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The rise of the grey gappers

Move over student backpackers, there's a new kind of traveller in town (or should that be 'on the plane?'). Yes, the 'grey gappers' have arrived, and they're taking the travel industry by storm. What's a grey gapper? This somewhat derogatory term refers to a growing group of over-55-year olds who ... Read more

Making your first adventure holiday a success

No more is adventurous travel the sole preserve of the young; the grey gappers are here with their passports in hand, ready to see the world. While arguably a derogatory moniker, it characterises the recent increase of people aged over 50/55 that have decided to tick a few items off their bucket li... Read more

Questions about holiday insurance for the over-65s

We love to hear from over 65s who want to insure their holiday with us - it’s great to see older people planning the trip of a lifetime. You may have some questions about how your age affects your policy; we’ve answered some of the most common ones below. If you have any other questions, please giv... Read more

Top 10 best travel destinations for the over 50s

The notion that wanderlust ceases once you turn 50 is alien to us. In fact, we think that's when trips are at their finest. When the whole world is your oyster, it can be pretty difficult to decide on somewhere to go. Here, you'll find our top ten travel destinations for those that are in search of... Read more

Travel advice for over 65s: Staying safe, the best destinations and life hacks

It's generally known that age isn’t anything but a number - and we couldn’t agree more. There’s been a huge increase in the number of older people saying ‘Pah!’ to their advancing years, and seeing the world. Which is great. However, being an older traveller brings its own set of advantages and dis... Read more

Ten excellent reasons to book an autumn getaway

If you've got some holiday left over but you're planning on sitting on it until something better comes along, don't. Here at Columbus Direct, we urge you to seize the day and make the most of the big wide world - and here are ten reasons why you should book that autumn break. 1) Apart from various ... Read more

Saga show older travellers that the world is their oyster

We've been writing a lot of features on older travellers this week, looking at trends, destinations and staying safe. So, when we approached Saga, who specialise in holidays for older travellers, we knew we'd make a dynamite combo. We've asked them about the benefits and potential pitfalls of older... Read more

The best things to do in Berlin this spring

It's only a 90 minute flight away, and it's a much-loved destination for honeymooners, backpackers, grey gappers and everyone in between. The 'sexy but poor' city of Berlin has to be seen to be believed; if you're heading there this spring, here are the best attractions to take it. Brandenburger To... Read more

Advice for older travellers

We're only going to say this the once, so listen up - age doesn't matter. Well, unless you're a cheese or a wine, and we're going to take a wild guess and assume that you're neither of those. People are retiring earlier, saving harder and travelling further than ever before. 'Grey gappers' (older b... Read more

Over 12m Brits predicted to take a winter holiday

According to ABTA, over 12 million Brits are set to take a winter holiday during the coming months. ABTA's research suggests that around 43% of people interviewed are planning a winter break to feel the sun on their faces - and 18% of (possibly more adventurous) people are planning a winter sports ... Read more

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