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Seniors Dive Into EcoTours

Ecotourism is in.  Seniors are searching out great tours that focus on visiting fragile, pristine, and relatively undisturbed natural areas. They are popping up more and more all over the world and for good reason.  They seem to be everywhere.

Here’s one that just crossed my desk, a series by GoAheadTours and they all look great. They have a whole new series that I think  seniors will find of interest if you are at all interested in nature and ecology.  I remember well an ecology course I took, as part of my biology major in college. It is a fascinating area.

Here’s the scoop on their offerings: “Get a closer look at vibrant communities while supporting conservation programs and local economies. Our itineraries highlight businesses and organizations that give back to local people and support wildlife—so while you explore natural landscapes and share in cultural experiences, you’ll also bring awareness and travel dollars to meaningful initiatives.”

Senior citizens will be able to get a look at vibrant communities while supporting conservation programs and local economies.  Your tour will include: round-trip airfares, hotels and eco-lodges, expert tour directors, select meals and private transportation. Seniors will be able to engage in activities that benefit surrounding communities and fund wildlife conservation efforts. How about learning handicrafts and cultural traditions from the locals?  You will travel on immersive adventures designed to make a positive impact on your adventure abroad.

EcoTours Call For Seniors

Here are your choices that will take senior citizens all over the globe.  Consider Australia and Tasmania and the Wild Forests in that area. Your eco-friendly Aussie adventure will take you to the cities of the mainland and lead you through the rich wilds of Tasmania. The tours all run from 9 to 14 days in length.

On to Africa and Botswana and Zimbabwe called the Untouched Africa. Costa Rica is high on my “bucket list” and here’s why. The Galapagos Islands and Ecuador are great areas to study nature. Guatemala is cool. I’ve been there.  I invite you to take in Belize and Guatemala and the tropical wildlife that is in abundance.

And we could not leave out Kenya and a Wildlife Safari with GoAhead. There senior travelers will search out the Big Five on game drives through the wild savannah and discover the many ways Kenyan communities are coming together to protect their heritage and wildlife.

Let’s include Peru, the Amazon Jungle and culture surrounding Lake Titicaca.  Those will highlight Peru at its best. Lastly your EcoTour will include Tanzania full of wildlife and herds of animals roam as they did before humankind. The mighty Masai endure as they have for centuries.

Are you ready for an adventure in any of these tours?  Then contact GoAhead, make your reservation and enjoy one of their amazing EcoTours.  jeb




Senior Travelers Can’t Do Without Them…

There has to be a multitude of gadgets and travel gear that seniors who travel a lot say  they just could not get along without.  I know from my own travel experiences that I could make up a pretty long list myself. I would start off with putting in a plug for both Magellan’s and Travelsmith.  They have dozens of supplies that I have found to be extremely useful.

Magellan’s microfiber pants are the finest pair of travel pants I have ever owned. They have to be nearly twenty years old and still look new. The stretch waistband and a zipper pocket to protect a wallet are excellent. My Travelsmith shirt (60% cotton and %40 polyester) is also the finest travel shirt I’ve ever owned. Lightweight and easily washed and a neutral color. I still prefer to wear both when traveling.

Travel & Leisure Magazine Lists the Best Travel Gear

If you are searching for some super designs that have won awards, then read on, senior travelers. The Best Watch choice was the Timex Weekender Slip Through with a changeable strap, for $45.  Good start I’d say.  The Best Luggage, and it should be for only $2,690, is a Porche Design leather trolley and the best travel bag is a Dror for Tumi convertible nylon backpack. It came in at just $595 and is a real beauty.

The Best Camera was relatively inexpensive considering that you can pay thousands for a camera today. They selected a Pentax-Q10 for $600. For the Best Travel Accessory, a pair of sunglasses won out.  They are called Gotti Switzerland fold-flat model for $310.

For senior men, Luigi Blanchi Mantova lightweight field jacket was tops at $890. It looks nice, kind of wrinkled, but of highest quality. Here are some additional specs on the jacket. FYI it’s made with Loro Piana Storm System fabric, the jacket is waterproof, windproof, and wicks away heat and moisture to keep you dry and comfortable. Senior women, the Best Women’s Travel Clothing Terra New York Polyurethane Trench won the prize for $320.

Gadling (that’s a new one for me) has their list of Best Gear and the website shows a whole pile of gear ready to go. Amazon too has their own best gear choices. Then there is Walkabout and REI who carry great travel accessories. Look over Fodor’s Best New Travel Gear. For the Best Adventure Gear how about a BioLite CampStove. has helpful information and great apparel.

The Bobble is all about portable filtration, and the people behind it have a mission: to change people’s drinking habits by slowing the mass consumption of single-serve water bottles. You always need to be aware of drinking only good potable water.

Enjoy thumbing through Travel & Leisure’s gadgets and travel gear and you might find something for your next adventure. jeb



An Island Like No Other

Tasmania, Australia, is a large island just over 150 miles from the mainland, and is its southernmost state. Roughly the size of West Virginia and the twenty sixth largest island in the world, Tasmania has five diverse regions for senior citizens to explore.  It offers unique scenery and wildlife, world-class wine and food, fascinating history, and convict heritage sites such as Port Arthur.

