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Lifestyle : Forever Young special report
1HERSA1 A066 Jewellery, Art, Coins, Stamps & Book Auction Saturday 17th November at 12 Noon Catalogue available online Exci ng Upcoming Auc on Next Weekend Highlights include: Lloyd Rees oil, collec on of excellent cedar & rosewood furniture, estate jewellery, many other fascina ng items The North Shores Leading Antique & Art Auction House 155 - 161 Willoughby Rd, Crows Nest. View Friday 16th Nov 1pm - 6pm Saturday 17th Nov 9am - noon Sunday 18th Nov 9am - noon phone: 02 9439 7432 www.barsbyauctions.com.au Antiques & Decorative Art Auction Sunday 18th November at 12 Noon Furniture, Silver, Ceramics, Clocks, Oriental, Glass, Rugs Online bidding available G5524193AA-101112 FOREVER YOUNG SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2012 THE SUN HERALD 66 Enjoy the time of your life Climb every mountain: the over-50s seek active holidays. Over-50s are looking for adventure and sometimes the family comes too, writes Carolyn Boyd. 'You're still on a discovery trip but youwantitina little more comfort.' 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As a teacher to young stu- dents recently arrived from overseas, Carol Wildman has a hidden edge -- the 60-year-old has travelled to many of their countries and can share endless tales of the adventures she enjoyed there. The Sydney resident began travel- ling in her early 20s and hasn't stopped. Not long after she married her husband, Robert, the pair filled their backpacks and headed off on a two-year holiday, taking in Nepal, India, Greece, the UK and the US. Since then, the duo has travelled extensively through the Middle East, had a stint living in the UK and several trips to Asia. "We're interested in different cul- tures and love different foods," says Wildman. "With travel you meet dif- ferent people and it's a lovely exchange, so that's why we have spent a lot of our money on travel." Affording to travel so much has meant living more simply at home. "It's taken us 30 years to renovate and our televisions have never been big," she says. "We don't put our money into material stuff. We drive a car but the car is always fairly simple and practical. You minimalise all of those costs and you save and you travel." Wildman is Anglo-Indian and migrated to Australia when she was 16. Later she and Robert adopted two young boys from Korea, which encouraged them to travel to Korea several times to acquaint the boys with their birth country. Wildman also wanted to return to the country where she was brought up, and this year took an organised small group tour with Travel Indochina. "My trip to India this year was a gift to myself when I turned 60," she says. Wildman travelled with two girl- friends for the 15-day tour that tra- versed the south of India. "We had our own car and driver and also a guide joined us," she says. "The tour guide that we had was very au fait with the history." Having travelled for four decades, Wildman admits she does things a little bit differently these days. "Definitely, now I can't put a back- pack on my back to travel, no, no," she says. "I have stayed in cockroach- infested places in India when I was first backpacking because you've got a budget. Now your budget is much, much bigger so you don't have to stay in those sort of places and you want nice now. "Before, that was fun -- you could tolerate it -- you were at a different age. The world was your oyster and you were on that discovery trip. Now, you're still on a discovery trip but you want it in a little more comfort." Meg Koffel, a spokeswoman for tour company Intrepid, says when it comes to older travellers there are two trends emerging. "We are finding the over 50s want more active holidays where they explore new destinations and experi- ence another culture -- and they want to bring their whole family with them," Koffel says. "Grandparents are travelling with their adult children and grandchil- dren to destinations such as Vietnam, Cambodia and Borneo. They are pre- dominantly choosing short-haul des- tinations rather than longer-haul destinations. We are also seeing grandparents holiday with their grandchildren, leaving their adult children behind." Another trend is mother-daughter holidays. "It is one of the fast-growing styles of travel for us and is not exclu- sive to shopping destinations such as New York," says Koffel. "Women are seeking more experiential travel experiences with an adventure travel theme, adventure in the cultural sense rather than the physical sense."
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