20 February 2018 by Anna Staford
They say that 50 is the new 40, but why stop there? Age is just a number after all, which is why more and more of us are setting aside what tradition dictates and living life to the fullest, however old we are. If you’re looking for something slightly unusual and unique, broaden your horizons and book something other than your typical beach holiday in the sun.
Experience more of what this beautiful planet of ours has to offer and check out the following 4 inspirational and unusual holiday destinations for the over 50s.
It is one of the most stunning holiday destinations you could ever wish to experience. And yet, despite this, it remains largely unexplored and under-appreciated. For those of you who love crystal clear blue seas, white sandy beaches, sunshine, and peace and quiet in a tranquil island setting, The Philippines is the holiday destination for you. With over 7000 islands just begging to be explored, and some of the friendliest locals on the face of the earth, you will feel right at home the very second you set down in this stunning location.
The Philippines easily fits the bill for the quintessential image of beach paradise. Best of all, is the fact that there are some real bargains to be had, so you can experience this heavenly island-setting without breaking the bank. Just remember to look into seniors travel insurance before booking, to ensure peace of mind when you travel.
China is as beautiful as it is vast, yet for some reason it still doesn’t come high on our list of holiday destinations. China has some of the most amazing scenery and natural beauty in the world, especially places like Sichuan. Sichuan, China is surrounded by lush greenery, mountains and treetops, and stunning historic architecture that dates back not just hundreds, but thousands of years. One such wonder is the Leshan Giant Buddha head which has been effortlessly carved into the side of one of the regions many mountains. The head is a whopping 233 feet in height, and is one of the largest images of Buddha in the world. Carved here back in the 8th century, it remains largely unchanged even now and is a real unique wonder to discover.
When in China, you’ll get a chance to dispel one of the 9 Myths About the Earth That You Should Stop Believing.
Sichuan is also the natural home of the Giant Panda, so if you’re a fan of these beautiful creatures, there are plenty of sanctuaries to explore. While in China, just be sure to sample some of the authentic cuisine on offer, because if you thought your local Chinese food at home was amazing, you will be in for great surprise.
South Korea is another part of the world that remains largely unexplored. Partially due to its relatively close-proximity to North Korea, yet South Korea is actually one of the safer holiday destinations in the world.
South Korea features twelve world heritage sites, some of the friendliest and most hospitable locals in the world, and mouth-watering food that has to be tasted to be believed. If you like barbeque, you simply must experience South Korean barbeque before you head home. Again, even though Korea is a stable location to travel to, you should opt for buying seniors travel insurance as soon as you book, so that your covered in case the unexpected happens (even before you travel).
Be cautious when trying the exotic food Korea has to offer, as some of its dishes are among 9 Most Dangerous Foods in the World.
Not exactly an unusual destination, but incredibly, we tend to visit New Zealand when we have family and friends living there. Probably due to the fact that it is one of the furthest locations in the world from Europe, but you shouldn’t let this stop you. If you enjoy the widest variety of rural settings, peace and quiet, and nature at its finest, New Zealand is the perfect holiday destination. With lush green fields and rolling hills and majestic landscapes dominating the horizon for miles on end, those of you with an appreciation of nature will instantly feel at home here. Pancake Rocks in South New Zealand is well worth a visit.
Located on the outskirts of Paparoa National Park, the rocks get their name because, thanks to millions of years’ worth of erosion, they literally look just like pancakes stacked on top of one another. Visit ‘Hobbiton’ the fictional village featured in Peter Jackson’s epic Lord of the Rings Trilogy, which has become a tourist spot in recent years and is worth a spot on your itinerary. And definitely treat yourself to a visit to Waiheke Island to sample some of New Zealand’s finest wines and experience the vineyards, olive groves, beaches and art studios. and definitely don’t miss out on soaking up some Maori culture and hospitality in Rotorua or Canterbury.
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So, if you are looking for something a little bit different and unique for your next trip, opt for one of our suggestions, or find your own alternative unique holiday. Don’t forget to check the FCO travel tips and advice before you go and shop around for seniors travel insurance to make sure you have a safe and relaxing adventure.