• Posted:Tuesday, August 25, 2009
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Older people backpack too

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Older people backpack too
Anyone who's young and has a penchant for a bit of cheap travel but fears that, one day, they'll have to hang up their backpack and hiking boots in favour of a pipe and slippers need not worry overmuch. New research has come to light that shows in increase in older people heading off around the world, in search of sun, sea and adventure, all of which is very reassuring - particularly to someone like me who worries constantly about my infirmity and being unable to jet set quite the way I do now.

Saga Holidays - a travel operator that offers deals only to those over 50 - has found that, for older people, going on holiday is no longer about sleeping on the beach and working on their tans. These days, a vacation has to involve a bit more excitement than that - and I'm not talking about the grandkids getting stung by jellyfish either. According to Saga, 32 per cent of people asked wanted to experience new cultures, 17 per cent were thrill-seekers on the lookout for adventure and seven per cent were keen on meeting new people. Only one per cent were concerned about browning up while out and about on holiday. Perhaps not surprisingly, not very many of them were looking for love and romance while away - with only one in 100 stating they were after a bit of a holiday fling.

For any ageing holidaymakers who want to jet off around the globe but are slightly afraid of planes and flying, Professor Robert Bor has provided a checklist of things to do to make travel easier. Speaking to the Independent, he recommended facing your fear, learning some relaxation techniques and drinking - water, not alcohol.ADNFCR-2435-ID-19329141-ADNFCR
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