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  1. Hit the Road, Jen … Tips for Travelling Solo over 50

    Article by Jo Carroll There are many reasons why women in their middle years might live alone. Some of us choose solitary living and relish getting our own way all the time. Others have it thrust upon them, and it takes time to spread oneself across all that living space. But we share the same challenges when it comes to holidays. Friends, who have offered companionship and comfort and countless hours over coffee and cakes, return to their partners when holiday time comes round. Others work so hard that they can barely shrug when you suggest they might like to join you on a trip to … It’s hard, that first time you go on your own. There’s no one to help look through your bag when...
  2. On the Road to Lille by Coach

    Article by Jo Carroll Trains and boats and planes … maybe we don’t often think about coaches. Which is a shame, as they are a more leisurely way to travel, giving time to savour the countryside in a way that is impossible from a train racketing along at a hundred miles an hour. I took the iDBUS from London to Lille – they go all over Europe, but this short hop was what I needed this time. Seats are easy to book online – and don’t change, so if you book three months in advance or three days, you pay the same. (Why don’t more companies do that? Then passengers would know where they are? … Maybe that’s why they don’t. But give me clarity on prices every time.) I caught the bus...
  3. Seasoned on the Seas

    Guest article We all know the cruise holiday stereotypes – from pampered, activity-filled lap-of-luxury pleasures to cosy cabins and quirky characters. If you fancy the idea of a scenic, ease-and-comfort-oriented adventure in a mellow environment, do keep an open mind, because river or ocean cruise packages can really hit the spot when it comes to mature holidays. By the time you’ve reached the age of 50, you’ve probably taken a holiday or ten. You’ve done the adventure, the road trips with screaming children, and you deserve something more relaxing. If you’re already a cruise fan, you know what this time-tested travel mode has to offer – comfort, activities aplenty, all-you-can-eat-and-drink indulgences, and that special feeling of being out at sea –...
  4. Take that Gap Year – you know you want to!

    Article by Jo Carroll Should you? Shouldn’t you? Can you really? The most difficult thing about taking a Gap Year is that first decision to go. We are, naturally, more cautious than young people who can sling rucksacks on their backs and head for the airport. A thousand reasons why you ‘can’t’ may plague you. Underneath them is that little voice that persists in telling you that you can. Give that voice some air, and you’ll find the decision easier. I gave up work in my mid-50s (thirty years in Child Protection is long enough). I sold my car, let my house, and set off with little more than optimism and a notebook. Here are a few of the lessons I learned – some of them the hard way...
  5. The Glacier Express: Seven Days of Magic

    Article by Fabafterfifty A seven day rail holiday aboard the Glacier Express is the perfect way to enjoy the majesty and tranquillity of the Alps. The region is synonymous with gorgeous scenery, characterised by lush meadows, crystal-clear rivers and vast mountains, which makes a slow train ride the perfect means of transport to drink in the region’s serenity. Getting started Your magical getaway begins in style, as you’ll take the Eurostar from London St. Pancras to Paris. After a few short hours, and more than a couple of glasses of Champagne, you’ll arrive in the delightful city of Strasbourg. Strasbourg’s most iconic attractions include the Cathédrale Notre Dame and the Astrometric Clock. Be sure to sample the sauerkraut while you are there, as it is one of the city’s most delicious of culinary offerings. A haven of tranquillity The...
  6. Rail and Cruise Holiday FAQ

    Article by Fabafterffifty If you’d like to enjoy exceptional scenery from the comfort of your seat with a drink in your hand, a rail and cruise holiday is most certainly for you. To help you plan, we have compiled answers to the most frequently asked questions about rail cruises. 1. What is a rail and cruise holiday? A rail and cruise holiday combines train travel with cruise boats, so holidaymakers can leave their cars at home and enjoy being passengers on a spectacular journey. Many of the world’s best journeys can only be made by rail or boat; the serene River Seine, the magnificent Rhine and the Norwegian fjords, for example, can only be properly experienced by sailing on them, while the trains rocket through unspoilt scenery to reach the embarkation points. 2. Where does my holiday start? The departure point for...
  7. Top Cultural Holiday Destinations Revealed

    Top Cultural Holiday Destinations Revealed High on the list of things women in their 50s want to do more of is travel. People have many different ideas when it comes to what makes a perfect holiday. While some people want nothing more than sunshine and soft sand others are looking for a holiday that enables them to bask in history and culture. If you consider yourself something of a culture vulture, there are some great holiday destinations you can choose from. These are places where you can soak up the fascinating culture and enjoy learning about the local history and way of life in addition to relaxing and having some fun. City breaks are ideal for weekends away with...
  8. Ten Tips For Your First Luxury Cruise

    Article by Fabafterfifty Booking a holiday is often a complicated task. Tying up flights, hotels and things to do whilst getting a great price is actually made harder by so many websites claiming they offer fantastic deals. Choosing a luxury cruise can simplify this process by rolling travel, accommodation, dining and excursions all into one package yet it’s a holiday option that remains a mystery to some vacationers. If you’re considering taking your first cruise then these ten tips will make you look like a seasoned professional in next to no time. 1. Pick The Right Cabin After deciding where you want to go and therefore which cruise line operator you’ll be going with, this is your next consideration. Cabins are normally referred to as ‘staterooms’ and...
  9. Treat Yourself over 50 at the Most Discerning Spas in Europe

    Article by Steph Sheehan By the time we reach our 50s we all deserve a bit of pampering! So whether you have a special birthday to celebrate, or just want to get away for a bit of ‘me’ time here are just a few options: Wish you were here? Take a break from the ordinary with this wish-list of Europe’s most exclusive spas. If it’s indulgent treatments or incredible views that get your travel cravings going, this selection of discerning spas will cater to all your distinguished tastes.   Greece, Eagles Palace   Found in the stunning scenery of northern Greece is the Eagles Palace. In the shadow of Mount Athos, near the charming village of Ouranoupoli, the spa hotel has a private Blue Flag beach with golden sands and bright azure waters....
  10. Diane Goes to Ghana to Help a Community cope with Heartbreaking Poverty and Deprivation

    Article by Diane Priestley Diane Priestley is an Australian journalist now living in London who travelled to Ghana in Africa with Madventurer as a volunteer. Here she writes about her experiences at an impoverished beach village that desperately needs outside support to break free from the poverty trap and improve the future for hundreds of isolated, deprived children. Maranatha is an isolated, impoverished community on a windswept strip of beach between the open ocean and the Volta River on the south-eastern coast of Ghana. The fishing community of around 700 people (with more than half the population children) live in huts made of palm trees and the children attend barren classes in dilapidated bamboo shelters with broken concrete floors. The beach village is one of the poorest corners of...
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