Travel comes top for retirees in recent survey

Back in the day, thoughts of tropical locations like Bali, Thailand or the Caribbean were rarely considered.  Baby boomers grew up in an era of kiss-me-quick hats at Brighton beach or, if they were really lucky, a package holiday to the Costa-del-sol.

But things have changed.  More and more over 65’s are on the move.  Research commissioned by Inspired Villages found that almost a quarter of over-65s in the UK go on holiday three times a year, travelling for an average of 11 days.

Good for your health

And who can blame them?  Getting away can be excellent for mental and physical health.  54% were found to be just as active on holiday as they were before their retirement, enjoying the adventure of exploring new neighbourhoods and visiting historical sites, as well as discovering new delights in the local food and drink.

The Golden Gap Year

Not just for students, the gap year is also becoming a thing for the older generation! Research showed 23% would like to, or have already spent a year travelling.  With over 65’s having more time and disposable income available, there is no need for the cheap hostels or the rush either - there isn’t a better time to get out there.  

Far-flung destinations

Given the chance, most surveyed would jet off to a location far away.  With New Zealand, Australia and Canada topping the bill!  But one of the major concerns was having someone available, willing and able to take care of their home while they got away, with 21% citing garden maintenance and household upkeep as a key deterrent.

Which is where Inspired Villages comes in!  

With villages situated nationwide, Inspired Villages offers peace of mind for the would-be traveller. With apartments ready to lock up and leave, you can relax in the knowledge that everything is taken care of while you are away.  No need to worry about the roses just planted on the patio wilting, or the security of your home.  You can even return to a clean, aired abode, with a well-stocked fridge.  Then continue your holiday by sharing a meal in the restaurant with friends, or by boring them with holiday snaps over a gin and tonic at the bar.  You can even recuperate from your jetlag in the sauna or burn off the exotic calories consumed in the gym or the pool!  The holiday really never has to end!

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And with 21% surveyed said they would consider downsizing to release equity for travelling, would you?  If so, what are you waiting for?

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