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  • Asia Archives - Page 5 of 5
    Adventure Cruising from Vancouver to Singapore By Donna Hull on 2009 09 09 in Asia Canada Do Go Luxury cruise reviews North America Plan Singapore Baby boomer travelers want to keep up with us while Alan and I sail on a 52 day cruise aboard the Regent Seven Seas Mariner I know you ll be curious about our ports of call which include Alaska Siberia Japan S Korea China Hong Kong Viet Nam Thailand and Singapore Starting the week of September 14 Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Pearls of the Pacific By Donna Hull on 2008 11 18 in Bali Boomer road trips Do Europe French Polynesia Go While I m in South Africa here s a look back at my favorite experiences in the Pacific that I ve written about at My Itchy Travel Feet My entry on paddling hiking and zipping through Kauai received the most posts in the Pacific collection of posts Do you remember the catamaran excursion we took Learning to paint Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Learning to paint in Kota Kinabalu By Donna Hull on 2008 10 30 in Asia Cruise excursions Do Go Malaysia Kota Kinabalu Come on say it out loud Don t you just love the way the exotic sounding name trips off your tongue Kota Kinabalu is a city in Sabah on the island of Borneo in Malaysia Alan and I visited the area on a Regent cruise when we sailed from Sydney Australia to Hong Kong Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Where s the most exotic place you ve visited By Donna Hull on 2008 08 01 in Asia Bali Cruise excursions Do Indonesia When people ask me this question I don t even have to think My answer Bali The experience reigns

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  • New Zealand Archives
    to count tumble Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Saturday s scene Fox s Ice By Donna Hull on 2012 11 17 in Boomer road trips New Zealand Oceania See While exploring Fox Glacier I got up close and personal by using the 18x zoom on my Panasonic Lumix camera Don t you think my advanced point and shoot camera did a fine job of caputring the blue colors of the glacier including those pointy tips of ice Alan and I visited Franz Josef and Fox Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Saturday s scene the beautiful Matukituki By Donna Hull on 2012 08 31 in Boomer road trips New Zealand Oceania See Is a jet boat ride part of your boomer travel memories Was it all about the thrills of spinning to a complete stop in the middle of a shallow river or darting here and there as the captain chose the best line When Alan and I experienced a jet boat tour with Wanaka River Journeys Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Saturday s scene recycled in Nelson By Donna Hull on 2012 03 17 in Active travel New Zealand Oceania See During a guided road trip in New Zealand Robert Panzer of Tailored Travel offered to drive by his Nelson farm on the way to an Abel Tasman hike Alan and I eagerly said yes For us one of the joys of boomer travel is going local And stopping by Robert s farm was as local as Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Saturday s scene Guarding Monroe Beach By Donna Hull on 2011 03 26 in Active travel New Zealand Oceania See Baby boomer travelers will find that Monroe Beach is the prize at the end of a 45 minute rainforest walk on the west coast of New Zealand As you emerge from the forest s green coolness large rock formations seem to stand guard over a pristine beach littered with driftwood On our South Island New Zeland road Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Hope Villa A Romantic Haven Near Christchurch By A Guest Writer on 2011 03 22 in New Zealand Oceania Romantic getaways Stay Blog 4 New Zealand blog4nz is an effort by the world travel blogging community to remind you that New Zealand is open for business despite last month s earthquake in Christchurch In the final post of our series celebrating New Zealand tourism journalist Kip Brook from Word of Mouth NZ introduces baby boomer travelers to romantic Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Day tripping Through New Zealand s Glacier Country By Donna Hull on 2011 03 21 in Active travel Boomer road trips Destinations Do New Zealand Oceania Trip Tips Updated 02 01 2016 For a close up glacier experience nothing beats the convenience of Franz Josef and Fox Glacier on the South Island of New Zealand You don t have to board a ship for a long cruise to the glacier s

