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Senior Targeted Holidays

By: Chris Nickson - Updated: 9 Dec 2014 | comments*Discuss
Retirement Senior Holidays Cruising

As people remain more active longer, companies are finding that a larger number of older people are going on holiday now, than ever before. Those with money are often happy to spend it in retirement, whether it's seeing the world or staying closer to home. It's such a large market, in fact, that often holidays are aimed specifically at senior citizens.

Active Holidays

Walking is excellent exercise, and many seniors are avoid hikers. The Ramblers' Association is an excellent resource for walking holidays, both at home and abroad. A number of their groups are aimed at seniors, whether for day walks or longer tours. However, for some of the trips, you need to work up to good condition. Several companies specialise in walking tours overseas for seniors, going as far a field as Australia.

For the more adventurous, there are safari holidays or all manner of exotic destinations, like Mongolia by camel, hike to Patagonia's Torres Del Paine, navigate the awesome ruins of Angkor Wat or step foot on the Antarctic Peninsula. These are quite specialised, but do good business. Be warned, however, that these trips aren't cheap.

Home Swap

One cheap way to see foreign places is through home exchange. Essentially you live in someone else's house for a few weeks and they stay in yours. It's an excellent way to see a new country properly, rather than in a hotel. Of course, many seniors have special needs, such as problem with stairs, but some companies specialise in property for those with needs.

Package Holidays

The package holiday is by far the most popular form of holidaymaking in Britain. Many of the larger companies offer excellent discounts to seniors. Plus many companies specialising in senior holidays are available and offer a range of special interest packages, covering everything from music to gardens, and archaeology to bridge.

Coach Holidays

For those wanting to travel, but not enamoured of going by sea or air, there are also coach holidays. They're often cheaper than other forms of travel - the disadvantage is that it takes a lot longer to get there. Many companies specialise in coach travel to Europe, and many local companies do shorter trips within the British Isles, often including bed and breakfast. Operators often advertise in local papers.

Favourite Destinations

These days, two of the most popular holiday spots for seniors are Australia and New Zealand. The pound goes a long way there, and when we have winter, it's summer in the Southern hemisphere. For some it's a chance to visit family and friends who've emigrated. For others, it's a chance to take a package tour to places often reminiscent of Britain as it was a few decades ago and see some stunning scenery. Many companies offer packages to the region, some especially aimed at seniors.

Europe, especially the sunnier climates of Spain, Italy and Portugal, remain perennial favourites. The closeness to Britain is a factor, but also the fact that the money goes further in European economies. You'll also find that many institutions in Europe (including the U.K.) offer senior discounts at museums and attractions. Many hotels and resorts cater to seniors, with lifts to upper floors, or arranging rooms on the ground floor.

Because of the economy, it's become more commonplace to find seniors owning holiday homes in warmer European climates, where they can migrate for the winter - similar to the American "snowbird" idea. If you spend enough time in one, these can become an economically viable option, allowing extended holidays at a very low cost.

Essentially, these days the only restrictions to your holiday are your mobility and your health. For short breaks there are country cottages for rent that are very senior-friendly, with no stairs and support rails for bath and toilet. Much information about all these holidays can be found online, or you can talk to your travel agent.

On our sister site www.SafeTravel.co.uk there is an article dedicated to Retirement Travel Safety which also contains a great deal of information on many other aspects of travel safety.

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@crocketyron. You could try some holiday lettings sites like: Owners Direct, Home Away, Holiday Lettings?
Hebe James - 8-Jul-14 @ 10:01 AM
Wewould like to find budget self catering ~Glos ~ Somerset ~ Devon~ East Wales. Like to watch birds and other wildlife from windows of accommodation ~wife not very active.
crocketyron - 8-Jul-14 @ 7:55 AM
Hello, I am a British Red Cross volunteer and a client of mine is a frail lady in her late eighties who would like a UK holiday.she cannot walk far or carry luggage,possibly a coach holiday would suit.We are based in suffolk. Please can you advise me of where I can find an agent of good repute ? With many thanks, Wendy Dignum
brcv - 21-Sep-13 @ 7:28 PM
I am 62, retired through bad health as I have MS. I get tit\red quickly and cannot walk far without my rullator. IU am an avid photographer and would like to have an Indian photofest around Mumbai in India which will not require a lot of walking and climbing
johnster - 28-Jun-13 @ 2:43 AM
I am 62 and love photography.- Always wanted to have a photofest in Inda when it is nit too hot as I have MS and very temps set it off, I cannot walk far so a rullator will have to accompany me. I am on a minimumpension so am looking for a good value all in holiday, I live in Stavanger Norway,
jonster - 28-Jun-13 @ 2:35 AM
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