Travels in Europe’s Newest Country: Kosovo for Seniors

Written by Elizabeth Gowing (A Runner-up entry in the Travel for Seniors Writing Competition.) ‘Mashalla, mashalla’, smiled the taxi driver when he heard Doug’s age. He touched the bridge of his nose in the gesture of protection which accompanies the Islamic …

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English Heritage and the National Trust – Winter openings 2017/18?

Once the school summer and autumn holidays are over, you can visit all your favourite heritage sites without being assailed by noisy children and chastising parents. And, as a retired or semi-retired senior, you may well wish to visit on weekdays. …

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Round the World in 40 Days: Stage 9 – Cusco and Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu had long been top of my bucket list, but as a senior traveller I was concerned about the its high altitude (8,000 ft) and the even higher altitude of Cusco (11,000 ft), the transit city for visiting Machu Picchu. I …

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High Line – The Park in the Sky in New York

Written by Ellen Evers (A Runner-up entry in the Off the Beaten Track Writing Competition.) Bit of an oxymoron – ‘New York’ and ‘Off the Beaten Track’ wouldn’t you think? Nowhere in The Big Apple could you expect such a …

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Round the World in 40 Days: Stage 8 – A Tour of Santiago, Chile

Following our eight day tour of New Zealand, we flew out from Auckland on an eleven hour Qantas flight to Santiago, the capital of Chile. Flying east across the Pacific Ocean is always a strange experience as you arrive a few hours earlier on the same …

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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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