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A resource on travel and accommodation for independent retirees and other senior travellers - whether they are offical 'Grey Nomads' or not. This site finds senior-friendly destinations; accommodation and travel products, including the growing market of global family reunions.
Here’s One For All You Points People
2019-11-25 06:58
I must admit, we’ve never given much thought to airline points programs.   When booking flights anywhere, we have always looked for the best value possible – and the concept… Read More
European Autumn Tips
2019-09-10 07:44
Autumn has arrived in Europe and cheaper holiday deals are opening up during the shoulder season.  Here are a few suggested European destinations that you should be able to consider wit… Read More
Scoot Upgrades Premium Service
2019-08-19 09:01
Singapore-based airline, Scoot, is renaming its premium service. Previously known as Scootbiz, the premium offering was the subject of a detailed review on this site in late 2017. It is bei… Read More
Follow Me To Australia’s Secret Valley
2019-06-14 09:15
Here’s a valuable tip for people planning to visit Australia’s east coast: you can now experience the world famous Aussie bush, while staying in luxurious surroundings only a cou… Read More
Is Mass Tourism Reaching A Tipping Point?
2019-06-12 08:07
It remains divisive, but the question of whether mass, packaged tourism has reached its tipping point continues to boil. The negative effects of too many tourists visiting somewhere at once… Read More
Now THIS Is A Real Cultural Experience
2019-04-15 05:18
Italy’s Amalfi Coast is a paradise on earth – but, unfortunately, many travellers know only the coastal towns scattered along the Bay of Salerno. Organised coach tours and cruise… Read More
One-way Airfares: The Dilemma
2019-04-15 03:46
As more countries crack down on illegal immigration, one-way airfares are becoming a big talking point. Many travellers were accustomed to flying into countries on a one-way ticket, then buy… Read More
Tips: Another App That Lists Airfares
2019-01-12 04:24
We’ve been getting questions about ‘I Know the Pilot’, another online service for saving money on airline bookings. This is a notification service which says it is bas… Read More
2018-11-29 03:57
Trains have started testing on Australia’s biggest public transport project – a massive modernisation and improvement of Sydney’s metro system. New-generation trains &ndash&hell…Read More
Scoot Prepares For Growth Boom
2018-11-16 04:50
Our favourite airline, Scoot, is gearing-up for double-digit growth over the next three years. And, in preparation, the Singapore Airlines offshoot is set to move into Terminal 1 at Singapor… Read More
The Cloud Land
2018-10-31 01:04
If you’re looking for an extraordinary experience on a trip to Europe, make your way to the shores of the pristine Wolfgangsee lake, in the Austrian Alps. Overshadowing the picture-po… Read More
Our Favourite Destinations
2018-08-30 09:52
People often ask about our favourite travel destinations. And although such things are extremely subjective, we don’t hesitate to nominate our six favourite destinations. Here’s… Read More
We’re Still Here – With Greater Depth
2018-07-17 01:11
Since our journey on this site started more than 20 years ago, we’ve met some truly wonderful people and collaborated with some incredible brands. However, we didn’t quite realis… Read More
2018-07-02 05:59
Albert Einstein compared life to riding a bicycle:  Stand still and you’ll fall. Making sure that we did’t stand still has been a key focus since we started telling travel… Read More
2018-06-21 11:36
Scoot, the low-cost arm of the Singapore Airlines Group, has started its third long-haul service – this time to the German capital of Berlin. The service, which leaves Singapore four t… Read More
2018-06-19 07:35
Silence…. Except for the faint trickle of running water and the occasional splash of nearby Black Swans, the Lambing Flat Chinese Tribute Garden was peaceful and quiet. Although… Read More
2018-06-18 13:39
The Hilltops Region of south-western New South Wales, has plenty of  boutique and traditional accommodation options. For our visit, we based ourselves in the town of Young and deliberat… Read More
