There’s no better time than the present to start crossing those dream destinations off your list. Whether you’ve traveled to dozens of places and just need another vacation, or have worked and waited your whole life for this – you deserve to see the world if you want to. Baby boomer travel is more than just an internet buzz phrase. It’s the new way of self care, and these days is more important to people nearing or in retirement age than simply sitting around the house in their golden years.
What’s preventing baby boomer travel?
According to Groups Today, the top three barriers to travel include:
- Cost (43%)
- Health (34%)
- And Security Concerns (28%)
Want to travel anyway, despite these statistics? You should! Because let’s face it – statistics can be deceiving, and should never prevent us from our dreams. With that in mind, below we’ll take a deeper look at how to break down these barriers to get you traveling again.
The cost of baby boomer travel
Bustle reported that a domestic trip in the United States can be as little as $144 per person, per day ($581) for a four night getaway. They also reported that an international trip can cost $271 per person, per day ($3,251) for a 12-night getaway.
While these numbers may seem large at first blush, the reality is that not every trip will be this expensive. There are getaway deals for baby boomer travel that can be significantly cheaper.
Want other ways to offset this cost?
- Travel in the off season
- Book your trip far enough in advance that the cheaper fares and rooms are still available
- Go as a large group trip
- Use a travel agent
Health can be improved by travel
While baby boomer travel is not guaranteed to cure anything, studies have shown that travel can in fact improve your overall health. Because our bodies relax and recharge on vacation, travel has been shown to lower cholesterol and stress, and reduce the risk of heart and cardiovascular disease. Even thinking about vacations, and planning for them has been shown to improve a person’s mental and physical health.
Security is really about calculated risks
While we understand that things happen all over the world every day that make tourists afraid to travel, the truth is bad things can happen anywhere. Yes, even in our own backyards. The best way to quash security concerns, is to take calculated risks. But, what do we mean by that? Here are our best tips for staying safe during your baby boomer travel:
- Don’t travel to/visit areas known for frequent and/or aggressive political and religious conflict
- Check the tourism alerts before you book your trip, and before you leave for the destination (This is why travel insurance is so important by the way – if something happens in another country that requires you to cancel your trip, travel insurance helps you recover your investment)
- Travel in groups, or at least with a partner, as you will be less likely to be targeted by predators
- Don’t travel with lots of money or valuables
- Avoid going into dark alleys, suspicious areas, and places that don’t “feel” safe
We hope this post has inspired you to consider taking more trips. Remember, you deserve to see the world, and we want to help make that a reality. And, when you’re ready to plan your perfect vacation, call Ingenious Travel at 888.695.0321. We look forward to helping you create the getaway of your dreams!