Retirement Tourism on the Rise as Seniors Head to Bali

According to a recent report Bali has become a ‘hot spot’ for seniors. This really shouldn’t come as a surprise since Bali has a great deal to offer those who want to experience a vacation that doesn’t fit the criteria of a just any ordinary vacation.

Bali tourism has been grown by leaps and bounds for all age groups, but recently it seems that the retirement population has found something they really like when it comes to vacations. The United Nations World Travel Organization (UWTO) projects that by 2025 one-third of the tourism market will be made up of seniors, often referred to as the ‘gray market.’ Bali Tourism is taking steps to encourage and grow this market segment, and take advantage of this opportunity.

One of the reasons that Bali is already benefiting from the ‘gray market’ is because companies have already begun to develop packages that focus on the retirement market. Seniors tend to take longer vacations and spend more money than the average tourist, because they have more disposable income and more free time.

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Benefits of Travelling Solo

Whether your relationship status is single or your significant other can’t get time off work, you may find that you’re going on holiday alone. Even if you won’t be experiencing Bali villas or any other tourist hotspots with someone else, you will enjoy so many benefits on a solo trip. Here are just a few of many.

Every Experience is For You
When you travel with someone else or a group of people, you find yourself having to do things that other people want to do. While you might be into nature walks and going off the beaten track, your party might want to experience the bustling nightlife. When you travel alone, every adventure you go on is for your benefit. You can soak up the luxury of Bali villas in a tranquil setting, or take a walk through various markets that are a must-do on any traveller’s list. Whatever you want to do, you can do it when you’re travelling solo.

You Can ‘Find Yourself’

Sometimes we can lose ourselves in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The daily nine to five grind can take its toll, and a holiday by yourself might help you to reclaim the real you. When you travel with other people, you get so caught up in the social setting that you often miss life-changing moments. Alone with your thoughts, however, you can gain a new appreciation for what you have, while experiencing a new part of the world you’ve never seen before. When you go home, you may feel refreshed and revitalized, ready to tackle anything life throws at you.

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5 Best Beaches in the World

If staring at the same four walls of your office cubicle is becoming a little tedious, then it might be time to start dreaming about luxury Bali villas and white sandy beaches instead. Everyone deserves a holiday from time to time, so what’s wrong with planning your own now? If the thought of relaxing on a beach drinking cocktails sounds like your idea of a good time, then visit one of these top-rated beaches below.

Harbour Island, Bahamas

The problem with a lot of famous beaches is how busy they are. With people milling around, detracting from your peace, they become less of the relaxing paradise you envisioned, and more of a bustling hive of activity. Harbour Island in the Bahamas, however, is more serene than you could ever think possible.

It’s located off the coast of Eleuthera Island and is a little off the beaten track. Therefore, it’s less likely to be as populated by families as those more mainland beaches in the Bahamas. It’s encompassed by palm trees for that gorgeous beach vibe as well, so you can sun yourself on the pink sands while enjoying the serene environment. What’s more, when you start to get a little cold and hungry, you can then make your way to an eatery nearby for a delicious fresh seafood dish and a tasty cocktail.

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Northern Bali More Popular Destination With European Travellers

For several years now, European travellers have been heading to Bali for their vacations, especially to the southern part of Bali. However, as southern Bali becomes more expensive they are seeking to stay in Northern Bali regions, which are still considered a ‘best kept secret.’

Putu Winastra, deputy chairman of the Bali branch of the Association of Indonesian Tour and Travel Agencies (ASITA) said that European tourists had always paid serious attention to the condition of destinations they intended to visit.

When it comes to travel and vacation destinations, Europeans are one of the savviest travellers always looking for the best vacation spot. That includes not just the best pricing, but also the best accommodations, the least amount of traffic, and the best attractions. And while there are excellent villas in Bali, Europeans are beginning to see Southern Bali as just a little too touristy for their liking, and so many are heading to more Northern Bali destinations.

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