Just prior to retirement, people look forward to traveling a lot but life is hardly one trip after another in retirement based from a survey of typical retirees. What a female doctor from the University of California at Berkeley did was interview people belonging to the retired population of San Antonio, Texas and there were about 700 of them. Only half usually took a trip as often as once a year, and 40 per cent had not been out of town for more than three years, while many said they never traveled.
In a month, less than six percent of the retirees journeys outside the country. About 10 percent of the out of town travel by retirees was to visit their children and 20 percent was to visit other relatives.
Not surprisingly, lack of money hindered many retirees from traveling. Taking frequent trips are the 10 percent of the San Antonio retirees with annual incomes of above $5,000. Black, or Mexican American retirees, however, traveled less often than others of the same income level. When it comes to the younger retirees and those who considered themselves to be in good health, they took more trips. May they be drivers or passengers, a third of those who traveled as often as once a year travel by car. One third went by bus, 20 percent flew, and 15 percent went by train.
Those who traveled by bus were not delighted with the transportation. What they aired out in this case were specific disadvantages including the difficulties of getting a bus to the place one wanted to go not to mention the inconvenient time at which the bus left or arrived. Including two thirds of the retirees who have never flown and half who have never been able to ride a train, she spoke to these people.
People who flew liked the experience but they used the airlines mainly to visit relatives. Considering how they could do some sightseeing, the retirees liked land transportation. Catering to vacations was a fifth of the plane trips. The major complaints about train travel were the inconvenient schedules, poor connections and inadequate passenger service, both at the station and in transit.
If the passenger services, schedules, and equipment were somewhat improved, they will travel by train more frequently as mentioned by half of these people. When it comes to retirement travel, trains have their fair share of advantages because they are relaxing, carefree, enjoyable, comfortable, leisurely, convenient, safe, and sociable, and when there was no pressure on time and the purpose of the trip was enjoyment trains were also an excellent way to go traveling, see the sights, and meet interesting people. Public transport has become tiring according to all the San Antonio retirees who were interviewed who wished to travel more. It was to be rushed or crowded and jostled that they did not like as well as sitting for long periods of time in one position, as is necessary to some extent on both the plane and the bus. They have the freedom to get up and move about when they travel via train.
As well as relaxing, train travel is considered by many to be carefree for you can the companionship of other people while doing some sightseeing. Considering half of those she interviewed, they said that they would probably go places by train if the service was improved, but the California researcher doubts that this will happen.
Considered to be the only options for retirement travel by many are the bus and the airplane. She has a warning for the transportation industry, though. Here, the retirees will not flock to the ticket counters. As she said, if there is special attention to their needs, both as older persons and as leisure oriented travelers, then they might do so but if they decide that the disadvantages of the trip outweigh the pleasures of traveling then they could stay home as well.