Retired people can HIRE a travel buddy to join them on their world adventures
People who have retired and want to spend their twilight years travelling can now hire a travel companion.
The Express reports that nowadays, retirement no longer means watching daytime television with the occasional trip to the bingo hall.
Longer lifespans and more expendable income is meaning that more people are travelling around the world in their twilight years. And now, companies have set up people to accompany elderly people on trips. This is aimed at those whose age means they can no longer travel alone. Elderly men and woman who need day to day assistant can pay for a travel buddy who will accompany them 24/7.
One company, called Flying Companions, offers the services of a person, who will take charge everything they deem necessary. This includes taking charge of all travel details, administering rest stops, push a wheelchair, carry luggage and even help with toilet breaks. The company, based in Atlanta, Georgia, believe there is a growing market for people who want to travel by air but are either reluctant or unable to go alone. On the company’s website, a spokesperson for Flying Companions, said: “Our travel companions can pick you up at your home or meet you at your departure airport. “They then provide travel assistance with all aspects of your trip – from baggage handling, check-in, and security, through to the flight, and all the way to baggage claim. “Our travel companions can also accompany you throughout an entire trip, providing travel assistance from beginning to end.”
Flying Companions also offers their services for children, anxious travellers or people with disabilities. The travel buddy will also stay in contact with the travellers family throughout the trip. This is to ensure that they know and are confident that their relative is in safe hands.
The story comes after Express.co.uk revealed that river cruise bookings by Brits were up 40 per cent according to one online travel agent.
(Article source: The Express)