The war-baby generation certainly knows how to live it up on their holidays. Recent polls show that Britain’s over 50s are the most well-travelled generation ever, globe-trotting in a way that’s often the envy of their children and grandchildren.
It’s clear that the silver sterling is more powerful than ever before – and below we have picked our top destinations in which baby boomers can spend it!
With 1 in 10 of the over-50 generation having visited over 41 places, it’s hard to pick which ones are the best. A Dominican Republic holiday has to be up there with the best of them, though. Far-flung destinations such as this stunning Caribbean island are perfect for the retired generation, who are able to extend their stays for many weeks.
And with its azure waters, white sandy beaches and vast array of attractions – there’s no time for boredom in the Dominican Republic. Nature lovers will delight in a visit inland to the small country’s exotic mangroves, whilst history buffs can enjoy the cultural riches of the San Felipe fort. The Brugal Rum Distillery is also a fantastic insight into the island’s economy (as well as its tastiest tipple!).
Ever since Shirley Valentine discovered the delights of Greece back in 1989, Greece has been a firm favourite with British holidaymakers, particularly in light of the film, with the over 50 generation with 16% citing it as their top must-see destination.
Crete is an example of Greece at its best. One of the largest of the Greek Islands, it has still managed to retain much of its local charm. Nestled in the clear, blue Mediterranean waters, the island is home to some of the most amazing ancient sites in the world. With its fantastic beaches, culture and cuisine, it isn’t hard to see why Britain’s most discerning travellers are heading back year after year.
With 32% of over-50s listing it as their top destination, holidays to the USA cannot be ignored. Whether it’s treating the grandchildren to a trip to Disneyworld in Florida, or exploring the wonders of Yosemite on the West Coast, the attractions of the American Dream are undeniable.
Flanked by two oceans and comprising 50 different states and terrains, the USA offers something for everyone, and a tour can include an eclectic mix of cosmopolitan cities and some of nature’s greatest wonders. Whatever your personal tastes, the USA is truly the trip of a lifetime and is sure to create memories that you will never forget and can share with your grandchildren for years to come.