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Planning your next holiday? Research tips for Senior Australians

Planning your next holiday? Research tips for Senior Australians

Seniors love travelling. And why not? You’ve spent years working and your retirement is your time to see the world. According to the Seniors Abroad travel survey, three quarters of seniors travel at least once a year. Money-wise, this generally equates to just over $6,400 per holiday. If you compare this to millennials who are only spending $3,380 per year, you can see seniors really do value their time away.

If you find you are spending hours planning your next holiday, then you’re not alone. The survey also suggests seniors aged 50 years and over spend 27 hours researching and planning before making final decisions. While the internet has made it easier to find potential holiday destinations, it can also make it harder to choose.

So, here’s a handy trip guide to help you plan your next holiday. And if you’re after even more advice for the perfect holiday, download our free 50 travel tips for Seniors eBook.

Find the holiday you want to go on

Many seniors are adopting the ‘YOLO’ idea! The traditional millennial mantra of “You Only Live Once” has been embraced by the over-fifty cohort. For many, it’s not enough to see the key sights and stay in a swanky hotel. Rather, it’s about immersing yourself in the culture, traditions and cuisine of your destination. In fact, according to the Seniors Abroad survey, one third of seniors are hoping to experience foreign destinations like a local.

With this in mind, do your research into tours or experiences that can help this, such as a tour that specialises in visiting hilltop villages such as Gruyere in Switzerland.1

When doing your research, think about what you consider important for a holiday and plan the trip you want, rather than what people may expect of you.

Create a budget

Once you’ve chosen your destination and mapped out some of your options, it’s time to consider costs. While the Seniors Abroad travel survey shows seniors are spending more than millennials on travel, that doesn’t mean you have to go all out at all times.

Work out how much flights will cost and then look at accommodation. Once you have the two biggest expenses sorted, look at everything else you’ll need. This includes travel insurance, tours, spending money, anything you’ll need to purchase prior to going and any incidentals. If you have this covered, or even if you have a loose idea of things, it will make for a much more relaxing holiday.2

When looking at flights, shop around. While you may favour a particular airline, there may be a much cheaper fare going on a different one. What’s great is that most seniors don’t mind travelling in cattle class, with 65 per cent of respondents to the Seniors Abroad survey saying they prefer economy to the luxuries of business class.

Share your trip information where necessary

Before you travel anywhere, register with Smartraveller. This will ensure if anything goes wrong, the government knows how to get in contact with you and/or your emergency contacts. This is particularly important if you’re going somewhere that is prone to natural disasters.

It’s also important to leave your travel details with someone back home such as a close friend or a family member. This should include your flight and accommodation details, any tours you’ve pre-planned and all copies of your identification documents (including your passport). If you misplace anything or need help in an emergency, people back home will be able to help.

Don’t forget the details

When it comes to accommodation and activities, there are a multitude of options nowadays. Gone are the days where you had to stay in a hotel in the city in order to enjoy the area. For seniors, even thrill-seekers and explorers, you may want to consider staying somewhere semi-central with good transport options.

When booking your accommodation, whether it’s an apartment, a hotel or an Airbnb, consider everything you need and everything you want. For example, do you want or need kitchen or laundry facilities? How close do you want to be to restaurants and cafes? Can you walk upstairs or do you need a lift?

Additionally, when looking at pre-planned tours to fill your days, plan ones that suit your needs. For example, if you are adventurous, but tend to tire easily, perhaps book a couple of half-day tours. If you get carsick, a walking tour may be best.

Importantly, don’t just stick to the tourist tracks. While it’s fun to visit the museums and art galleries, there’s also plenty of things to experience if you just wander around the local neighbourhoods no matter what city or country you’re in. Plus, you’re much more likely to get authentic cuisine (at a much more reasonable price) if you stick to the local areas.

Don’t leave without travel insurance

As recommended by the Australian government, travel insurance is necessary for all Australians heading overseas.

Your travel insurance policy should cover everything from medical expenses, theft/damage of valuables, and cancellations/postponement of trip plans. If you have a pre-existing medical condition and you do not notify your insurer when booking your policy, you may not be covered for any medical expenses related to the pre-existing condition. It’s important you read your insurer’s policy carefully to ensure you will be covered.

Ensure your travel insurance policy covers you for the destination you are going to, and any activities you plan on doing there, such as skiing or hiring a motorcycle.

According to Smartraveller, more than 1,000 Australians die overseas every year, and it can cost over $20,000 to bring their remains home, so ensure this is covered in your travel insurance policy if important to your family, culture or religion.

Choose Australian Seniors Insurance Agency

No matter how you travel or where you go, seniors travel is changing. And while you may spend hours researching and planning, all that work means you’ll definitely be able to kick back, relax and enjoy everything the destination has to offer.

Contact Australian Seniors Insurance Agency today for a free travel insurance quote before your next adventure.


  1. An Alpine Adventure TourAlbatross Tours
  2. 10 things to help you save before you travelnewyoungtravel.com.au