January 25, 2010

UK: Rise of 'grey-haired gallivanting' as over-65s catch the travel bug

. LONDON, England / Daily Mail / Health / Travel Mail / January 25, 2010 It seems that globetrotting is no longer the preserve of gap-year teenagers - their grandparents could soon be giving them a run for their money when it comes to clocking up the passport stamps. The older generation is becoming increasingly young at heart with pensioners travelling abroad in greater numbers. Last year saw a huge surge in sales of Age Concern Enterprises' annual worldwide travel insurance. And it is these grey-haired gallivanters who are increasingly likely to don a backpack and go travelling overseas in the future as the population ages. There was a record take-up of both annual European and worldwide multi-trip policies in 2009, with the fastest year-on-year growth in the 65 to 74 and 75 to 87 age groups. Young at heart: The over-65s are turning to travel as they seek out adventure in their retirement years Joe Young, from Age Concern Insurance Services, said: "Over-65s are as likely to be travelling the world as younger generations as they search for ways to bring excitement to retirement. "And, as the population ages, we predict a travel boom which will see even more mature people exploring far-flung destinations." [rc] © Associated Newspapers Ltd