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Cultural Travel and a Creating a New Life

I love stories about people changing their lives, along with their work, their vision and totally re-inventing themselves. Cultural travel and creating a new life can be as simple as opening your perspective by traveling to a place you have never been to. There are many seniors, however, who are totally re creating a new way of life for themselves by learning new skills, and developing their entrepreneurial interests.  When you are passionate about travel, culture, and exploring new things, it is so exciting to create a new life combining all of those things that bring you joy. Life is like a theater with several acts, and it is up to us to change the act each time the curtain closes. There is a new way  that people are choosing to retire. Rather than sitting in front of a TV, people are learning new skills, going back to school, and traveling the world to learn about cultures. There is a great article about some of these people who have taken the reigns and moved into the second act of their life with passion and with courage. This article, by Kristi Essick presents four extraordinary people who are creating a new second act. Here is an excerpt about Debra Gelb, former executive from Starbucks who is re-inventing her life:

She approached a friend about starting a retail jewelry business, something that would combine her main interests—travel, design, jewelry, meeting new people, nonprofit work—into one company.

The result is Zavida Gemstones, a socially responsible business that buys and sells stones and handmade jewelry from countries such as India, Bangladesh, Thailand, Mexico, Indonesia and Ecuador, and returns 25% of its earnings to nonprofit groups. One of those is the Khamir Craft Resource Center, an organization in India that helps artisans in the Gujarat region create sustainable businesses.

Re-inventing your life- cultural travel

Re-inventing your life- cultural travel

Cultural travel can be combined with creating a new life in so many ways. There are many elders who are choosing to learn a new skill or craft in another country. Learning how to write, or paint, and combining the interest with travel to another country is becoming increasingly more popular. What about you? Are you ready to do some traveling and create a second life? Read the entire article here.

 

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Speed, Phones and Booking Senior Travel

Speed has become one of the most important aspects of communication today. Now, with everything moving to mobile technology, and phones, speed and mobile friendly sites that load fast are essential. Why? Because speed, phones and booking senior travel needs to be efficient and easy. Have you ever gone to a website, and waited and waited for the thing to load? Or perhaps you land on a video that spends 10 minutes buffering. Frustrating, eh? Well, travel companies are onto the mobile technology issue. Nancy Trejos for USA Today writes:

•Airlines rounding out the top 10 in mobile site performance were Delta Air Lines, AirTran Airways (which is merging with Southwest Airlines) and American Airlines. All had response times below seven seconds. Of the 26 travel companies ranked, Southwest landed in the No. 24 spot.

•The top hotel mobile site belonged to Best Western Hotels with an average response time of 4.954 seconds. InterContinental Hotels Group had the lowest-ranked site, with an average time of 9.728 seconds.

 

Speed, phones and booking senior travel is a tightly woven web…..the world wide web. Travel sites that offer speed and efficiency when booking, will win the prize for all travelers. Go and read the full article in USA Today here.

 

 

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Cultural Travel to Museums Anywhere without a Visa

For people who have grown up with the internet, iphones, and other i stuff, the idea of virtual travel is no big deal. But for those of us with some time on our sides, (55 and blooming), the idea of visiting a museum around the world without getting on a plane is relatively new. Lets be honest, real is real, and there is no substitute for real travel, and real experience. But I’ll have to say that technology is getting pretty close to a real experience. Cultural travel to museums, anywhere without a visa, is becoming more and more popular, especially with the boomers. Is an online experience of a museum equal with a real experience? Hardly. But if your access to other cultures is limited due to a limitation in travel, then DO NOT consider yourself confined.  Google art project’s virtual tours are what I am talking about.

Google, the company that has already made it possible to explore our planet from above and discover cities street-by-street, has announced a global expansion of its Art Project site, which allows users to go on a cultural grand tour without ever leaving their computer.

The site, which launched in February last year with just 1000 works of art after being thought up by four UK-based engineers, has signed partnership deals with 151 new cultural locations across 40 countries. British institutions including the Victoria & Albert Museum and the National Galleries of Scotland are among those that will now allow Google to photograph their collections, bringing the number of works on the site to 30,000.

Victoria and Albert Museum- Mosiacs

Victoria and Albert Museum- Mosiacs

 

If you have not visited the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, well, let me just say that you could spend years exploring it’s contents. And now, you can go there with a touch of the mouse. That’s not to say that the experience will be the same. But what this new connection renders, is a unique way for the senior traveler to witness artifacts, places, and museums that were otherwise inaccessible. A trip without a plane ticket, so to speak. This technology which bridges cultural places, museums, and other phenomenon, will become more and more accessible as technology increases it’s span of cultures, and information on the web.

 

Cultural travel to museums anywhere, without a visa, is now a reality. Go here to see what virtual museums are all about.

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Senior Travel to the City of Music

Its time to pack your bags for senior travel to the city of music. Where is the city of music? Vienna, Austria is called the city of music because it is home to a legacy of music that will inspire you to the heavens. As an example, the Vienna Boys Choir is one of the finest Boys Choirs in the world. I could listen to them all day. Vienna is also called the city of dreams because it was the home of Sigmund Freud, who was famous for the interpretation of dreams and psychoanalysis of dreams.Vienna city center is considered a UNESCO World Heritage site, and is full of cultural wonders for senior travel. Just listen to the Vienna Boys Choir on Utube below. It takes a few moments for it to load, but what a treat!!

