The over worked, over stressed and over 40s are being urged to take time out this autumn and find a new lease of life with a few nights away in the peace and tranquility of the Scottish highlands.
In the wake of new research which found that just under one million 45-54 year-olds are unhappy with their lives and that their age group is the most stressed-out and frustrated in the country SYHA Hostelling Scotland is encouraging more baby boomers to seek solace with a budget break.
A study by online bank first direct found worries about wealth and future prospects are seriously depressing many of the 8.5 million Britons born between the mid-50s and mid-60s. Less than 40 per cent of them admit to feeling completely happy with life compared to a national average of 48 per cent.
According to the research money worries are the top concern with 19 per cent of the so-called Baby Gloomers fed up with the prospect of having to work longer to save for retirement and the soaring costs of parental care and children’s education.
It is not until the age of 54 that more Britons describe themselves as “happy” rather than “stressed” or “self conscious” and the trend continues as people get older with 71 per cent of over 65s content with their lot.
However, the same research also discovered that money is less important for happiness than many other factors such as relationships, health, leisure activities and travel.
“Travel does more than broaden the mind and it doesn’t have to be expensive,” said Keith Legge, Chief Executive of SYHA Hostelling Scotland
“Increasing numbers of people, aged 40 and older, are taking time out to relax. The Port Charlotte Hostel on the island of Islay for example has seen an increase in visitors of all ages from across the UK.”
Islay is home to eight of the world’s finest whisky distilleries and is a haven for wildlife with two RSPB nature reserves and an abundance of marine mammals around its picturesque shores.
“Islay is a great place to get away from it all. The number of guests over the age of 60 holidaying at Port Charlotte has risen by 5 percent this year and overall the percentage of visitors booking for more than one night has risen from 60% to 76%, which suggests more people than ever are making a holiday of hostelling, rather than just booking a stopover,” he added.
“Hostelling isn’t like it used to be, we now offer private rooms, catering in cafés and restaurants at many of our properties and offer a range of activities through collaborative arrangements with local businesses. While many older guests cite affordability and environmental concerns as their prime reason for booking a hostel rather than a hotel the majority are pleasantly surprised by the high quality of accommodation on offer.”