Despite temperatures flirting with the 30-degree mark and a heatwave sweeping the nation, the over 50s will still flock to resorts and destinations across the globe for some well-deserved relaxation time this summer.
Here we break down the top 5 destinations the over-50s would like to visit in 2015*. With 52% of holiday-makers being put off by the expense, could equity release be the ticket to the holiday of your dreams?
– This idyllic little archipelago situated in the heart of the Indian Ocean has topped must-visit lists for years. With white beaches, crystal clear waters and temperatures touching 30°C all-year-round, it’s easy to understand why the Seychelles is often seen as a real fantasy island.
Did you know? The Seychelles has the smallest population of any African state.
– Just pipped to the post by another island paradise, the Maldives comes in second place. More than a decade on from the catastrophic 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, the Maldives has not just survived but thrived to return as one of the top destination for the over-50s.
Did you know? With an average ground level elevation of only 1.5 metres above sea level, the Maldives is world’s lowest country.
– This superpower remains just as powerful in the tourism industry. Around 70 million people a year flock to the land of the free, and with everything from bustling metropolises to natural wonders scattering this huge land mass, it’s no wonder the USA makes an appearance.
Did you know? The Grand Canyon is visited by over 4 million people every year.
– Continuing the theme of Indian Ocean island destination, Mauritius makes it in at number 4. First a Dutch colony, then French and finally under British control until 1968, Mauritius has enough history to match its abundance of beautiful beaches and lagoons.
Did you know? Mauritius was the only known habitat of the Dodo.
– More islands! It seems that we Brits love a beach getaway more than anything else. This Caribbean hotspot has been a dream location for decades and there are no signs of the Bahamian success story slowing anytime soon.
Did you know? The Bahamas was once a haven for pirates, including the infamous Blackbeard.
*Survey conducted by over 50s insurance specialist Staysure