Retirement has the advantage of flexibility regarding time. This means that travel can be taken over extended periods and a more intimate knowledge of places visited can be achieved. Although travelling alone can be exhilarating and different one misses the ability to share experiences with loved ones.
When my daughter moved to Melbourne, Australia it created the perfect opportunity to take an extended stay in a faraway place and share with my wife the experience of living as a local in a new town.
The café lifestyle of Melbourne and its excellent cosmopolitan restaurant scene was ideal for a long relaxed stay. The same language (almost), safe environment and climate made for a stress free chilled out vacation.