How to Live a Midlife Adventure – The Ultimate Guide to Active Vacations for Baby Boomers
Baby boomers have redefined every decade we’ve lived – and now we’re redefining aging. We have had children, marriages, divorces, promotions, betrayals, sorrows, breakups, tears and triumphs, and we have all gained wisdom. Now it’s time for a wonderful second act. And how does this arousal hungry carpe diem manifest itself? Spirit of adventure. The motto of an adult is: “Have a terrestrial globe, trot”.
Intrepid Travel reports a notable increase in bookings among those over 50. In 2018, only 25% of bookings came from the 51-70 age group. This year, that number has risen to almost 40 percent. “After the restrictions of the past two years,” explains Managing Director Zina Bencheikh, “many over 50 want to book that trip they’ve always dreamed of, whether it’s an Antarctic expedition or a gastronomic trip to Thailand ”.
Lisa Fitzell, Managing Director of Elegant Resorts, confirms these findings. “The bucket list vacations are definitely living their moment. Our latest customer survey found a 25% increase in requests for unforgettable vacations from our customers compared to before the pandemic. Exploring at a slower pace is becoming more and more popular, along with the desire for longer trips.
Clearly, daredevil getaways are no longer just the preserve of Bear Grylls and Benedict Allen. People in their 40s are increasingly opting for dinner in the sand dunes under the stars in Pushkar; gorilla encounters in ecological refuges in the jungle of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda; hot air balloon in Cappadocia; or a hike in the heart of the Amazon jungle for a community stay with the Ese’Eja people, to name a few.
This preference for exotic destinations proves that people in their prime want to make the most of life – and have the money to do so. Studies show that people in their 50s, 60s and 70s are healthier, happier and richer than any generation in history. We are still young enough to have adventures, but also aware that time is running out. If you are healthy in your middle age, you will likely live to be 96, which means there is still plenty of ziplines, rappelling, scuba diving, kitesurfing, kayaking, and snowboarding. white water rafting.
Seniors are also perfectly equipped for intrepid travel. Years of parenthood have honed our survival skills. Take, for example, our excellent ear for language, evidenced by the fact that we are able to speak fluently in adolescence, which means communicating by eyebrow only during monosyllabic years. We’re also harder to rip off, being expert code breakers. What parent can’t decipher “I’m just getting a few friends while you’re away” as a Facebook party for the satanic masses?