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Over-50s on grey gap year trips

March 2012

Young travellers are inspiring their parents to take “grey gap year” trips, it was revealed today.

As many as 10 per cent of travellers over 50 visit countries their children had recommended following gap year adventures, a Thomas Cook survey showed.

A total of 44 per cent of the over-50s said that they were jealous of the amount of travelling that youngsters now do but 40 per cent of them intended to make up for it on their retirement.

A spokesman for Thomas Cook said: “Parents and grandparents are now listening to experiences of their children or grandchildren after returning from their holidays and dream of doing the same thing.

“We’ve seen a rise in the number of over-50s booking trips to far-flung destinations once their children have left home and an increase in long-duration holidays, with some booking 21-night and 42-night packages.”

Peter Slowe, managing director of volunteering organisation Projects Abroad said that the group had also seen an explosion of interest in philanthropic volunteering abroad from the over-50s. He said: “Some of our most successful placements have involved working professionals and retirees who are volunteering in a role in which they have many years of experience.”

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