Over 50s would rather be somewhere else

Posted on February 26, 2015 by Guest Writer
Palm tree lined beach in Seychelles

A new study has revealed how a growing number of restless over 50s are looking to escape the British weather and live abroad for part of the year.

One in four Brits would prefer to live abroad for all or part of the year and 76 percent say that travelling and seeing more of the world is at the top of their life ‘to do’ list. Nine out of ten regret not seeing more of the world when they were younger and wish they could have spent more time travelling with their loved ones.

The study, conducted by over 50s insurance specialist Staysure, reveals how over 50s are now frequently travelling to far-flung destinations, such as the USA, Singapore, Barbados, India, Thailand and Mexico.

Seven out of ten (71 per cent) are inspired to visit a holiday destination after they’ve seen it on the big screen – with films like The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Jaipur, India), Out of Africa (Kenya), Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (Kefalonia, Greece), Mamma Mia (Skopelos, Greece) and The Sound of Music (Austria) all being popular choices.

The research also revealed the top destinations over 50s would most like to visit, with beautiful beach resorts like The Seychelles, Maldives and Mauritius topping the list.

Key holiday trends amongst over 50s

  • Top reasons for being held back from fulfilling their travel dreams include expense (52 per cent), family commitments (16 per cent) and health concerns (10 per cent)
  • One in five over 50s holidaymakers have had a no-strings-attached holiday fling – but only 5 per cent of romances lasted beyond the beach
  • While almost half of Brits have made lifelong friendships on holiday – one in ten actively avoid people once they get home
  • Two thirds tend to go on holiday with their partner – an increasing number (15 per cent) will go away with friends, and a further 7 per cent are happy to go it alone
  • Over 50s holidaymakers love to immerse themselves in local culture by sightseeing (86 per cent), visiting museums and galleries and getting involved with local social activities (29 per cent)
  • Other popular leisure activities include; walking (68 per cent), swimming (60 per cent) and snorkelling (13 per cent)

The research was commissioned by Staysure to mark its official partnership for The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which is the follow-up to the 2012 international smash hit film, and will be released in cinemas across the UK and Ireland on 26 February 2015. A trailer for the film can be viewed here.

Staysure CEO Ryan Howsam, said: “The research shows that a growing number of over 50s are choosing to live abroad and visit all corners of the world. They aren’t all just sitting on the beach either – they’re keen to discover local customs and cultures, make lifelong friends – and even fall in love. Many are choosing to go away with friends, or even go it alone, which can be an amazing experience for those who have never done it.

“We’ve seen a huge growth in the number of customers taking out insurance policies for long-haul trips, although many who initially contact us don’t think they can get cover due to medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure or heart conditions. Some feel their time long haul has passed them by – which simply isn’t true. With the pound getting stronger and a diversity of affordable travel options, there’s never been a better time to make that special trip.”

The top 15 long haul destinations over 50s would most like to visit:

  1. Seychelles
  2. Maldives
  3. USA
  4. Mauritius
  5. Bahamas
  6. Barbados
  7. Cuba
  8. Singapore
  9. Japan
  10. China
  11. Vietnam
  12. India
  13. Thailand
  14. Peru
  15. Fiji

*Research conducted in poll of 1,500 Staysure customers