Antarctica; somewhere that might take a bit of time to get to and you’ll only do once in your lifetime
While not exclusively for the over 50s, REI Adventures offers a range of active travel trips that can appeal to older adults who are looking for adventure. They offer hiking, cycling, and other outdoor experiences in various destinations.
The AARP offers travel resources and discounts for members aged 50 and over. While they don’t specialize in gap year planning, they can be a useful resource for finding travel deals and inspiration
Now you’re talking! If you’re looking for adventure travel oversees, there are some awesome ways to get your kicks, whether you’re taking a gap year at 50 or a gap year at 85!
Becoming a house sitter or pet sitter. There are thousands of people taking time off from work to travel the world in this way, seeing foreign countries and not needing to pay for accommodation
Working whilst travelling. There’s lots of paid work abroad for over 50’s from fruit picking in New Zealand and South Africa, to using your skills to become a digital nomad and work online. Making money on the road has never been easier, whatever you age and finding grown up gap year jobs is simple thanks to the internet
Whatever you choose, remember to stay safe and, above all, to enjoy yourself!