Older people are increasingly taking breaks to far-flung destinations, for example holidays to South Africa, it has been found.

Older people are increasingly taking breaks to far-flung destinations, for example holidays to South Africa, it has been found.

According to the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO), the older generation is now much more self-sufficient and has more money available for treats such as winter breaks.

Derek Moore, AITO chairman, said holidays for such people are no longer viewed as simply a once-a-year thing.

“They are becoming a bit more adventurous with their holidays; the southern hemisphere is much more popular like South Africa, Australia [and] New Zealand,” he remarked.

According to an Office for National Statistics report entitled Overseas Travel and Tourism, the number of visits abroad made by people from the UK increased by two per cent in the 12 months to July 2008, amounting to some 70.7 million.

A recent poll by Warner Home Video found that travel is top of the list of things for Britons to do before they die, with many saying they would like to visit the Great Barrier Reef.

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