The best empty-nest experiences to soothe the soul
Posted on 2nd October 2019 at 14:40
Letting go is never easy, but now is the time to celebrate your freedom...
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It is eighteen years ago, almost to the day –
A sunny day with leaves just turning,
The touch-lines new-ruled – since I watched you play
Your first game of football, then, like a satellite
Wrenched from its orbit, go drifting away
Behind a scatter of boys. I can see
You walking away from me towards the school
With the pathos of a half-fledged thing set free
Into a wilderness, the gait of one
Who finds no path where the path should be.
That hesitant figure, eddying away
Like a winged seed loosened from its parent stem,
Has something I never quite grasp to convey
About nature’s give-and-take – the small, the scorching
Ordeals which fire one’s irresolute clay.
I have had worse partings, but none that so
Gnaws at my mind still. Perhaps it is roughly
Saying what God alone could perfectly show –
How selfhood begins with a walking away,
And love is proved in the letting go.
C.S Lewis - Walking Away
If your child has recently left the nest, whether as a student or taking a gap year travelling the world, it can be a bittersweet time of life. Let's face it; you've spent so many years invested in your little one, and suddenly, too soon, they're ready to start a brand new chapter in life.
This is, however, the perfect time for treating yourself and enjoying your new-found freedom. These are our top picks for travel experiences that will soothe your soul and renew your spirit.
Go on a luxury cruise liner
A luxury cruise allows you to sit back, relax and let your cares go. Traverse the mighty ocean and visit the tropical Caribbean, magical Mediterranean, Northern Europe or the exotic Far East. Whether you’re travelling solo, or as a couple, we’ve selected from the best cruise liners for the adventure of a lifetime.
Discover Africa on the Rovos Rail
Considered one of the most luxurious trains in the world, Rovos Rail offers trips throughout Southern Africa. From golfing holidays in South Africa, thrilling safaris in Namibia, or simply a trip to the majestic Victoria Falls, Rovos Rail is our top pick for an experience of a bygone era.
Get active on a walking holiday in Italy
Italy’s exquisite landscapes are yours to explore on the Amalfi Coast. No matter what your fitness level, there are walking holiday excursions for everyone. This is the perfect way to immerse yourself in nature, and quietly contemplate life.
Meet the world’s most fascinating wildlife
Whether you want to gaze into the eyes of a Mountain gorilla, so much like our own, explore uncharted territory in Madagascar searching for wild lemurs, or even meet the largest population of elephants in Africa, animal lovers will relish the experience.
Go on a cooking course in Amalfi
There’s nothing like Italian food. Discover how locals prepare their most famous dishes using local produce made with love on an exciting food holiday.
Explore Swedish Lapland
If you’re looking for something a little different, we’ll gladly tailor a package so you can finally complete your bucket list. Simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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