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  • Cruising Milford Sound with Silversea Cruises
    to guests who line the rails of the outside decks as they view the grand spectacle that s a part of Fiordland National Park Everyone guests staff and crew commemorate the once in a lifetime experience with plenty of photo taking accompanied by oohs and ahhs A small tour boat gets up closer and personal with a waterfall Rounding a curve in the fjord we see a small tour boat maneuvering as closely as possible to a large waterfall The tourists onboard are immersed in the mist as the water crashes thunderously into the fjord Waterfalls are too numerous to count Milford Sound has two waterfalls that flow year round Lady Bowen Falls and Stirling Falls But after a heavy rain hundreds of temporary waterfalls cascade down the sides of the fjord some dropping as much as 1 000 meters into the sea while others disappear into the wind before reaching the sound Silver Spirit spends the afternoon majestically cruising up the fjord before reaching the turn around point From the rail I see small planes take off from an airstrip And there s a lodge for overnight guests who ve motored by car or bus along scenic State Highway 94 from Te Anu Other guests arrive after a four day walk on the Milford Track one of the world s most famous hikes Although we only spot one seal penguins dolphins and whales also frequent Milford Sound Those arriving on a land trip have the opportunity to visit the Milford Deep Underwater Observatory at Harrison Cove to see anemones 11 legged sea stars and black coral A dramatic goodbye from Milford Sound The return trip back down the fjord offers a new perspective of Milford Sound once the playground of the Maori and home to Te Wahipounamu World Heritage

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  • Cruising the South Pacific with Silversea
    is a Silversea Cruises Grand Voyage known as Southern Cross 2015 And this Grand Voyage starts out in style with a gala event and night s stay at the Montage Beverly Hills Ooh la la Do you remember how much I loved the Montage Kapalua Bay What do you think of our itinerary that includes 64 days and 29 ports Los Angeles Marquesas Islands Nuka Hiva French Polynesia Rangiroa Moorea Papeete Bora Bora Cook Islands Rarotonga New Zealand Bay of Islands Auckland Tauranga Napier Picton Akaroa Dunedin Stewart Island Milford Sound Dusky Sound Australia Melbourne Tasmania Burnie and Hobart Sydney Brisbane New Caledonia Noumea Lifou Vanuatu Villa Fiji Lautoka Savusavu Samoa Islands Apia Kiribatu Fanning Island Hawaii Kaui Oahu Maui and the Big Island Los Angeles By now you d think that we would have visited any South Pacific port worth seeing But one reason Alan and I chose this itinerary are the new to us ports including Tasmania and most of the New Zealand ones We ll also be checking items off our boomer bucket list on visits to Milford and Dusky Sounds and Tasmania Alan and I are also looking forward to relaxing days at sea some spa time and the guest lecturers onboard not to mention those 11 formal nights Yes we like to get dressed up and dance the night away Would you like to follow along We ll be posting real time photos and reports on the My Itchy Travel Feet page on Facebook Instagram and Twitter Be sure to look fro the hashtag southerncross2015 And of course there will be articles about our trip published here at My Itchy Travel Feet as time and Internet allow Just so you know this grand voyage is on our own dime although Silversea has kindly offered some

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  • Tips for visiting the Kimberley Region of Australia
    its huge cattle stations which often cover more than one million acres I was also really surprised to see so much more than just outback scrub there are towering gorges spinifex plains Boab trees ancient rock formations reefs dating back 350 million years and huge waterfalls often approached through a landscape of ferns and palms that s almost tropical My trip to the Kimberley was with a tour company that took guests on a well organized 12 day adventure along the Gibb River Road and the Great Northern Highway in a return loop from Broome to Kununurra I enjoyed not only the social aspect of traveling with others 16 of us on the bus but also having an experienced driver who was knowledgeable about the area The unsealed Gibb River Road is considered one of the last adventure routes in Australia and it offers over 600 kms of dusty road with many creeks and water crossings to be navigated It was originally constructed for road trains transporting cattle from isolated stations to the northern ports of Derby and Wyndham Although guided tours in the Kimberley Region can be expensive there are reasonably priced glamping trips geared for people of a certain age rather than backpackers and they re a little less rugged than you d expect of a traditional overland adventure Even so we camped under the stars walked through ancient land formations watched a cattle muster swam in crystal clear natural pools and listened to our tour guide play the haunting Aboriginal instrument the Didgeridoo around camp fires at night With no cell phone reception for most of the time we could easily pretend that the world didn t exist Some of the impressive gorges with their soaring cliffs palm trees and waterfalls are accessed from the legendary Gibb River Road and although I d like to mention them all I m going to limit myself to just three gorges which took my breath away Windjana Gorge Windjana Gorge is about 250 million years old and about 3 5 km long The sheer size of it and the colors of the cliffs are amazing but the deep pool of water formed by the Lennard River isn t safe for a cooling swim because it s full of fresh water crocodiles which you may not see immediately but which certainly have their eyes on you Mannings Gorge To get to Mannings Gorge you have to swim across a river and then walk But it s worth it because the beautiful pool and thundering waterfall are great to swim in and under Cathedral Gorge Just GORGEous isn t it Cathedral Gorge Cathedral Gorge is is situated in the 360 million years old Bungle Bungle Range in the Purnululu National Park The huge cave is like a natural amphitheater with great acoustics and a reverential feel Despite being so ancient the big mushroom shaped Bungle Bungles were only opened as a tourist destination in 1983 Tips for Travel to the Kimberley Region

