We didn’t know much about the Philippines until my brother decided to retire there. He has lived abroad virtually all his life and was looking for somewhere to retire that ticked various boxes for him, the most important being that it had a tropical climate and he could afford to retire there on a limited pension.

Serena F Uz

In the 1st century BC, present-day Uzbekistan stood on the important overland trade route that linked China with the Mediterranean.

Ionian 3

This article will be my last until September so will be longer than usual. The whole of the Ionian has enjoyed a long period of settled weather throughout the whole of June, with higher temperatures than usual at this time of year.

Kashmir Serena F

“Pale hands I loved beside the Shalimar, Where are you now? Who lies beneath your spell?…”

Ionian Part 2

As I write this, we are moored against the town quay in Vathi on the island of Meganissi, close to Lefkas.

Ionian Seas

There is nothing so fickle as a sailing boat. I have learnt in over 45 years of sailing that everything takes longer than you expect; there is either not enough wind, too much wind, or the wind is in the wrong direction; rather like a game of cards, one is rarely dealt a good hand.

 Holiday Sharon

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Although my hubby likes going abroad for a holiday, I don't. Here's the reason why: I do not enjoy the travelling aspect one little bit!

Yvonne P Ireland

Right, where was I ? Oh yes, the Ring of Kerry. I now know why all the tourists go there, it is totally breathtaking, we were lucky that it was a fine day, a bit cloudy and chilly but it didn't rain.

Yvonne P Ireland

Because of the health problems I had last year, I am unable to fly so whilst planning what we were going to do this year, we both came to the same solution simultaneously.......Ireland.

Anne A Gambia

This is the beach at my hotel, the Kombo Beach.

Anne A Gambia

It’s stupid o’clock when we have to check in at Gatwick, but the upside is we’ll arrive in the afternoon and have time to explore the hotel and beach before darkness descends.

Anne Allen Gambia

I’m not known for winning anything (except for a book by one of my favourite authors, Barbara Erskine 2 years ago), so it was with stunned disbelief that I started to read an email sent from Silversurfers- the other online magazine for over 50s! – last October. 

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If you grew up in the UK, then the chances are that your parents would have taken you away on a family caravan holiday at least once during your childhood.

Eliz Ducie 

We’ve not been on holiday for years. Okay, we’ve had the odd long weekend in London; a few days in Wales; and a quick trip to Spain to visit old friends and check out Granada.


On the second day we walk to Trogir; a walk along a busy road but with interesting sights to see; the buildings, the wild flowers, the gardens, the houses.

Croatia JB
All the world appears to mill around Gatwick. The stress is obvious, the security a necessity, the patience of everyone varied, the wait tedious.

Hilary Coombes Black cloud

 IT WAS DOOMED FROM THE OUTSET. What was doomed I can hear you ask?

Sal hols

So......our first Christmas with our first word for it......absolutely amazing!!!!! well ok two words....

Chris Gos

Coach holidays are great - especially when you're on a budget, or want to go somewhere without all the hassle of driving, hanging about at airports, etc. So join me on this 2-part video trip to Torquay, where we spent 4 nights in early 2015 with Daish's Holidays for just £109 each.

CatLynx Winchester

If a psychic claimed spirits would haunt you unless you never stopped building a house, most people would dismiss it. Sarah Winchester embarked on a building project that lasted until her death in 1922.