9 Vacations You Only Get To Take When You’re Retired

3) Take a River Cruise

River cruises have been getting more and more popular in recent years. They’re especially popular with retirees since they offer access to off-the-beaten-path destinations. They also typically have more ports of call than ocean cruises, and they’re usually smaller and feel more intimate. Some of the most popular river cruises are in Europe. You can sail down the Danube and see regal Eastern European cities like Budapest, Belgrade, and Bucharest. Or, head to Western Europe and take a cruise down the Rhine, where you’ll see everything from Amsterdam to Strasbourg to Basel. If you’re interested in traveling to Southeast Asia, a river cruise can offer a good introduction to this region. A few cruise lines offer a popular cruise from Siem Riep to Ho Chi Minh City along the Mekong River. Whichever destination you choose, river cruises are a relaxed and fun way to tour a country or region.