With the advances of technology in every area, especially in medicine, the result is that we live longer healthier lives. Communication and information has made it possible for people to learn more about healthy habits, and ways to care about their health and body in order to live longer. These days, forty is the new 30s and 60s the new 50s. It is not uncommon to see many healthy and active seniors past their 60s, and enjoying life to the fullest.
A new industry caters to these seniors, including the travel industry. Seniors are enjoying retirement and traveling all over, the world is one way in which they do this. Many travel tours for seniors are available to many destinations, domestic and international, including cruises.
Although some seniors travel in groups and create their own discount packages through travel agencies, many decide to sign up for travel tours that specialize in senior tours. The senior of today, might view traveling in a more youthful way than other previous generations. This is due to technological advances, and the many opportunities that they offer this generation in particular. While other past generations of seniors may have not embraced technology, today’s seniors do, and take advantage of what it has to offer them, especially in the travel sense. The fifty something’s of today will become the seniors of tomorrow, and this generation has already embraced advanced technology as a normal part of daily living. It is expected that tomorrow seniors will be more self-sufficient and a more technology-friendly crowd.
Some of the companies that cater to seniors and specialize in creating packages for them are YMT Vacations, Elder Hostel, Saga Holidays, and Grand Circle Travel. These companies offer travel tours locally by land or international tours as well. For the senior that wants to book a package with a company that specializes in that area, and has experience booking senior tours, these companies offer a good alternative to regular travel agencies.
Many travel tours will be scheduled during off season months, extended vacations, educational institutions, and escorted tours, by land, air, or bus. Many of these agencies have been around for long length of time, serving the senior clientele. Many new agencies are surging.
Seniors make a big percentage of the traveling customers today. Soon, more and more agencies will start realizing this important fact and catering to senior groups with special packages. With the boomers generation retiring, an increased number of seniors will determine much of the future of the travel industry, and many other industries as well.
Many agencies are waking up to this reality of the new active senior and already offering exciting packages such as Borneo trips, expeditions to Cuba, Africa, Arctic adventures, trips to Europe, the Bahamas, walking tours to Europe or different North American regions, and group activities which include cycling tours, hiking, and other activities. There are many websites geared to senior travel tours with information on different packages, exotic destinations, and other valuable information. There are even packages for adventurous seniors who like to travel alone. Eco traveling is becoming popular even in the senior sector – some places that are popular amongst seniors are Asia, South America, Australia, Africa, and Central America.