Adventure

Let’s get going! We are a generation on the move. Whether with a group of friends, our favorite romantic, or our entire extended family, we are game to travel and explore the world. We will hone in on the options in store – from biking through Ireland, to voluntourism excursions in Belize.

Review – Red Mangrove

redmangrove.com Darwinian Galapagos Red Mangrove Galapagos Lodges was born in 2007. Hernan Rodas is the founder and general manager of Red Mangrove and Galapagos Lodges with resorts on Santa Cruz, Floreana, San Cristobal and Isabela Islands and also on Ruta del Sol along Ecuador’s Pacific Coast. After building and selling an agricultural supplies company, Rodas  read more …

Review – Adventure Collection

adventurecollection.com Dream. Explore. Adventure. Founded by respected and pioneering travel journalist, Don George, who is the Adventure Collection’s Web Editor-in-Chief, Adventure Collection is a partnership of ten of the world’s most respected and award-winning adventure travel companies. Committed to offering guests the very best adventure travel experiences, Adventure Collection’s member companies emphasize exceptional personal service  read more …

Review – Italia Outdoors

www.italiaoutdoors.com– Italiaoutdoors www.italiaoutdoorsfoodandwine.com Active lifestyle experiences planned by incredibly knowledgeable hosts. Italiaoutdoors is an owner-operated private guide service which blends top-notch, high-quality recreational biking, hiking, climbing, and skiing experiences with culinary programs that explore the history, culture, and food and wine of Northern Italy. Italiaoutdoors is co-owned by certified culinary expert Kathy Bechtel and certified  read more …

Smart Travel Tips

Doris Gallan knows travel. The 23 tips in each of the new travel booklets she has produced are designed to help you get the most out of your travel experience including staying safe, healthy and saving money. We get to take all the aggravation out of travel because of Doris’s vast experience. The tips are  read more …

Review – Crees Expeditions

www.crees-expeditions.com – Crees Expeditions Sustainability in the rainforest! CREES (Conservation, Research, & Environmental Education towards Sustainability) is a Peruvian rainforest conservation and community development nonprofit organization. Crees Expeditions believes that humans and nature can support one another through balance, respect, and innovation. They achieve this with strategic, proactive, and ecologically sound eco-tours, expeditions, and volunteering  read more …

Review – Treehotel/Brittas Pensionat

www.treehotel.se – Treehotel/Brittas Pensionat Getting up close with nature! — This site is so cool! Founded in 2010 and located in Harads, Sweden, Tree Hotel gives a whole new dimension to the term tree-huts. This new concept was based on cooperation from well-known designers and architects resulting in a unique collection of hotel rooms that reflect their  read more …

Review – Aqua Expeditions

www.aquaexpeditions.com – Aqua Expeditions Aqua Expeditions is the first adventure travel company to introduce five-star luxury cruises on the Amazon River in Peru. Launched in 2007 by founder and CEO Francesco Galli Zugaro, this Lima-based company offers expeditions to the world’s most beautiful and never seen before-regions of the Amazon River in Peru where you’ll be  read more …

Review – Pedalers Pub & Grille

www.pedalerspubandgrille.com – Pedalers Pub & Grille Cycling the roads less travelled! Since the mid 1980s, Pedalers Pub & Grille, a small boutique bike tour operator has been offering extraordinary award-winning cycling tours, holiday tours and multisport adventures in Asia, Alaska and the Pacific. Tours combine outstanding value with luxurious comfort and sustainable travel concepts are  read more …

Review – ICEHOTEL

www.icehotel.com – ICEHOTEL Feeling the heat of the dog days of summer? This might cool you down… 22 years ago, Yngve Bergqvist founded the ICEHOTEL, located in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden just 200 kilometers above the Arctic Circle. The Torne River gave Yngve his inspiration and it’s also the source of building material used in the making  read more …

