Why travel gets better as you get older
Wonderful Luxury Vacation Ideas
It’s easy to resign yourself to believing that the joys of getting older are few and far between. However, the best time to travel is arguably in the autumn of your life!
An increasing number of older, bolder travellers are seeking out luxury vacations in Southern Africa, and are often keen to head off the beaten track in pursuit of adventure. A key trend has emerged in the realm of senior travel.
Whereas it used to be the case that retirees were known for going on cruises or golfing breaks, there has been a recent surge in demand for more adventurous travel in the senior community. Explorations around national parks in Botswana, deserts in Namibia, islands in Mozambique or cities in South Africa are now affirmably on the agenda, and senior travel is looking more glamorous and exciting than ever before.
Many baby-boomers have watched their children return from gap years in Africa and wish to go on similar adventures that they didn’t have the chance to go on themselves when they were younger. Here are a 5 reasons why travelling is like a fine South African wine and just gets better with age.
1. You have time on your side
Once you’ve retired, you can take your time and a more relaxed approach when it comes to travelling. By the time you’re 65, you’re likely to have achieved career goals, raised children who have flown the nest, and you have the freedom to travel when you like for however long you like.
This means that you don’t have to contend with crowds during peak periods or be tied in to dates dictated by other obligations. Senior citizens can enjoy an open calendar, and can aim to travel during shoulder seasons when they can lap up the lovely weather, cheaper prices, and smaller crowds.
2. Money isn’t an issue
By the time you’ve reached your golden years, you have hopefully made your money, paid off your mortgage, and have a decent pension or investment portfolio under your belt. So now’s the chance to spend your hard-earned cash on your own life experiences (especially if you don’t have to support any children).
Have you ever wanted to go on a fully catered safari in Kruger National Park? Or wake up in a luxury suite with views of Victoria Falls? These kinds of top-end travel experiences are finally within reach, and you are free to spend your money on the things you have always dreamed about. Luxury travel — even if only on special occasions — feels particularly rewarding after years of working, and what’s more is that discounts are usually available for seniors at a variety of attractions in Southern Africa.
3. You have a better idea of who you are and what you want
One of the best things about getting older is that you have a better idea of what a luxury vacation means to you. With age comes a certain sense of self, as well as an understanding of what you want and need — and you aren’t afraid to go get it.
As you get older and wiser, you may not feel as compelled to spend your days visiting museums if all you want is to indulge in fine wine at vineyards and seven-course menus at top restaurants. Or why bother sitting around the pool if you’d much rather go on a bush walk? After years of experience on the planet, you are able to focus on what makes you happy and what you want to get out of travelling, rather than doing things for the sake of them or to adhere to expectations.
4. It’s good for your health
Getting ill abroad can be more of a concern as you get older, but the good news is that quality medical help is never too far away in Southern Africa if you have a comprehensive travel insurance policy. What’s more is that studies have found that going on vacation can increase longevity, so embarking on an exciting adventure later in life could actually be beneficial for your health and overall happiness!
5. People are happy to help
You’re likely to find that people are generally helpful, and the bonus of staying in luxury accommodation is that staff are keen to cater to your every whim. Accommodation can be booked to suit your needs — for example, a ground floor suite will save you a climb up stairs — and itineraries can be carefully crafted to meet your personal requirements.
Travel should be an inclusive experience that is open to everyone of all ages, and the team at Elite Travel Concept has all kinds of wonderful luxury vacation ideas for senior travellers. Contact them now to find out how you can make the most of your golden years.