Tasmania is promoted as the natural state, the “island of inspiration”, and A World Apart, Not A World Away. Tasmania is just so unique that senior travelers must see it for themselves. It seems isolated, yet elderly tourists flock to its shores. There is a lot of history in the name Tasmania that spans over thousands of years.

The island was initially joined to mainland Australia. It broke away from the mainland continent at the end of the last ice age around ten thousand years ago. It was inhabited by Tasmanian Aborigines for thousands of years before it was discovered by Europeans.

Seniors Discover a Physically Dazzling Island

Tasmania has shrugged off the stigma of its isolation – the whole world seems to be discovering the physically dazzling, unique and accessible island. Suitably impressed, and a tad sheepish, the rest of Australia has finally stopped laughing and started visiting.

Tassie’, as it’s affectionately known, has it all: vast, uninhabited slabs of wilderness, swimming at Seven Mile Beach, bountiful wildlife in Narawntapu National Park, gourmet food and wine in the Tamar Valley, a thriving arts scene and new-found urban cool.

Tasmania, an archipelago of more than 300 islands, has an abundantly wide variety of wildlife including some of the most bizarre animals on the planet.

Just Imagine…1,000 Mountain Peaks

What is it about Tasmania?  There are more than 1,000 mountain peaks, four mild seasons, more than 40 per cent of the island is protected as national parks and reserves, and is inhabited by some of the world’s rarest animals.

The main Island is home to about 500,000 people where almost half reside in the greater Hobart precinct. Hobart is the capital of Tasmania, the second oldest and most southerly city in Australia, see map. Hobart is located on the south east of the island of Tasmania, on the banks of the River Derwent and is dominated by Mount Wellington which looms above the city.

And That Little Devil…

And of course senior visitors will find the famed Tasmanian Devil Characterized by its stocky and muscular build, black fur and pungent odor, it has an extremely loud and disturbing screech, a keen sense of smell, and is ferocious when feeding.

If you’re lucky enough you may spot a Tasmanian Devil in the wild but there are several wildlife parks such as East Coast Nature World that seniors can get up close and take pictures of the little devils.  Just watch your fingers if you get close to a Tassie Devil!  jeb

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Seniors Are Off To Explore Australia

Australia is a long ways off.  For senior citizens who have been there, they well know the hours it takes to fly from LA or SF to Sydney or Melbourne. While is it the smallest of continents, it’s big with nearly 3 million square miles and slightly smaller than the 48 US states and Brazil.

Can you name five cities in Australia?  How about just three?  Most senior travelers know of Sydney or Melbourne.  What most of us do not realize is the Great Victoria Desert that covers over 150,000 square miles.  There are even wild camels roaming around and they are wrecking some sacred sites.

Australia is one of the most remote countries in the world and is known both for its extremely low population density and untouched natural beauty, both of which are best exemplified by Cape York, Peninsula, a huge expanse of untouched wilderness located on the country’s northern tip. Remote yes, but ironically it is also one of the most popular places for senior tourists to visit, especially among backpackers, budget travelers and the Brits. 

WikiAnswers has the Answers

Want to know a few more facts about the country before you head out?  Try Answers with a nice slide show to boot. Being a triviaholic myself, I like lots of facts and About.Com has them on Australia. UK Citizens flock to Australia and their government provides lots of great info that US travelers can use as well.

One thing is for sure.  Senior travelers won’t be able to take in Australia like you would France, Mexico or even Japan.  This site suggests that you consider one of 14 amazing places to visit. Once there you will discover for yourself that there is “Nothing like Australia.”

Lonely Planet has five neat videos to whet your appetite for Australia that include Uluru-Kata, Kangaroo Island and the Great Barrier Reef.  You WILL NEED a visa to enter into the country along with your passport and travel documents. VisaWizard can help you with the visa.

A Few Good Reasons Seniors Travel To Australia

Here is a concentrated listing of just ten good reasons senior visitors will enjoy traveling to Australia. The Great Barrier Reef alone is reason to take that long flight.

Great Barrier Reef

This site can help find flights for you and they claim up to 70% off.  I was amazed at all the US departure airports for flights to Australia. Wow!

TripAdvisor  notes that there are 607 airports in Australia.  Wow again!  Myself, I’ve always liked Orbitz, Expedia or my own Best Travel Websites page with more to choose from.  This SIS site  for seniors (Seniors Information Service) offers lots of travel information once you are in the country.  Look for the Tours for Seniors on this site.

Maybe hop onboard a train for a real travel adventure. Great Southern Rail is an additional option. You will be overwhelmed when you input Tours to Australia via Google or Yahoo.  There are so many, so try to fit one into your purse, update that passport, send for the visa and talk with your travel agent.

Bone up on a few Aussie words.  Have fun and enjoy your Fosters.  jeb

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