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  • South Africa Archives
    Backroads Weekend Adventure Romantic South Africa By Donna Hull on 2012 02 14 in Africa Go Romantic getaways South Africa In romantic South Africa boomer adventure is more than wild animals and fantastic photo opportunities You ll also find a setting that will set your heart aflutter When Alan and I traveled to South Africa we discovered beds sprinkled with rose petals candles lighting the way to a romantic bath and private plunge pools Our luxurious Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Exploring South Africa With the Bug Man By Donna Hull on 2011 08 04 in Active travel Africa Bucket list trips Destinations Do Small group tours South Africa Trip Tips Lions elephants zebra and antelope lots of varieties of antelope is this what you expect to see on a photo safari in South Africa It was certainly the scenario that Alan and I had in mind when we traveled on a boomer adventure to Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge in South Africa s northwest Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Saturday s scene Going for a Walk By Donna Hull on 2011 07 09 in Active travel Africa See South Africa A red hyena walks across the grass in Madikwe Game Reserve in northwestern South Africa We had stopped for a snack of coffee with amarula and muffins boomers get hungry on early morning game drives when the hyena marched along the edge of the clearing To me there s something prehistoric about his looks Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Volunteering Your Way Through Africa By Donna Hull on 2010 07 06 in Active travel Africa Go South Africa Traveling to South Africa is one of the most meaningful baby boomer trips that Alan and I have ever taken Seeing lions guarding a kill or watching a baby elephant rush after his mama are high on our list of travel memories Of course we readily admit that the luxurious safari lodges we experienced Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Saturday s scene Nature s Optical Illusion By Donna Hull on 2010 06 12 in Active travel Africa See South Africa I photographed this zebra walking along the road at Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa The stripes reminded me that zebras truly are one of nature s optical illusions Have you been on an African safari Join the conversation at the My Itchy Travel Feet page on Facebook or send us an email to ask a Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Saturday s Scene A Close Encounter By Donna Hull on 2010 02 27 in Active travel Africa Bucket list trips Destinations See South Africa Trip Tips When the safari vehicle pulled up close to a pond in South Africa s Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve safari guests from Ivory Lodge including us reflexively covered noses and mouths to protect against the putrid smell of a rotting elephant carcass but it didn t help much The guide and tracker both calmly

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  • Boomer travel to Egypt: is it safe?
    enthusiastic and encouraging words on the country s future His final words to me We like Americans Most U S tourists traveling to Cairo stay at one of the luxury hotels along the Nile River or arrive on a mammoth day long excursion when their cruise ship docks in Port Said or Alexandria They explore the antiquity sites perhaps dine in an upscale restaurant at one of the hotels but their only interaction with the local culture is with workers in the service industry or the tout who s selling trinkets in the parking lot of the Giza pyramids My experience would be far different starting with accommodations in the Dokki section of the city AuthentiCity Travel the U S company that had invited me to join a cultural tour of Cairo houses guests at the Safir Hotel in a neighborhood that is safe for foreign visitors to explore on their own The week in Cairo began with a get acquainted tour around the neighborhood of the hotel Our local guide pointed out the 24 hour pharmacy a coffee shop with a good wireless connection and restaurants that we might be interested in trying emphasizing the neighborhood s safety and encouraging us to explore on our own Spice shop in Cairo Our group wove in and out of stores stopping to inspect bins of spices baskets of local vegetables and fresh fish resting on mounds of ice in the front window of the fish market After wandering through the narrow aisles of a local grocery store I stood in line to purchase a bottle of water for the hotel room An older gentleman turned in my direction with a sincere greeting Welcome to Egypt he said At first I was startled This experience hadn t happened to me in other countries but It wasn t the only time that I heard those friendly words while in Cairo Later in the week I joined three tour members for the 30 minute walk to dinner at The Flying Fish The biggest safety challenge for us crossing the busy Cairo streets a feat requiring careful navigational skills Discovering History Flavored With Change During my time in Cairo I saw the usual tourist highlights including the pyramid sites at Giza and Sakkara where the touts are more persistent than ever Who can blame them With tourism numbers down making a living has become even more challenging But I also had the opportunity to witness the dynamic changes of a culture in transition And given the opportunity many locals are interested in sharing their views on the events happening in their country Walking in the old Muslim Quarter of Cairo Tahrir Square the site of the 18 day revolution that began on January 25 2011 has become a sort of tourist attraction One afternoon our group met activists at a coffee shop near the square to discuss their participation in the revolution which has fueled their optimistic hopes for Egypt s future At the Egyptian

