Extra Holidays and Breaks
As well as the information on this page take a look at our Holiday and Travel section, with a huge range of Holidays and Breaks all selected to match your travel interests in later life and to be that little bit different. Holidays and Travel in laterlife.
Holidays and Travel in laterlife is edited by travel writer Hugh Taylor.
The British Tourist Authority
The British Tourist Authority has an excellent website called www.visitbritain.co.uk. For all kinds of information about exploring the UK, it's first class.
Breaks In Britain and Ireland
Warner Hotel at Cricket St Thomas
If you feel sometimes that it would be nice to get away for a weekend break or a short holiday break, then this page is for you. There is information to find the best place at the best price without spending hours searching the internet, as well as information to decide where to go for your break in the first place.
As well as a good range of information for short breaks in the UK, there are also some excellent sites for any holiday destination which is aimed specifically at the over 50s. Try Travel 55 to see a range of holidays.
Information Britain Hotels, Bed & Breakfast, Pubs & Inns, Self Catering (Efficiencies) & Attractions in Britain. Great information site for everything you need to plan a short holiday or weekend break within the British Isles.
Self-Catering Accommodation and Holiday (Vacation) Rentals UK and Ireland Arrange a holiday across the UK and Ireland staying in a self-catering cottage
Museums is the complete guide to museums in the UK. It contains an A-Z database as well as regional listings giving addresses and contact numbers for the museums in its database. If you work for a museum which isnt included in the database you can give the site the information.
See the Sights includes a complete guide to museums in the UK. If the museum has a website it is here with details of displays, prices, and opening times among other things. This site is also part of the National Learning Grid, which is well worth following up.
Canals & Lakes
is packed full of all the information you need about taking a short break on a canal - either alone or with a group.
One very interesting feature if you don't fancy navigating yourself are the Hotel Boats where you not only have a skippered boat, but have the chance to meet others too.
eBookers is an online travel service offering over 2 million discounted flights to destinations throughout the world. Established in several European countries originally offering flights only, it now also offers hotel booking, car hire and travel insurance. Don't be put off by the initially bewildering home page - this site has a lot to offer, particularly if you know what you want to do and want to enjoy the benefits of cutting out a travel agent.
A well-established company with an excellent reputation is Sagaholidays who specialise in providing all kinds of goods and services specifically aimed at the needs of the over 50s. Saga is the world leader in over 50s travel, and offers excellent service, thanks to its specialist planned holidays. The website gives you access to Saga Holidays extensive list of locations and travel plans, along with complete details of what their holidays comprise. The parent site is worth a visit at SAGA.
LeisureHunt is a great site for planning holidays and breaks worldwide. You can search across the world by region, search by facilities in hotels, places of interest, and it has a new facility for speed-booking holidays
National parks & Protected Areas
World Conservation Monitoring Centre. This is the UN register of national parks and protected areas, and contains complete listings for every country in the world as well as the relevant acts and legislation, and a directory giving longitude and latitude of these areas. Well worth a visit.