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  1. Easy UK weekend breaks: Eastbourne in the spotlight

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Do you ever just feel you need a change of scenery without the aggravation of checking into airports and all that entails? Sometimes a couple of nights away a little closer to home is all you need to clear the cobwebs, and return home refreshed. Which is why I have had a few UK mini-breaks in recent months. It’s a good opportunity to catch up with friends while doing something different – and nobody has to cook! It is amazing how different everything looks just a relatively short drive – or train ride away. I have a friend who used to live in Eastbourne – she had to...
  2. Exploring hidden talents on a leisure weekend

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon One of the things I promised myself when I decided  to divorce my husband was that I would take time to do more of the things that I enjoyed doing – as opposed to doing only the things on ‘his’ list in order to keep the peace. I have always enjoyed  art, but have to confess to not really having the confidence to draw or paint really since leaving school. I also have discovered , purely by accident, that I enjoy taking photographs – although this was in a way forced upon me as I had to take pictures for the website, I have found I enjoy the creative side of photography – and want to learn more about what  I can do with my SLR. I...
  3. Travelling Solo over 50

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon   How daunting is it to travel alone over 50? Whether you’re single, divorced, widowed – or just wanting to travel alone without your partner, what are the options for travelling solo in your 50s? Most of us are past the point of wanting to share rooms – preferring a little privacy on holiday – even if travelling with good friends, but the prospect of a single room supplement can place the holiday out of budget. I joined my parents  on holiday for a week  a few years ago – they had already booked their hotel and flights as a package – although it was a luxury hotel – my single occupancy room, for which I had paid almost as much as my parents  (their room had  a stunning sea view)...
  4. Once-in-a-Lifetime Cruise Itineraries You Didn’t Know Existed

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    Article by Fab after Fifty If you’ve never been on a cruise before, or you have and are looking for that new and exciting destination, there are several fantastic once-in-a-lifetime cruises that are not to be missed. Cruising is an excellent way to see the world, experience new cultures and have a bit of rest and relaxation along the way. These cruising itineraries are sure to do all that and more. Norway Experience the incredible sight of the Aurora Borealis, or as it’s commonly known, the northern lights. These beautiful glowing wisps light up the night sky with arrays of vibrant purples and greens. One of the best places to spot this once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon is in Norway. Not only will you glimpse one of the wonders of the world, but you’ll...
  5. Get More from Your Holidays than Just a Tan

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    Holiday brochures may well be wall-to-wall advertisements for pristine white beaches and the delightfully indulgent cocktails served at the adjacent bars, but there is so much more to explore in the world than just quiet spots to soak up the sun and work on a tan (which will fade within a fortnight of returning home anyway). Whilst plopping ourselves on a sun lounger a few hundred miles from the stresses of work and everyday life may be tempting, shouldn’t we be using our precious few weeks of holiday to collect new experiences and immerse ourselves in unique cultures? If you’ve ever come back from a beach holiday feeling a little underwhelmed, wishing your time off had been better invested – we’ve compiled a few tips to help you get more from...
  6. How to Stay Healthy Whilst Travelling

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    We all know how easy it is to over-indulge whilst on your travels, whether your weakness is Pina Coladas or buttered croissants – normal rules don’t seem to apply when your passport is in your back pocket. Unfortunately, a tighter-than-usual waistline can compound the post-holiday blues – so he we’ve gathered a handful of tips to help you stay in tip-top shape on your travels, without diminishing the fun and the experience. Hydration is King It’s not hard to satiate your thirst on your travels, just reach for another ice cold beer to battle the heat. Sadly, booze will only serve to dehydrate your body so it’s important to temper the pints of lager with pints of water. However, it’s important to check whether the local water is safe for consumption....
  7. Tips for a Romantic Weekend in Paris this Valentine’s Day

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    Article by Therese     When it comes to the ‘City of Love’, novelist Thérèse, aka; Lady Robinson, is a woman who’s clued up on what to do and where to go. Indeed, Lady Robinson was so enlightened by time spent in Paris that she was inspired to write her latest novel, Letter from Paris, a witty and glamorous account of a trip to the city of light and romance. Romantic hotspots to head to in Paris Here Thérèse shares her own personal take on Paris and the hotspots to head to this Valentine’s Day: The Louvre, the Place de La Concorde, the Egyptian Obelisk, the Champs Elysee, like my character India, I can barely contain myself when I arrive in Paris…but I always advise people to experience ‘Secret Paris’ and feel the pulse...
  8. Discovering Scandinavia and its Secrets to Happiness

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    Article by Sam Bahayaku Scandinavia is home to some of the healthiest, happiest nations in the world, so it’s about time we discovered what their secret is! Take a trip around some of Scandinavia’s best loved cities to join in their way of life and find some serious relaxation and rejuvenation. Taking a Scandinavian cruise with companies like Saga Travel is a perfect way of exploring this part of the world. Here are just three destinations you could find your cruise liner calling in at. Bergen, Norway Surrounded by beautiful fjords and mountains, Bergen is Norway’s second biggest city. Bryggen is a Hanseatic wharf and UNESCO World Heritage Site that was a Medieval settlement. Find out more about the merchants who did business here and much more...
  9. Traveling Solo over 50: Delights, Dos and Don’ts

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    Article by Debbie Suenson-Taylor   Travel Agent and travel lover Debbie Suenson-Taylor  shares some of her tips for 50 plus female travellers who are choosing to travel alone. “For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view.” – Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button screenplay. Ask any seasoned traveller...
  10. Top Tips for Travelling Alone in Paris

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    Article by Lady T In Love with Paris It has been said that it is only when we are lost that we begin to understand ourselves (Henry David Thoreu) and sometimes we need a little time alone in a new setting to allow ourselves to be captivated by history, culture, fine cuisine or shopping. Novelist Thérèse, was so enlightened by time spent in Paris that she was inspired to write her latest novel, Letter from Paris, a witty and glamorous account of a trip to the city of light and romance. “Travelling alone can be daunting, the idea of stepping off the plane into the unknown without a companion can seem alien– but believe me it can be one of the most liberating things you’ll do. Sitting in a café with a crisp...
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