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Over 50s Shades Of Away
Whether it's Brexit, the crashing value of the pound, airline disruption or because the UK's actually quite pretty, staycationing is back with a bang. Around 60m staycations apiece were booked 2017 and 2018, up 6% on 2016.
Whether it's at home or abroad, older folks' connection to travel isn't a mega surprise: stereotype holds that they're more likely to have the cash (as well as the time) to head out and see the world - including their own doorstep.
More holidays for all
As much as the classification of social groups is a bit dated, those in the AB social group (defined as upper and middle class) travelled 2% more in 2018 than they did in 2014.
Changing travel habits
Age UK found that 35% of 55-64-year-olds, and 31% of over 65s, are embracing solo travel. There has also been a surge in the number of retirees opting for adventure holidays and even backpacking trips, with scores of specialist operators in place to piece together adventure trips to fit any traveller profile.
In fact, as reported in late August this year, eight in ten British travellers now say they get irritated with the beach and would prefer an experience. Being stuck in one place is out and new sights, new foods and new thrills are in.
We were quite taken by one older traveller's write-up of an adventure holiday, which comprised sleeping in Tibetan truck stops and a confrontation with the Chinese army.
A ‘Searcher since 2015, John is a Protection expert having worked in our customer facing teams and best practice teams, and now is immersed in Protection Content and Marketing.See all articles by John Rogers
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