In recent times, we've seen a rise in parents opting to treat themselves to a well-earned trip of a lifetime, rather than leaving it all to the next generation.
Introducing SKIing - that’s Spending the Kids Inheritance. A recent survey found that 72 per cent of Australians over 50 would rather spend their money enjoying retirement, rather than leaving it to their kids.
And after finishing with the whole nine-to-five grind thing, we can’t imagine retirees would want to sit at home for the rest of their lives. And it seems they’re not. The Australian Bureau of Statistics found that older couples spend more money on recreation, despite higher medical and food costs.
Pair that with the desire to let loose and see the world without the kids in tow, and you've got a winning formula for an epic holiday to celebrate your new found freedom.
And now there are tailored holiday packages to suit all your needs. Justine Lally, Head of Marketing for luxury travel operator APT said, “We are seeing an increase in our guests travelling more frequently, and we’re seeing more groups of friends choosing to celebrate milestone birthdays or special occasions with us.”
So, why not use some of your life-savings to take that trip you've been dreaming of? You deserve it!
Here are some bucket-list holiday ideas that will see you living out retirement in style, and with a splash of adventure.
This is the perfect choice for those seeking sophistication and culture, either as a solo traveller, a couple, or a group of friends - there are countless options to spend your time. You can visit some of Europe's most beautiful cities and towns without any of the stress and hassle of overland journeys. Everything is taken care of while you can relax and watch the beautiful countryside and historic cities slip by.
You also have the option to split up by day and reunite at night, giving everyone the chance to explore destinations at their leisure, before sharing stories of sights and experiences over a gourmet dinner back on board.
If you’re like the majority of Australian’s, you’ve likely left the opportunity to explore your country until a later date. Well, the time has finally come!
With such vast natural beauty and ancient cultural significance, the Kimberley region in WA is a great place to start - discover hidden natural wonders and rich Indigenous history whilst staying at the award-winning Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge, Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge or Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge.
Explore the world's greatest wonders
Some of the world’s most remote and breathtakingly beautiful scenery and wildlife can be visited aboard luxury small ship cruising.
If this sounds like your cup of tea, set sail on special expedition voyages to Antarctica, the Mediterranean and Alaska.
If you’re more of a land lover, Mexico’s Riviera Maya’s pristine beaches and Mayan Ruins, and the Caribbean island-nation of Cuba’s capital Havana, have an intoxicating mix of ancient culture and colonial history.
Or if you’re keen to take to the skies, exploring the Canadian Rocky Mountains by helicopter is a thrilling adventure!
Why not experience a birthday or milestone on an ultimate adventure like a safari? You’ll get to explore the jungle or dry plains and spot some truly magnificent animals. You’ll be transported back to the childhood delight of seeing some of nature’s wonders up close. Priceless.
So, what are you waiting for? Get planning! - Happy holidays!