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IMG_20151231_124402Here I am at last wishing you all a belated happy and healthy 2016. It wasn’t quite the start I expected. I’ve spent every waking minute working on final edits for the new book, due out in April and putting the final touches to the next book due out in September 2016 so I have not had a moment to post here.

Anyway, I’m organised of a fashion now and ready to bombard you with wit, jokes and a few posts about writing. Today, I’d like to thank Safkhet Publishing who have been reworking Grumpies On Board and have given it a shiny, new cover in preparation for The People’s Book Awards in May. It’s also got some new review quotes on after it received much praise from the like of “The Lady” magazine who said:

Wyer catalogues a genuinely interesting and inspiring collection of mature holidaymakers’ experiences, ranging from the sublimely relaxing to the downright dangerous.”

Grumpies On Board has made it through to the finals of The People’s Book Prize Award and I shall be biting my nails again during voting in May. As you know I have started to make videos to accompany the book. The next Grumpy Travel video will be posted later this month.

If you follow facing50 on Instagram you will be able to see lots of holiday snaps from our various grumpy trips. I’m gradually rolling them out over the coming weeks. Some are well worth seeing.

I also write about the trips for website Silver Travel Advisor so it you’d like find out what we grumps thought about our destinations take a look at my articles HERE and HERE.

That’s almost it for the grumpy travel edition today. Oh apart from this joke…

Top 10 Reasons to vacation at home

According to Thomas Cook in the UK, some holiday makers are just never satisfied.

Here are the top ten most bizarre and genuine customer complaints received by the firm in recent years:

1 On my holiday to Goa in India, I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don’t like spicy food at all.

2 The beach was too sandy.

3 I bought a snorkel and swimming mask for my six-year-old son, but he was too upset to use them as the fish frightened him.

4 It rained on my birthday.

5 Topless sunbathing on the beach should be banned. The holiday was ruined as my husband spent all day looking at other women.

6 I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts.

7 It’s lazy of the local shopkeepers to close in the afternoons. I often needed to buy things during ‘siesta’ time – this should be

8 We bought ‘Ray-Ban’ sunglasses for five euros (=A33.50) from a street trader, only to find out they were fake.

9 None of the hotel staff was English, and the tea didn’t taste the same as at home.

10 I would like to complain about the price of alcohol in the resort. It was too cheap and I woke with a hangover every day.

And finally, here’s the facelifted cover for the book …



Grumpies On Board

*** FINALIST in The People’s Book Prize for 2016! ***

Take it on vacation – order your copy today!

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Are you a grumpy guts, who hates going on holiday and sharing your space with noisy families? Are you looking for somewhere different where you can try out new activities, or just somewhere away from the madding crowds where you and your other half can relax? Look no further. I have the answers here along with many suggestions—some rather surprising—to ensure you both, however grumpy you may be, cherish your time away.

We “older folk” are becoming more demanding about our holiday destinations. No longer satisfied with the usual haunts, we are roaming further afield. We are following in the footsteps of our children, who took off on gap years in their late teens to exotic destinations we had never before considered visiting.

So, what sort of holidays are there out there? Far more than you might have considered. Pack your bags and get ready for some Extreme Active Ageing? Then keep reading, after all, YOL!.