Trips and travel

Planning the holiday of a lifetime?

Want to travel without it costing much?

We have some creative suggestions in the following pages on trips and travel and we want to hear your experiences.

We have commissioned a number of articles in a series which may interest you if you are considering visiting the Great War battlefields of Northern Europe. This and the other two articles on Visit Vimy Ridge will tell you about the importance of the battle that took place there in the context of the First World War, and describe some specific places to visit to give you a real feel for what happened in that dreadful conflict. There are also articles on Visit the Somme and Visit Ypres.

What are your plans?

This might be the time when you plan to take that holiday of a lifetime. The one you have dreamed of, saved for and planned for years. You may have more time to spend further afield, doing something cultural or visit relatives in far corners of the world. These pages on  trips and travel my give you some new ideas.

For those with the time but not so much money we will be looking at other options for economy travel.  We will also have recommendations from various travel writers. Whatever your ideas or experiences we would like to hear about it.

A few of the suggestions for trips and travel that are coming up...

Voluntourism, combine travel with environmental or community work. 

Older 'gappers are becoming the new trend - is this for you?

Backpacking in South America.

Trips and travel that doesn't cost the earth

Before Couchsurfing, there was really no mechanism by which people travelling could reliably meet locals without starting random conversations in hostels, hotels, pubs and the like. In some places, it’s impossible to break into local culture without an introduction from someone inside it.  

As it's free, it facilitates travel for many people who would not be able to travel as broadly, were they paying for accommodation. In the 50+ group you have the option of staying or hosting either people your own age or young travellers. 

Andras Feldman from Budapest (60) tells of his experiences.By Couchsurfing the world I have got unmatched possibilities to see behind closed curtains, getting closer to people from Bangladesh to Iran, from Sicily to Albany, from Guam to Santiago de Compostela.

Paddy Christie tells us why house-sitting needs common sense - a lot of common sense - a sense of humour, especially when the incumbent dog has disappeared and the pedigree kitten has escaped into the garden - and you find you've locked yourself INSIDE the house - and the local police station thinks you're joking when you phone them to ask if they can let you out!

House exchange gives you the opportunity to travel the world and stay in other people's homes. Alan tells us about his experiences and how it has enhances his understanding of the cultures of other countries in a very positive way.

A popular, if understandable, misconception is that youth hostels are only for the young, when all in fact warmly welcome more mature people, families and couples. You meet interesting people of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds. Wilma Paterson, travel writer and author tells you more.

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If you have a story to tell about that fabulous holiday, hidden gems or cautionary tale we would love to hear from you.

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Below are quick links to the pages in this section.

Visit 1st world war battlefield sites

The Somme

Many people will be considering travelling to the 1st world war battlefield sites. The following pages may be of interest:  

Visit the Somme - History,Visit the Somme what to seeVisit the Somme memorials and cemeteries Visit the Somme where to stay

Vimy Ridge

These three articles cover the history and suggests sites to visit. Visit Vimy Ridge, Vimy Ridge Canadian Memorial Site and  Vimy Ridge Memorials and cemeteries


These articles feature Ypres. Ypres History, Visit Ypres, Ypres memorials and cemeteries and Stay in Ypres 

Free holiday in Australia

If you like the idea of a few months free holiday in Australia, caring for a pet in a comfortable family home in Perth then read on.

House exchange - an inexpensive way to see the world.

Couchsurfing - join a world community of travellers to host others and travel free around the world.

Couchsurfing the world -one man's personal experiences.

Backpacking in South America - Marianne's insights and experiences.

Organise a group trip - the planning and pitfalls when planning a successful event.

hostels - no longer just for the young and with many more mod cons.

Visit Ypres in a day - or longer if you have the time. Some essential things to see

The English abroad - how the Brits cope with the language - shout!

We would love you to  share your stories. Fill in the form at the bottom of the page.

More pages to come so watch this space.

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