As the population continues to age and individuals are living longer, healthier lives, various demographic changes are developing.

One trend among seniors in good health is to spend several months of the year travelling abroad.  Such activity was historically limited to wealthier members of the population, who could afford to retire early and/or take long periods of time away from work.  However, according to a recent article in the Daily Mail, more and more British seniors are spending their retirements travelling and are funding the expeditions by what is referred to as “S.K.I. – Spending the Kids’ Inheritance”.

ANAXNZSAJ0A new BBC series called the Millionaire’s Holiday Club follows older travellers as they explore the world with ITC Luxury Travel Group.  While there is clear desirability behind spending money that would otherwise form assets of one’s estate on travel, some of the individuals credit other reasons as motivation for spending more money than they otherwise might on vacations.  Some participants of the television series wish to leave their children an inheritance sufficient to allow for financial security, but not so large that it discourages them from working to earn a living and funding their own luxurious travel.  Others report that they choose to travel as a way of remaining independent as they age.

For some seniors, travelling without a travel insurance plan risks incurring significant healthcare costs in a foreign jurisdiction.  Due to costs that typically increase with age, travel insurance may be less accessible for older individuals who choose to travel, and especially those who have experienced serious or chronic health conditions.  Depending on age and medical history, travel insurance simply may not be an option, and should be a serious consideration of a senior in deciding whether or not to travel.  While there is nothing wrong with enjoying oneself by frequent travel, older individuals should be careful to ensure that they retain enough money to fund their ongoing costs of living, which can significantly exceed projected costs with time and the deterioration of physical and/or mental health.

Have a great weekend.

Nick Esterbauer