57% of Americans Want to Travel Abroad as They Get Older

By Jane Burnett | Ladders | Scaling up the age ladder doesn’t automatically mean you have to stop having fun. In fact, recent data from TD Ameritrade shows that 57% of Americans say they want to “travel abroad” as they get older. The company also reports that “on average, Americans expect to live to age 84.” Plus, 81% of respondents […]

By Jane Burnett | Ladders |

Scaling up the age ladder doesn’t automatically mean you have to stop having fun. In fact, recent data from TD Ameritrade shows that 57% of Americans say they want to “travel abroad” as they get older. The company also reports that “on average, Americans expect to live to age 84.”

Plus, 81% of respondents said getting older gives them “an opportunity to reach new goals.”

The Harris Poll surveyed 2,002 American adults for TD Ameritrade’s research. Here’s how each generation was defined: Millennials (ages 18 to 34), Generation X (ages 35 to 52), Baby Boomers (ages 53 to 72) and the Greatest Generation (ages 73 and older).

What Americans aim to do as they get older

Here are their goals:

  • “Travel abroad:” 57%
  • “Take up a new hobby:” 52%
  • “Track health using a wearable:” 28%
  • “Join new social circles:” 24%
  • “Live abroad:” 12%
  • “Participate in extreme sports:” 3%

In the same vein, Americans’ top five “priorities when aging” are:

  • “Spend time with friends and family:” 62%
  • “Focus on my health and wellness:” 51%
  • “Seek out new experiences:” 51%
  • “Increase leisure time:” 29%
  • “Create a legacy for my children and grandchildren:” 20%

Matt Sadowsky, director of retirement and annuities at TD Ameritrade, commented on the research in a statement.

“Our survey shows that people see aging as a time to pursue new goals and passions, reflecting that they intend to live active, fulfilling lives deeper into retirement. A more active lifestyle at older ages contributes to the shift in our perception of old age,” he said.

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