We literally fell into blogging at an age when most people don their slippers and relax on the front porch.
But, the experience has changed our lives in ways we never could have anticipated.
After lengthy careers in journalism, communication and administration – during which we had also managed to travel extensively – we retired from full-time work in 2013, with no plans to return.
However, we soon began to be approached by friends and former work colleagues, keen to pick our brains about travel planning, destination, itineraries and accommodation suitable for seniors.
To our astonishment, people in their 60’s and older were thinking about travelling independently off the beaten track; staying in hostels; using low-cost airlines; adopting the latest travel technology; taking to social media; and organising family reunions at far-flung places. And they wanted our frank opinion about many of their ideas.
After numerous approaches, the idea for our blog, memorabledestination.com was born – providing objective, honest reviews of travel, travel products and accommodation suitable for this growing trend of independent ‘grey nomad’ travellers.
In the past three years, we have directly helped many hundreds of seniors with holiday planning, while learning a lot about the extent of accommodation and travel providers that offer products suitable for independent retirees.
Our blog and social media channels have gone from strength to strength and we have met some wonderful travellers, accommodation and travel providers.
We’ve grown to love the task and find it heart-warming that so many seniors are determined that travel is not just for the young.
Many of those who read our reviews do not fit neatly into the perception that retired people are primarily interested in so-called gently travel such as cruising and luxury coach trips.
While they may not be lining up for white-water rafting or adventure racing, many seniors want travel that is off the usual tourist trail and involves more integration with the locals.
We also realised early in the process that there are not many channels, otherwise, for the travel and accommodation industry to reach out to seniors.
We believe that the strength of our reviews lies in the fact that we are direct and honest – sometimes brutally so. Being retired ourselves and not aiming to carve out a career, we have no axe to grind. So, we tell it like it is!
We wear our ‘grey nomad’ label with pride – and we get a real kick out of helping others like us. We also believe that accommodation and travel providers who offer products that appeal to seniors should be acknowledged.
We’re probably the oldest bloggers on the planet, but like our readers, we certainly don’t let that stop us. And, we’ve found that such enthusiasm is a little like the fountain of youth.
Guest post by:
Ian and Sue Roberts are a couple of Australian writers and photographers. For the past three years,they have produced memorable memorabledestination.com and associated social media (Twitter: @IanDestinations) and newspaper columns containing first-hand reviews of accommodation and travel products of particular appeal to senior travellers or ‘Grey Nomads’. Describing themselves as “probably the world’s oldest bloggers”, they didn’t set out to do this – but rather fell into it by accident.
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