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Over 50 Holiday Advice

Silver Travel Advisor is a friendly website run by a team of mature travel industry professionals with more years of experience than we care to number! Members can join for free and we invite you to contribute to our growing collection of impartial mature travel reviews, travel advice and travel tips written exclusively by and for mature travellers. It's no wonder that we are sometimes referred to as Silver tripadvisor. New members are warmly welcomed to share their over 50 holiday experiences, and we also offer free mature travel advice from our team of "oldie" holiday and trip advisors.

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catch up on the latest over 50 holiday news and views
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contact our experienced advisors for your travel questions or advice
visit our forum to meet Silver Travellers and join in the over 50 holiday discussions
read our blog, regularly updated with new articles and interviews
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Meet the team

Our backgrounds are diverse, but we are all united by our passion for travel, and our aim is to gather and offer impartial advice, information and recommendations which can be trusted. The team includes...

Managing Director, Debbie Marshall, has more than 25 years travel experience including Crystal Holidays and Jetsave (where she was Managing Director until 2001), and from 2004 until 2010 at the helm of the award-winning villa specialist CV Villas (CV Travel as it was then known), and its sister company Ski Verbier. A keen skier, walker and adventurer, she loves the challenge of being part of the friendly Silver Travel Advisor team. Her favourite destinations, in no particular order, are Switzerland, the South of France, Corfu, the Amalfi Coast, the Caribbean and especially the British Virgin Islands. She climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in early 2014 (read her Blog), and hopes to complete the Haute Route in 2015 from Chamonix to Zermatt. She is also a Non-executive Director of The Thinking Traveller.
IT Director, Taki Sirianos, is of Greek origin who has spent many years working in the travel industry developing reservations systems and websites. Taki works closely with our web developers, Sysaio. His favourite destinations are those with architectural and historical significance such as Istanbul , Meteora, and Granada (besides London, Paris and Rome of course). He also enjoys visiting the Greek Islands and his native Princes Islands in Istanbul, as well as touring & trekking in national parks & nature reserves including Jasper in Canada and the Grand Canyon.  
Account Manager, Jennie Carr, loves working for Silver Travel Advisor, and really enjoys presenting The Silver Travel Show on The Wireless each week, where she interviews destination experts and Silver Travellers about their holidays. A keen traveller herself, with experiences in the Caribbean, Europe and Africa, her notable overseas moments include celebrating the millennium in Phoenix, Arizona, hill climbing in Gocek & Kalkan in Turkey and two 4 day treks in the Namibian desert. Jennie has worked with people from many countries and has a good knowledge of cultural differences, and what to expect when travelling to Japan, Russia and Kazakhstan! She loves islands and has visited many in the Indian Ocean (her challenge is to equal Ben Fogle, 'The Teatime Islands'). Her favourite quote (which in fact speaks for all of us): 'The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page', St Augustine.
Mary Stuart-Miller is responsible for PR and promotions, and is one of the travel industry’s most energetic and hard-working figures. She has successfully helped Slovenia, Slovakia and Estonia’s tourist offices put their countries on the tourist map in the UK over the past decade; the vibrant city of Vienna has relied on her expertise to maintain the British public’s awareness of the city as a short break destination; she also advises a number of cruise lines, tour operators and winter sports companies on how to optimise positive editorial coverage. Mary’s favourite destinations are Estonia, Slovenia and Corfu, and anywhere accessible by tall ship. Skiing doesn’t appeal but she loves to be in the mountains and her ambition is to go on a wildlife holiday or eat her way through India, ideally travelling by train. Any press or media enquiries, please contact Mary at  
Silver Travel Advisor News Editor, Roger Bray, is one of the UK's longest serving travel journalists and former Chairman of the British Guild of Travel Writers. A veteran skier and hiker, he is a frequent contributor to Scotland on Sunday, Ski & Board magazine and and has written for many other publications including the Financial Times, Independent and Mail on Sunday, as well as his own blog . He is a former Travel editor of London's Evening Standard, and has covered most major news events in travel and aviation over more than three decades. He was a passenger on the first commercial flight of Concorde, covered the rise and fall of Laker Airways, air disasters and the after effects of 9/11. He is the joint author, with Vladimir Raitz, of Flight to the Sun, the definitive account of the expansion of mass package tourism. Bray has won recognition for his work, most recently for special contribution in the Travel Press Awards and also as Travel Writer of the Year and Best Travel Writer on France. He is a Francophile who loves eating, cooking (after a fashion) and the outdoors. In another life he would love to have been a jazz musician.  
Derrion Farrell has been involved in the hospitality business for more than 25 years with experience in sales and marketing in many of London's five star hotels including the Berkeley, Four Seasons and The Hyde Park Hotel where she was Director of Sales and Marketing. Moving to the exclusive world of private member clubs, Derrion was most recently Head of Marketing and Communications at the prestigious Royal Automobile Club. She is delighted to be working with the team at Silver Travel Advisor developing new areas of business. Her favourite places to spend time include New York, anywhere in Italy and the beautiful beaches in Turks and Caicos and the British Virgin Islands.  

