Age doesn’t diminish wanderlust, but it sure affects the way we travel.
For starters, as we get older, we travel a lot.
An AARP study of 2016 Baby Boomer Travel Trends found that older travelers anticipated taking four to five trips the following year. Most respondents (97 percent) planned at least one domestic trip and nearly half (45 percent) planned international ones. While most research on over-50 travelers focuses primarily on boomers, data on the Silent Generation (those born between 1925 and 1945) suggests that with improved health and increased longevity, these folks, too, are opting to travel — as opposed to retreating to recliners.
Of course, being part of the same age cohort doesn’t necessarily put everyone in the same proverbial boat (or on the same cruise). Individuals vary widely in terms of their economic status, lifestyle, interests, attitudes and values—along with health and physical stamina. Yet travelers 50 years and older, as well as travel experts, identify six ways travel changes as we age: