As a holiday company specialising in mature travel, we thought it was only sensible to discuss retirement and where you should holiday when you've got a new found freedom and sense of adventure - especially as you'll be saying goodbye to the daily grind of working life.
Retirement is the perfect time of your life to do all of the things you didn't get a chance to, see the places you've always dreamt of and take up those hobbies you always meant to. Let's take a look at the types of places you should visit now you're a retiree.
The UK has 15 stunning National Parks, spread right out across the three nations, from the Broads in Norfolk and Pembrokeshire Coast in Wales, to Loch Lomond and The Trossachs in Scotland and Dartmoor National Park in Devon.
These National Parks vary in what they have to offer, but all are places of nature at its best, brimming with wildlife and flora and landscapes that'll take your breathe away.
Peak District National Park
Cruising along the River Rhine, Moselle or Danube has got to be one of the most relaxing ways to see wonderful cities. As you gently bob along these stunning waterways, you'll have the opportunity to hop off and see wonderful towns and cities in Germany, Holland and Belgium.
Continental towns such as Koblenz, Cologne, Amsterdam, Rudesheim, Nuremburg and Passau, offer you a wonderful immersion into local life, from the cuisines to the culture. And because you're cruising along the river, at no point does it feel like you're rushed or stressed about travelling.
River cruises worth trying:
European Adventure River Cruise
A Taste of the Rhine & Moselle
Special Interest Breaks
Have you got a particular interest or hobby that you'd love to have a few days doing in a glamorous location? Well, you should definitely investigate if any companies already offer your dream holiday. There has never been a better time to try a hobby holiday, from walking to golf, history to trains, the choices are endless.
We ourselves offer a range of walking holidays, strolling through beautiful landscapes in Yorkshire and the North East, great for keeping you active and exploring areas you may not normally by coach. Our train holidays have proven very popular, giving guests the opportunity to travel by train and coach to railway lines old and new. There's always an opportunity to ride some of the best tracks in Britain!
If history is your thing, there is such a variety of holidays available to you. You could discover the secrets of stately manors, go back in time at places like the Black Country Living Musuem or simply be amazed at unique exhibitions at museums - this year the Chinese Terracotta Warriors at the Liverpool World Museum has been a particluar favourite.
Northern Lights & Once in a Lifetime Events
We feel that the Northern Lights just have to be seen, so arranging a trip to head north and find them should be on your bucket list. There's no better way to do this than an ocean cruise, allowing you to not only admire this natural phenomenon, but also go on an exciting voyage through the Norweigan Fjords and sample the local culture. Don't forget our ocean cruises include FREE home pick-up!
If you love animals, find yourself an unforgettable safari, maybe you're such an avid walker, you'd like to climb a mountain or two, or maybe the Coral Reef is something you'd always dreamed of seeing. Whatever your once in a lifetime trip is, it's time to stop dreaming and start doing!
City Breaks & Sunny Beaches
Sometimes the best holidays are lazing on a beautiful beach or wandering round all of the stunning cities the world has to offer. There's an incredible amount to see in the UK, so you can enjoy a minibreak in your home country in between your longer travels to the European cities that are awaiting your visit. Places like Edinburgh, Manchester and Liverpool are all welcoming places with bustling streets, vast history and plenty of wonderful places to eat and drink.
For a traditional seaside escape, there's so many great British resorts to visit, you are spoilt for choice. Choose from Torquay, Bournemouth, Eastbourne, Scarborough, Blackpool or the stunning Pembrokeshire coastline. Wonderful views, golden beaches, blue seas and entertainment around every corner, not forgetting somewhere to get an ice cream, are all within walking distance. You won't be short of greenery either in places like Eastbourne thanks to the many wonderful gardens on show.
Glamping and Self-Drive Holidays
You may not have considered these options, but glamping (glamorous camping) and self-drive holidays are becoming more and more popular, offering you the chance to drive yourself to these wonderful places, meaning you can explore them at your own pace. We offer a great half board self-drive holiday option, allowing you to take your own excursions, knowing you have a comfortable base with all of the usual Grand UK Holidays perks.
If you are more at one with nature and are looking to camp, but keen on keeping some home comforts (a proper bed), then you should consider glamping. Instead of sleeping in a traditional tent, you could find yourself in a luxury yurt, a cosy log cabin, the back of a pick-up truck or maybe even a treehouse! You're sure to find yourself a quirky retreat when you go glamping, but most have the modern day luxuries like electricity, lights, a bed and maybe a few extras like tea & coffee making facilities. The perks are you're still closer to nature than you would be in a typical hotel.
Where will you be travelling when you retire? We'd love to hear from you - get in touch in the comments section below or on Facebook or Twitter.