Grey Nomad, Silver Nomad …. Where travel goes beyond a cruise to Tahiti

Whether you describe yourself as a Grey Nomad or Silver Nomad is not important.  What is important, is now is the time to pack the bags and take off on that holiday adventure you have dreamt about for years. The kids have flown the coop (well, mostly), the mortgage is paid off and for the first time you can invest in yourself.

These days there are so many options for Grey and Silver nomad travel, gone are the days when you went to the travel agent and all they could recommend was a cruise to Tahiti or a “grey” bus around Europe. The travel industry has recognised that Grey and Silver Nomads are not the dotty oldies hanging off a Zimmer frame but are young at heart, fit, healthy, and adventurous and want some excitement beyond a 14 day cruise playing croquet on the deck!

Our guided self drive Africa adventures are very popular with retired or semi retired Grey and Silver nomads who love the great outdoors, are adventurous, and are, in short, living their dream! These types of trips appeal to people of all ages, but the retired or semi retired Grey and Silver Nomads have time on their hands, and figure it is best to spend several weeks really taking in a Continent rather than coming back several times.

Meeting the vehicles and crew and other members of the group in Cape Town, South Africa.  Photo courtesy of Judith Africa Discovered 2015

Meeting the vehicles and crew and other members of the group in Cape Town, South Africa. Photo courtesy of Judith Africa Discovered 2015

Having had several conversations with clients who have expressed a number of reasons why they book a guided self drive expedition with us rather than a package holiday. I think this one sums it up nicely “We may be retired but we are not old, this is something we have always dreamt of but the thought of shipping our own vehicle [to Africa], or rather the hassle of getting it back into Australia was just too much to bear; planning a trip like this to do on our own just seems so daunting, sure we could spend weeks trawling though blogs to get ideas from other travellers but at our age we love the idea that we book a trip and everything is taken care of, including the vehicle, meals, accommodation, paperwork and activities. At our age it is not about the money, or time, we have plenty of that; but the convenience”

Another client expressed “travelling in a small group gives us safety and security but without being overwhelmed by too many people on the same tour. My thing was that I did not have to cook, while I love camping I do find the shopping and cooking simply takes up too much of my holiday time, to have someone who carries that stress for me is well worth it! My husband’s big thing was he would never do this kind of trip with a driver, he loves driving and would not travel any other way. Every overseas holiday we have taken we hire a vehicle and do our own thing, this works well in Europe or America but Africa is another story; this was a good compromise, we get to drive one of your vehicles, still maintain some independence and flexibility; and everything is taken care of. We always wanted to travel Africa but never found a good fit. This was a great fit!”

Having the flexibility to game drive in a national park by yourself is an added bonus to a guided self drive expedition.     Photo courtesy of Judith Africa Discovered 2015

Having the flexibility to game drive in a national park by yourself is an added bonus to a guided self drive expedition. Photo courtesy of Judith Africa Discovered 2015

It does not matter if you describe yourself as a grey nomad or a silver nomad it is great to know that your travel needs are being recognised and there are a variety of options out there. Our guided self drive expeditions offer you a different kind of adventure holiday; sure they may not be for everyone but at least you have choices. Africa Expedition Support offer a number of guided self drive expeditions and safaris throughout East and Southern Africa ranging from 7 days to 10 weeks.

For more information http://www.africaexpeditionsupport.com/4x4guided or email Debs info@africaexpeditionsupport.com

For those who prefer a little more luxury and don’t want to 4WD across Africa then maybe a flying safari is more your cup of tea http://www.africaexpeditionsupport.com/multi-country-flying-safaris

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