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  • Egypt Archives
    and the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities but we also met with revolutionaries at a downtown Cairo coffee shop watched locals Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure A Tale of Two Pyramids By Donna Hull on 2011 10 12 in Africa Bucket list trips Do Egypt I m the type of boomer traveler who would rather be in the scene instead of looking at it Take the Grand Canyon for instance after an hour of gazing at its grandeur the splendid panorama becomes too vast for my mind to comprehend That s why I prefer a 4 wheel drive excursion in Canyon de Chelly or Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Am I A Fit Boomer Travel Girl Well Almost By Donna Hull on 2011 10 03 in Africa Egypt Off the beaten path travel Plan After 6 weeks or so of working on my travel fitness I still can t claim the title Fit Boomer Travel Girl But they don t call me Determined Donna for nothing Using Nora Lynch s Fit Travelers Have More Fun expert guest posts on boomer travel fitness as my guide you are reading them right Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Saturday s scene The View From Al Azhar Park By Donna Hull on 2011 10 01 in Africa Egypt See On a visit to Cairo the endless energy sights and smells can become overwhelming If you have time on your boomer travel itinerary save a few hours for walking in Al Azhar Park On my visit to this green oasis in the middle of old Cairo families picnicked on the grass children scampered about and young Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Travel Dreaming Boomer Style By Donna Hull on 2011 09 27 in Africa Bucket list trips Egypt

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  • Volunteer travel in South Africa
    to see the before A South African township is a close packed slum of corrugated metal structures with little to no sanitation We were guided by a social worker that I ll call Paula who is one of the angels stepping up to save the lives of the children who have nowhere else to turn She introduced us to others mostly grandmothers who have taken these kids in and love them as their own We also visited a primary school hosted by a firecracker of a principal who reports that 60 of her kids are HIV positive These ladies are doing heroic work It s a grim scene that I m glad to have experienced first hand no matter how difficult it was to see Incidentally Paula insisted on taking us to an AIDS hospice where her 29 year old son was near the end of his life We were honored and moved to have been introduced to him Cottages at Open Arms Home for Children South Africa Open Arms Home for Children is the farthest thing from grim In 2006 Bob and Sallie Solis used their life savings to open the home providing a safe stable family environment There are currently about 40 children here and with the recent completion of a new kitchen a maximum of 70 children will soon be accommodated Open Arms is committed to raising the children to adulthood Six to eight children live in each cottage with a permanent house mother The children go to pre school on the property and attend elementary and high school in the local community Our group rolled up to a raucous welcome from the Open Arms staff and younger children with singing and dancing and hugs The kids were joyous and social clamoring to hold our hands and wanting to be picked up We expected them to need some coaxing out of their shells but there was not much shyness in evidence All this is especially impressive when you consider that each one of these children has had one or another kind of significant hardship in their young lives During our mostly unstructured visit we played with the children and did some planting in the garden My husband tinkered with the kid s bicycles You can imagine what an uphill battle it is to maintain 30 or so of these he was glad to give the staff a bit of a break I helped out photographing the dedication of the new kitchen which our Rotary Club and several others helped to fund We had movie night there and went to church with the kids ate mac and cheese and braai BBQ together handed out gifts and spent a lot time with kids in our laps There was also a chance to meet members of the local Rotary Club and visit some of their service projects including another children s home and a school for the developmentally disabled One of the unique aspects of Rotary is that there are

