A Wide Range Of Holiday Travel

Over the last few years, the over 50’s have seen a range of holiday travel options become available to them that offer wider choices and appeal. No longer limited to routine package tours, travellers can choose a trip that will appeal to their individual tastes. As with all holidays, the best trip is of course the one that most suits the travellers taking it.

With organised, independent, long term and alternative travel options there are trips for everyone – you just need to investigate your options. Organised tours and all inclusive hotel packages have long been popular with the over 50 crowd. The security and schedule appeal to less experienced travellers, as well as those who do not wish to bother with planning when on holiday. While coach tours are a large part of organised touring, there are tours to suit all interests. Some tours are designed around historical sites, which Europe of course has plenty to offer, others around art or wine (such as Northern France tours). More adventurous travellers can also take package tours to Africa on a photo safari or to Asia for a trek to a high-altitude base camp – these are hardly the routine package tours that we imagine! It’s a far cry from a seaside beach holiday to Blackpool.

For those wanting a more relaxed holiday; cruises provide travel, comfortable surroundings and also exotic destinations. However it doesn’t always have to be grandiose, there are many options for the over 50’s that want to experience a cruise for the first time. Cruising can be done on a traditional ship with hundreds or thousands of other tourists, like a holidays resort / city with movability. These larger cruise ships travel throughout the world’s oceans – some companies circumnavigate the Earth, others ply the seas between South America and Antarctica. These can for many be once in a lifetime experiences, a chance to see and experience wonders that we’ve all read about, but from the luxurious and enviable position of within a cruise.

One of the big differences with cruises today are the choices available. If circum-navigating seems a little too much, then there are European options that take in the major cities, or even river cruises to really slow down and appreciate the views.

If you’re determined to experience an ocean holiday and you’re not interested in big cruise ships, it is possible to charter a sailboat or motor yacht and take matters into your own hands! The only limits to yacht charter are those imposed by the captain, but get these clear at the beginning and enjoy the trip!

Independent-minded travellers over 50 are welcome in most destinations. Older travellers are welcome in hostels (and will be pleasantly surprised at the quality and options, it’s not just full of teenagers!), and backpacking can be an affordable way to see the world on a pension. Longer trips, like an adult version of the gap year, are also possible and many travel and tour operators have such things available. Gap year-style travel fits well with sabbaticals, new retirees and those looking to change careers. Available as strictly scheduled or free-flowing trips, the only difference between the adult gap year and that enjoyed by University students is the unavailability of working holiday visas for travellers over 30. Travellers over 50 are also branching out into so-called “voluntourism”. Trips can be organised around volunteer opportunities – such as safaris, or added in as time and interests allow.