2018-06-13 13:01
The Hilltops Region of Australia’s south-east has a look all its own. As the visitor drives north from the tablelands and Canberra area, the countryside changes subtly. A tapestry of s… Read More
2018-05-29 06:10
Love is a great foundation for grand plans. An astonishing example of this can be found deep in the tropics of far north-eastern Australia. There, sunlight filters down on a dream: a fairyta… Read More
Gulls Apartments, Townsville, Australia
2018-05-13 11:43
A review tour of Australia’s far north-eastern coastline landed us in Townsville, a Queensland city considered by the locals to be the regional capital. And, for the first time, we dec… Read More
A Simple Tribute
2018-04-24 12:27
ANZAC Day commemorates Australians and New Zealanders who have served in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. We pay our tribute with this photo of a replica chapel erected near the… Read More
Sweeping Through Normandy To Omaha Beach
2018-04-24 07:46
Anyone who has explored the beautiful back roads of Normandy will understand why Hitler’s tanks struggled there. The roads and lanes of this historic area of north-west France are gene… Read More
2018-04-21 06:06
We hit the jackpot with the Brocket Arms. As part of our series about life in small villages, we decided to head for the east of England and spend time at Ayot St Lawrence in rural Hertfords… Read More
Plan Your Luggage Needs Carefully
2018-03-16 22:08
Giving lots of advance thought to your baggage is becoming more and more important for airline travellers. The number of airlines charging for check-in luggage has accelerated the trend towa… Read More
Airline Review: EasyJet
2018-03-08 09:24
What do you look for in an airline – safety, cheap fares, reliability, comfort? Some experiences, like our Reviews of Scoot Airlines long-haul flights, delivered all that, plus a lot m… Read More
Review: Hotel Schloss Fernsteinsee
2018-03-01 06:38
It was a misty October afternoon in the Tyrolean Alps of western Austria. Light rain was falling as we moved along the motorway that had carried us from Italy, headed for Hamburg in northern… Read More
Smartphones Making Travel Easier
2018-02-26 08:00
Technology is continuing to make travel easier and more accessible. And, undoubtedly, one of the more intriguing developments in travel has been the move toward replacing credit cards, passp… Read More
Our Anogeia Story Catches The Imagination
2018-02-18 09:46
One of our most memorable travel moments has been highlighted by a leading Australian publication. Our visit to the World War II ‘massacre village’ of Anogeia, in Crete and meeti… Read More
Where’s Slovenia – And Why Go There?
2018-02-14 13:41
Slovenia caught our imagination in 2014. Colleagues spoke of remarkable alpine and forest scenery; of a pristine country with a high standard of living – part of the Balkans but partic… Read More
Incredible Story Of The White Stallions
2018-02-13 05:33
The Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Austria is well known internationally, but only recently did we realise the incredible story behind the Lipizzaner horses. Travelling in Slovenia, we vis… Read More
Romantic Destinations
2018-02-09 10:35
There’s no doubt about it: travel can be romantic. So, at this time of year when love is in the air, here’s some of our favourite romantic destinations: 1.Venice, Italy –&n&hell…Read More
La Torricella Hotel, Poppi, Tuscany
2018-02-07 09:30
Tuscany: the very name brings visions of Italian medieval hilltop towns; stunning cities; Renaissance architecture; great wine, food, beaches and art. Over the years, we’ve enjoyed the… Read More
2018-01-29 10:52
Most people who visit Venice are drawn by the astonishing canals, the architecture, mind-boggling history and the romance of one of the world’s great attractions. The beauty of Venice… Read More
More Airlines Offering Stripped-back Fares
2018-01-23 10:29
More airlines are offering stripped-back fares to help compete in the growing market of budget-conscious travellers. European airlines, KLM and Air France are the latest so-called legacy car… Read More
Sales Are Open For New Route To Europe
2018-01-19 01:17
