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Senior, Single, and Special Needs Travel
Travel is For Everyone
The travel, tourism, and hospitality industries continue to diversify and provide travel products tailored to many specialty markets such as: seniors; special interests groups of all kinds; from amateur historians to soft adventure travelers, people with special vision or mobility needs, gay and lesbian travelers, solo travelers ... and the list goes on.
Travel, tourism, and hospitality is one of the largest industries on the planet, especially when you factor in all the related/interconnected businesses and industries that are secondary suppliers to this principal global industry.
As travel consumers, therefore, we can assume that our particular demographic is served somewhere by someone in this immense industry. And the more we can find and define those who serve our particular needs, the better our travel experiences will be.
Seniors — for example — represent a market within a market, and a huge one! Often referred to today as the Fifty Plus Travel Market, seniors are travelling everywhere and engaging in a diverse range of travel activities. What this means is that seniors (and similar niche market travelers) can assume that they are a market force to be reckoned with; that someone wants their business.
Why Fifty Plus? The pluses are numerous: life experience; experienced and discerning travelers; travelers with disposal time and money; a broadened frame of reference and perspective on the world; energy; enthusiasm; wisdom; pragmatic; life-long learners. Seniors (like all niche market groups) are, in turn, tailor-made for the travel industry.
And whatever your age, the seniors you meet in your travels may be the best “interpretors” of the destination you will find. Maureen Johnson, The Crab Lady of Cape Cod, is an example.
With a special interest in barrier-free travel, Adam also has a broad scope of interests and travel experiences that he has written about. His experiences and his elegant website Travel Prose are proof positive that the travel industry is as diverse as those who travel.
The Fifty Plus Club
Travel and Leisure
This site has the apt title of “Senior Women's Travel for the 50+ Woman with a Passion for Travel.”
Travel for Seniors
The Double Nickels Electronic Magazine for Active Adults has a travel section with good links.
The Canadian site 50Plus Expeditions is a good source of trips with "no mandatory single supplement charge on cruises & guided tours.".
Able Travel Source
Globe Internet Access
Solo and Not-so-solo
Rudy Maxa's article in The Savvy Traveler has a number of useful ideas for the single traveler.
Globe Internet Access
Special Needs Travel
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