Some of our Silver Travel Advisors

Our Advisors are a special team of vastly experienced travellers, who between them have visited an impressive list of countries and enjoyed a whole range of different experiences, from cruising to elephant riding. They have contributed some fascinating reviews to our site, and are happy to share their experiences with you and to answer any questions that you may have to assist with planning your next trip. Here are just some of our growing team of advisors.

Alan Fairfax retired from the hustle and bustle of professional life just before his 65th birthday. Alan is a passionate "big ship" cruising expert since being talked into a cruise by his wife in the 90's and becoming totally hooked. He has travelled all over the world on many different ships with a variety of cruise lines. In particular he loves the various ports in the Eastern Caribbean with their silver sand beaches and green tropical vegetation. Alan has also visited Australia, South Africa, Nigeria, The Gambia, Senegal, Morocco and Tunisia as well as Cyprus, Turkey, Jordan, Israel, Egypt, Sweden, Mexico, Columbia and the USA. He has over the years visited most European ports enjoying in particular the Greek Islands. Alan says "There is something magical about stepping aboard a beautiful cruise liner, visiting multiple countries and ports but only unpacking once" He enjoys answering questions from Silver Travellers, particularly when he can use his research skills to search out the right answer! He is also a moderator on our Forum which can be found at
Chrissy Nason spent several years in the late 70s living and working in Greece which was the springboard for her long career in the travel industry. Starting at the sharp end as a holiday rep, on returning to London she worked for a wide range of tour operators before becoming a specialist consultant in all aspects of the quality of the product. Latterly Chrissy was a director of an upmarket serviced-apartment hotel in Kensington and now undertakes interior design projects. A great lover of travel and adventure, each summer Chrissy would set off with her family and surfboards to drive a different route through Europe to the Greek island of Lefkas, one year via Istanbul, another via Spain, another via Holland, another via Berlin – why go straight there when there are so many wonderful places to see en route! Whilst adventure is still high on the list, she likes it to be ‘stylish and comfortable’ and has spent the last few years saying in some exceptional hotels in beautiful locations both overseas and in the UK. Boutique hotels are a particular favourite. Recent holidays have included Sri Lanka, Jordan, Boston, Egypt, Argentina and Brazil as well as some memorable ones in the UK.
Dinah Holland spent the first few years of her working life in France and Italy. Armed with a fluency in these languages a career in the travel business beckoned. Her first job was with Thomas Cook as an overseas representative in La Baule, on the Brittany coast of France. Jacques Tati stayed in her hotel whilst making the film Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday, and was a hugely entertaining guest.

