The travel destination checklist for the over 50s

Wednesday 3 September 2014

The travel destination checklist for the over 50s

A recent poll of nearly 10,000 over-50s has revealed what today’s travellers look for when choosing their holiday.

Planning the perfect holiday involves a number of different things and whilst over half of those polled said they wouldn’t necessarily set a budget for their getaways, getting value for money is a top priority. Overwhelmingly, nearly three-quarters said they were flexible when it came to cost. But of those watching the purse strings, women are more likely to set a budget with two fifths saying they would start planning their holidays once they had an idea about how much they’d spend.

The poll also revealed that 65% of people said their favourite destinations were influenced by the temperature and scenery and that food, culture and the local people all helped them make that important getaway choice.

And what is expected in return for their money? Transfers to and from the airport, along with a well-positioned room were key benefits that nearly three quarters of people want from the money they spend. A hotel with a good star rating and representative services in resort also featured highly on the list with over three fifths on the lookout for quality accommodation and a familiar face to call upon in resort if needed.

There are, of course, hidden costs which frustrate all travellers – including baggage allowances on flights, seat selection and departure taxes being the most infuriating hidden costs to the over-50s.

Finally, the poll suggested that more than three fifths of people said they avoided travel during school holidays. And, to ensure they get a good rest themselves, 61% of grandparents rarely, if ever, took their grandchildren away during school holiday periods.

Louis Myers of Saga Travel said:

“Choosing a holiday is about making sure you get the perfect break at excellent value and allows you to do the things you want to do and see.

It is a huge surprise that most over 50s don't budget for a break - but, that may explain why they now account for the majority of travel spending by UK holidaymakers. However, the over 50s are savvy and exacting holidaymakers and expect a lot of extras included in their breaks.

The best advice is always ask what is included to make sure you are getting the support and services you need from your holiday company - that way you'll get the right holiday for you and you won’t be taken for a ride.”


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