Ways to travel in your retirement
Retirement means having more time to do the things you love – and for many people, that means seeing the world and having new experiences. Everyone has a different idea of their ideal travel bucket list, but if you're stuck for inspiration, you might find some of these suggestions helpful:
Touring Europe in a motorhome
Few modes of travel can compare to the independence and free-spiritedness of the motorhome tour – not to mention it can be a really economical way to holiday for months at a time, and see different sights every day.
The beauty of it is you can be as adventurous or as relaxed about it as you want – whether you're embarking on an epic, continent-spanning tour of the great cities of Europe, or just want to spend some lazy time exploring the Mediterranean coastlines of France, Spain and Italy, a motorhome tour can accommodate either just as easily.
It's also a great way to make friends. You're bound to meet plenty of Brits who're in the same boat (or campervan) at the campsites you stop at on your travels – and if you're not keen on the neighbours, just pack up and move on!
Cruise breaks might have a bit of a rep as an "oldies" way to travel, but you might be surprised at the diversity of people who take to the waters for their holiday.
Cruise packages are great if you don't want the hassle of planning every detail of your getaway, and like to have a clear schedule to follow.
All cruise destinations have their own merits: there's something to be said for the beauty of the Scandinavian fjords: from the pristine glaciers of Norway to cultural wealth of the Swedish capital Stockholm, it's an experience like no other – some cruises even offer the chance to see the Northern Lights.
If you're a history buff, the opportunity to cruise the Cyclades of Greece and soak in the sights of antiquity should not be missed – or if you'd rather head farther afield, the islands of the Caribbean offer sun, sea and sand in abundance.
Go Down Under
Winter in the UK can be a tough time to be a retiree – freezing temperatures, long nights and, frankly, not much to do. However, one solution is to head to the southern hemisphere and get away from it all! Australia has a lot going for it as a holiday destination for Brits: easygoing, English-speaking locals, reasonable prices, a fantastic climate and plenty of beautiful sights to see.
Timing is everything, though – December and January in Australia are likely to be far too hot for your average Brit, so it's best to schedule a break in the spring (September to November) or autumn (March to May). The north has a much hotter tropical climate, while the southeastern coast – where most of Australia's major cities are located – is relatively cool and temperate.
The Barrier Reef, Uluru and Sydney Opera House are just a few of Australia's big-name attractions – for nature lovers, there are over 500 national parks to explore, while the Great Ocean Road is a driving experience to rival the USA's Route 66.
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