 

 

 

Opera House Vienna

Opera House Vienna

 

Museum of Applied Arts Vienna

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You can hear the Boys Choirs Choir at the Imperial Palace:

Vienna: Queue up at the Imperial Palace’s Hofburg Chapel Sunday mornings to hear the Vienna Boys’ Choir(standing room free). And in April, May, June, and September, the Vienna State Opera screens live performances on a giant LED screen in the opera house square.

 

Senior travel is an experience that is amplified by inspiring music and culture. For your next trip, why not try senior travel to the city of music and dreams? Don’t just dream about it, make your plans today. There are lots of special airfares and cruises that can transport you to the city of music. Read a bit more here about Vienna. You may also wish to read about European travel here.

 

 

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Senior Travel to Bhutan, the Last Frontier

There are few places left in the world that are still frontiers in the sense of offering an exclusive glimpse into culture. Senior travel to Bhutan, the last frontier is possible. Seniors are undervalued in the west. But in some cultures in the east such as Bhutan, Indonesia, parts of India, Japan, people are honored for their wisdom and time on the earth.  Bhutan opened its arms to the world a mere 24 years ago when the country first allowed outsiders to visit. In 1999, Bhutan became the last country in the world to introduce television and the internet. There are five distinct seasons in Bhutan, and the climate varies from sub tropical in the south, to polar in the northern parts.

Central Bhutan

Central Bhutan

 

Senior travel to Bhutan, the last frontier, is a place that is rather challenging to get to, however don’t let this deter you from making those plans to travel there. In an article in the Huffington Post,

The country of Bhutan is a hard place to visit — and not just because the land-locked nation is high in the Himalayas, hidden between India and China, east of Nepal.

The government puts a cap on the number of visas it will dole out to visitors annually, and in 2010, fewer than 29,000 tourists made it into the country. A government-mandated “tariff,” or amount visitors are required to spend daily, discourages independent tourism. Currently visitors must spend $250 a day for the high-season months of March, April and May; almost all visitors book a package tour that complies with the rules.

So it’s rare to get a look at the country off the beaten path, though a few foreign news sources have published stories about the country recently, including a look at Bhutan’s festivals, its luxury hotels and its incredible (and under-appreciated) hikes.

 

An image tells the story far better than words. Senior travel to Bhutan, the last frontier, can be witnessed in these wonderful images taken by Hadeel Halim. You can read more about Bhutan here.

 

 

 

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Cross Cultural Travel- Solution to Empowerment

     I’ve been a traveler all of my life. Cross cultural travel has been one of the riches of empowerment as a woman, as a creator, and as a writer. Participating in cross cultural travel as a volunteer, opens a portal into one’s gifts and talents. When you share your gifts with the world in a cross cultural experience, you are irrevocably changed for the remainder of your life. After all, life is composed of moments that we either remember, or not. What moments do you remember? The moments that remain in our memory, the important moments, the significant moments, are the real wealth of our lives. These moments empower us and help us to rise to a more empowered sense of being. These moments may happen in nature, or with cultural exchange and travel, or they may be the simplist moments of preparing and cooking a wonderful meal for the one’es that you love.  The impact of cross cultural travel and volunteering, crosses the age boundary and empowers elders to give back, and to receive the bounty that come through sharing one’s gifts. All too often in our culture, seniors feel left behind in our fast moving, technologically advancing society that we are all a part of today. Yet, there is a world of cultures that consider seniors wise and valued because of their life experiences. Here is what Marge Rubin has to say about Elders sharing their gifts in a cross cultural exchange.

All too often in our culture, seniors feel left behind in the always technologically advancing society that is the U.S. today. Yet, there is a world of cultures that consider seniors wise and valued because of their life experiences.

My mother was a farm wife all her life. She raised her children, cared for her home and worked a farm from age 18 to age 80. She never traveled nor ever dreamed it was possible to do so…….

 

 

Cross cultural travel as an an empowering solution to being older can transform a person’s life.  There are numerous programs that one can participate in that are active, participatory, experiential for cultural members and guests that give and recieve within cultures. Empower youself, no matter how old you are. It will be one of those moments that you will always remember. Read the full article about cross cultural travel and the impact on empowering elders here.

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Senior Travel for Global Competition

It is rare to find a competition that engages a number one passion for many seniors. The passion is Travel. Senior travel for a global competition using one’s life experience and expertise is the kind of stuff dreams are made of. I love inspiring stories of companies and people thinking creatively. One such company is called, A Smaller Earth. Here’s what they did to inspire greatness. Chris Arnold, the CEO, designed a global competition called “Your Big Year.” The name of the competition is important because the winner receives a whole year of travel to five continents to meet with world leaders. Now isn’t that inspiring? The mission of this creative company is to positively impact 20 million people by 2020. Their website offers opportunities to volunteer, travel, and do things around the world that really impact people. The present competition, “Your Big Year,” is about to name a winner. The competition is global.Smaller Earth offers handpicked, meaningful opportunities  around the globe, making some of the worlds most stunning and remote locations accessible to all. Chris Arnold says:

5 Continents

5 Continents

“If you think you can make a positive impact in business or media or culture or politics or anything without having an appreciation for the other parts of the world, then you’re absolutely wrong,” Arnold said. “You need to travel. You need to go live and work and volunteer in other countries.”

