They say “you only live once” and if the results of a recent travel survey by TravelSupermarket.com are anything to go by, it seems the over 60s are making the most of their golden years by spending more on holidays than ever before.
The survey, carried out on 5,256 British holidaymakers, found that travellers between the ages of 60 and 69 spent an average of £1248 per person on a holiday, while those in the 18 to 29 age group spent an average of £968 per person on their annual break.
Interestingly, the study showed that our annual expenditure on a holiday tends to increase incrementally as we get older, reaching a peak when we reach our sixties, although travellers in their thirties are more likely to splash out than those in forties, who spend an average of £1029 per person.
As someone who is ‘knocking on the door’ of the big 40, I cannot imagine why anyone in that age group would want to travel less, but I am thrilled to read that the more mature generation are travelling further and for longer – they have worked hard for it after all!
And it’s not just the nifty sixties who are splashing out on luxury holidays abroad, people aged 70 – 79 spend an average of £1070 per person on going away, proving that age really is nothing more than a number.
Over the years we have met many ‘senior’ travellers on our journeys around the world, and we have found them to be more fun, more open, and much more adventurous than many of the younger generation, so we give a big thumbs up to the over 60s – and may you set a new rule – Life begins at 60!