Over-50s taking 'gap year' trips

13 September 2011 11:50

Australia and New Zealand top the list of overseas spots chosen by the over-50s, according to a new study

Australia and New Zealand top the list of overseas spots chosen by the over-50s, according to a new study

A new study by travel operator Bridge the World has found that gap year-style breaks are being increasingly chosen by people aged over 50.

Holidays spanning around three months are becoming more common among older people, with nearly £7,000 spent by each person on such trips.

Australia and New Zealand top the list of overseas spots chosen by the over-50s, who are likely to have taken out adequate seniors travel insurance policies.

Bangkok and Borneo are also proving popular among the adventurous demographic.

James Herbert, commercial director of Bridge the World, said: "The over-50s are in a great position to take these trips as they're likely to have high disposable income, are usually retired and have grown-up children who have left home.

"We are seeing these grown-up gap trips being booked by people who have been to Australia or New Zealand once before to visit friends and family, however now they're returning to see more and to stay for longer.

"Also they aren't heading straight to Australasia - they're taking time via multiple destinations in Asia and the USA on their way there and back."

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