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Have you noticed that everyone is travelling more and more these days? And I don’t mean the “Grey Nomads” in their caravans, but the 50 and 60 somethings that are taking off to overseas destinations like Europe, Africa, USA or Canada. Or as my daughter so eloquently calls it – “Adventure before Dementia”.
Even my Book Club, where we meet once every 6 weeks to discuss a particular book, should be renamed the Travel Club. We tend to spend most of the evening comparing holidays we’ve been on and handing around travel brochures and exchanging travel booking sites rather than discussing our book!
Amongst my group of half-centenarian friends, every one of them has at least one overseas holiday a year. We are all constantly looking for travel specials on Travelzoo or Expedia and receiving daily emails updating us on cheap flights and hotels. The topic of dinner conversations all seem to be about someone’s recent overseas holiday and where they are planning on going next.
Over 60’s travel is rife as they have entered the retirement phase of their lives, paid off their mortgages and children have left home. They are out there exploring the world spending their hard-earned savings and in some cases “spending the kid’s inheritance” trying to cross off those destinations on their bucket lists!
There appears to be a big variety of holiday types that we are embarking on too. Friends of ours love doing walking tours which involves trekking along a track with a backpack for a week and spending each night in a hut in the middle of nowhere. Sometimes they walk up to 6 hours a day but they say the immersion in nature and the majestic views they experience along the way cannot be surpassed!
Another friend went on a cycling tour in France where the tour group organisers take your luggage to the next destination and you get to stay in decent accommodation each night. So we really are getting out there!
My husband and I took 6 months off work last year and circumnavigated Australia in a 4 wheel drive towing a caravan. It was the most remarkable travel experience of our lives and would highly recommend it. Australia is such a massive and diverse land with magnificent coastlines of jewel seas and natural wonders aplenty. The “Land Downunder” should be on everyone’s bucket list when it comes to travel.
Probably my most enjoyable holiday we had was driving the Turquoise Coast of Turkey in a very dodgy campervan with our son and his girlfriend. It reminded my husband very much of his time travelling around Europe in a Combie van with his mates in the early 80’s. Our holiday included four memorable sun-drenched days sailing Turkey’s Blue Coast on a yacht cruise. It doesn’t get much better than this!
There are more great ideas for travelling in your 50’s and 60’s in Saga Travel’s post “6 Ideas for 60+ Travellers”. I particularly like the look of a holiday to South America, a place I haven’t travelled to as yet, on a “South American Adventure with Peulla” or a “Walking in Slovenia” holiday.
I, for one, hope to be travelling well into my 70’s. There are many good arguments to support this, but my favourite was written anonymously by a wise person – “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.”
Thanks to Saga for the inspiration for this post.
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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