Over 50s holidays – Number one bucket list trip over 55s wish for

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New research into over 50s holidays has revealed the top trip travellers over the age of 55 have on their bucket list.

The survey by luxury cruise company Riviera Travel found that seeing the Northern Lights was the number one experience on more than half (54 per cent) of over 55s’ lists. And with one of nature’s most captivating wonders more accessible than ever (here’s how you can do it for as little as £299), the findings could inspire travellers over 55 to finally book that dream holiday.

A ride on Switzerland’s Glacier Express came second, which 36 per cent of holidaymakers had on their wish list.

Wine tasting, a ride on the Trans-Siberian Railway, a safari, driving Route 66 and going to the opera followed respectively.

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The Glacier Express


The poll of 1,836 Brits revealed some fascinating insights into the holiday habits of over 55s. Almost three quarters (72 per cent) said the best age for travelling was over the age of 55, compared to just 11 per cent who said between 18 and 34 years old.

With six in 10 saying they had a must-visit travel list, they were asked to name the countries they would still like to visit. Canada (36 per cent) topped the list, followed by New Zealand (35 per cent), Italy (29 per cent), Australia (25 per cent), USA (24 per cent) and Norway (24 per cent).

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Canada’s Banff National Park

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Iceland, Croatia, Japan and Greece made up the remaining top 10 countries on over 55s’ bucket lists.

Will Sarson, Head of Specialist Product at Riviera Travel said: “People often think that, as you get older, your appetite for exploration declines. Our survey of British over 55s sought to prove that a sense of adventure doesn’t diminish with age.

“And, so it has proved. Not only do a majority of over 55s have a travel must- see, but they can see that now is the best time to complete it. Free from the burdens of a young family and not limited by financial or work-related constraints, people actually find more freedom to explore in older age than when they are young.”

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Japan’s spectacular cherry blossom

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