Over 50s are Australia’s keenest tourists

Andrew Munro 6 September 2017

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With age comes wisdom. Plus a taste for adventure.

According to a survey conducted Apia, Australians over the age of 50 are some of the country's keenest explorers, with three in five planning to spend more time travelling in the future.

Almost four in five say they're most strongly motivated by a desire to explore new places, and in many cases this includes their own backyard, with more respondents saying they planned on doing more domestic rather than international travel.

"As our research demonstrates, travel doesn’t have an age limit," said Apia's head of customer value, Geoff Keogh. "Today's over 50s are travelling just as much now, if not more, than they did when they were younger, further expanding on their varied life experience." Most respondents agreed, with almost nine in ten saying personal growth is one of the main reasons to travel.

Apia's not the first to come to this conclusion. These days it's not hard to find specialised tours for the young at heart, as more providers realise that age is no barrier to adventure.

Alison and Peter, both in their 60s, explained their own experiences, and why they've found some of the best spots to be in their own backyard.

"Alison and I have always loved adventure, so we often go on multi-day walks to discover new locations that wouldn’t otherwise be possible if travelling by car. Our desire to explore what our beautiful country has to offer began to really develop after 50 and we’ve never looked back," said Peter.

"Australia has such natural beauty everywhere you look." Alison says. "Some of our favourite trips include the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Walk in SA, Yuraygir Coastal Walk in NSW and the Beechworth Rail Trails in VIC."

There are definitely a lot of great hikes in Australia, and travellers of all ages have realised that you see a lot more on foot, even if it means covering less ground overall. You don't have to go too far to find them either, with most cities boasting their own series of exceptional walking paths.

Staying closer to home has other benefits too. Travel insurance policies can have age limits as low as 60 or as high as 100, so keeping things domestic is simply a lot less hassle for a lot of reasons.

There's a reason Australia is so popular among overseas tourists. It has no shortage of wonders and is well worth exploring at any age.


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