It’s not uncommon to see a large bus parked outside of many independent living communities. These vehicles are usually devoted to recreational travel and entertainment for residents: day trips to the beach, shopping, dining, concerts and shows, museums, historic sites, national parks, aquariums, festivals, baseball games and other sporting events, sightseeing and more.
A private bus may be chartered for longer, overnight trips, but on the whole, an active retirement community has — or will eventually invest in — a bus for regular group use. Sometimes, the community’s social director & events planner will coordinate a trip for residents and bring in an outside provider: for instance, a professional travel company that furnishes a tour guide and transportation, and facilitates group rates for lodging and other aspects of the trip. Everything is planned by the company and rolled into one cost for each resident who signs up.
A community that doesn’t have a bus but whose residents have expressed interest in such trips may opt for this arrangement. The Upper Class is one example of such companies: based in New York, this family-owned company offers day trips, multi-day excursions, and regular transportation to Broadway shows.
Of course, independent living residents can make their own private travel arrangements too — but isn’t it nice to let someone else do the planning for a change?