Put these adventures on your bucket list

By Don Mankin
Posted on September 08, 2020

When we get back on the road after COVID-19 subsides, we’ll be “lookin’ for adventure,” as the rock band Steppenwolf put it. In anticipation of this hopefully not-too-distant day, I’ve put together a list of my favorite adventure trips for active older adults. So, if you need something to look forward to in the months or years ahead, here are a few destinations to... READ MORE

Caribbean island has unique dual culture

By Victor Block
Posted on July 31, 2020

The tiny Caribbean island of French St. Martin and Dutch Sint Maarten offers tourists a chance for a traditional sun-and-sand getaway, but its unique dual culture keeps vacationers coming back year after year. The 36-square-mile island is the smallest land mass in the world that’s shared by two nationalities. Approximately 60% of the land is part of the French Republic, while the rest... READ MORE

Drawn to Monterey’s heritage, sea life

By Glenda C. Booth
Posted on July 31, 2020

[Editor’s Note: Given the worldwide reach of the coronavirus and the fact that COVID-19 cases in California and elsewhere are still rising, this is not the time to travel there (or possibly anywhere) for enjoyment. Statewide, many parks and beaches are temporarily closed or have very limited access. Please enjoy this article as armchair entertainment and for planning your future travel ... READ MORE

Travel insurance coverage after COVID

By Ed Perkins
Posted on July 10, 2020

“I had to cancel my trip because of the virus, but my insurance wouldn’t cover my prepayment losses.”  This is a common complaint I’ve seen and heard, and I’m sympathetic to travelers who believe their insurance failed them.  That’s not exactly the case, however, and it brings up the question of just what you can expect from travel insurance now — and in the... READ MORE

Enjoy the simple life in modern Sweden

By Don Mankin
Posted on July 06, 2020

[Editor’s Note: Given the worldwide reach of the coronavirus and the fact that COVID-19 cases in Sweden and elsewhere are still rising, this is not the time to travel there, or anywhere, for enjoyment.  Please enjoy this article as armchair entertainment and for planning your future travel in healthier times.]  Sweden has been much in the news of late. First, it was teenage... READ MORE

Visiting quaint, yet grand, Rhode Island

By Ashley Stimpson
Posted on July 02, 2020

Rhode Island is easy to miss. It’s famously small, crammed tightly into the jigsaw puzzle of New England.  But travelers who seek out this tiny-but-mighty state are rewarded with quaint accommodations, uncrowded attractions and one-of-a-kind cuisine. My partner and I set out from Baltimore on a blustery fall day last year, content in the cozy silence of an Amtrak Northeast Regional ... READ MORE

Souvenirs evoke fine vacation memories

By Victor Block
Posted on June 17, 2020

My body is home these days, but my mind is roaming the globe. I’m stalking endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda, interacting with animals and people in the Amazon, and clinging to a tiny saddle on a camel strolling through the Sahara Desert.   These are among countless memories that remain alive in souvenirs brought back from the more than 70 countries, including ours, that I have... READ MORE

Nebraska, from corn fields to fine art

By Glenda C. Booth
Posted on June 05, 2020

Editor’s Note: Given the worldwide reach of the coronavirus and the fact that COVID-19 cases are still rising in Nebraska, this is not the time to travel there, or anywhere, for enjoyment.  Please enjoy this article as armchair entertainment and for planning your future travel in healthier times.  In the Cornhusker State, corn may be at almost every turn, but there’s much more... READ MORE

Likely changes to travel through 2020

By Ed Perkins
Posted on June 03, 2020

We’re getting conflicting information about the COVID-19 outlook for the rest of the year. On one side, some of the medical folks are saying that the pandemic won’t be over until 2021, and we should keep isolating for the foreseeable future. Others are saying we might have a vaccine within a few months. And some political leaders were “reopening” in May.  Don’t ask me which of ... READ MORE

The world no longer seems so accessible

By Julie Pace
Posted on May 13, 2020

For the first time in years, we’ve put our suitcases away. Flights have been canceled. The shared Google calendar where we tracked each other’s travel schedules is empty for the foreseeable future. For my husband and me, travel has been a constant of our more than decade together. Long multi-country trips with American presidents on Air Force One and weeks spent in political... READ MORE