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  • Romantic getaways Archives
    birthday celebration for my mother in law Alan headed the car inland to the wine country of the Santa Ynez Valley near Santa Barbara and the Danish inspired town of Solvang Our accommodations at the Wine Valley Inn Cottages proved to be the perfect setting for this road trip to Solvang Situated on Copenhagen Drive Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure If Walls Could Talk Staying at Graylyn Estate By Donna Hull on 2015 02 02 in North Carolina Romantic getaways Southeast United States Arriving at Graylyn Estate is like stepping back in time to the days when tobacco reigned in Winston Salem North Carolina A butler greets me on the steps of the stone manor house that was once the home of J R Reynolds Tobacco Company Chairman Bowman Gray Sr and his wife Nathalie Lyons Gray Stepping inside I Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Relax in Luxury at Wailea Beach Villas By Donna Hull on 2014 11 15 in Destinations Hawaii North America Romantic getaways Stay Trip Tips United States West You ve just stepped off the plane at Kahului Airport on Maui You sign for the rental car and head for the villa rental in Wailea On the way you ll need to stop at the grocery store to stock up But you re oh so tired from the flight If you reserve a villa at Wailea Beach Villas through Destination Resorts Hawaii a concierge has already Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Discover a Relaxing Bed and Breakfast in the Heart of Santa Fe By Donna Hull on 2014 11 01 in Destinations New Mexico North America Romantic getaways Southwest Stay Trip Tips United States On a visit to Santa Fe New Mexico boomers will find plenty of places to stay From the luxurious Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado to the historic Santa Fe Hotel accommodations cover every taste and pocketbook But if you re looking for a bed and breakfast within walking distance of downtown Santa Fe Alan and I recommend Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Luxury in Maui at Montage Kapalua Bay By Donna Hull on 2014 10 01 in Destinations Hawaii North America Romantic getaways United States West Romantic accommodations in a quiet scenic setting with unassuming personal service is my kind of luxury travel experience And that s exactly what I found when the Maui Visitor s Bureau invited me to stay at Montage Kapalua Bay Although I ve traveled to Maui twice before this was my first time venturing to the Kapalua area What I discovered was a corner of Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Staying in an Italian Wash House in Castel di Sangro By Donna Hull on 2014 07 03 in Boomer road trips Destinations Europe Italy Romantic getaways Stay Trip Tips You ll be staying in a converted wash house but it s quite charming Claudio Fontana of A La Carte Italy Tours told us in an email discussion about

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  • Passports With Purpose: Help Us Build Libraries in Zambia
    not everyone is lucky enough to have ready access to free reading material According to Room to Read 793 million people in our world cannot read or write dooming them to a life of poverty Over 90 of of the world s illiterate population source Room to Read live in developing countries where libraries are mostly non existent Can you imagine what your life would be like if you couldn t read Literacy is the ticket to a better life And we can help This year over 100 travel bloggers are participating in Passports With Purpose to raise 80 000 to construct two libraries for the children of Zambia in partnership with Room to Read Do you remember last year when we raised 64 128 to build a village in India for the Datil people How does it work Passports with Purpose will host a drawing from Nov 30 to Dec 16 2011 Members of the travel blogging community have solicited or provided prizes with a value of 100 or more And wait till you see the assortment of prize offerings there s something for every travel interest Your job is to visit the Passports with Purpose site to browse the prizes For each 10 in donations that you make to Room to Read you will will be entered to win a prize or prizes of your choice Once again the fundraiser begins on November 30 and closes on December 16 2011 and all proceeds go directly to Room to Read for the construction of two libraries in Zambia Is My Itchy Travel Feet sponsoring a prize You betcha Alan and I are thrilled to be working again with Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North Due to their generosity My Itchy Travel Feet is offering a two night stay

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  • News Archives
    Do you have itchy travel feet for a boomer road trip Alan and I are in the midst of revising one because of a medical situation with one of our parents First it s on then it s halfway on then it s completely off sometime there are just too many choices But if we could travel anywhere in April Alan Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure News for the Week By Nicole on 2016 03 26 in News Trip Tips From Donna The terrorist bombings in Brussels have dominated this week s news And I ve seen plenty of folks in the travel industry encouraging us to travel to Europe anyway While I m all for not giving in to terrorism I also believe that you should travel within your comfort zone So if you aren t comfortable traveling Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure News for the Week By Nicole on 2016 03 19 in News Trip Tips From Donna This edition of News for the Week is going to be short and sweet I ve been sick all week and Nicole is on vacation But that doesn t mean we don t have great articles for you so read on From Nicole Nicole is taking a much needed break Actually she s visiting family in the U S Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure News for the Week By Nicole on 2016 03 12 in News Trip Tips From Donna Our extended family has experienced a couple of medical emergencies this week Watching our loved ones deal with them has reminded me of how important it is to be prepared when it comes to identification and insurance When I m hiking on an active cruise excursion or enjoying a new travel adventure I wear

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  • Zambia Archives
    The Power of Reading By Donna Hull on 2011 11 29 in Africa News Zambia Today I m asking you to reach back in your boomer memory Way back Do you recall visiting the public library as a kid I do Every other week in the summer my mother would drive me and my two sisters to Stewart Lakewood Public Library in Atlanta Georgia I can still smell the musty

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