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1. The three-generation holiday
If you’ve got kids or young relatives, now’s the time to plan a big family adventure – and treat your parents (or even grandparents) to a holiday they’ll never forget. Three-generation holidays aren’t just an excuse for parents to have a free babysitter: they’re the ultimate bonding time, and fantastic fun.
2. The girly week
So you’ve done countless girls’ weekends over the years, but what about a whole week?
It’s time to take those friendships international…
In your forties, with a bit more disposable income and stronger friendships than ever, consider pushing the boat out for girly trips. A week exploring the beaches and cities of Croatia? Five nights in New York? A blow-out trip to Vegas? It’s time to take those friendships international…
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3. The health and wellness break
Your forties is the prime time for a body MOT. Sure, you’ve tried to stay fit and healthy over the years, but now’s the time to address that nagging back pain/lethargy/feeling that you’ve lost your va-va-voom. Happily, there’s a health and wellness break to suit your every ailment.
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4. The learning trip
Feel a bit stuck in a rut? You’re not alone. That’s why learning holidays are on the rise – especially those with a creative focus. Now’s the time to try that hobby you’ve always wanted to master: painting, pottery, life drawing, languages… preferably in a lovely location, with an expert tutor.
Tour operator Go Learn To has a huge range of international learning breaks (think flamenco lessons in Argentina and photography in Morocco), and there are lots of specialist companies out there too: how about learning to scuba with Dive Worldwide, or horse riding with In The Saddle?
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5. The idyllic beach holiday
Treat yourself. After all those years dreaming of the sugar-white sands and colourful reefs of the Maldives/South-East Asia/Seychelles… now is the time!
Yes, paradise doesn’t come cheap, but you can’t put a price on the sheer splendour (and smugness) of squishing your toes into the softest of sand, or sailing your lilo over gin-clear waters. Go on – you know you want to…
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6. The gourmet trip
Pizza and pasta in Italy? Croissants and vin rouge in Paris? Curries and street food in India? Wherever you think you’ll find your food heaven, go now – because hey, you deserve it.
Of course, food is an integral part of any holiday – but have you ever made it the sole focus of a trip? Thought not. Whether you take an intensive cooking course, go cake-shop hopping, or simply stuff your face with top-notch street food, this is the decade to feed your fantasies. So take that flight to Rome/Paris/Goa/wherever – and leave your diet at home.
7. The UK adventure
How much of Britain have you actually explored? The treasures on home turf are plentiful – from beaches that look like they’ve been plucked from the Caribbean (Cornwall, Scilly Isles…) to dolphin spotting in Devon, swimming with seals in Scotland, and majestic hill walking in Wales.
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8. The big rail journey
They say that travel is just as much about the journey as it is the destination – and they’re right. Ask anybody who’s travelled by train on their holidays, and they’ll tell you sense of freedom is fantastic – and you get to see (and know) the country better than with any other form of transport.
Whether you want to slow down and enjoy the view from a steam train in the Cotswolds or South Africa, or feel the rush of Japan’s bullet trains and Europe’s express InterRail service – you can’t deny that train travel is (despite what you might have thought in your twenties and thirties) really quite fun after all…