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  • Bucket list trips Archives
    Destinations Europe Italy They say that you haven t really seen Italy until you ve seen Florence This gorgeous town is where the Renaissance period began and today Florence is very much a work of art in itself Sure it s an incredibly popular tourist area but its full on Italian splendor and sophistication will leave you breathless nonetheless Today s guest contributor Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Making Friends in Kyoto s Arashyiama Monkey Park By A Guest Writer on 2015 09 22 in Bucket list trips Although Japan is overwhelmingly brimming with spectacular sites and landmarks it s always a good idea to stop and enjoy the county s beautiful landscape especially if you can do it with some fun companions Today My Itchy Travel Feet guest writer Brette Sember shows us how to take a break from temple sightseeing in Kyoto in Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Visiting Machu Picchu in Luxurious Style By A Guest Writer on 2015 08 12 in Bucket list trips Destinations Peru South America Do you have a boomer bucket list Alan and I keep one And a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Machu Picchu is very near the top of our want to do s Today My Itchy Travel Feet guest writer Debi Lander of ByLanderSea whets our appetite for visiting this remarkable site sooner rather Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Cuba Travel Tips By A Guest Writer on 2015 06 09 in Bucket list trips Caribbean Destinations Go North America Off the beaten path travel Trip Tips Updated 01 01 2016 It seems that the travel world has been chomping at the bit to get to Cuba ever since it was announced that some travel restrictions have been lifted Indeed the mystery of this previously off the beaten path Caribbean island is incredibly intriguing Thankfully today s guest writer Kay Dougherty author of Blonde Brunette Travel shares her Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Cruising Milford Sound With Silversea Cruises By Donna Hull on 2015 03 19 in Bucket list trips Cruise excursions Destinations Do New Zealand Oceania Trip Tips Updated 01 01 2016 The steep sided cliffs of a fjord mark the entrance to Milford Sound on the West Coast of New Zealand Standing at the railing on Silver Spirit s Deck 9 Alan and I marvel as the scenery unfolds in a vertical landscape that undulates in a wave of rugged mountains Waterfalls too numerous to count tumble Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure In Defense of the Travel Bucket List By Donna Hull on 2015 01 06 in Bucket list trips Plan Trip Tips Do you keep a travel bucket list It s a controversial topic among bloggers and travel writers Naysayers point to travelers moving too quickly with the idea of checking an item off before rushing to the next destination on the list They claim it leads to shallow travel experiences that don t

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  • Destinations Archives - Page 74 of 74
    United States Updated 4 20 2016 Baby boomer photographers have you considered a photography workshop vacation If you re a landscape enthusiast workshops provide instruction while introducing you to choice photo locations the right spot at the right time of day Many workshops allow the spouse to come along for a minimal charge When Alan signed up for Jim Altengarten s Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Dining the lazy way at Kiawah Island By Donna Hull on 2008 05 28 in Dine North America South Carolina Southeast United States Alan and I were too busy resting and relaxing to care much about dining out during our Kiawah Island vacation Our condo s kitchen came fully equipped but this baby boomer traveler had no intention of cooking on her vacation We found the answer to our dining dilemma at Newton Farms located in Freshfields Village just outside Kiawah s Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Baby boomer adventures on Kiawah Island By Donna Hull on 2008 05 22 in Active travel Destinations Do North America South Carolina Southeast United States Updated 03 01 2013 Spring break isn t limited to the college crowd or family travel Boomers need a spring break too For Alan and me that means finding baby boomer adventures on Kiawah Island in South Carolina Sure there s bike riding and beach walks but you ll find many other active travel choices to fill the time At Night Heron Park Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Researching vacation rentals over the internet By Donna Hull on 2008 05 15 in North America South Carolina Southeast Stay To find vacation rentals on the internet baby boomers put on your detective hat But before morphing into Sherlock Holmes make a list of what s important to

