Holidays are no longer just about relaxing on the beach for a week, in fact, people are increasingly using their time away to try new activities, learn a new skill and do something extreme.

And it’s not just for the young’uns either.

Sian Jones, managing director at Solitair Holidays, explains: “Over the last 18 months, we have seen a huge rise in the number of enquiries from our over 60s customers looking for activity and adrenaline-fuelled holidays.

“The holiday industry needs to change its perceptions and the clichés often associated with the older generation.

“Nowadays, people want the chance to tick things off their bucket list and solo travel allows more people to do just that – we think it’s great that people are getting out to see the world later in life, a trend we’re sure will only increase over time.”

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Surprising stats

Solitair Holidays quizzed 2,000 holidaymakers of all ages and found that the age group that was most adventurous when it came to booking experience holidays, wasn’t 18 to 25-year-olds as you might expect, but the over 60s.

Top picks

When it came to the most popular types of locations and experiences, the mountains came out as the peak destination for over a third of those surveyed, with mountain trekking, skiing and snowboarding, and mountain biking of key interest to pensioners.

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Ocean loving

While it might be considered more usual for teens and 20-somethings to don wetsuits and take to the seas, it turns out that 14% of over 60s are fascinated by what lives in the ocean and are keen to try surfing, scuba diving and even swimming with sharks.
According to Solitair Holidays, these are the top 10 most attractive extreme sports for the over 60s:

1. Mountain trekking
2. Skiing and/or snowboarding
3. Mountain biking
4. Hiking
5. Scuba diving
6. Surfing
7. Horse riding
8. Paragliding
9. Sailing
10. Swimming with sharks

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