Why not get involved in senior travel for global competition? Think of all of your life experiences that could be utilized in projects in other countries. I once won a trip anywhere in the world that was on Eastern Airline’s route. I thought I had won the lottery. I traveled to 6 different destinations that were on Eastern Airline’s map.  My advice is to get up, get going, and make a difference in the world. Get involved. Positively impact someone’s life by volunteering. Find out how to do it here. You can also read more about “Your Big Year” here in this article.

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Senior Travel Tours for Single Seniors

Senior travel does not have to be limited to day trips to local places. Senior travel tours for single seniors can be anywhere in 150 countries around the world with other seniors who are also single. In fact, it can be a great way to make new friends and learn something along the way.  Since 1975, a non profit group called road scholar has been providing educational tours in all of the 50 states and in 150 countries. Being single as a senior is sometimes difficult when trying to meet new people. This is why tours that are specifically geared to single seniors can really be great. Just read Road Scholar’s mission statement:

 

Moray, an Incan site of circular agricultural terraces

Moray, an Incan site of circular agricultural terraces

Not-for-profit Road Scholar inspires adults to learn, discover and travel. Our learning adventures engage expert instructors, provide extraordinary access, and stimulate discourse and friendship among people for whom learning is the journey of a lifetime.

What an inspiring mission to help seniors learn, discover and travel. Elderhostel is the other name for the non profit Road Scholar. You can choose where you want to go based on your passion, such as art, or history and culture and many more topics, or you can choose by place in the world. I must add that the word hostel does not mean cheap. As an example, a trip to the Incan ruins in Peru costs roughly $5800. Senior travel tours for single Seniors could not be more exciting! Read more about how you can meet people, learn, travel and grow here.

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Senior Vacation Deals to Retirement Destinations

Senior ‘travel is fun and educational when combined with cultural travel to interesting places. One way to make cultural travel more than just a vacation is to search for senior vacation deals to places you would like to retire. I am spoiled. I live in one of the nation’s top places to retire, Asheville, N.C. Asheville is a cultural haven with history, architecture, beauty, mystery, and a wonderful place to visit or retire. The best way to look for senior travel deals is to first narrow down the choices of destinations. Second, you can decide if you want to go the traditional hotel route, or perhaps an alternate route for accommodations such as Vacation Rental by Owners. You can explore senior vacation deals to retirement destinations by staying in a vacation home versus a hotel. Some owners will offer senior discounts if you have a small number of people.

Senior travel to Asheville NC

Senior Travel to Asheville, NC, a Great Retirement Destination

 

Retirement destinations need to encompass everything a vacation needs to have – which differs greatly varying on who the vacation is with and for. If you like to travel alone you will find a retirement destination quite different from someone who wants a senior trip full of adventure! Figure out what activities you want to do on your trip, and then find a retirement destination that fulfills those goals.

There are places to travel to for a cultural experience, and then there are senior travel deals for the purpose of your personal research for desired retirement destinations. Why not explore senior vacation deals to retirement destinations  that you would really like to retire to?  Where would you like to be in the world? Pick your top three choices, and then find a senior travel deal to discover the place that best fits your dream of a place to retire. As for me, I’m staying right here in Asheville, N.C. If this happens to be one of your top picks, contact me here to find out the senior vacation deals in the moutains of N.C. If you would like to plan a great trip to some destination in an exotic place in the world, then read the full article about senior vacation deals here.

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Senior Travel is Best Way to Stay Young

Senior travel is becoming more and more popular as the baby boomers are coming into seniorhood. The houses are being shed with all of the stuff, and seniors are finding that the best way to stay young is to stay active. Many are finding that senior travel is the best way to stay young. Travel can be a weekend trip, or a cruise around the world. Now more than ever, seniors are hitting the road. One of the biggest obstacles for some seniors is who to travel with, or what group to travel with to foreign places. There are many tours that are specific to special needs, and accommodations. There are also communities which offer more local options for day and weekend excursions with the important ingredient being the sense of belonging and social connections that tours and trips offer.

senior jogging

senior jogging

 

There just comes a time when living alone and caring for a house becomes too much. Chores become much larger tasks and take up even more time. Unchaining themselves from a large house that is more than they need can allow seniors opportunities to travel? Bayview Manor offers day trips and assisted living Seattle van outings weekly. More time and resources can be allocated to travel, forming truly treasured experiences with family and friends.

It doesn’t matter where you live in the world. Senior travel is growing, and the best way to stay young. You can stay close to home, or travel the world. There are options everywhere that will open your world socially, emotionally, and intellectually. Plan a trip today.

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