Hearty Irish Food Tours for the Hearty Older Wanderluster
The Daily Mail released statistics from The Frequent Flying and Globe Trekking Older Travelers Report, that found in an overall market decline of 9%, the only segment to increase their long haul travel trips were those aged between 55 – 64 years old. Not only that, but compared to the majority of those below the age of 54, a massive two thirds of over 55s consider holidays as a necessary spend. A holiday that includes a bit of craic and culture alongside a delve into local cuisine is a guaranteed good place to start.
It is to be expected that interests, tastes and activity choices will change with age, which will naturally have an impact on your destination of choice and style of holiday. Circumstances may also be different for elderly travelers, making health conditions and finances a factor to consider when traveling. However, with a bit of planning and following some tips to truly enjoy your holiday, there is no reason for the best travel stories, adventures and foodie recommendations not to come from your senior traveling years.
Considerations for Planning
Getting travel insurance is important for peace of mind and can really help out in the event that something does go wrong while you’re away. The Irish Times encourages people, don’t let your age put you off. While some travel insurance providers won’t insure over 65s, there are plenty that still do.
Budgeting can also be an issue to take into consideration. Top tips include not travelling during peak times of year, opting to stay in a B&B over a hotel and avoiding touristy restaurants.
The Best of Irish Food
Eating is not just an essential activity but an opportunity to experience local culture and flavours. Irish food is famed for its hearty simplicity and cooking that follows the seasons, with lamb in the springtime, fresh fish during the summer and stews, soups and broths to gorge on throughout the colder months. Of course, all suitably accompanied by the staple of potatoes. There is no getting away from the fact that Ireland receives its fair share of rain but the upside of that is a green countryside, allowing for great dairy and exceptional quality local meat. The seafood is also fantastic due to Ireland being an island surrounded by rich fisheries.
Traditional Irish Dishes to Try
Irish stew is one of those dishes that can be sampled that remains faithful to its centuries-old roots or with a slightly modern twist, both of which being equally warming and delicious. Traditionally consisting of neck mutton chops, potatoes and onions, more updated versions are usually made using lamb and have a few more root veg including carrots and turnip, and perhaps a few cloves of garlic. This dish which is left to slow cook in a pot until the meat beautifully falls apart remains the backbone of Irish cuisine.
For a bit of summer time seafood, Irish salmon is at its best between April and June. Ireland also boasts some impressive smokehouse, crating a variety of interesting flavours to smoked salmon. At the other end of summer, there is Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival, celebrating and indulging in oysters, Dublin Bay prawns and muscles to name a few.
Travelling is not only a young person’s game, as the statistics of older people travelling these days proves. Whether you are a history buff, art lover, adrenaline junkie or foodie enthusiast, traveling can introduce you to new experiences and give you a much needed change of scenery. While your eyes could be opened to a new world, that new world doesn’t necessarily have to be a million miles away, it could well be on your doorstep.