Catching the travel bug can lead to a lifetime of adventures.
It might motivate you to work abroad when your career commences or take an exotic trip for your 40th birthday.
But it’s not until many of us near retirement that we’ve got the spare cash to tick those fantasy locations off the bucket list.
It’s time to turn dream holidays into reality — here are three blissful breaks for mature travellers.
The Caribbean’s a cultural melting pot that sparks the senses with spectacular sights, sounds and tastes — from Cuba’s cool revolutionary vibes to Trinidad and Tobago’s terrific carnival, there’s something for everyone.
With 26 territories ranging from nation states to overseas protectorates, the choice is mind-boggling, so a luxury Caribbean cruise lets you sample several highlights while unwinding all the way.
Apart from stunning sunsets and fab food and drink, cruise tech on carriers like Royal Caribbean means comfy interior state rooms include virtual balconies streaming real-time ocean views and robot mixologists at bionic bars prep perfect palmetto cocktails.
Most major cruise lines are family-friendly, but if you want to soak up the amazing atmosphere of locations like Aruba and Barbados in child-free serenity, the adult-only Virgin Voyage line makes its maiden voyages in 2020.
Cradled between iconic Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and Signal Hill at the point where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet, Cape Town is one of the world’s most picturesque cities.
And since South Africa’s in a neighbouring time zone to the UK, you’ll be whisked from London to the Mother City with no after-effects from jet lag whatsoever.
Luxe accommodation doesn’t come much better than The Twelve Apostles hotel, a five-star sensation with elegant ocean views and sublime seafood — while chic Camps Bay is famous for its wonderful white sand beaches and cosmopolitan café culture.
But the city’s also a hotbed for music and history — you can groove to authentic Cape Jazz in cool bars or take a boat trip to Robben Island, where the late great Nelson Mandela was once imprisoned.
The unique light quality and joie de vivre of Cote d’Azur locations like Vallauris, Nice and Menton proved magnetic for artists like Leger, Munch and Chagall.
Also known as the French Riviera, the area became a playground for the rich and famous in the roaring 20s when F. Scott Fitzgerald held glittering parties at Cap d’Antibes and sustained its risqué reputation thanks to cultural events like the Cannes Film Festival.
Immerse yourself in literary history by booking a suite at Hotel Belles Rives where Fitzgerald penned his masterpiece Tender is the Night and sashay over to nearby Juan-les-Pins for a soiree of scintillating samba dancing with rum that packs a punch at the Pam Pam bar.
And St-Paul-de-Vence is a hidden gem well worth discovering — a charming castellated hilltop town where you wind through cobbled streets as fine art galleries and creative workshops materialise at every turn.
The best place to savour a meal in St Paul is La Colombe d’Or Hotel and Restaurant, where the walls are adorned by original works by Picasso, Matisse and Cesar — some of which were originally donated by in lieu of cash for food and lodgings.
Any one of these three blissful breaks will expand your horizons, so strike while the iron’s hot and book today.
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