They still exist apparently: the happily retired on a good pension. Although, in the future, there will be less of us able to do as we please from the age of 60-65, some retirees who got there before the financial downturn can enjoy good, long holidays abroad – whenever they wish.
They’re not the only ones who can take time out to explore our world though! Teachers enjoy a good six weeks of holiday each year, including Christmas and Easter holidays that add up to a fair amount of freedom. Students on a gap year can grasp a “once in a lifetime” opportunity to see what’s out there, grow in maturity and experience different cultures as well. Then there are the people enjoying a “sabbatical”. After a long time of employment with some companies – say 25 years – employees are offered a gift of money and some time off to travel the world. This, highly prized reward, is something that is dying out these days, but some businesses still uphold the tradition.
Of course travel writers, broadcasters and authors researching for their next novel may well enjoy time abroad finding inspiration and peace and quiet to complete their work. Speaking personally, I look forward to joining the ranks of “Snowbirds” who flock to Florida from colder climes, in the early months of each year. They’re called “Snowbirds” because they’re usually retired, have grey hair and “fly,” or migrate, from the cold to the warmth for two or three months, enjoying low cost (out of season) accommodation and freedom to relax. Can’t be bad.