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Holidays for The Retirees in Your Life

Holidays for The Retirees in Your Life
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A lot of us spend our lives daydreaming about what adventures we’ll have when we finally retire. Without the restrictions of limited annual leave or having to travel during school holidays, and with a lifetime of experience and wisdom behind you, the choices of where to go are limitless. If you’re planning a holiday for the retired people in your life, here are some suggestions:

Golf Holidays

If your retirees are are into golf then they could do a lot worse than opting for golf holidays in Spain. Most packages will include your flights, accomodation and also your green fees and passes, so you can get a fantastic deal with everything covered. They’re perfect for retirees who love to golf as it means they can do so in a lovely climate, surrounded by stunning views.

Cruises

For many, relaxing on board and watching incredible scenery drift by is a favourite aspect of cruising — all the more so for passengers who aren’t as mobile as they once were. The idea of a scenic cruise is that you can still get a lot out of the voyage even if you are unable to get off the ship much, which is why the Norwegian coast, the wild shorelines of Alaska and river cruises are so popular with older travellers.

Rail Holidays

Many retired couples love having adventures on luxury rail journeys as they get to explore many places in comfort and style. There is a luxury rail journey for everyone, from mountain and sea rail to East coast US cities by rail. You can explore whole countries such as Australia on the Indian Pacific which goes from Perth to Sydney via Adelaide where you will see the Blue Mountains, vineyards, goldmines and the contrast of busy cities to ghost towns all in one adventure.

City Breaks

City breaks are a fantastic way to explore Europe, especially as flights are short and there are a wealth of amazing destinations at your doorstep without the long haul. Some of our most popular city breaks include Venice, Barcelona, Prague, Athens and Paris. Your break can be tailored to your specific needs if you want to explore certain areas, take a gondola, a ferry to the Greek Islands or the beach in Barcelona, whatever you want from your city break it is all yours.

Driving Holidays

Famous for becoming the first completely paved highway in the United States, a drive along Route 66 burns rubber as you pass through America’s most iconic spots – Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Texas and Chicago. And, while the incredible states will impress, so too will the off-the-beaten-track sections that wind through huge expanses of awe inspiring nothingness. Spanning over 2,400 miles and crossing eight states, the typical driving route kicks off in Chicago and finishes in California.

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5 Family Cruise Destinations

When Husband and I were planning our wedding, one of the options was to go on a cruise and get married while we were on board. Ultimately, we chose the Maldives, but I’ve wanted to go on a cruise ever since. What we’ve recently discovered is that family cruises are a great option for a family vacation, and there are loads of amazing destinations that you can choose from. Here’s our top five destinations for a family cruise:

Scandinavia

Husband and I are both big fans of Scandinavian society and their way of life, and the countries we’d visit on a Scandinavian cruise are incredibly interesting and beautiful. Cruises are a great way to see a lot, all on one trip and being able to go from county to country is really appealing. There’s also the opportunity to see the Northern Lights on some of the cruises, which is a real bucket list item for all of us.

Caribbean 

Seriously, who wouldn’t want to go on a cruise around the Caribbean?! Sun, crystal seas and  incredible stops at some of the most beautiful islands in the world. I’ve always wanted to go to Jamaica and all four of us are HUGE Bob Marley fans, so some cultural sight-seeing around the island would be another ultimate experience for us.

Mediterranean

Although Europe is only a hop, skip and a jump away from the UK, I still feel like I’ve seen relatively little of it. I’ve been to Malta twice and really love it, but I’d love to see a lot more of the Mediterranean, like Spain, Italy and Greece. One thing we love about Mediterranean culture is the way it’s very family oriented – kids aren’t expected to be “seen and not heard” like they are in other places and it’s not unusual to see families all out together and eating a meal at 10pm!

China

A lot of people automatically think about cruises being on the open ocean, but river cruises are also an option and allow you to see the side of a country that a regular cruise wouldn’t let you see. China is a country I’ve always wanted to visit, and although the main cities seem fascinating, a river cruise would allow you to see the rural parts that you might not otherwise get to visit.

New York

America is quite a way away and when you’re not a fan of flying, going by cruise is a fantastic alternative. I’ve always wanted to visit New York and doubling it up with a cruise would be make it a really memorable trip!

Are you regular cruisers, or a complete newbie like us?Where are your ultimate cruise destinations? Is there anywhere you’d absolutely love to visit? Do leave me a comment below, I’d love to hear from you.

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How To Pack for a Cruise

Packing for a cruise might seem like packing for any other type of holiday, but actually there are things that you might want to remember which aren’t things you’d usually take away with you. Today, i thought I’d put together a little list to help you if you’re packing for a cruise so that hopefully you get everything in before you set sail!

Formalwear

Many ships have strict dress codes for certain nights or certain areas and there’s nothing worse than boarding and realising you don’t have appropriate attire. Most ships have evenings where formalwear will be required (that’s men’s suits and cocktail dresses for women – take a look at Suits Men), or smart casual which is basically what you’d wear for date night, with no jackets required for men. Take a look at the ship’s dress code ahead of your holiday.

Over the Counter Meds

Things like paracetamol, ibuprofen or aspirin are usually available to buy on board but usually at a much higher price than you’d pay at home. Take a stash with you to avoid paying a huge premium for basics like this, and they usually take up minimal space in your bag anyway.

Chargers

Taking chargers for all of your devices is imperative if you don’t want your batteries to run out, and although most of the main brands will be available on board, again, the prices will probably be very high and you don’t want to spend your holiday cash on things that you could have just as easily taken from home.

Hangers

If you plan to pack a lot of easily-creased items then there’s a good chance you’ll want to hang them up but cruise ship wardrobes are notorious for being scant in the hanger department. If you’ve a bit of space in your case, chuck in a few extra plastic hangers so that you don’t look crumpled or have to spend the entirety of your cruise ironing things!

Think About What You DON’T Need to Pack

You’ll still have a baggage limit on a cruise, so thinking about what you don’t need to pack is just as important. On many ships, the bathrooms will already have basics like soap, shower gel, shampoo and toothpaste, which will save weight in your case. You’ll also probably have a hairdryer in your room, too.