Consumer Advisory Feature
Vacations are a time for relaxation, rejuvenation, and exploration. They provide a much-needed break from your daily routine and transport you to a world of new sights, sounds, and experiences. For senior citizens, vacations can be just what the doctor ordered – especially if you are traveling as a couple, in a travel group, or with your extended family.
To find out more, we reached out to a group of senior citizens who are between 60 and 70 years old – some of these people are still active on the travel and vacation circuit. As we have done in our previous interviews, talking to customers and potential customers can give us useful insights on senior citizens and vacations. (Where they go, what they do, and what they look for at a vacation resort.)
For this feature, we asked them just that, and here’s what some of them had to say.
Vinay Prabhu – Retired Banker
First and foremost, vacations provide a change of place, location, and pace of life. As we age, our daily routines can become monotonous and predictable – one day slips into another and life goes on. A vacation offers a chance to break free from the mundane, to experience something new. Whether it’s a trip to a beach resort or a vacation in the snow-clad hill stations of the North, the change can be refreshing and invigorating.
Ashok Srinivasan – Retired Medical Professional
Vacations can take outdoor activities (physical activities) to a new level. Many seniors lead sedentary lifestyles, and for some people, all the “vacations” they see is on TV. A real vacation brings in the complete experience – exploring, walking, trekking, swimming, or hiking. (All this is possible, whatever your age.)
In addition to the physical benefits of these activities, vacations can also have a positive impact on your state of mind. The welcome change that comes with a vacation can give you something to look forward to and experience every moment, first-hand. What’s better than that?
Gaurav Kapoor – Retired Marketing Professional
Seniors live alone or have limited social interaction. Vacations can provide an opportunity to meet new people and engage in vacation activities together. This comes close to group therapy to get over feelings of loneliness and isolation.
Yours could only be a one-week vacation, but even one week can do a lot of good. Just imagine traveling to new places and experiencing different cultures – can be an interesting way to broaden our horizons and expand our understanding of the world.
Pankaj Kapoor – Retired Hospitality Professional
Vacations can provide seniors with an opportunity to explore new places and cultures. This can help to keep them active and engaged and can provide them with a sense of adventure. Exploring new places can also help to promote a sense of curiosity and can help make the most of that annual vacation.
Taking a vacation can provide seniors with an opportunity to engage in new activities and experiences. This can help to stimulate their minds and learn new skills, which can keep them occupied in an engaged and happy way.
If you’re a young person with a timeshare membership, take your parents along on that annual vacation. It will make a huge difference to their lives in more ways than one. And if you are a senior citizen with a timeshare membership take a couple along in your age group – and see what that does during your vacation week. You’ll be happy you did.
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