People in their 50s are more willing to immerse themselves in the local culture than younger travelers when on vacation. The poll of 2,000 adults found that 50-somethings are more likely to socialize with the locals, communicate in the native language, and go off the beaten track.
Around seven in 10 are happy going for walks away from the resort — compared to just 54% of those aged 30 and under. And 41% of the over 50s will happily make new friends when abroad, while only a third of younger adults said the same. In contrast, younger vacationers are far more likely to travel for a suntan — 22% compared to 15% of older people. Those under 30 are also almost three times more likely to feel nervous about experiencing local cultures and customs when abroad than older travelers. The study found that driving and shopping are also activities older vacationers are more happy to undertake while they are abroad.