Article by Fabafterfifty
Well , perhaps not quite a year, but it seems that gap years are no longer the preserve of the young. New research shows that more than 25% of those over the age of 55 are planning to take an extended break – travelling on average for 3.7 months.
Top gap year destinations
It would appear that Australia (which would be my first choice as soon as the opportunity arises) tops the list followed by New Zealand and the USA. Although Vietnam and India are proving to be popular destinations for ‘Grey Gappers’ (I HATE that expression perhaps we should change to ‘Fab Gappers- far more positive!)
However, over 55s will spend more to make sure they get good quality accommodation and the most from their time away. On average ‘Grey Gappers’ will spend £4,136 in total on their trip – the equivalent of £53.03 per day – compared to under 35s who will spend £3,100, the equivalent of £30.10 per day.
Take out the correct insurance
Only a quarter of those planning an extended holiday have purchased a specific gap year policy – six per cent have no insurance at all !
Sarah Munro, Head of Travel Insurance, Post Office said: “Age shouldn’t be a barrier when it comes to experiencing different cultures and spreading your wings. Whilst holidays are a fantastic way to explore a new country, taking that extra bit of time out to travel and really get to grips with a place is great fun no matter how old you are.
“It’s worrying though that so few gap year holidaymakers take out adequate insurance. If you’re going abroad for an extended period of time the most vital areas to be insured for are medical treatment, repatriation in case you need to be flown home, and cancellation in case you fall ill and are unable to travel.”
I would also add that it’s best to check your home insurance policy too- make sure you are covered if you leave your home empty for more than 30 days.
For anyone who has taken a gap year- we would love to hear about your travels and experiences, do share!!
Image credit: Grant Cochrane