Curbing wanderlust is top regret of the over 50s

Published on 1 January 1970 by Raffick Marday

Of the top ten regrets of the over 50s, not travelling enough claimed the number one spot, with the vast majority of this age group wishing they had seen more of the world.

travel cardsNew research by found that 91% of the over 50s deemed “not travelling enough” their number one regret.

This could perhaps be attributed to the fact that the vast majority said they had been on holiday less than once a year throughout their lifetime.

Suppressing their inner globetrotter beat career choice and bad relationship choices by far, which took 72% and 64% of the vote respectively.

Failure to stay healthy through diet and exercise (55%) and losing touch with certain friends (53%) also featured in the top ten regrets, followed by being careless with money (46%) and having children too early (27%).

Having children too late came in at number ten with 8% of the vote, just below worrying too much (25%) and not being a ‘yes’ person (19%).

Chris Clarkson, co-founder of, said: “Travelling is something that I think every person should have high up on their list of priorities in life, because, as this poll has shown us, it’ll only lead to regrets if they don’t.”

When questioned which places they would most like to visit, Australia was the top answer with 78% saying they would like to travel to the other side of the world.

With 71% and 65% respectively, the US and South Africa also featured as dream destinations respondents had not yet got round to visiting.

“Unfortunately, many people picture ‘travelling’ and imagine six month long stints in exotic countries, but seeing the world is much more achievable than that and you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg or pack in your job.”

“Just make sure that every holiday, or at least every other holiday you go on, is to somewhere brand new. You’ll get to see the world bit by bit, but your bank balance won’t suffer as much as if you were to fly out to Thailand for three months.”

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