Experience local culture: Travelers 50 and older go off the beaten track
A study by TUI found those entering their sixth decade are more likely to socialize with the locals, communicate in the native language and go off the beaten track. Around seven in 10 are happy going for walks away from the resort – compared to just 54 percent of those aged 30 and under.
In summary travelers 50 and over are to immerse themselves in local culture than younger travelers, according to a poll of 2,000 adults
And 41 percent of the over 50s will happily make new friends when abroad, while only a third of younger adults said the same. In contrast, younger holidaymakers are far more likely to travel for a suntan – 22 percent compared to 15 percent of older passengers.
Those under 30 are also almost three times more likely to feel nervous about experiencing local cultures and customs when abroad than older travelers.
“Those aged 50 and above definitely have an adventurous side, and more than that, a desire to understand and experience local cultures and customs.
“They are after all, the original free-spirited adventurers of the 60s and 70s and they want more from their travels than just a beach flop.”
The study also found that driving and shopping are also activities older holidaymakers are happy to undertake while abroad.
However, Brits under 30 are a little braver when it comes to adopting local customs such as wearing appropriate clothing – 21 per cent versus 16 per cent of the over-50s.
It also emerged those nearing or in retirement like to travel three times a year to far-flung destinations.