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Bus travel is replacing the "big overseas trip" for ageing Australian travellers. Contributed

No place like home: Ageing travellers staying in Australia

THERE'S no place like home.

That famous line sums up the sentiment of Australian travellers as the move further into their twilight years according to an industry insider.

Seniors Holiday Travel Team founder, managing director and CEO Perry Morcombe said older travellers were more likely to turn away from the airport and head for the bus depot.

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"What we are finding is that the older you are, the likelier you are to do a domestic tour," Morcombe told Seniors News.

"It's okay to jump on a plane and fly halfway round the world for 24 to 28 hours when you're younger.

"But as you get older and older and the hips start playing up, arthritis kicks in, that gets less attractive.

"So we tend to find that people do the big overseas trips when they're in their 60s and early 70s.

"And then mid to late 70s, they do domestic coach tours."

And once the thrill of the open road had waned, the siren's call lured seniors out to the high seas.

"The very last thing (older Australians) do is cruises," Morcombe said.

"That's because cruises are so easy, you don't have to include all that extra work of travelling."

Planes, buses and boats are the undisputed heavyweights of the domestic travel landscape but there is one mode of transport that seems to have dropped off the radar.

Train travel has a rich heritage in this country with such iconic trips aboard The Ghan and The Indian Pacific, but lately, more and more seniors have moved away from a trip along the tracks though the interior of the country.

However, there is some light at the end of the tunnel, with Morcombe announcing his company were once again offering train packages to Cairns - a deal that helped him set up the business over 20 years ago.  

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