Not to miss: Top 10 travel destinations for 2017
WHERE to go? Where is hot, where is not? Where is safe? Perhaps only you can judge, but here are my top tips. .
Perfect for senior travellers because everything works efficiently and almost everyone speaks English.
Now there is even more reason to go with the launch of The Grand Tour of Switzerland, the world's first electric road tour for electric cars and bikes.
Many of us haven't been and we need to go, not just for the northern lights and winter holidays but because as seniors we should enjoy new experiences. Mountains and fjords are easily traversed with small group tour operators for the nervous, or self-drive options for the adventurous.
Close to Dubrovnik, very small, much to offer from spectacular scenery along an enchanting coastline with gin-clear waters and sandy beaches. Kotor's ancient city walls hide winding alleyways and untouched charm. quickly. No yacht? Rent a small boat and sail to dozens of tiny inlets and beaches along the coast.
Las Vegas, USA:
Even if you eschew the glitz and glamour you still need to see it once in your life. Where else can you go to the top of the Eiffel Tower for dinner, be serenaded by a gondolier as you glide along a "Venice" canal and be frightened out of your wits on a helter-skelter ride on top of the New York building all in one afternoon?
Milford Sound, New Zealand:
It's close, it's beautiful and it has been judged the world's top international travel destination. On the west coast of the South Island with dramatic cliffs rising from mysterious dark waters, it is best enjoyed from the sea. If you aren't up to kayaking plenty of operators will take you on a comfortable cruise, or for a luxe experience take a flightseeing ride in a plane.
A must-do simply because you drive along the Great Ocean Rd to get there. This is one of the world's most scenic drives as the road winds, curves, dips and rises alongside the breath-taking ocean. Go through Torquay, Anglesea, Aireys Inlet, all beautiful places to stop for coffee and end up in Lorne in time for a pub lunch at the Lorne Hotel.
Port Douglas, Far North Queensland:
SE Queensland is pleasant in winter, but Port Douglas is gorgeous. Sunny days to stroll Four Mile Beach, cool nights to enjoy the restaurants (Salsa Bar is a favourite, you must try the pulled pork filled piquillo poppers) and accommodation options range from budget caravan parks to sumptuous high-end resorts.
Yarra Valley, Victoria:
Because as seniors we have an appreciation of good food and wine and it comes in barrel-loads in this picturesque wine region. Plenty of accommodation options to choose from and a wine trail (with designated driver) and stop at the family estate De Bortoli for an Italian lunch in their restaurant.
Nambucca Heads, NSW:
Our friends at website booking.com tell us this is one of the hottest domestic 2017 destinations. The coastal town on the mid north coast of NSW has a beautiful meandering river and white sandy beaches with plenty of riverside cafes and restaurants. It's also a camper's paradise and let's face it, us seniors do love a good camping holiday.
Coles Bay, Tasmania:
A small, casual relaxed holiday town and the entry to the spectacular Freycinet National Park. Tasmania offers a kind of natural beauty we'd normally have travel overseas for. The Freycinet National Park on the east coast about 100km from Hobart should be on everyone's bucket list.