By Lottie Gross
If you thought travel and adventure were only for the young, it turns out you were wrong…
One of our favourite holiday specialists has found some intriguing results after asking 1,800 over 55-year-olds about their holiday habits and bucket list wishes.
Riviera Travel, who run escorted tours and river cruises around the world, asked keen travellers about the best age to travel, their bucket list destinations and who they’d prefer to travel with.
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The results show that that 72% of over 55s think travelling later in life is better than doing it before you’re 35. “People often think that, as you get older, your appetite for exploration declines” says Will Sarson, head of specialist product at Riviera. “Our survey of British over 55s sought to prove that a sense of adventure doesn’t diminish with age. And, so it has proved.
“Not only do a majority of over 55s have a travel must- see, but they can see that now is the best time to complete it. Free from the burdens of a young family and not limited by financial or work-related constraints, people actually find more freedom to explore in older age than when they are young.”
The survey also revealed that most over 55s want to travel with their partner, but a solid 10% of them prefer to go it alone. It was women leading the solo travel brigade, with 15% of them more likely to want to travel alone to complete their bucket list.
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Most wanted: the travel experiences the over 55s desire
Riviera Travel’s study has now ranked the most popular bucket list items among the over 55s, which include everything from simple wine tasting experiences to full-blown adventure rail holidays.
Below you can see the full ranking.
- See the northern lights
- Ride the Glacier Express
- Go wine tasting
- Ride the Siberian Railway
- take a safari
- Drive Route 66
- Go to the opera
- Ride in a hot air balloon
- Take a gondola trip in Venice
- Visit a Yuletide Festival
In terms of destinations, Canada, New Zealand and Italy were at the top of travellers’ lists – and who can blame them, all three have spectacular wine regions. Australia, the USA and Norway followed closely behind too. Who could resist the call of those fjords, really?
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