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  • Australia Archives
    New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Saturday s scene Royal Botanic Garden Sydney By Donna Hull on 2012 04 14 in Active travel Australia Oceania See Alan and I discovered this statue in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney after taking the short walk from our accommodations at the Four Seasons Hotel The gardens are like a green oasis in the lively Australian city and a delightful way to spend a morning or afternoon Did you know that the Royal Botanic Garden Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure The luxury of convenience at Four Seasons Hotel Sydney By Donna Hull on 2012 03 15 in Australia Oceania Romantic getaways Stay A luxury experience at Four Seasons Hotel Sydney is a given After all the Four Seasons brand is one of the most luxurious hotel chains in the travel industry What else would a boomer traveler expect When Alan and I stayed in this elegant high rise hotel before our Seabourn Odyssey cruise through the South Pacific Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Saturday s scene Sleeping Beauty By Donna Hull on 2012 03 03 in Active travel Australia Oceania See This koala in Brisbane Australia looks so cute and cuddly but beware of those claws Alan and I visited this sleeping beauty at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane Australia as part of a Seabourn Odyssey cruise excursion The lethargic marsupials they sleep as much as 19 hours a day made excellent photographic subjects No worries Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Saturday s scene beyond Sydney By Donna Hull on 2012 02 03 in Australia Bucket list trips Go Oceania South Pacific A Sydney to Los Angeles cruise is next on our boomer travel schedule Alan and I are boomers who can t get enough of small

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  • Photograph of Fox Glacier, New Zealand
    a fine job of caputring the blue colors of the glacier including those pointy tips of ice Alan and I visited Franz Josef and Fox Glacier on a guided road trip down the West Coast of New Zealand s South Island with Robert Panzer of Tailored Travel Although the Fox Glacier Valley Walk is an easy hike the path is much steeper than the approach to Franz Joseph The trail travels along a low ridge which hugs a riverbed that s littered with boulders from the glacier s retreat Unfortunately since the ice takes a sharp dogleg to the right the upper reaches of Fox Glacier are difficult to see Perhaps it was the v shaped valley or the low coulds but we really felt the cold during our visit in New Zealand s late spring season Alan and I didn t let that stops us from photographing away when the trail ended directly in front of the glacier s terminus By the time we finished the photo session our hands were red and cold but the photographs we captured made the frigid journey worth it Have you visited Fox Glacier Join the conversation at the My Itchy Travel Feet page on Facebook or send us an email with your comments or questions Disclosure I have included a link to the Panasonic Lumix camera for your convenience However My Itchy Travel Feet does receive a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you You may also like to read On Our Own in Cartagena Spain A Glimpse of Modern Portugal in Medieval Guimaraes If You Only Have One Day in Key West Seeing the Light in Antarctica Riding South Dakota s Badlands About Donna Hull A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring the world one

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  • Beautiful Matukituki River jet boat ride in Wanaka, New Zealand
    line When Alan and I experienced a jet boat tour with Wanaka River Journeys in Wanaka New Zealand we discovered that jaw dropping scenery was part of the package As our jet boat skimmed its way up the Matukituki River threading a path up the braided river the mountains seemed to fold onto one another revealing one beautiful scene after another We couldn t click off the photos fast enough It s one of our favorite New Zealand road trip memories Have you experienced a jet boat ride on the beautiful Matukituki River or in another part of the world Join the conversation at the My Itchy Travel Feet page on Facebook or send us an email with your comments or questions You ll find an entire section on our New Zealand road trip down the West Coast of the South Island in My Itchy Travel Feet Breathtaking Adventure Vacation Ideas available at the Amazon store You may also like to read If You Only Have One Day in Key West Seeing the Light in Antarctica Riding South Dakota s Badlands Cruising to El Brujo Glacier Harley Adventures through North Carolina s Gorgeous Outer Banks About Donna Hull A boomer

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