It's a terrible feeling — senior citizens retire from office, only to see themselves babysitting the grandchildren and limiting their travel to a gathering with friends. However, the elderly today are now turning hard core travellers to satiate their wanderlust.
Since, a full time job hardly gives time for extensive travels, the senior citizen groups are making the most of the ‘golden’ period of their life and are freely fanning the desire for going places. From vacationing with friends at cool destinations like Myanmar, Japan and Gujarat to break the stereotypes, the elders are no longer restricting themselves to travelling to small or local destinations. Even culturally rich and diverse places like Israel, Jordan and Morocco are highly preferred.
Also, in the list of senior jet-setters are the ones who got done with their familial/parental obligations like daughter’s marriage.
The rising preference for overseas destinations among elderly travellers is the convenient bus ramps and walking paths that they have access to.
Of course, the holiday agents can’t be happier at this growing trend. Taking note of this positive development and prospects, they are now curating silver holiday packages featuring car on disposal, an experienced guide, dinner trips and a cosy itinerary. Also, seniors are well-off travelling abroad because their children are working overseas.
As per a report published by travel behaviour pros Frost & Sullivan empowered by travel software provider Amadeus, around 7.3 million senior citizens will travel from India in 2020.
Experts also say that the fear of missing out (FOMO) also nudges the elderly to get moving.
As noted by Travel booking app Travkart the elderly like travelling in senior citizen groups for security and human company.