This is a continuation of the CAFE Horizons survey.  ( Other posts in this series can be found either by clicking on “CAFE Project” in the Tag Cloud or by clicking on  “GrumbleSmiles Trust” in the Topics list).


With increased leisure time after retirement, many older people have the flexibility to book vacations.  The growth of SAGA on the basis of its specialist holidays for older people is a good example of how the grey market is developing  Almost two thirds of the group had a holiday planned in the year which means they had something to look forward to.

World visitThe significance of this question is that it shows that almost all of the participants have an aspirational place they would like to visit.  Whilst we didn’t ask where people wanted to go, not all of the destinations will necessarily be far away.  Helping people to fulfil these ambitions could be a life changing experience.

During my time at ExtraCare Charitable Trust, we sent people to the Commonwealth Games in Sydney; to walk on the Great Wall of China; to go swimming with Dolphins in Mexico; to go gambling in Las Vegas; to sing in a choir in Italy; to watch the Monaco Grand Prix; to fetch the first Beaujolais in France; learning to sail in Greece and to sail a Tall Ship from England across the Channel to Belgium.  Many more of our residents travelled abroad on their own volition.  These are not just trips of a lifetime but also a host of stories and photographs to discuss with family and friends for many years after.

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