Review – Epicurean Ways

www.epicureanways.com – Epicurean Ways Cultural and culinary excellence! Epicurean Ways was founded by Jane Gregg, after spending nearly two decades living and traveling in Spain. Gregg studied Spanish literature in the U.S. and at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, and worked as a Spanish professor and translator. Her interest in Spanish cuisines led to her  read more …

Review – Westervelt Company’s Poronui Lodge

www.poronui.com – Westervelt Company’s Poronui Lodge An adventure that started 26 years ago for one of us! Once upon a time, I slung a backpack on my back and headed around the South Pacific. I landed in New Zealand, after 10 days in Tahiti. Having spent most of my money sipping umbrella drinks, I decided  read more …

Review – Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort

www.fijiresort.com – Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort Eco-friendly indulgence! The highly acclaimed and award winning Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Island Resort was born out of passion for the Fijian people, their culture, and traditions. The 17 acre luxury resort resides south of the equator on the site of a former coconut plantation on the second largest  read more …

Review – Bulgari Hotels & Resorts – Bali

www.bulgarihotels.com – Bulgari Hotels & Resorts – Bali Tropical exoticism and breathtaking beauty! Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, Bali lies high atop a cliff on a secluded plateau near Uluwatu on the southern tip of the Jimbaran peninsula and provides guests with magnificent sunrise and sunset views over the Indian Ocean. By combining the sophisticated contemporary  read more …

Review – Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant

www.farmhouseinn.com – Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant The Russian River is beckoning! Originally built in the 1870’s by the Johnson family, The Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant is located in Forestville, California in the Russian River Valley Region of Sonoma County’s famed wine country.  The Giovanettis acquired 200 acres around the turn of the century and Domenic  read more …

Review – The Huka Retreats

www.hukalodge.co.nz – The Huka Retreats Elegant and generous hospitality meets sophistication and style! Huka Lodge, Taupo, New Zealand was originally built in the 1920s as a fishing lodge by Irishman and avid fly fisherman, Alan Pye, after his discovery of fabulous fly fishing on the Waikato River. Amenities were sparse with only a kitchen, dining  read more …

Review – Jalousie Plantation

www.jalousieplantation.com – Jalousie Plantation Seclusion and tranquility amid unsurpassed natural beauty! The luxury resort Jalousie Plantation, Sugar Beach on the Caribbean Island of St. Lucia is situated among the spectacular World Heritage-listed Pitons on an 18th Century sugar plantation. It features 100 acres of tropical rainforest to hike and explore, and breathtaking white sand beaches  read more …

Review – Earthwatch Institute

www.earthwatch.org – Earthwatch Institute Change the world and yourself! For 40 years, Earthwatch has protected our planet with a community of scientists, educators, students, businesspeople, and explorers including 20,000 global members, 4,000 volunteers, 50 collaborating conservation organizations, and 50 corporate partners, all working together to promote sustainable conservation of our natural resources and cultural heritage.  read more …

Review – Bardessono Resort Napa Valley

www.bardessono.com – Bardessono Resort Napa Valley Sustainable, luxurious heaven in Napa Valley! Combining luxury with environmental ethics, Bardessono located on the Bardessono family farmstead in downtown Yountville opened in February 2009. Owned and developed by Phil Sherburne, a former Seattle city planner turned conscientious developer, Sherburne utilized his philosophy – “limits, creativity, and an environmental  read more …

Review – United Planet

www.unitedplanet.org – United Planet A community beyond borders! Headquartered in Boston and founded in 2001 by David Santulli, United Planet (UP) is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to foster cross-cultural understanding, friendship, and community support to unite the world in a community beyond borders. This mission is achieved through a global network of  read more …

Review – Andes Ski Tours

www.andesskitours.com – Andes Ski Tours Time to start planning for summertime skiing in the Andes! Celebrating their 10th year, Andes Ski Tours is the premier South American ski tour operator and summer skiing specialist. Founded by Sergio Begue, Andes Ski Tours mission is to create an extraordinary experience that allows you to reconnect to body,  read more …

