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  1. The Top 20 Places the over 50s want to visit.

    Article by Fabafterfifty Emptynesters are becoming more adventurous with their travel plans, taking inspiration from the gap years of the young. Relaxing beach holidays seem to be less attractive, with destinations such as Australia and Canada coming top of the over 50s travel wish list. It would seem we are getting  A generation of parents are spreading their wings and jetting off to far flung climes – to visit the same places as their globe-trotting kids. Researchers have found that one in ten over 50s has been inspired to travel to a destination they hadn’t previously considered after their children recommended it to them. One in ten also said they have been encouraged to travel further afield by younger relatives, with 37 per cent now going on holidays they never dreamed of going on when they were young. And...
  2. How do you go about volunteering overseas- things you need to know

    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Far from planning holidays at sunkissed resorts, sipping cocktails on the beach, there is a growing trend for women over 50 to participate in ‘voluntourism’ , combining travel with volunteering. But how do you go about volunteering, and how do you know what project is right for you? Is volunteering for you? I spoke to Kate Stefanko co-founder of www.travel-peopleandplaces.co.uk  about what to expect from a volunteer placement. “If you arrange your volunteer placement through a reputable company, who work with you to define your specific requirements – and limitations – you can specify the level of accommodation acceptable to you, the environment and the type of voluntary work suited to your own particular skills.” What are the types of skills which would lead to a...
  3. Ellie, emigrated to Australia in her 50s and started a new career in her 60s

    Article by Ellie Wilkie Everyone said we must be mad! It was 1998 when my husband and I accidentally migrated to Australia. One cold dark Scottish winter afternoon we received a phone call offering my husband a semi ex-pat package to Perth, Western Australia. We expected to be there for maybe a year on a temporary work visa. We were unusual in the oil industry in that we had never lived overseas. We were in our fifties and we thought this might be the last chance we had, but we had a daughter in University and a 16 year old daughter about to go into her final year at school, who flatly refused to come with us, plus a much loved old dog who wouldn’t die. We were settled in a...
  4. How Women Over 50 Can Launch a New Career on Cruise Ships

    Guest article by Jessica Suter If you are thinking about a midlife career change and love travel, then why not consider working on a cruise ship? Working on a cruise ship comes with the benefits of travel and new experiences. Women over the age of 50 can choose from a number of career options within the cruise industry. Careers for Travel explain what these jobs are and which skills you need to succeed. Cruise Job Opportunities for Mature Women The best career opportunities on cruise ships for women are the jobs that entitle the crewmember to have their own cabin, have flexible hours and have officer status (meaning more benefits). Here are some of those jobs. Future Cruise Sales Manager – Each cruise ship has a person that...
  5. Top 10 places to visit in Mallorca – the side of Mallorca most rarely see

    Article by Kay Newton The Mallorca Many Don’t See . Its coming up to Christmas and as the cold weather hits we begin to think of warmer climes and hot sunny holidays. Here at can Jaume, we often begin receiving inquiries for our holiday guest house about this time. Perhaps now that you are Fabulous after Fifty, and you are thinking of a holiday abroad, it’s time to see a different side to a favorite holiday destination. I have lived in Mallorca for the past twenty six years. Living on the small island in the Mediterranean has many advantages, having a guest house often highlights the very best points, we absolutely love telling our guests about things that the majority of visitors to the island never...
  6. ‘Gap Years are wasted on the young’ says Jo as she shares her Gap Year experience

    Article by Jo Carroll It was a chance headline in The Guardian, one wet August morning, that got me thinking. Yes, I decided, gap years are wasted on the young. At the time the leap from that to doing it myself, on my own, in my mid-50s, seemed logical. What was to stop me? My daughters had flown; my husband and parents had died; work – well, thirty years in Child Protection is long enough for anyone. Organising my gap year It took two years to organise. I use the term lightly – the leaving was organised. I had contracts to complete; I packed up my house and let it out; I sold my car. If my daughters (I have four) were worried they were generous enough to keep that to...
  7. Are you one of the one in four over 55s planning a Gap Year?

    Article by Fabafterfifty Well , perhaps not quite a year, but it seems that gap years are no longer the preserve of the young. New research shows that more than 25% of those over the age of 55 are planning to take an extended break – travelling on average for 3.7 months. Top gap year destinations It would appear that Australia (which would be my first choice as soon as the opportunity arises) tops the list followed by New Zealand and the USA. Although Vietnam and India are proving to be popular destinations for ‘Grey Gappers’ (I HATE that expression perhaps we should change to ‘Fab Gappers- far more positive!) However, over 55s will spend more to make sure they get good quality accommodation and the most from their...
  8. Where You Choose to Retire can Affect Your Future Pension

    Guest post If you are thinking of retiring abroad, be aware of how where you choose to retire to will affect your future pension. John Lawson, Head of Pensions Policy, Standard Life commented: “Retiring abroad is a dream for many people, but does require careful planning and advice. Many people think living abroad is cheaper than living in the UK, but this isn’t always the case. Doing your homework in advance of moving, matching your retirement income and expenditure, and making the appropriate decisions around purchasing an annuity or using income drawdown are key considerations. Your retirement income could also be subject to exchange rates and currency fluctuations, as well as local tax laws. Increases in UK State Pension “You also need to think about your state pension and what, if any, reciprocal agreement is in place. A...
  9. 10 Easy Ways to Get Fit while Enjoying Your Holiday

    Article by Anne Elliott You’ve worked hard all year, thought long and hard about where to spend your precious free time, invested hours pouring over brochures or internet sites to make exactly the right decision, bought some nice clothes to wear out and got a new pot of sun cream. You’re packed and ready to have fun, fun, fun and leave the stresses of everyday life behind you. Use up some of those extra calories A change and release from stress is exactly what a holiday should be, although it’s too easy to take that separation a little too far. Have you ever found yourself eating or drinking way more than you normally would at home, with the justification, ‘It doesn’t matter, I’m on holiday!’ In truth, you are suspending responsibility...
  10. Zoe, Britain’s Best Travel Blogger !

    Guest article by Zoe Dawes Zoe Dawes, 56, our latest Fabwoman, followed her dream to leave corporate life and become a travel blogger  I’m a travel writer and blogger, living in NW England on Lancashire – Cumbria border with my teenage son and a couple of cats.  Single mum from choice – great friends with my ex, Alex’s dad, who lives in a nearby village.  Originally from Southport, I love the Lake District which is on our doorstep and spend a lot of time wandering this beautiful area. How has life changed for you since you were 50? It’s changed dramatically and all for the best. I’m finally doing what I wanted to do since I was a little girl – write and travel.  Everything is more fun now; I wake...
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