Keith Wright will visit Paris on his two-month trip around Europe. Photo: PA
At an age when many people are cosied up on a rocking chair with their pipe and slippers, an adventure-seeking 95-year-old man is about to embark on his eight backpacking trip in 10 years.
Keith Wright, from Queensland, Australia
, has booked a two-month tour of Europe, beginning at the end of May, in which he will visit Madrid, San Sebastian, Vienna
, Munich, and Paris
, as well as a stop-off in Britain
to see his favourite Aussie horse, Black Caviar, race at Royal Ascot.
The pensioner started travelling solo 10 years ago after his wife Barbara passed away.
The World War II veteran had always wanted to visit Gallipoli in Turkey for Anzac Day, and so decided to sell his house and put the extra money towards a holiday.
He saves all his money so he can go travelling, where he stays in hostels and two-star hotels.
According to the Telegraph
, he said: "I have seen things that most tourists haven't seen, because I walk the back streets and take trains or buses to nearby towns for the day.
"Most people I meet are surprised when I tell them my age and amazed that I have come all the way from Australia."
Mr Wright, who wears his Australia cap wherever he goes, said he thinks older people should travel independently, telling news.com.au
: "They can choose where they want to go, not where the bus company takes them and it's not as regimented.
"If you have 20 people on a bus you get one bad apple and you're stuck with them for 20 days.
"I can do it on my own much better than the young ones I meet in hostels.''
Keith books his trips through the Flight Centre and Escape Travel, and some agencies have even paid to upgrade his flights to business class so he can travel in style and comfort.
Flight centre travel consultant Christina Kerr told news.com.au
: "Every booking I have made for him has been an inspiration to me,''
"Keith has become more like a friend over the years and when he travels he even asks the staff of the hostel to send me an email, just to let me know that he has arrived safely.''
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- Arcadia Residence, Prague
The <b><a href="http://www.arcadiaresidence.com/" target="_blank">Arcadia Residence</a></b> 'combines the comfort of hotel services with the independence and intimacy of an apartment'. It's situated in a tranquil spot near the old town, but is close to tourist areas, like the Old City and Charles Bridge.<br/><b>What's special:</b> The building dates back to 1986 and is full of historical architectural charm.<br/><b>You said:</b> 'This is one of the best value places we have ever stayed in and cannot fault it on any measure.'<br/><b>Price:</b> From Â£69.<br/>
- Aegean Gate Hotel, Bodrum, Turkey
The newly-renovated <b><a href="http://www.aegeangatehotel.com/The_Aegean_Gate_Hotel/The_Aegean_Gate_Hotel.html" target="_blank">Aegean Gate</a></b> is tucked away in beautiful serene countryside, but is only 1km from the bustling, lively town of Bodrum.<br/><b>What's special:</b> The small number of apartments means the family-managed business is intimate.<br/><b>You said:</b> 'I'd recommend anyone to stay here, and not only that it is such incredible good value for money. A real steal.'<br/><b>Price:</b> From £52.<br/>
- Mehtap Hotel Dalyan, Turkey
Located a stone's throw from the gorgeous harbour of Dalyan, the <b><a href="http://www.mehtapmotel.com/" target="_blank">Mehtap</a></b> is perfect for taking in the Turkish Aegean coast.<br/><b>What's special:</b> This hotel is a family-run business with personal and friendly service, as well as a lovely clean pool, and fantastic location.<br/><b>You said:</b> 'It represents fantastic value for money.'<br/><b>Price:</b> From £28.<br/>
- Lofos Village Hotel, Ios, Greece
<b><a href="http://www.lofosvillage.com/" target="_blank">Lofos</a></b> is a family-run hotel in the relaxed island of Ios in Greece.<br/><b>What's special:</b> It's got to be the fantastic poolside view over the beautiful old town - truly stunning.<br/><b>You said:</b> 'It was a pleasure to stay at Lofos Village Hotel. The service was excellent and it was really value for money.'<br/><b>Price:</b> From £43.<br/>
- Il Nido Hotel, Sorrento, Italy
Nestled at the top of Sorrento's hills, the small and intimate <b><a href="http://www.ilnido.it/" target="_blank">Il Nido</a></b> is 5km from the town centre, and makes the perfect budget break.<br/><b>What's special:</b> The fantastic terrace, with views over the Mediterranean, Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples.<br/><b>You said:</b> 'I cannot praise this lovely hotel enough, the staff were fantastic, the rooms, clean and quiet, the breakfast stunning - and all for a very reasonable price.'<br/><b>Price:</b> From £60.<br/>
- Hotel Zorzis, Santorini, Greece
The <b><a href="http://www.santorinizorzis.com/index.php" target="_blank">Zorzis</a></b> is the perfect place from which to explore Santorini, known as one of the most beautiful and romantic islands in the world.<br/><b>What's special:</b> What's not? It's in Perissa, which has Santorini's best black-sand beach, 250m from the doorstep; it's fresh and modern; and its lovely pool has an even lovelier mountain backdrop.<br/><b>You said:</b> 'I would recommend it to anyone looking for a beautiful hotel. The people are lovely, the hotel is wonderful, and the prices cannot be beaten.'<br/><b>Price:</b> From £42.
- The Blue Beetroot, Poland
The <b><a href="http://www.bluebeetroot.com/rooms.html" target="_blank">Blue Beetroot</a></b> is a stylish converted 18th century barn boutique hotel set in beautiful Boleslawiec (famous for its pottery) in rural Poland.<br/><b>What's special:</b> This rustic conversion has been restored with tender loving care, using authentic materials from other barns in the area. The owner's passion about it is reflected in the atmosphere and the service.<br/><b>You said:</b> 'Everything was fantastic! The staff were so friendly and helpful! Exceptional value.'<br/><b>Price:</b> From £34.
- Hotel la Casa, Spain
Chic-boutique is the style of Hotel la Casa, a pretty family-run hotel in the coastal town of Nerja, 40 minutes from Malaga airport.<br/><b>What's special:</b> The traditional white-washed Andalucian-style facade; the friendliness; and the stunning terrace, with its views of Torrox and the Tejeda mountains and valley.<br/><b>You said:</b> 'I stayed primarily for business, but this great little hotel made it seem like it was almost totally leisure. Very reasonably priced.'<br/><b>Price:</b> From £56.
- Aparthotel City 5, Prague, Czech Republic
Conveniently situated in the new shopping and business area of Prague, Andel City, the <b><a href="http://www.aparthotelprague.com/" target="_blank">Aparthotel</a></b> is a stylish group of apartments with hotel services.<br/><b>What's special:</b> The early 20th century building is beautiful, and right near the tram, Mozart's villa, and the Staropramen Brewery.<br/><b>You said:</b> 'One of the best places to stay in Prague and very affordable.'<br/><b>Price:</b> From £41.
- Lefka Apartment, Chania, Greece
A family-oriented set of eight self-catering apartments, <b><a href="http://www.lefka-apartments.gr/" target="_blank">Lefka</a></b> is clean and modern, and only 2km from the centre of Chania.<br/><b>What's special:</b> The apartments are set within a beautiful walled garden and only a five minute walk from the golden sands of Aptera beach.<br/><b>You said:</b> 'Beautifully maintained grounds, pool and bar area. These apartments are excellent value.'<br/><b>Price:</b> From Â£40.<br/>