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'World Tourism Day' - 27th September ✈️

“Travelling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta “When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.” – Susan Heller INTRODUCTION This week's 'CST Friendship Group' was 'Travel Plans', as 'World Tourism Day' is on 27th September. We did a round of introductions, stating what our favourite 'Staycation' would be in the UK, given the current travel difficulties.

We also asked what is members' favourite mode of transport, or the best journey they have ever undertaken.

We asked members to come prepared with a favourite holiday photo, or indeed an old passport photograph, to show the group - just for fun!

Here's mine ... Eek!

Then & Now


As usual, we completed these well known phrases together ...

We are all of us in the same - BOAT

Let the train take the - STRAIN

Jump on the band - WAGON

Train of - THOUGHT

Put the brakes - ON

A bicycle built for - TWO

At a cross - ROADS

In the driver's - SEAT

Back seat - DRIVER

That ship has - SAILED

Travelling - LIGHT

Hit the road - JACK

Off the beaten - PATH

Get a move - ON

Whatever floats your - BOAT

All hands on - DECK

Put the cart before the - HORSE


Full steam - AHEAD

Like ships that pass in the - NIGHT

Middle of the -ROAD

My way or the - HIGHWAY

Fallen off the back of a - LORRY

Road - RAGE

These boots are make for - WALKING

King of the - ROAD

Planes, trains and - AUTOMOBILES


(Give lots of clues and first names to help members out if stuck!)

(Encourage story telling and reminiscences.)

(Click on the first photo to open a slide show.)

NB. There is too much information here for one session, so either split over two or drop a round or two.


What do these symbols signify?

1. You might look for one of these places to stay if backpacking?

2. You might look for one of these places if visiting a new town?

3. Think stately home?

4. You might see this sign when visiting a Welsh castle?

5. You might look for one of these signs if looking to have lunch?

6. A sign you would look for if needing another kind of break?

7. This sign might lead you to the sea?

8. What does this Tudor rose signify?

9. If you were sleeping under canvas, you might look for this sign?

10. SONG. ‘Camp Granada’, Alan Sherman -

Name the holiday camp in the TV comedy series ‘Hi Di Hi’?


Which of these holidays do you most fancy?

11. Whale Watching

What is the proper name for a killer whale?

12. Ice Hotel

Name some winter Olympic sports you might do on ice? 

13. Northern Lights

What is their proper name?

14. Great Barrier Reef

This is largely made of which substance?

15. Ayers Rock or Uluru

This is important to which native culture?

16. Grand Canyon

What is the name of the river which carved it?

Anyone fancy visiting the 'Skywalk'?

17. Niagara Falls

What is the name of the boat that goes into the spray?

18. 'Camino De Santiago' ('The Way Of St James')

In which country would you find this 500 miles footpath?

19. Kenyan Safari

What are 'The Big Five'?

20. SONG. ‘Sailing’, Rod Stewart -

Who fancies a boating holiday?

What is Rod Stewart's hobby?


Discuss and rate the movies as you work through them.

21. 'Death On The Nile', 1978

Name the author?

Which actors are pictured here, from the 1978 film version?

22. 'Around The World In Eighty Days', 1956

Name the author?

Name the main character?

23. 'Gulliver's Travels' (An abandoned Japanese tourist theme park is pictured here!)

Name the author?

What were the little people called?

24. 'The Time Machine' (Rod Taylor starred in the 1960 movie)

Name the author?

Name the futuristic civilisations at war?

25. 'Titanic', 1997

Where was it travelling to and from on its maiden and final voyage in April 1912?

26. 'Murder On The Orient Express', 2017

Name the detective?

Who played him in the 2017 remake (on the left)?

27. 'Airplane', 1980

Name the actor in the middle?

28. 'Back To The Future', 1985

What car went back to the future?

29. 'Shirley Valentine', 1989

Where did Shirley go on holiday and ended up staying?

30. SONG. 'Summer Holiday', Cliff Richard -

Complete these Cliff Richard song titles?

- 'Devil *****'

- 'Miss You ******'

- 'We Don't Talk *** ****'

- 'Living ****'

- 'Mistletoe And *****'


Award a bonus point for every place I've missed that members can think of

31. Name the place?

What is the name of the holy island just off the coast, and who lives there?

32. Name the place?

Which TV thriller was filmed here?

33. Name the place?

What was it built inside?

34. Name the place?

Nearest guess. How long does it take to go round?

35. Name the place?

What is the highest mountain in the UK?

36. Name the place?

How did they bring supplies and catches up into the village from the harbour?

37. Name the place?

What priceless items are kept here?

38. Name the place?

Where did the 'Blue Stones' come from? (They weigh between 2-5 tons each, so discuss how they got them here!)

