Nearly half of over 55s say they are at their most adventurous age


A survey has shown that 40% of over 55s believe they are at their most adventurous age.

Adventure Travel company Explore, which conducted the survey, said over 55s never had the opportunity to travel in the same way millennials do now, and having reached an age where they have more disposable income, are looking for more adventure.

Zinie Chen Sampson, AP travel writer from Richmond, Va., as she rides the Gravity zip line tour at Adventures on the Gorge, near Fayetteville, W.Va.

Of the 2000 people surveyed, 46% of over 55s plan to visit at least one new country on their next holiday and 37% said they are looking to travel further for their holiday.

A third would love to visit one of the wonders of the world and a fifth included seeing the northern lights on their bucket list.

The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, shine over Derwentwater, near Keswick in the Lake District.

The average participant on many of Explore's adventure holidays is well into their 60s - the average traveller on the New Zealand trip, which involves more than 80km of trekking, is 65, and the average participant on the Benin and Togo itinerary is 69.

Ashley Toft, managing director at Explore, said: "We are thrilled that many of our customers are becoming increasingly adventurous. We will continue to develop our trips, adding more destinations and unique experiences to suit the travel dreams of the over 55s."