Then followed several years in Italy, France, Austria, Greece and Switzerland, returning to the UK in 1974 where, she worked for various tour operators, culminating as Product Director in charge of Italy. Now retired, Dinah has more time for travel, and the last ten years have seen her visiting both polar regions, dog sledging in Norway and Sweden (sleeping in a tent in minus 5 degrees) horse riding in Mongolia, in the Sahara in Tunisia, Wadi Rum in Jordan, Mexico, Costa Rica, across the Thar desert in Rajasthan, India and across the Andes from Argentina into Chile. Recent holidays have included small ship cruising in the Indian Ocean, Indonesia, French Polynesia and the South Pacific islands.
Keith Betton is an avid world birdwatcher, having visited almost 100 countries and seen nearly 7000 species along the way. An active conservationist on the international stage, Keith is Chairman of the African Bird Club, while locally he is County Bird Recorder for Hampshire and a trustee of the British Trust for Ornithology. Professionally he is a public relations consultant, advising travel companies and tourist boards on a wide range of issues. He is also used by companies as a public speaker, trainer, writer and broadcaster. A familiar personality in the travel industry for the last 25 years, he is best known for having been the face of the travel industry to the national media for much of that time. As Head of Corporate Affairs at ABTA he acted as the industry's main spokesman and was responsible for making the association the best-known travel body in the UK.
David Powell started his career after obtaining a degree in Environmental Health, and spent many years working for Local Government in a senior managerial position. With a combined love for travel and writing, David took up travel journalism over 15 years ago and now writes and edits regular travel sections for papers in south east England. He covers a wide range of destinations that he considers will appeal to a wide and varied readership. David comments: "There are so many wonderful places to visit and experience, both in the UK and abroad. I love Snowdonia in North Wales, and short breaks generally in the U.K. I love being at sea on one of the latest amazing cruise ships, I can't wait to return to friendly Cyprus and discover more of New York and I consider myself something of an 'expert' on Disneyland Paris! Being so close to France, it’s also exciting to hop on a Eurostar train, and onward by TGV, a great way to explore Europe.
Peter Lynch is our specialist Rail Advisor. He is an author, travel writer & hotel reviewer and has written internet travel guides to England, Albania, Macedonia, Luxembourg and the cities of, Darwin, Dubrovnik Oxford and Reykjavik.

He spent four years working as a freelance travel correspondent for an American newspaper and now writes regularly for the West Australian. Currently he is working on the second edition of his book Wildlife & Conservation Volunteering (Bradt, 2009), which is due out in 2012. He is also a contributing author for Great Train Journeys of the World (Time Out, 2010).

He has travelled widely throughout America, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the Far East and his favourite cities are Hong Kong and Venice. His areas of special expertise are rail travel and wildlife conservation volunteering.
Steve Newman is a former teacher who gave it all up to become a writer and photographer specialising in cruising. In particular he is passionate about eco/adventure cruising allowing you to get up really close to view wildlife from polar bears to penguins (he's seen both!) and visit areas of the world in five star luxury small ships that the huge modern day liners can never get to. When he's not travelling he's walking the hills of Northumberland.

His clients include cruising publications for both consumer and trade publications including the Daily Telegraph and writes several blogs including one for our affiliate member The Cruise Line.  An avid birdwatcher he loves his job as it allows him to see birds around the globe he'd normally only see on a TV screen. His favourite destinations are Antarctica, India, France and Italy although he's always keen to explore new areas of the world!
Harry and Pam Pope have always enjoyed their travels, which have encompassed a lot of Southern USA, Europe (especially France and Germany), the U.K., and many visits to Madeira - ten at the last count. They are now in their 60s, and write from the viewpoint of the experienced traveller…as ex-hoteliers, Pam has the eye of the inspector, and Harry is the casual observer. Harry has been writing for many years, starting as a TV comedy writer in the 1980s, with three books currently available on-line. Harry and Pam love to share their travel experiences, and have come to enjoy travel writing in their very early retirement.
Angela Papageorgiou has lived on the island of Corfu for almost forty years, raising a family and working in the field of travel. Her family is now grown-up and has expanded to include grandchildren. Angela has always been interested in ‘faraway places’, and wasted no time in going abroad for a holiday as soon as her parents would let her. Since then she has covered most of Europe and been to Canada several times, but Greece remains her first love and is, indeed, her permanent home. Working in travel has never lost its appeal and interest for Angela, and though Greece, and Corfu, have inevitably changed over the years, the essential vitality of life there remains undiminished, with undiscovered secrets and lesser-known aspects, which she intends to share with as many people as possible for a long time yet.
David Graham has been a professional journalist all his working life, starting as a provincial reporter, then moving to national newspapers (18 years with the Daily Mail in Manchester, as a sub-editor and then assistant picture editor); national Sunday newspapers; and the Manchester Evening News for 20 years as a sub-editor/writer; and has been fortunate enough to travel widely - at the last count, he had visited more than 20 countries. Many of these have included ski destinations, with repeat trips to favourite spots in Switzerland and Austria in particular, as well as trying out new areas. He and his wife Dorothy - she ran their home in the Pennines as a thriving guest house for many years - have two daughters, one who specialised in travel as a career and lived and worked in Majorca; and the other who lived in Greece and the Greek islands for 13 years, both providing a perfect excuse, if one were needed, to spend as many weeks a year as possible in and around the Mediterranean and Aegean. Another favourite area is the Gulf Coast of Florida, where his father spent more than 20 years of his retirement.