Review – World Wide Opportunities On Organic Farms

www.wwoof.org – World Wide Opportunities On Organic Farms Are you a WWOOFer? Starting out in England in 1971, Willing Workers on Organic Farms aka Working Weekends on Organic Farms or WWOOF is the brainchild of Sue Coppard who wanted to support the organic movement but didn’t have the means or opportunity of access to these  read more …

Review – Huvafen Fushi Luxury Resort

http://huvafenfushi.peraquum.com/ – Huvafen Fushi Luxury Resort in the Maldives Replenish, discover, and grow! Huvafen Fushi Per Aquum means “health through water.” This luxury retreat and spa is located in Male, Maldives and managed by Per Aquum Retreats, Resorts, and Residences. Per Aquum is renowned for creating bold, innovative spaces whose design and architecture are inspired  read more …

Review – Turtle Island Holidays

www.turtlefiji.com – Turtle Island Holidays Rent an island to savor the solitude! A major flame-out from a lucrative entrepreneurial career in cable television led to Richard Evanson’s  purchase of the 500-acre, barren and uninhabited island of Nanuya Levu in the Yasawa Islands of Fiji in 1972. Arriving on the island completely overrun by wild goats  read more …

Review – Biosphere Expeditions

www.biosphereexpeditions.com – Biosphere Expeditions Adventure with a conscience and sense of purpose. The term “Biosphere” was coined in 1929, and is “the part of the Earth’s surface and atmosphere occupied by living things.” The idea for Biosphere Expeditions was literally born in the shower by “uberboomer”  Dr. Matthias Hammer, a wilderness medical officer, ski instructor,  read more …

Review – Royal Gorge

www.royalgorge.com – Royal Gorge Embrace the peace and solitude of the High Sierras! Situated in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and just a short drive from Lake Tahoe, Royal Gorge is North America’s largest cross-country ski resort. With an average snowfall of 600 inches, Royal Gorge has a base elevation of 5,800 feet and high elevation  read more …

Review – Whitefish Mountain Resort

www.skiwhitefish.com – Whitefish Mountain Resort Have you seen the snow ghosts? Since 1947, Whitefish Mountain Resort has been astounding guests with jaw-dropping views of the Flathead Range and the rare North American fields of snow ghosts. Fir and pine trees encased in snow and ice are twisted into eerie, ghostly shapes by the wind and  read more …

Review – Artisans of Leisure

www.artisansofleisure.com – Artisans of Leisure International luxury travel with a cultural focus. Artisans of Leisure, a boutique tour operator, serves the needs of highly discerning travelers. They focus on tailoring the ultimate travel experience to each individual’s passions while delivering uber- service. They believe in the power of travel as a way to learn about  read more …

Review – Go Zero G

www.gozerog.com – Go Zero G Experience true weightlessness and go full throttle! Zero Gravity Corporation is a privately held space entertainment and tourism company whose mission is to make the excitement and adventure of space accessible to the public. Their weightless experience is like nothing on earth. Boomer astronaut-superhero-wannabees need to explore this unbelievable website.  read more …

Review – Oyster Worldwide

www.oysterworldwide.com – Oyster Worldwide Travel, earn, learn, and contribute! Oyster Worldwide, a gap year company, was founded by Roger Salwey in 1999 and is based in rural East Sussex. They send travelers abroad to 11 different countries through volunteer and paid placement opportunities. Oyster Worldwide commits to responsible travel that minimizes the impact on the  read more …

Review – Gorp

www.gorp.com – Gorp The great outdoors eagerly awaits your arrival. Gorp.Com is the ultimate resource for outdoor enthusiasts to plan hiking, camping, and national parks vacations worldwide by offering ideas and recommendations customized to their specific travel interest and combining a distinctive blend of expert and consumer advice. Gorp.com is part of the Away Network,  read more …