People planning to fly to Europe from Asia and Australia have another option – and tickets are already on sale. Scoot, the low-cost arm of the Singapore Airlines group (SIA) has launch… Read More
Positive Action Toward Sustainable Tourism
2017-12-31 05:44
There’s two sides to the question of sustainable tourism. The past year in Europe produced resident concern about overcrowding and the impact of cruise ships on places like Venice, Bar… Read More
Introducing ‘Age-Friendly Travel’
2017-12-24 05:42
It has been a big year for the Memorable Destination team. After starting with a humble travel blog 25 years ago, we’ve finally achieved our dream of a website that objectively rates… Read More
2017-12-21 11:03
Tis the season for, among other things, seasonal street markets. And while some European cities are ablaze with colour and lights, our favourite market is a much smaller affair – but o… Read More
2017-12-19 05:37
After a wonderful roadtrip through Germany, we had picked up low-cost tickets to fly with Eurowings from Hamburg to the United Kingdom. It was our first flight with the German carrier &ndash&hell…Read More
Review: Emonec Hotel, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2017-12-18 03:49
The Emonec Hotel met our Number One requirement for a visit to lovely Ljubljana – a central location. In fact, the hotel’s location is amazing: squarely in the centre of the Old… Read More
Review: Our Oldest Musical Instrument?
2017-11-30 06:37
If you visit the charming city of Ljubljana, in Central Europe, make sure you see ‘the flute’. With a long history, the capital of Slovenia on the Ljubljanica River, is rich in c… Read More
Review: The Rubens At The Palace, London
2017-11-29 10:08
We had our first taste of a Red Carnation Hotel during our most recent visit to London. In such a grand city, competition is particularly strong at the top end of the market. And that’… Read More
Review: The Famous Bartholoma
2017-11-27 06:49
You’ve undoubtedly seen its onion domed roof on many websites or magazines – the 11th Century church of St Bartholoma is one of the world’s most photographed buildings. The… Read More
Review: The Pan Hotel, Athens
2017-11-23 06:14
The old real estate slogan “Location, location, location” attracted us to the Pan Hotel, in Athens. We decided to review the Pan, after discovering that it was in one of the Gree… Read More
2017-11-21 10:10
We were in Athens reviewing the Scoot Airlines service between Australia and Greece – and examining this increasingly-popular gateway to the rest of Europe. Rather than sticking to the… Read More
A Gem In An Authentic Italian Hamlet
2017-11-18 12:02
“Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life” – Anna Akhmatova Choosing a favourite part of Italy is almost impossible How could you separate the northe… Read More
Tourism Sustainability
2017-11-14 10:17
A discussion about the sustainability of mass tourism is continuing in parts of Europe. The discussion may be unpopular to some, but there’s concern that the welcome money and jobs bro… Read More
Destination Review: See The Lost City
2017-11-01 09:14
If you’re planning to visit Athens, don’t miss the ancient city beneath the ancient city. Remains of streets, houses, bathhouses and workshops from about the 7th to the 9th centu… Read More
Peskesi: Tastes And Aromas Of Crete
2017-10-30 06:54
Where shall I find you, how shall I see you, what gift shall I bring you to make you remember Crete, to make you raise from the dead? We stumbled into Peskesi Restaurant by mistake – b… Read More
An Encounter With A Brazen Lady
2017-10-26 02:50
Naples: the skin tingles. Description: chaotic but edgy and sensual. Question: How could we have avoided her for so long? Answer: In past visits, we’d stuck to the well-worn tourist tr… Read More
A Pilgrimage Down Leafy English Laneways
2017-10-24 08:02
The English country road curves at Shaw’s corner, a location that warrants no more than a small dot on the map of rural Hertfordshire. And, the house that stands there – among we… Read More
Slovenia’s Magical Underground
2017-10-17 06:16
We were standing in a massive underground canyon, our words lost amid the near-deafening roar of crashing water. Despite lighting on the walls, the roof was too high to see and in the darkne… Read More