David Graham is a Life Member of the National Union of Journalists and a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers.
Sally Dowling has been involved with the travel industry since the age of just 16 in her local travel agent. From there she decided to try the high life in London and spent some happy years working for US Carriers, Pan Am & Continental.

When marriage and family came along Sally began a ten year career at Tropical Places, a long haul tour operator, eventually becoming Operations Manager. A fabulous perk of the job was the chance to travel throughout the Caribbean, Far East and Kenya. Away from work she developed a love of walking holidays in the Pyrenees and Mallorca and European city breaks. The USA also became a firm favourite; especially the quite side of Florida that often gets overlooked.

In 2003 came the chance to source holiday prizes for Take A Break magazine. This led to writing and researching travel features and in 2006 she won the Visit USA award for best consumer magazine feature.

Sally continues to travel whenever and wherever she can with her husband Clive and if possible Bella the Labrador. She likes to seek out lesser known areas of popular destinations and to stay in small family run hotels. It gives her great pleasure to recommend somewhere that she has enjoyed so that others can share the experience.

Diana Davies has three daughters and six grandchildren; she was born in Wales and now lives in the Midlands. Her aim is to stay as active as possible and to continue to enjoy every minute of life. After 30 years of teaching at senior level, Diana took retirement but then realised what she really enjoyed was being with others, working in a local village shop and then at Twycross Zoo as a cook. She also became involved with a local social group for Over 50's with the Association of the Retired and People and helped to build up a chain of Friendship Centres across the country; so she retired from part time jobs and another career began. The Centres became part of Age UK with Diana continuing as a National Organiser. Organising holidays and short breaks became an ideal way to get together with as many groups as possible. Now retirement has arrived for the fourth time, and with Silver Travel, she can help mature people to enjoy the best of life, secure in the knowledge that her advice is trustworthy and genuine.

Steve Aldridge retired from his job as an IT Programme Manager some years ago, glad to give up the regular commute to London and frequent trips to Edinburgh. It was time to indulge his love of travel with his wife Linda. They love variety: cruising (big and small ships), trekking, camping (mobile home), city visits, finding things off the beaten track and of course a little sunbathing, and have been to the Maldives, Bahamas, Thailand, Malaysia (including Borneo), USA, Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Greece, Turkey, France, Germany and many other countries. Steve has written about many of his travels for us but it was his series about Malaysia that achieved the most recognition when he won the award for the Best On-Line Media at the Sabah Tourism Awards 2013. Steve enjoys sharing his knowledge and experiences with our Silver Travellers, especially when he meets them face to face at the numerous shows we attend. He is also a moderator on our Forum.

Could you join our Silver Travel team of advisors?

We are always looking for travel enthusiasts to join our group of advisors. If you have a passion for travel, with stories to tell, and a few spare hours each month to work for us, please contact with a brief summary of your areas of experience, and we will take it from there. We find that this role best suits retired professionals who travel extensively and enjoy sharing their experiences.

Our UK offices are based near Euston in central London. Postal address: Silver Travel Advisor, c/o Age UK, 4th Floor, Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9NA.

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