Forget Bournemouth, How about Samarkand: The Joys of Group Travel

Written by Lindsay Bamfield (One of two winning entries in the Travel for Seniors Writing Competition.) Travel for those of us who are older has never been so easy. We may not choose to back-pack overland to Kathmandu as we …

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The Atacama Desert in Chile is Like Nowhere Else on Earth

Written by Leonie Crowden (One of two winning entries in the Travel for Seniors Writing Competition.) A desert landscape conjures images of relentless dust, gritty sand, rugged rocks, prickly cacti and crawly critters. Not the usual destination to entice the more mature traveller …

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Travel for Seniors Writing Competition – Winners and Runners-up

The Travel for Seniors Writing Competition closed on July 31st. Over 100 entries were received, most of which were of publishable standard. Our thanks to everyone who entered. The high standard of entries meant that judging was very difficult. After much consideration, …

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National Trust in Devon and Somerset: Buckland Abbey, Killerton, Montacute House, Tintinhull

The National Trust provided us with much to appreciate during our recent short break in Devon and Cornwall – from Sir Francis Drake at Buckland Abbey to Sir Richard Acland at Killerton, and from landscaped gardens and parkland at Montacute House to the small …

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Round the World in 40 Days: Stage 7 – Earthquakes and Vineyards in New Zealand

Maybe the title is a bit overdramatic? We didn’t actually experience any earthquakes during our eight days in New Zealand, but our journey, and some of the places we visited, were very much shaped by earthquakes. After flying to Christchurch following our …

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A Fascinating Short Break in Liverpool – Despite the Weather!

STE’s Holiday Editor, Tony Taylor, reports on his experiences on short break in Liverpool. We had visited Liverpool briefly many years ago, but there was much we didn’t see and there has been a lot of development in the city …

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Round the World in 40 Days: Stage 6 – Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef

After a seven hour overnight flight from Hong Kong, we were ready for a relaxing day in Brisbane, before driving north through Queensland to Bundaberg and our Great Barrier Reef adventure. Our hire car, a Toyota Camry, was booked through Holiday Autos. I …

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A Leisurely Tour of NE Spain: Catalonia, Aragon and Valencia

STE’s Holiday Editor, Tony Taylor, reports on his experiences on a leisurely tour of NE Spain. We flew from Manchester to Barcelona with Jet2, and collected our hire car at the airport. The car was booked through Holiday Autos and all …

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Round the World in 40 Days: Stage 5 – Hong Kong Revisited

After the freezing temperatures in Seoul, it was good to arrive in Hong Kong in warm sunshine and then to enjoy a spectacular light show that evening over Victoria Harbour. A great way to return to a vibrant, bustling metropolis. …

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Cowboys, Indians and Hot Water in the Big Horn Basin, Wyoming

Written by Deryn Van Der Tang (A Runner-up entry in the Off the Beaten Track Writing Competition.) We had seen the popular tourist destination of Yellowstone National Park, so we decided to explore a nearby lesser known area of Wyoming’s …

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