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Where to travel in your 50s

Even if you’ve managed to see a lot of the big travel hotspots there is still so much of the world left to explore and your 50s are a great time to check out some of the less touristy destinations.

So, whether you’re taking a sabbatical from work, planning an anniversary trip or just looking to visit somewhere new, here are the best places to travel in your 50s.

Street artists in Wynwood, Miami

Street artists in Wynwood, Miami

Art, Florida

For a novel art travel experience ixnay the traditional gallery-heavy destinations and head over to Florida for Art Basel Miami Beach; an annual exhibition from the most prestigious galleries in Europe, South America, Asia, and Africa.

These galleries all contribute both contemporary and classic art works and showcases all the best emerging talent. The Lincoln Arms Suite is just 5-minutes’ walk from the Bass Museum of Art and 4-minutes’ walk to the beach.

Chemin de la Corniche promenade in Luxembourg

Chemin de la Corniche promenade in Luxembourg

Roadtrip, Amsterdam to Luxembourg

It only takes four hours to drive from Amsterdam to Luxembourg with two possible routes; through some of Belgium’s most picturesque countryside or via the north-west of Germany. If you decide to drive through Belgium, stop off in the Parc Naturel Hautes or visit the historical city of Liege.

There are also plenty of opportunities to stay overnight in the Dutch town of Maastricht, the German spa city of Aachen, or the Belgium town of Rochefort where you can check out the region's caves, aka the Grotto of Rochefort.

Tip: renting a car from Amsterdam airport (Schiphol) will mean that you don’t have to navigate Amsterdam’s canals and cyclists and by checking into the Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol you’ll be only 10 minutes from the city centre.

Cherry blossom viewing by boat in Kyoto, Japan

Cherry blossom viewing by boat in Kyoto, Japan

Nature, Kyoto

Generally known as the quieter, calmer version of Tokyo, Kyoto has all of the high-tech innovations of Japan’s capital city, while managing to maintain a deep and immediate connection to its history via Japanese tea houses, ancient shrines, and gardens. Stay in Gion Hatanaka, a traditional Japanese Ryokan with it’s own zen garden.

The rim of the Rano Kau volcano crater

The rim of the Rano Kau volcano crater

History, Easter Island

For travellers looking for something truly unique, Easter Island is just that. Solo travellers, couples, and groups of friends alike will find themselves swept away by this Chilean island’s stunning landscapes, especially the stone carved Moai heads and the volcanic cinder cone of Rano Kau.

The island is also known for the x-rated wooden carvings scattered around, an example of this can be seen in these photos of the Te Ngahu Bungalows. For visitors looking a relaxing break the island has two white sand beaches and those in search of adventure can hire bikes from the Kona Koa Lodge, or ride horses along the coast.

A guitarist plays on the streets of Havana

A guitarist plays on the streets of Havana

Music, Havana

Now that even more airlines are flying to Cuba, a trip over to Havana is easier than ever and it’s well-suited to music-lovers and sun worshippers. Cuba’s capital city has a jazz scene to rival New York and New Orleans, and the annual Havana International Jazz Festival takes place in December. Stay at the Melia Cohiba in Vedado, home to the city’s jazz quarter.

Not only is Havana a relatively untapped musical destination, it also has beaches to rival some of the more popular tourist destinations like Barbados and the Cayman Islands. All the high temperatures and sea views you could want, minus the crowds. Enough history to satisfy the most ardent history buff, a thriving contemporary art scene, and a bohemian feel.