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How Baby Boomers are Changing Travel

Tech-savvy, globe-trotting baby boomers are filling their passports like never before. Over the next 10 years, we can expect international travel to become even more easily attainable and common. This is due to improved infrastructure and technology, an aging global population, and an expanding global middle class.

Senior citizens will account for 11% of the world’s population by 2025, and 22% in developed countries. Seniors have more financial resources and time compared to other age groups, and we can expect boomers to remain a crucial demographic for the tourism industry around the world for years to come.

A recent survey found that 38% of baby boomers have a travel bucket list that they’re hoping to embark on in the short future. A lot of people are celebrating as they head into retirement and the average baby boomer has eight places that they’re hoping to visit.

Older travellers can find discounts around the world on everything from rental cars to hotel rooms. They also have the luxury of travelling whenever they want, instead of being stuck with school breaks and national holidays when prices are highest.

That means that boomers get to enjoy shoulder seasons each year, and can travel during the school term, avoiding the crowds at many tourist sights around the world.

Half of the boomers surveyed sad that they want to visit specific towns or cities. They want to have a small town feel while enjoying good places for eating and shopping.

Many boomers will find that while travel websites can be a valuable resource for information about different destinations, they will often only list certain airlines and hotels. Travel agencies often specialise in a variety of countries and have access to the latest travel information, including specials and deals. Agents often know all the best attractions for customers to see, and agencies will also offer package deals which include flights, accommodation, and admission to some of the most popular attractions.

Group tours have often been shrugged off as only for the unadventurous, but boomers are proving that this isn’t true. Many are choosing group travel with a grass-roots feel, and are staying in local guesthouses, learning about the culture, and getting out to explore the road less traveled.

While boomers are still enjoying Europe, they’re not limiting themselves to one continent. This year, Mexico is especially popular, followed by the Caribbean, and the UK. Central and South America are also becoming more popular as the world becomes smaller and boomers  18% are travelling by themselves when they can’t find anyone ready go to out and see the world. Boomers are also most likely to travel during spring or fall, as they tend to prefer avoiding crowds and extreme heat and cold.

Boomers are also becoming more tech-savvy, and are using apps on their smartphones like Google Maps, Whatsapp, and Facetime. They’re keeping in touch with family via Skype and Facebook, and reading reviews online before committing to a restaurant or tour.

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World’s Most Photographic Spots

If you are looking for photographic spots that will truly wow your captive audiences on social media platforms like Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook, here are some places to consider for your next vacation. Just be sure to read over your government’s active travel warnings and make your plans accordingly before you decide to check out of town.

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America. There are naturally plenty of photographic opportunities in this country, with options ranging from big cities filled with skyscrapers to scenic canyons in the Midwest.

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Patagonia. Taking up portions of both Argentina and Chile, this scenic region is a godsend for nature lovers, photographers, and other adventurous sorts.

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Nepal. If you aren’t afraid of heights, then this country sandwiched between China and India might be a great place for your next vacation. Just be aware that Nepal is home to the infamous Tenzing-Hillary airport, which is regularly listed as being among the world’s scariest spots to land.

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Slovenia. Although it you might not have previously heard of it, many people named this European country as a great spot to take some beautiful photographs.

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New Zealand. Regularly used as a filming location for epic sagas like Lord of the Rings and the Shannara Chronicles, this country at the end of the earth has a lot going for it.

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Spain. Not only home to great food and wine, this country is also the location for world-renowned festivals like La Tomatina and The Running of the Bulls. So its no surprise that you’ve probably seen Spain on your friends’ Pinterest boards at some point.

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Australia. For sheer gorgeousness, it’s hard to beat Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. However, the country is filled with plenty of other photographic spots such as the Great Ocean Road and Ayer’s Rock.

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Thailand. If you’re looking for a pretty tropical paradise, the land of a thousand smiles is one country you don’t want to miss. The local cuisine is also quite tasty and the current exchange rate make it a godsend for budget travelers.

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Iceland. While paying a visit here is bound to set you back more than it might in other places, it’s certainly worth spending a little extra to see spectacular scenery like the Northern Lights in person.

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Vietnam. This affordable country remains a generally undiscovered spot for now. However, the word is getting out about the tasty local cuisine and gorgeous views so it might not remain under the radar for much longer.

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And as always, happy travels!

Sources: randomvacay.com; Rough Guides; The Daily Mail; Business Insider; Forbes; www.skyscrapercity.com;

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Top Tips to Improve your Business Travel in 2017

Many people think the idea of travelling for work sounds amazing, but if this is something you’re regularly used to, you’re probably dealing with jetlag, long flights, meetings scheduled in new time zones, and trying to make the trip as efficient as possible.

There are plenty of benefits of business travel, including meeting new people, working your way up the career ladder, and seeing the world, however business travellers are constantly pressed for time. Here are some top tips to improve your business travel in 2017:

Stay online

If you’re the type who can’t sleep on planes, or you’re taking a day flight, choose an airline that offers in-flight wifi. While this can be expensive, you’ll be able to work for most of the flight- meaning you can be productive and accessible as if you’re at home and you’ll have more time up your sleeve when you land.

Before leaving, either activate a roaming plan on your phone if you’re away for a few days or buy a local SIM as soon as you’re on the ground. This will allow you to easily stay in contact with friends, family members, and coworkers while you’re away.

Download Key Apps

If your company has an expense-claim platform app this can be hugely helpful, or there are a number of apps like CamScanner that allow you to scan documents like receipts and send them as pdfs. Receipt Bank is also a good way to record your company expenses.

For iPhone users, you can download boarding passes into the Wallet app, while TripAdvisor and Zomato are great for finding things to do or places to eat in your new area. Gmail, Google Docs, Skype, and Slack are all great ways options for staying on top of your workload, and Gmail Offline is a good way to get some work done while you’re away from wifi.

Plan ahead

It’s a good idea to pre-select your seat, particularly if you’re flying long-haul. SeatGuru will show you the best spots. Some airlines will block out the best seats so that their high-status fliers can choose from them, and then will release any remaining seats 24-48 hours before the flight.

If you have a long stopover, see if your airport has a hotel or pool you can access without needing to go through customers. Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Singapore have excellent facilities so you freshen up and get some exercise in between flights.

Accessorise

Even if you’re only travelling carry-on, it pays to ensure that your luggage is brimming with all the portable accessories you need. That means portable battery packs, USB chargers, cables, plug converters, noise-cancelling headphones, sleep masks, laptop, kindle, phone, and of course, any medication that you need- along with melatonin or 5HTP to help with jetlag.

Buy Insurance

Don’t forget to insure yourself before you leave. If you’re travelling through the United States, this could be a hugely expensive mistake. Keep in mind that travel insurance won’t cover you if you’ve been drinking, so take it easy on those business lunches.

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