Dec
07
2016

2017 bank holidays fall kindly for globetrotters

Anyone with a busy job will be used to having to plan their holidays well in advance in order to get the best deals and make full use of their annual leave, so millions will be pleased to learn that the 2017 bank holidays have fallen rather kindly for anyone looking to enjoy an extended break next year.

As has been reported by several national newspapers – such as this article from The Sun – hopeful holidaymakers will be able to have 18 successive days away from the office around Easter 2017 by taking only nine days of holiday.

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This is due to the 18-day stretch between Good Friday (which falls on 14 April) and May Day being made up of three weekends and three bank holiday days, meaning that exactly half of the period will not require workers to book any time off.

What’s more, the 2017 festive period is also potentially more generous than usual in terms of holiday time, with the Christmas dates affording the opportunity for 10 days off in a row with employees only having to take three days of leave.

This unusual ‘two for one’ situation should be music to the ears of anyone planning to embark on an over 50s singles holidays in 2017, although those hoping to take advantage will have to get booking quickly – some of your colleagues will no doubt be checking their diaries already!

Dec
02
2016

90-year-old skier proves age is just a number

A 90-year-old Italian man has been showing the world that age really is no limit when it comes to hitting the slopes in a recently released video.

Tommy Tomasi, who was born in the mountains of Northern Italy, has been skiing since the age of four and still spends as much as seven hours every day traversing the pistes of Thredbo in Australia, where he founded the resort’s ski patrol after moving to the country following the Second World War.

Mr Tomasi was a ski racer as a youngster in his native Italy, but his idyllic childhood was disrupted when he had to join the Italian Partisans and the fight against Hitler. After capture by the Gestapo, Tomasi survived nine months in a concentration camp before escaping with three other prisoners.

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Australia may not have seemed like the ideal post-war destination for a passionate skier; in fact, Tomasi did not know there was any snow in Australia until he saw an advert for a resort in New South Wales. However, by 1953 he had found a job as a ski instructor and his career in the industry continues until this day – he recently celebrated his 60th year at Thredbo.

So, whether your idea of a perfect singles holiday destination is exploring the mountains or simply relaxing on the beach, Mr Tomasi is living proof that you’re never too old to do something you love! As the man puts it himself: ‘I never think to give up. If you can do it, I can do it”.

Image Credit: taki Lau

Nov
30
2016

Friendship Travel wins three prestigious British travel awards

Friendship Travel has won three 2016 British Travel Awards at a glamorous Gala Awards ceremony, held in London and attended by close to a thousand travel industry people.

Friendship Travel wins three prestigious British travel awards

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Nov
29
2016

50 years of golf in the Algarve

The Algarve is currently celebrating 50 years of golf, with the beautifully sun kissed corner of Portugal home to some of Europe’s finest courses.

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