Your kids are all grown up, you’ve finally retired, and you’ve got all the time in the world to do whatever you want… Now you just have to find a way to spend all this free time.
You know what we would do with it? We’d go on a long stay holiday to all those places we’ve dreamt of visiting! Sound like a good idea? Here’s everything you need to know about long stay holidays for pensioners…
How long is a long stay holiday?
A long stay holiday generally lasts longer than 2 weeks, but it can be as long as you want it to be! You could spend the best part of a year on holiday if you wanted to – you’ve got plenty of time for it now.
Make sure to do your research on the country you’re travelling to, because it can limit the length of your holiday – you might need a visa or other documents depending on how long you stay. For example, normally you wouldn’t need a visa to go to Spain, but if your long stay holiday in Spain is longer than 90 days, you will need one.
Important note: Contact your insurance companies to tell them you’ll be away for longer than usual if you’re travelling for over 30 days.
Why is a longer stay good for retirees?
You’ve done your time working the 9-5, doing the school runs, living the same ol’ same ol’ routine. You deserve some time to yourself – time to relax. And that’s what long stay holidays are all about – enjoying life to the fullest.
Travel at your own pace
With a long stay holiday, you can enjoy the country at your own pace – there’s no need to try and pack as much as you can into a week! Choose your own daily schedule, from snorkelling after a trip to the museum, to eating lunch by the pool, or even taking on new hobbies. Even if you just fancy a day of chilling in front of the TV like normal, long stay holidays run on your time.
See the world
Now’s your chance to see what else the world has to offer. The more time you have to explore, the more you can learn about the rest of the world and its culture. There are some exciting places out there waiting for you to explore from Costa Brava to Florida, Italy to Cancun, and France to Dubai. It’s time to leave our tiny island for a while and love the exotic life of long stay holidays.
Escape the cold
We’re all stubborn about when’s acceptable to put the heating on, but what if we told you, you didn’t need to have this argument anymore? You could spend the winter months with the air conditioning on instead! There are plenty of places we’d love to live over the winter, even if it is only for a few weeks – let the sunny beaches of the Caribbean keep you warm instead.
Save on your bills!
We’ve covered the fact you won’t need your heating on, which has been a concern for a lot of us over the winter, but you can forget about hefty bills while you’re away. Especially if you book an All Inclusive stay. No more keeping an eye on your energy and water usage or the price of your weekly shop – almost everything you need is covered on an All Inclusive long stay holiday.
Enjoy a new background
No one said you had to do anything different on your holiday. Long stay holidays are great even if you want to stick to your daily routine. You can still enjoy your books, chill in front of the TV, and have a nice homecooked meal with your other half every day. But wouldn’t you rather do it with a new, nicer, sunnier background? Without nosy Maureen from next door watching your every move? Of course you would.
Top long stay holidays for pensioners
Forget about a week in the sun, you’ve got all the time in the world to explore these popular long stay holidays for pensioners.
Long stay holidays in Spain are a popular choice with pensioners – it’s close by, it’s sunny almost all year round, and it’s a much-loved holiday destination for Brits. There are tonnes of family-friendly activities too, if your grandkids wanted to come enjoy the sun with you for a week or two.
Cyprus is home to some of the best beaches in Europe, from family-friendly bays to bustling nightlife on the sands if that’s more your thing. There’s everything you could want on your long stay holiday: All Inclusive resorts, incredible food, a laidback atmosphere, and plenty of history intertwined.
Dubai offers up some of the world’s most unique and modern attractions, as well as traditional Arab favourites. It’s time to relax with pampering, top-notch cityscapes, and gorgeous beaches. Oh, and an incredible shopping scene where you’ll find everything from handmade jewellery to high-end designer boutiques.
Thailand is a holiday destination like no other. It’s known as the Land of Smiles, thanks to the locals’ welcoming nature, so you’re sure to feel right at home. You’ve got everything from bustling city centres with jam-packed markets to quiet beaches to sit back with a drink or two.
More and more people are spending their retirement years in Florida. So many, in fact, that there are huge retirement communities and specially-designed hotels. The Sunshine State is the place to be for a long-stay holiday because there’s so much to see and do for all ages.
With a huge wine scene, stunning architecture, and incredible wildlife right on your doorstep, what could be better than a long holiday in Australia? Thanks to its size, there are plenty of domestic airports across the country, so you can explore all the different cultures and cities on your holiday.
If it’s fine wine, delicious food, and iconic architecture, look no further than Italy. Some of the cosiest villages feel like you’ve stepped back in time with their cobbled streets and peaceful gardens. Italy is all about la dolce vita, which is exactly what you need to unwind for a while.
Malta is quickly becoming a top holiday destination thanks to its year-round sunshine, delicious food and pretty villages. It’s almost like a home away from home with a splash of holiday fever. Spend a few weeks exploring the three islands and you’re sure to find something you love doing, even if that is just relaxing on the beach.
When is the best time to go on a long stay holiday?
The best time for a long stay holiday is over the winter months – there are tonnes of savings to be made here. If you do it right, long stay winter holidays could actually cost the same as if you were to stay at home! But you’ll have the added bonus of an exotic background, warm weather, and golden sandy beaches to relax on. How could you say no?
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