Retirement is a time to reawaken dormant curiosities, rejuvenate your sense of wonder, and remember what it’s like to feel deeply, immediately alive. For those with an adventurous spirit, this time is practically synonymous with travel. As scientist and nature writer Rachel Carson put it, “those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” Is there a better way to spend the hard-earned free time of your golden years? Get Inspired By Photos, Videos, Webinars, Stories, And Exclusive Offers. Sign Up

It can be tricky, however, to whittle down our wondrous world into a succinct and fulfilling retirement travel plan. How to choose between relaxation and adventure? Between isolated isles and bustling cities? Tropical jungles and polar ice sheets? Luckily, on an expedition cruise, one rarely needs to compromise. Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic’s thoughtfully designed itineraries cover all of this and more, coupled with unparalleled access and expertise.

Our expedition team draws upon decades of experience and deep relationships in renowned regions across the globe. Expert naturalists lend their sharp eyes and seemingly encyclopedic knowledge of the local ecosystems. And certified photo instructors guide you in documenting it all. Read on for 11 unique retirement trip ideas—epic journeys that will take you as far “out of office” as humanly possible.