39. Name the place?

Are the baths hot or cold?

40. Name the place?

Where is this place twinned with?

41. SONG. '500 Miles', The Proclaimers -

Nearest guess: How many miles are there between Land's End and John O'Groats?


Again, this round is a straightforward 'Name The Place'

Award a bonus point for every place I've missed that members can think of

42. Name the place?

Nearest guess. How long is it?

43. Name the place?

In which country is it?

44. Name the place?

Who used to fight here?

45. Name the place?

Who is sat on the bench?

46. Name the place?

In which city would you find it?

47. Name the place?

Why is she this colour?

48. Name the place?

Nearest guess. How many steps to the top?

49. Name the place?

What are the tourist boats called?

50. Name the place?

Who is the current Pope?

51. Name the place?

Which architect designed it?

52. SONG. 'Leaving On A Jet Plane', Peter, Paul & Mary -

Who wrote this song?


Name the famous tourists.

53. Name the TV presenter of 'The Cruise'?

54. Name the TV presenter of 'Wish You Were Here'?

55. Name these TV presenters of the 'Holiday' programme?

56. Name this TV presenter of 'Around The World In 80 Days'?

57. Name this TV presenter of 'Great British Railways Journeys'?

58. Name this TV presenter of '******** World'?

59. Name this travelling chef, who started out in Padstow?

60. Name this environmental tourist?

61. Name this air travel expert?

62. Name this Scottish 'Grand Day Out' presenter? (She also starred in 'Strictly Come Dancing'.)

63. SONG. Homeward Bound, Simon & Garfunkel -

What are their first names?

64. SONG. 'Take Me Home Country Roads', John Denver -

Which US state is mentioned in the lyrics?


Pack a suitcase

You could do this literally, by bringing in a suitcase and the items you would put in it. But have too many items, so the group have to decide what to take with them and what to leave behind.

Or you could have members draw or paint an item (or cut pictures out of magazines) and make a collage.

Go Globe Trotting

Get hold of a decent world map, or better still a globe. Ask members to find their favourite holiday destination, providing assistance as necessary.

To make this more fun, use the 'Google Earth' app to zoom in to specific places visited and share with the group.

Encourage story telling and reminiscences, of course.


1. 'Youth Hostel Association'

2. 'Tourist Information'

3. 'National Trust'

4. 'CADW'

5. Picnic area

6. Toilets

7. Beach

8. English Tourism

9. Camp site

10. 'Maplins'

11. Orca

12. Curling, bobsled, and luge. Ice hockey, speed skating and figure skating

13. 'Aurora Borealis'

14. Coral

15. Aboriginies

16. 'Colorado'

17. 'Maid Of The Mist'

18. Spain

19. Lion, Buffalo, Leopard, Elephant & Rhino

20. Model Railway

21. Agatha Christie / David Suchet & Peter Ustinov

22. Jules Verne / Phileas Fogg

23. Jonathan Swift / Lilliputians

24. HG Wells / Morlock & Eloi

25. Southampton to New York

26. Hercule Poirot / Kenneth Brannagh

27. Leslie Nielsen

28. DeLorean

29. Mykonos in Greece

30. - 'Devil WOMAN'

- 'Miss You NIGHTS'

- 'We Don't Talk ANY MORE'

- 'Living DOLL'

- 'Mistletoe And WINE'

31. Tenby / Caldey Island / Cistercian monks

32. Port Meirion / 'Prisoner'

33. 'Eden' / An abandoned China Clay Pit

34. 'London Eye' / 30 minutes

35. 'Snowdon Mountain Railway' / Ben Nevis

36. Clovelly / Donkey & Sled

37. 'Tower Of London' / 'The Crown Jewels'

38. 'Stonehenge' / Preseli Mountains in North Wales

39. 'Roman Baths' at Bath / Hot 46 degrees centigrade

40. St Michael's Mount / Mont Saint Michel

41. 874 miles (by road)

42. 'Great Wall Of China' / 13,170 miles long

43. 'Machu Pichu' / Peru

44. 'Colosseum', Rome / Gladiators

45. 'Taj Mahal' in Agra / Princess Diana

46. 'Parthenon' / Athens

47. 'Statue of Liberty', New York / She is made of copper

48. 'Eiffel Tower, Paris / 1,665 steps

49. Venice / Gondolas

50. Vatican City / Pope Francis

51. 'Familia Sagrada', Barcelona / Antoni Gaudi

52. John Denver

53. Jane McDonald

54. Judith Chalmers

55. Jill Dando & Cliff Michelmore

56. Michael Palin

57. Michael Portillo

58. Alan Whicker

59. Rick Stein

60. Simon Reeve

61. Simon Calder

62. Susan Calman

63. Paul & Art

64. West Virginia


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