Intrepid over-50s travellers make children jealous

Monday 31 March 2008

Intrepid over-50s travellers make children jealous

New research by Saga Holidays has revealed that over 50s are making up for lost time by catching up on adventurous hoildays which were unavailable to them when they were young – and making their children jealous in the process.

A survey conducted by the travel company has found that nearly two thirds of over 50s (63 per cent) didn't travel abroad on holiday when they were younger but 71 per cent wish they had the chance.

The result is a staggering 82 per cent of retirees say they have made up for it in later life, whilst 50-64 year olds claim to be doing everything possible to push boundaries and explore new and exciting destinations.

The age of the intrepid over 50 traveller continues to gather pace.

Gap years, once the sole domain of adventurous university students, are being taken to the next level by their parents and grandparents. Exploring and trekking through the original hippy trails of Nepal, clambering through jungle excursions in Borneo and delving into the rainforests of Costa Rica with Saga are just a few of the increasingly popular destinations being requested. The traditional backpacking destinations of Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina are no longer reservations just for the young.

It is little wonder that one third (30 per cent) of children and grandchildren are envious of their travelling their parents and grandparents are doing. While only 6% of over 50s claimed to be worried that their newly found freedom to travel would impact on how much they passed onto their families.

While the survey found that 80 per cent of all respondents take two or more holidays each year, Saga Holidays also reports a substantial increase in requests for special interest wildlife, music and art appreciation holidays.

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The survey was conducted for Saga Holidays by Populus amongst 10,000 people aged 50 and over.

For further press information please contact the Saga Press Office on: 01303 771118.

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