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Taking Holidays and Breaks

Most of us like to go on holidays and breaks and, indeed, one of the great opportunities that retirement brings is that of being able to travel more. More time means more time to explore both our local area (which many of us tend to ignore when it comes to getting out and about) and the rest of the country and the world.

Travelling around, taking holidays and breaks and generally getting out and about can lead us to meet people and start to form friendships. However, it can be a bit hit and miss, so if we are really serious about forming friendships, we need to think about the best kind of holidays and breaks to take.


To meet people and form friendships through holidays is an excellent way of broadening our social horizons. Most of us have probably met at least one person or couple on holiday with whom we've kept in touch. If you haven't, it's never too late to start. Think about the type of people whom you would like to meet and then choose the appropriate kind of holiday. For example, if you're an active person and want to meet other active people, choose some sort of activity break (see Activities Abroad below). If you like classical music and want to meet other aficionados, go to Kirker Holidays, who organise holidays to the top music festivals. There are a number of companies that do group holidays, in which you join a number of other people and go off together. These holidays usually have some sort of tour manager but you can do your own thing if you want to.

Saga is the best known for people over 50

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but there are now many other travel companies that organise group holidays, so make sure that you look at them before deciding which suits you. For example, Travelsphere organises holidays all over the world with tour managers for each group. Travelsphere have an excellent reputation for providing holidays for the over 50s.

Coach holidays are an excellent way of meeting people and there are a number of companies that organise coach trips both in this country and abroad. Some people don't quite like the idea of coach holidays but, for forming friendships they are very good. Try a short one first, to see how you get on. Have a look at Leger Travel , who specialise in coach holidays in Europe or go to Coach Holidays, who offer holidays with several different companies.

There are many other tour operators to choose from and it's always a good idea to shop around. When we do, we should be asking the companies what sort of people go, what group activities there are and how the holidays are organised so that there is the maximum chance to get to know people and form friendships. We need holidays that will suit our wishes, so try to make sure that yours will be met.

If you are single and want to go on a holiday to meet people, look at our Guide to Holidaying Alone, which will give you lots of ideas and tips for doing so as well as giving you links to lots of different organisations.


Taking a short break can be an excellent way of meeting new people. Again if we want to meet new people and start forming friendships, we need to select our break carefully and the same things apply as do to holidays.

Warner Breaks are an excellent way to get to meet new people. They are all held in wonderful settings in 13 different locations in this country and you will get to know others very easily. Have a look at their website and see the variety that they offer, including their Experience Breaks.

They, and many other organisations run activity breaks, where we can go along and learn something whilst having a short break. You can get to practise many of the arts and crafts, learn some Italian cookery, dabble in watercolours or investigate many other hobbies. In addition, because you are all interested in the same thing, you are bound to meet like-minded

people. Take a look at , where you can read articles about all kinds of learning breaks.


If you would like something more active and want to meet other active people, go to Activities Abroad (who also do short adventure breaks and holidays in the UK!). Again, you will meet like-minded people and can start to form friendships with them.

In summary

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Holidays and breaks are a great way to form friendships. We just need to take care in choosing the right one if one of our intentions is to make new friends. So think about it, shop around (you've got a few ideas from this page) and then make it happen.

Now take a look at the rest of the Guide by clicking on the links in the box to get some more ideas for getting out there and forming friendships.


If you have any good ideas and tips to help people in this important area of later life, please let us know at and we'll include it in the Guide.

This Guide is written by Retirement Specialist Dave Sinclair supported by members of the LaterLife team. As well as writing on retirement matters Dave is Training Director at LaterLife and responsible for the content and continuous improvement of LaterLife's Retirement Courses.
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