The rise of the silver surfers
Published at 12:00, Friday, 15 June 2012
With couples over the age of 60 embracing new technologies, getting online and suddenly finding themselves free from the financial shackles of dependent children, mortgages, and work commitments there’s a rise in popularity for long-haul escapes. With financial freedom comes the desire to travel and mature couples, and older groups of friends are using their new found leisure time to see the world, experience new cultures and reward themselves for the years of hard work they’ve happily endured for the benefit of their families or work lives. Empty-nesters and the recently retired, often feel a sense of loss when the children move out and move on, or when their careers come to an end, but embracing this freedom rather than allowing the sense of loss to overwhelm, can sometimes be the best cure. Those looking for a holiday escape may want more for their money than a week in Spain and companies such as Hayes and Jarvis can provide the perfect solution with a diverse selection of long-haul destinations, luxury hotels and prices that won’t break the bank. Holidays to Mexico are a popular choice as they offer the ideal mix of sightseeing, relaxation and beach life. With the Caribbean on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other, the Yucatan Peninsula provides holiday-makers with a tantalising cocktail of mystical ruins, ancient cultures and beautiful white beaches. Whilst resorts like Cancun may appeal more to younger travellers, hot-spots such as Playacar offer a laidback vibe, great beaches and a variety of water-sports for those who fancy trying their hand at snorkelling or diving. As far as sightseeing goes, the short ferry ride to Cozumel will take you to the ancient Mayan City of Tulum, a must see attraction. Other historic sites include the mysterious pyramid of Chichen Itza, another day-trip to add to your sightseeing hit-list. The hotels in Mexico are as diverse as the country itself, but you can expect high standards of service, great entertainment and a variety of sporting and entertainment options. It’s important to do your research before booking, and a hour or two surfing the web is a great way to decide which destination best suits your needs. Those longing for laidback luxury should look towards the Indian Ocean. Holidays to Mauritius, for example, are perfect for all age groups, but especially suited to the mature holiday-maker wishing to relax, unwind and immerse themselves in a vibrant culture. The island is a treasure trove of sights just waiting to be explored and brings together an intoxicating mix of Creole, French and Chinese cultural influences. Aside from the beaches you’ll find sugar cane fields, jungle-covered mountains and waterfalls; the perfect backdrop for a holiday of a lifetime. Those in search of complete luxury and indulgence should stay in the resort of Trou d’eua Douce which is home to some of the most exclusive resorts on the island. It’s the perfect place for a romantic break and what better way to celebrate you and your other halves return to coupledom. Age isn’t what it used to be, gone are the days when we were happy to hang up our youth and stay by hearth and home when retirement beckoned. With age comes wisdom and independence, so whilst your younger counterparts struggle to pay the mortgages, supplement the kids tuition fees and meet the bills, the older traveller is starting to realise that life really can begin at 60.
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