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Flights to Nepal prove popular for older volunteers

Older travellers are booking flights to Nepal, South Africa and St Lucia to embark on volunteering breaks.

Older travellers are booking flights to Nepal, South Africa and St Lucia to embark on volunteering breaks.

This is according to Saga Holidays’ spokesman Paul Green, who said that older people are using their skills to help local communities overseas.

"One of our fastest growing areas in the holiday business is volunteer tourism where people are going to places like Nepal, St Lucia or South Africa," he commented.

Mr Green went on to say that these places lack people with engineering skills, while those who may have been nurses and teachers are also able to share their "skills, knowledge and life experience".

InsureandGo revealed last week that it has seen a 23 percent rise in the number of long-stay travel insurance policies sold to people aged 35 and over since 2008.

Compared to 2007 – before the onset of the economic downturn – this increase stands at 40 percent.

A recent poll by Saga Holidays revealed that 45 percent of travellers aged over 50 think that feeling physically and mentally refreshed is what they value most from their holiday.

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