People You Meet On Scoot
2017-10-12 09:21
Georgie Montague and Rod English certainly have itchy feet. Whether driving through the great sand dunes of Namibia, glamping in the wilds of Kenya, exploring the attractions of Morocco or r… Read More
Life In A Traditional Italian Village
2017-10-02 21:47
Some travel experiences are special. Our time in a tiny southern Italian mountain village was certainly one of them. As the road winds up from the Bay of Naples through Italy’s Lattar… Read More
Where Eagles Dare
2017-09-29 09:06
The first thing you notice about the Kehlsteinhaus, or ‘Eagle’s Nest’ is the approach road that climbs 800 metres up the side of a mountain, without the need for hairpin be… Read More
Restful And Historic Berchtesgaden
2017-09-26 21:02
Berchtesgaden is good for the soul.  This picture-postcard region, set in Germany’s majestic Bavarian Alps, is quiet, historic and scenic. In the late afternoon, about the only so… Read More
2017-09-24 15:59
It feels like the top of the world High in the Austrian Alps, surrounded on all sides by snow, row after sweeping row of gigantic mountain peaks seem to go on forever.  The setting sun… Read More
In A Town Near Salzberg Hoping For Snow
2017-09-20 23:33
Church bells toll in the distance, snow has started to fall on the Alps almost across the road and mist and low cloud is rolling across the vivid green alpine meadows. The town of Puch bei H… Read More
Astonishing Lake Bled
2017-09-17 22:08
Lake Bled regularly tops lists of the world’s most beautiful place – and it’s easy to see why. We knew that the lake – in north-western Slovenia – would be some… Read More
A Blue And White Paradise
2017-09-17 09:59
The ‘first impression’ can be particularly important for a hotel.  Our reaction on arriving at Hotel Aethrio, on the Greek Island of Santorini, was an unrestrained “Wo… Read More
Ljubjiana: The Secret Is Out.
2017-09-14 23:06
Some destinations are special. Ljubljana is one of them.  Straddling the divide between The Balkans and Central Europe, the capital of Slovenia is a fairytale city of rare beauty. … Read More
Review: Hotel Atrion, Heraklion, Crete
2017-09-10 20:40
The Hotel Atrion got off to a good start during our review visit to Heraklion, Crete, in September 2017. After we booked online, the hotel kept up an email conversation to see if it could he… Read More
Scenery Blows Us Away
2017-09-09 20:26
The Greek Islands certainly know how to make an impression. After spending three days based in a beautiful cave apartment at Santorini – and another day island-hopping by ferry, it&rsq&hell…Read More
A Culture Forged In Pain And Sorrow
2017-09-05 21:28
“The blood in these streets made us who we are”. These words might have sounded fanciful in any other place – and coming from anyone else. But we were sitting outside the t… Read More
Somewhere In An Eternal Night
2017-09-03 01:55
 It’s deep into the night and off to our left a storm lights up the clouds. Through the sky window on our Scoot Dreamliner flight TR702 flickering lights of the Indian coastline c… Read More
Scoot’s Dreamliner Lives Up To Its Name
2017-09-02 14:15
We like window seats, so our review of Scoot’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner was off to a flying start. On boarding in Sydney, our eyes were immediately drawn to the Dreamliner’s oversiz… Read More
Airline Review: Scootbiz Premium Service
2017-09-02 08:29
Should senior travellers put their faith in a budget airline? That’s a fair question, especially for people who grew up with the stability of a tightly regulated and largely government… Read More
Favourite Travel Technology
2017-08-19 13:10
Technology and travelling light often seem contradictory.  However, in recent years, we have developed our own list of essential gadgets that we take with us on our travels. An iPad and… Read More
Vines Resort Spa Recognised Globally
2017-08-09 02:36
A leading resort in Western Australia has won two prestigious international awards for the quality of its spa treatment. Novotel Swan Valley Vines Resort was among the big winners at the Wor… Read More

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