Review – Gozaic

www.gozaic.com – Gozaic Culture at your fingertips. Gozaic is an online community and destination guide for cultural and heritage travelers.   Boomers can browse locations of interest, events, read and write reviews, create photo galleries, and join “Circles.”  Heritage Travel, Inc., a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, created Gozaic. Located in Washington, DC  read more …

Review – Arctic Odysseys

www.arcticodysseys.com – Arctic Odysseys Travel to the ends of the earth! Arctic Odysseys, founded in 1976, is the pioneer of High Arctic travel featuring quality small group formats that appeal to wildlife, birding, photography, native cultures, and adventure enthusiasts. Their superior experience, unique programs, once-in-a-lifetime destinations, and 34 years of customer satisfaction keep them recognized  read more …

Review – Global Volunteer Network

www.globalvolunteernetwork.org – Global Volunteer Network Where do you want to go? Founder and Executive Director Colin Salisbury launched the Global Volunteer Network (GVN) after spending time in Ghana, West Africa as a volunteer. He recognized the need to provide “local solutions to local problems,” and his background in community development and international volunteerism enabled him to  read more …

Review – Exclusive Resorts

Exclusive Resorts   Setting the standard for luxury vacation travel. Pioneers of the destination club concept, Exclusive Resorts was founded in 2002 and has become an ideal way to travel together with family and friends. A destination club combines the privacy and spaciousness of luxury vacation homes with the services and amenities of five-star resorts.  read more …

Review – Seven Seas Charters

www.sevenseascharters.com – Seven Seas Charters Luxurious mega yachts…your dream vacation. Seven Seas Yacht Charters specializes in charter-yachts 100 feet and longer, and have several charter-brokers, who specialize in different markets. They offer accurate and up-to-date information about charter-yacht options available worldwide. Seven Seas Yacht Charters reviews every boat in every fleet worldwide until they find the  read more …

Review – Baobab Expeditions

www.baobabexpeditions.com – Baobab Expeditions Calling all 21st century explorers with a sense of adventure and love of the planet’s greatest adventure travel without frontiers… Leading adventure travel company Baobab Expeditions, offers discovery expeditions with a unique approach to exploring Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Europe, North America and South America.  For boomers and their families who believe travel  read more …

Review – Voluntourism

www.voluntourism.org – Voluntourism What Is VolunTourism? According to Voluntourism.org it is “the conscious, seamlessly integrated combination of voluntary service to a destination and the best, traditional elements of travel — arts, culture, geography, history and recreation — in that destination.” They also believe that the increase in interest in this fascinating area of travel is due to factors such  read more …

Review – Spa Finder

www.spafinder.com – Spa Finder Where do you go to find a one-stop-shop for your perfect well-being experience?  SpaFinder – the global spa and wellness resource for discerning boomers. The New York Times cites SpaFinder as a milestone in worldwide spa industry growth. Both Forbes.com and USA Today have chosen it as the best website for spa travel to locations in North  read more …

Review – Indagare

www.indagare.com – Indagare The place for passionate travelers — Indagare. After many years as a travel editor and expert, Melissa Biggs Bradley started Indagare. She foresaw “a well-curated archive of sophisticated cheat sheets, but I also had to be able to customize them. And more than that, I craved the ability to tap into a  read more …

Review – The Wayfarers

www.thewayfarers.com – The Wayfarers How do you find the soul of a country? By placing one foot in front of the other along the road less traveled… All you need is a passion for walking, a stout pair of boots and openness to adventure. The Wayfarers began group hiking in England in 1984 and they’ve  read more …

Review – Airship Ventures

www.airshipventures.com A unique perspective providing breathtaking views! Founders Brian and Alexandria Hall brought Zeppelin airships (passenger commercial airships) to America for the first time in over 70-years. Based out of Moffitt Field, CA, Airship Ventures made its maiden flight in 2008 and delivers a “WOW” experience of luxurious “flight seeing tours” of the South Bay/Silicon  read more …

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