NEW YORK, NY (CBS Newspath) – The European Union is preparing a plan to reopen to vaccinated Americans and many older people are ready to leave. Travel counselors say older travelers are among the top bookings.
Gale and Bob Grossman are frequent travelers. They spend their vacations in places like Italy, Brazil and Ireland. But international travel was no longer possible when the pandemic struck.
A year later, the senior couple is now vaccinated and can’t wait to go abroad. âAs soon as Europe opens, we are gone,â says Gale.
âWe also go to Ireland every year and Ireland can’t give us an answer when we can get there and we continue to postpone this trip as well,â says Bob.
This is what travel consultant Hillel Spinner continues to see among his older clients. âBetween February and March, I noticed an increase of about 110%. And the reason is that they have been vaccinated, they feel safe to travel again, the world is their oyster, they are like where can I go now? he says.
A recent survey by the American Society of Travel Advisors found that 44% of those surveyed say the ability to travel is the number one reason they get vaccinated. And two-thirds of those surveyed believe the vaccine will allow them to do so.
Jim Moses is President and CEO of Road Scholar, which provides educational sightseeing tours for seniors. He says, âIt has been amazing. We have seen an increase of about 50%. 100% of the number of people who sign up for programs. They are so excited.
Alisa Kauffman is in her early sixties and is planning a trip for her husband’s 60th birthday to Greece. It’s a well-deserved getaway after losing her mother to COVID in August. âTravel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer, and it’s the only thing my mom taught me,â she says. A lesson that she can use now that she is vaccinated.
The travel agency Embark Beyond records strong bookings this summer in Turkey and Greece.