Five challenging and life-changing holiday ideas

Aimee Spicer / 08 March 2016

Fun and original holiday ideas to challenge body and mind.



Life beyond 50 brings its own set of challenges and changes and travel is often an excellent way to accept and embrace transformations in your circumstances.

Reinforce a new chapter of your life with some positive and inspirational stories – they will help to take your life in new and interesting directions. With that goal in mind, take a look at our five ideas for holidays that will challenge and inspire both mind and spirit.

Photograph South American ruins and landscapes

If you’ve ever dreamed of photographing the ancient ruins and otherworldly landscapes of South America, then ‘Photography across the Andes’ is the trip for you. From the iconic Incan sites of Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca to the salt flats of Bolivia, stunning scenery abounds on this incredible adventure.

Your tour is guided by a professional photographer who will offer expert tips on your technique, and there will be other aspiring snappers on the journey to share in the wonder. It’s a superb way to hone your skills, while making lasting friendships with likeminded people.

Trek in the Dolomites

Push the boundaries of your trekking skills amid stunning lakes, spectacular vistas and beautiful flower meadows. A walking holiday in Italy’s Dolomites may have just what you need to invigorate body and spirit.

The walks are moderate-to-strenuous in difficulty to provide a little challenge, and you’ll get to take part in a range of activities including talks and language classes. So there’s ample opportunity to learn, grow, and meet new people as you explore some of Italy’s most sublime landscapes.

Sail into the Arctic Circle

Set out on an adventure to discover some of Norway’s most idyllic towns, and seek the Northern Lights while visiting the northernmost point on Continental Europe. Along the way, you’ll enjoy a welcome cocktail party and dinner with the Captain, where you can meet the other voyagers on this enchanting trip.

As you sail into the Arctic Circle, you’ll journey along the coast and see glittering fjords. The ship disembarks at North Cape, where only a few islands will lie between you and the North Pole. This trip is a must for anyone who wants to see the majesty of the midnight sun from the comfort of a cruise ship.

Explore Ancient Egyptian treasures

If you have a burning curiosity about archaeology down the ages, then ‘Ancient Egypt Revealed’ should be on your wish list. You’ll visit legendary sites like the Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza, and set sail down the magnificent River Nile.

With expert talks and a knowledgeable local guide, you’ll learn all about the inspiring sights that Egypt has to offer. Your exploration requires a reasonable level of fitness, so you’ll be challenging your body and expanding your mind amongst people who share your interests.

Cruise the Caribbean

Go in search of Caribbean gems on this remarkable all-inclusive trip. Expect idyllic islands and sun-soaked relaxation as your cruise takes you around this rich and varied region. You’ll meet your new travel companions at a welcome cocktail party, before embarking on the journey of a lifetime.

With overnight stays in vibrant Havana and laidback Bridgetown, you’ll also get to explore some of the more special ports in depth. And between ports, there will be lots of time to relax and enjoy the on-board entertainment and gratuities, including 24-hour room service.

Change your life for the better

Make the most of the new opportunities that life changes bring. Give yourself time to reflect on the new directions you would like your path to take. Saga has a range of holidays that are tailor-made for people who are ready to explore new horizons.

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