In­ter­est­ing ways to en­joy travel over the age of 50

The Hamilton Spectator - - YOUNG AT HEART -

Re­search in­di­cates that trav­el­ing is at the top of the list of in­ter­ests mo­ti­vat­ing to­day’s men and women over the age of 50.

Se­niors are per­haps the most likely de­mo­graphic to in­dulge their love of trav­el­ling. Re­tire­ment leaves lots of time for recre­ation, and many choose to spend that time on the road.Travel also can be im­prove adult longevity, says geri­a­tri­cians at the Univer­sity of Ar­kan­sas.

Those in the travel in­dus­try un­der­stand that men and women over 50 com­prise a large per­cent­age of their cus­tomers and have catered many travel pack­ages to­ward this in­flu­en­tial de­mo­graphic.The fol­low­ing is a look at some of the more pop­u­lar travel op­por­tu­ni­ties for men and women over 50. Genealogical tourism

This is one of the fastest-grow­ing mar­kets in va­ca­tion travel. Genealogical tourism in­volves in­di­vid­u­als trav­el­ing to ar­eas of his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance for their fam­i­lies, such as churches where past rel­a­tives may have mar­ried and vil­lages where grand­par­ents or cousins once resided or were em­ployed.This can cre­ate a tan­gi­ble link to one’s past and open up more op­por­tu­ni­ties to learn the var­ied genealogical his­tory that has shaped a fam­ily, and even one’s per­sonal iden­tity. Ex­tended va­ca­tions

Se­niors may have the ca­pac­ity to de­vote more time to travel and not be caged in by strict time con­straints. That makes them el­i­gi­ble for ex­tended va­ca­tions. These can in­clude long-term ren­tals in trop­i­cal lo­cales, sev­eral-week sight­see­ing cruises or guided tours over­seas that touch on sev­eral dif­fer­ent coun­tries or ci­ties dur­ing the trip.

Off the beaten path

Ad­ven­tur­ous trav­el­ers may not be con­tent to stick to the re­sort life­style or stan­dard va­ca­tion op­tions. Ac­tive men and women over 50 are chart­ing their own va­ca­tion cour­ses with bucket list-style va­ca­tions that may be off the beaten path. Trav­el­ers who have al­ways as­pired to climb a moun­tain or see a rain for­est may be in­clined to re­al­ize these goals as they get older. Non­tra­di­tional tours can in­clude liv­ing like in­dige­nous peoples or fol­low­ing the foot­steps of early ex­plor­ers. All-in­clu­sive tours

All-in­clu­sive pack­ages re­main a pop­u­lar op­tion for trav­el­ers of all ages. These va­ca­tion pack­ages charge one price for ac­com­mo­da­tions, en­ter­tain­ment, sight­see­ing, food, and many other ameni­ties. All-in­clu­sive va­ca­tions re­move some of the headaches as­so­ci­ated with or­ga­niz­ing var­i­ous com­po­nents of travel so that a per­son can fo­cus on re­lax­ation and hav­ing fun. Sin­gles meets

Sin­gle va­ca­tion­ers over 50 may want to meet other men or women in their age bracket in the hopes of find­ing ro­mance. These va­ca­tions dou­ble as re­la­tion­ship mix­ers and give men and women the op­por­tu­nity to min­gle with oth­ers in sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions with­out the pres­sure of tra­di­tional dat­ing.

Travel is a way to see the world, meet new peo­ple and ex­pe­ri­ence var­i­ous cul­tures. Se­niors in­creas­ingly em­brace travel be­cause they have both the time and the means to take va­ca­tions. (MC)

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