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  • Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda
    headquarters for our briefing and assignment to a trekking group There are currently ten families of gorillas that you can visit found at varying distances from the beginning of your trek Each human group is limited to a maximum of 8 people plus a gorilla guide lead tracker and porters available for hire A separate group of trackers go up early in the morning to locate the families and radio back to the guides at the park headquarters who then divide trekkers into groups You can specify how long you want to hike although that may change as the gorillas move around during the day Once you reach the gorillas you spend one hour with them and then hike back down During the briefing we learned a bit about the family we would visit what to expect and the do s and don ts Then we drove 20 minutes to the starting point of our assigned trek Our hike began through farm fields after 20 minutes we reached the park boundary where we passed through a high stone wall and then inched our way across a bamboo bridge over a deep ditch constructed to keep the animals away from the farms We entered a thick bamboo forest and began the climb first gradually and then at more of an incline dodging stinging nettle bushes and a couple of colonies of fire ants It was quite slippery and steep in some places but the porters were always there to grab your hand anticipating just when you needed help After two hours of hiking we reached the Sabyinyo family of gorillas At this point the porters took our backpacks water bottles and hiking sticks before we continued further This family has 16 members including the largest and oldest silverback of all the groups plus two additional silverbacks sons of the patriarch When we reached the first gorilla 3 silverback he was eating bamboo leaves and seemed to pose for a while and then literally motioned us to follow him as he pulled branches and brush out of the way He paused in a clearing to munch on thistles and then sauntered within a foot of our group We followed him higher up to join the rest of the group and then spent our hour observing the interactions of the group including a mom and baby rolling around tickling and smiling at each other The baby was quite curious he approached a few of us and even tried to untie my shoelaces One of the females Karema was quite flirtatious continually smiling at us Another pair engaged in grooming and one nicknamed the bodyguard kept watch over everyone while the patriarch Guhonda remained at a bit of a distance It was a magical experience and all to soon we had to leave our new found friends Although park regulations state that you need to be 20 feet from them we were quite close just a few feet from them most of the time

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  • Plan Archives
    ve always thought that heading south for the winter is one smart move Although I do enjoy a bit of cold weather adventure I ll always shoot for a warm destination if given the choice With winter in full effect February is a great month to escape to a warm destination filled with endless options for Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Top Five Travel Bucket List Apps By Nicole on 2016 01 07 in Plan Trip Tips Nothing says Happy New Year like creating a new travel Bucket List filled with all of your dream destinations Whether you d like to explore around your own area or jet off to the most off the beaten path location you can find making and fulfilling personalized travel to do lists can really be a fun experience To do more Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure 5 Items I m Adding to My Travel Gear By Donna Hull on 2015 12 12 in Boomer travel tips Plan Trip Tips How long has it been since you ve evaluated the items that consistently go in your carryon replacing outdated products in favor of smart new travel gear I ve made some adjustments this year Some of the products are new to the market while others have been around awhile I just took my time adapting to them If you re Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Top Five Travel Tips Apps By Nicole on 2015 12 01 in Plan Trip Tips Travel is so accessible these days that anyone with a love of adventure can see the world on their terms Even staying near home offers up all types of road trip options romantic getaways and of course our favorite way to travel off the beaten path exploration No matter

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  • Rwanda Archives
    Rwanda By A Guest Writer on 2014 07 10 in Active travel Africa Plan Rwanda Trip Tips Updated 01 01 2016 Have you ever dreamed of living out a scene from the movie Gorillas in the Midst while traveling through Africa Through gorilla trekking tours travelers can have close encounters with gorillas in their natural habitat but it does take some careful planning Today s guest poster Leslie Burnside tells

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  • Elephant roams a grassy hillside at Madikwe Game Reserve
    drive in Madikwe Game Reserve South Africa our ranger Jaco stopped at a hillside to point out an elderly male elephant with a bedraggled ear and one broken tusk roaming in solitude He looked tired and lonely Was this grassy hillside near the Botswana border the equivalent of an elephant retirement home Did this prove that elephants really do separate themselves from the herd when it s time to pass on Had he come here to die in the Madikwe equivalent of an elephant s graveyard A safari is an opportunity to observe wild animals in their environment The pace alternates between sitting patiently waiting for something to happen and a frenzied rush to reach a special sighting radioed in by another ranger In this case we simply sat and watched an elderly elephant moving slowly through the grass waiting for the end Thinking about planning an African safari Check out all the information on our complete Safari Page as well as collection of South African Wildlife Photos both great resources for active boomer travels in Africa Alan and I look at the natural world much differently since our South African experience No wonder it s a at the top of many travel bucket lists Have you traveled on a safari Join the conversation at the My Itchy Travel Feet page on Facebook or send us an email to ask a question or share your experience You may also like to read News for the Week Bracelets That Look Good and Give Back Discover Waterton Lakes with the Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies News for the Week Sunrise on Maui s Haleakala National Park About Donna Hull A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring the world one activity at a time Besides writing and publishing My Itchy

