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Our age group is the most adventurous

LaterLife have long been banging on about the fact that the over 50s and over 60s may have some of the best years ahead of them. With a bit of planning and organisation, once the restrictive commitments of full time work is over, the world simply opens up with exciting possibilities.

Above…LaterLife Challenge entrant Sheila Martin underlines the adventurous spirit of our age group

And while our favourite pastimes make sense, through our big Challenge competition we find that retirees are also becoming involved in a wide range of seriously adventurous activities – just look back at some of our Challenge entries from mountain climbing to white water rafting to bungee jumping and of course adventurous travel and it is clear that lots of fun is to be had at our age.

Now the big holiday company Inghams have come out with the results from research that endorse the LaterLife belief!

Inghams say that from their recent research project they were expecting 18 to 24 year olds to be the most adventurous – instead they have found it was completely the other way round.

They say that pensioners and especially those in the 65 plus years were the most brave and eager at trying out new extreme sports including bungee jumping, mountain climbing, skiing and snowboarding. They were the highest age froup that said they would simply be up for anything, way above the 18-24 year olds. More it seems said they would prefer to go on an activity holiday such as skiing rather than a cruise! Many of this age group would be happy to join a single travellers holiday.

Amazingly only 15% of 18-24 year olds said they would try kite boarding whereas more than double (35%) of pensioners said they would try it.

Inghams of course are specialists in snow and mountain holidays, so they must have been delighted to find from their research that 50% of the over 65s would be willing and in fact interested in trying snowboarding.

Results from the Inghams’s research in a nutshell were….

  • Pensioners are the most adventurous age group
  • 50% said fear does not stop them from doing sports
  • 29% said they’d be up for bungee jumping
  • 15% of 18-24 year olds said they’d give kite boarding a go whereas 35% of pensioners said they would
  • More pensioners would like to go on an adventure holiday than a cruise. 65% said they’d like to go on a holiday such as skiing/snowboarding whereas 50% said they’d like to go on a cruise.
  • 50% of pensioners said they would travel alone and go on holiday
  • Pensioner’s biggest fear is flying however they wouldn’t let that stop them
  • Those from Edinburgh are the most adventurous according to the survey
  • Women are more adventurous than men (68% of women said they’d go on a skiing/snowboarding holiday whereas 52% of men said they would)
  • 56% of men would like to choose a UK holiday park break

While we are still mid summer, now is also the time to start thinking about booking your winter holiday. If you might be considering something new, Inghams (www.inghams.co.uk) suggest you look for a mixed break where you can do activities for some of the time rather than an intensive specific activity holiday. If you are thinking of trying a snow spot, they recommend private one to one lessons as an excellent way to get a through basics sorted out safely and at your own speed. Evidently Wengen & Saas Fee in Switzerland are great locations for beginners of our age - they have quieter nursery slopes in the villages away from the main slopes and the fast skiers. Inghams say Wengen would be our main recommendation as the resort atmosphere tends to be more suitable for the older age groups (quieter, traffic-free, traditional) and there are other non-ski activities available for those that do not want to ski for say six days flat. Wengen also offer senior passes.

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