The rise of the grey gapper

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Silver surfers are travelling further and longer than their children, according to a survey conducted by Incognito – a natural insect repellant which is effective against all species of mosquito and other insects.

The survey found that:

  • 59 per cent of the over-60s surveyed are taking nearly three holidays a year with
  • four per cent taking as many as seven holidays a year.
  • 70 per cent wanted longer holidays.
  • Over-60s are taking the most holidays, now travelling to more exotic locations than any previous generations of that age.
  • 99 per cent of respondents say they are more active than their parents and grandparents were at the same age.

The most popular destinations are Africa, India, South-East Asia, China and South America.

Howard Carter, managing director of Incognito, said: “The Baby Boomer generation clearly love their holidays abroad and are now competing with their grandchildren in opting to take gap years as they travel around the world. Clearly the ‘Grey Pound’ is very valuable to the travel industry as young families struggling in the economic downturn opt to stay at home.”

Carter continued: “Crucially this is probably the last generation who will retire on full, index-linked pensions. Their children have left home, they are sitting on huge equity investment in their homes and they have cash to spend.”

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