Lumley tops poll as ultimate travel companion for over 50s

Joanna Lumley is the ultimate travel companion
Joanna Lumley is the ultimate travel companion

New research reveals that the over 50s have exotic tastes when it comes to travel. 35 per cent of over 50s said that Joanna Lumley would be their favourite travel companion, over Michael Palin, at 25 per cent. The Ab Fab star even beat off crooner, Michael Buble at 10 per cent, and recently sacked Jeremy Clarkson.

Lumley said of the poll: "I am thrilled and delighted to have been chosen and my next travel programme in China, Mongolia, Siberia and Russia (Joanna Lumley's Trans Siberian Adventure) is just especially for all those sweet but absent travelling companions who voted for me, and who are in my thoughts wherever I go."

Far from wanting a short hop over the channel for a European getaway, over a quarter of the poll (26 per cent) of over 50s would choose Australia as their holiday destination, if money were no object.

Interestingly, Las Vegas came last in the poll with 4 per cent, indicating the over 50's have put their gambling days behind them.

TV has a huge impact on destination choice and the popular ITV show Death in Paradise inspires 34 per cent to travel to Guadeloupe. The grizzly goings-on in BBC hit Broadchurch comes a close second with 29 per cent. The stay-cation is still going strong as ITV's Sunday night regular Downton Abbey draws 10 per cent to Highclere Castle. But only 1 per cent would like a trip to Weatherfield in Yorkshire the home of Coronation Street.

Martin Lock, CEO Silversurfers.com says: "This survey shows that the over 50s are still looking for far flung adventure, and that TV programmes have a big impact on their decisions. As for travel companions, I'd rather go with Michael Palin as my guide, but I'm sure my wife would rather travel with Michael Buble!"

The top 10 travel companions are:

1. Joanna Lumley 35 per cent
2. Michael Palin 25 per cent
3. Michael Buble 10 per cent
4. Len Goodman 8 per cent
5. Ben Fogle 6 per cent
6. Daniel Craig 4 per cent
7. Bear Grylls 4 per cent
8. Judith Chalmers 4 per cent
9. Jeremy Clarkson 3 per cent
10. Angelina Jolie 1 per cent