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  • See Archives
    Tips United States West When Alan and I planned our Alaska Highway road trip we weren t thinking about fall color But that s exactly what we found in the first week of September while driving the Glenn Highway also known as the Tok Cutoff The paved road travels 328 scenic miles between Tok and Anchorage And the portion of the highway Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Saturday s scene Dancing With Water By Donna Hull on 2014 06 07 in Asia China Destinations See Small group tours Trip Tips Magnificent Astounding Spectacular None of these adjectives come close to describing Impression West Lake in Hangzhou China Performers dance on stages that are set 3 cm into the Yuehu Lake a natural part of West Lake as they portray the Han folk story of Lady White Snake and Xu Xian A dazzling light display turns the lake s natural surroundings Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Top Four Madrid Parks Guaranteed to Ease Your Spring Fever By Nicole on 2014 03 20 in Active travel Destinations Europe See Spain Trip Tips Although some may have you believe that Paris in springtime is the only place to be this adopted Madrileño will always opt for a Spanish springtime Of course it s undeniable that the French capital comes alive during the spring but there s just something about a blooming Madrid this time of year that warms the heart Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Scenes From the Sea Crossing the Atlantic Week 3 By Donna Hull on 2014 02 22 in Bermuda Cruise excursions Destinations Luxury cruise reviews North America See Trip Tips During week 3 of our Atlantic crossing aboard Silver Spirit we departed Funchal and headed across the ocean to Bermuda and eventually Ft Lauderdale Crossing the Atlantic Week 3 is all about the luxury of six days at sea With beautiful weather for most of the crossing we opted for breakfast on the back deck Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Scenes from the Sea Crossing the Atlantic Week 2 By Donna Hull on 2013 11 23 in Destinations Europe Luxury cruise reviews Madeira See Spain Trip Tips The second week of cruising from Rome to Ft Lauderdale has been mostly about Spain as we cruise from Barcelona to Funchal Maderia and beyond Ports several of them are repeats for us have included Valencia Cartagena Malaga Gibraltar and Funchal Sail along with us in this photo essay of highlights from crossing the Atlantic Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Scenes from the Sea Crossing the Atlantic Week 1 By Donna Hull on 2013 11 15 in Cruise excursions Destinations Europe France Italy Luxury cruise reviews See Spain Trip Tips After 12 days touring Southern Italy Alan and I have boarded the Silversea ship Silver Spirit for our ride back to the U S On this first week s segment we re exploring Mediterranean ports from Rome to Barcelona We hope you

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  • Small group tours Archives
    Small group tours Trip Tips United States Updated 04 01 2016 Are you looking for a moderately easy hike in Glacier National Park Not all boomer travelers are ready for a vigorous backcountry experience in Montana s wilderness If moderately easy is more your style Avalanche Lake Trail is for you As soon as your vehicle passes through the west entrance of the park head Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Saturday s scene waiting for the end By Donna Hull on 2013 04 13 in Africa Bucket list trips Destinations See Small group tours South Africa Trip Tips On a morning game drive in Madikwe Game Reserve South Africa our ranger Jaco stopped at a hillside to point out an elderly male elephant with a bedraggled ear and one broken tusk roaming in solitude He looked tired and lonely Was this grassy hillside near the Botswana border the equivalent of an elephant retirement home Did Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Hiking to Bullhead Lake with Road Scholar By Donna Hull on 2012 10 24 in Active travel Destinations Do Montana National Park adventures North America Small group tours United States West Updated 06 01 2015 If I had to choose one favorite trail experience in Glacier National Park hiking to Bullhead Lake would be it In this boomer traveler s opinion you ll find all the elements for a good hike alpine scenery excellent wildlife watching and little elevation gain When Alan and I experienced hiking to Bullhead Lake with a Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Road Scholar hike to Hidden Lake Overlook in Glacier National Park By Donna Hull on 2012 09 14 in Do Montana National Park adventures North America Small group tours United States West On the last day in Glacier National Park our Road Scholar group hiked to Hidden Lake Overlook The 3 mile round trip journey traveled uphill from the Logan Pass Visitor Center crossing alpine tundra where a few summer wildflowers waved their yellow and pink blooms in a blustery wind No matter which way we looked mountain peaks provided tempting Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure We saw a moose on our Road Scholar hike in Glacier National Park By Donna Hull on 2012 09 13 in Montana National Park adventures North America Small group tours United States West On the fifth day of our Road Scholar Glacier National Park hiking program Alan and I hiked to Bullhead Lake with the fast hiking group The trail leading from Swiftcurrent Motor Lodge had so many high points that it s hard to pick a photo of the day Glacial colored lakes towering mountains and alpine meadows Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Stopping for lunch at Grinnell Lake By Donna Hull on 2012 09 12 in Do Montana National Park adventures North America Small group tours United States West On our fourth day of the Road Scholar Glacier National Park hiking program I just knew that

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