Or even just indulge in some form of long haul travel.
Well what’s stopping you?
I think this would be the first question I would ask.
When I first stepped out of the country to traverse the globe with my husband. I was fast approaching 40. Our children were 11 & 13. It took the near death of a marriage and a need for personal healing to give me the push. It turned out to be the best thing I have ever done in my lifetime and I was lucky enough to experience it with my family. I felt privileged. As if it were a gift.
It spurred me on to keep travelling and revisit long haul favourites such as Australia and New Zealand but has also led me to create my own itineraries and European Instant Escape ideas to share with readers. It’s the very reason I started this blog.
The Over 50’s make up almost half of all adults in the UK. Presently there are 21.6 million over 50’s. The figure is projected to increase to 25 million. (50% of the adult population) by 2020.
Source: Travel Weekly Magazine. 9th April 2015.
What would your choice be on how you travel?
Would you prefer to do this independently or would you be keen on connecting with a tour operator/travel agent to help you with your trip. Bridge the World caters for the long haul mature traveller and there is a website SilverTravelAdvisor which offers information, reviews and advice, especially for the over 50 traveller.
I prefer to travel independently, although as the trend continues for booking travel and holidays online, I’d now consider chatting with an independent travel agent to see how they compare. Sometimes it may be cheaper than what I could book independently. I think I am finding within me an urge to buck the trend!
I would visit a Tour Operator if I needed to build a bespoke or tailor-made itinerary including flights. I would be expecting an excellent level of customer service, sound product knowledge and passion, when assisting me creating my hearts desire. Otherwise I can do the legwork – or should I say fingerwork on the web!
Tourism Australia research and statistics has shown that UK residents want to visit this country because:
- It is a safe destination to visit
- Good food, wine, local cuisine and produce
- Interesting attractions to visit
- A destination which offers value for money
- History and Heritage
- Friendly and open citizens and hospitality
- World class beauty and natural environments
- Flights with no stop-overs
I could go on…
Where would your ideal long haul holiday destination be or what route would you like to travel, now you have the time?