Gardner on Alternative Travel:
An Interview with the Senior Travel Editor for Transitions Abroad
We are proud to to have Alison Gardner as
the Senior Travel editor for Transitions
Abroad. She is host of the most thoughtful
and inspiring website for the mature traveler
currently on the web, www.travelwithachallenge.com,
where she offers her views on the many exciting
alternative travel possibilities abroad for
seniors. Alison personally describes trends
and selects her favorite sources for such
information, while providing many articles
touching on all facets of senior travel. Alison's
adventures generally transcend age, but still
take the unique needs of the mature traveler
Senior Travelers by Rick
Rick Steves describes the skills and provides
tips to help the senior traveler make the
most in every way out of their next vacation
to Europe, while providing key resources.
Vacations Offer a Grassroots Taste of Europe by
Some of the best options for a canal and
river barging vacation that allows time for cultural
exploration at a slow pace.
50 and Volunteering Overseas by
Well over 50 and still volunteering overseas,
John describes his vast and unusual experience.
He offers seniors and volunteers of all ages
advice and accumulated resources John joined
the Peace Corps in 1991 at age 56 to make
Vacations: Seniors Have a Different Agenda by Alison Gardner
The unique characteristics
of the volunteer vacations selected by seniors, including a
discussion the many programs available for this form
of immersion travel abroad.
Air Ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey by
trip of her hot air balloon over the volcanic landscapes
and stone-house communities in Cappadocia, Turkey.
Alison also provides resources for ballooning in beautiful
locations around the world.
to a Jungle Lodge in Costa Rica: Indulge
in a Sustainable Adventure by
An adventure tour by a senior woman
on a great rafting river in Costa Rica where
the destination is a sustainable lodge down
Andaman Islands: Remote, Rare and Rustic by
Alison and her husband embark on a voyage
to India's Andaman islands, a respite from
their busy life in Kolkata. The trip is illustrated
and reveals very beautiful islands and lands,
an extremely rich and ancient cultural history,
along with an unexpected adventure.
Cycling in Puglia: Slow Immersion Travel
in an Unspoiled Region of Italy by
...the best way to see a place is to go slow
and to put yourself in the middle of it,
with time to stop and chat, to discover a
museum hidden down a twisting alley, to taste
sea urchin with a glass of Primitivo at the
locals’ favorite bar, or try operating a
traditional olive press, or to watch women
weaving in the ancient, traditional ways.
What better way to do it than by bike?
Through Laos, At Last by
...There is plenty to learn...about in Laos,
but plenty also to enjoy. Now, with a government
softening toward the foreign visitors, its
people are finally getting their piece of
the tourism pie. Go now, while most of the
country retains its pastoral pace!
in the Slow Lane: Cycling as Seniors
Across One of Australia's Most Beautiful
Islands by Cherie Thiessen
An independent itinerary as a senior traveler
cycling with her partner across Tasmania
— one of the most beautiful islands in Australia.
Facts, Not Fiction: Cultural Tourism with Deep
Senior travel editor Alison Gardner debunks many of
the myths surrounding Transylvania as she travels
to the famous region of Romania with other Eldertrekkers.
Glimpses of Canada's Wild West Coast by
...Mothership Adventures caught my attention
with a five-day small-ship cruise that combines
an abundance of nature and rugged scenery
with opportunities to learn about the rich
Aboriginal history and present day culture.
An Elder from the First Nations (native)
community of Alert Bay cruised with our group,
most of whom pretty well fit the definition
of elder in their own right. All were adventure
travelers with cultural and educational curiosity...
Small Group Travel Visiting the Berbers
of Morocco by Sarah Massey
An unforgettable small group travel adventure
in Morocco as a senior where Sarah had a
chance to meet and interact with the Berbers
in villages and in their more remote communities.
to Love (Senior) Voluntourists by Alison Gardner
Alison elaborates on her optimistic view on the nature
and development of voluntourism and voluntourists—a
term she coined in the 1990s—and discusses the
growing role boomers have played in its development.
in Ecuador For "Grown Ups" with
Lead Adventures and Villa Tica Daycare by
From the capital, Quito, to the edge of Ecuador's
Amazon region, I shared a 6-hour car trip
with Daniel Fludgate, who dedicates a month's
holiday each year to volunteering in some
part of the world. For his vacation, he had
chosen a wild animal rescue center run by
an Ecuadorian family. On an entirely different
mission, I was roaming the country to research
a variety of volunteer opportunities, particularly
those suitable for independent adult travelers
from about 35 years to senior-hood...
at Organic Farms in Italy with WWOOF at 59 by Venetia Sherson
Venetia draws upon her experience WWOOFing
in Italy—or performing volunteer work on organic
farms—to describe a unique worldwide organization
that accepts the participation of everyone from children
Services Volunteering Over 50
John Dwyer on the many volunteer opportunities and
organizations for senior professional services experts
who are not specialized in medicine and teaching.
Boomers and International Volunteer Service
Ann McLaughlin describes a trend in which idealistic
seniors are volunteering abroad by contributing their
time and expertise even as there is exponential growth
in international citizen organizations.
Abroad from A-Z: A Perspective From an Experienced
Dorothy Conlon reflects upon her unique perspective
as a senior experienced in many volunteer projects,
who has seen trends come and go, and emphasizes the
underlying value to the local community and as meaningful
in Swaziland: The Joys of Plans Gone Awry
Dorothy Conlon on her voluntourism and travels within
Swaziland, which did not go as planned, but proved
more than fulfilling nonetheless.
Abroad: An Experienced Senior Sees Travel as
a 3-Course Feast
Dorothy Conlon reflects
upon her unique perspective as a senior experienced
in many types of adventure travels around the globe—from
solo to group to cultural to volunteering.
Alison Gardner on the natural wonders of one of the
most interesting islands in North America - a place
of wild beauty which people of all ages, from children
to seniors, can enjoy.
Slovenia and Croatia
Alison Gardner decided to explore Slovenia
and Croatia with a group of 12 American and Canadian
friends, aged 55 to 75. She found the formerly war-torn
countries surprisingly safe for senior travel, and
both the dazzling natural wonders and layered history
made for a rich cultural travel experience.
and Traveling Through Vietnam 30 Years Later
Karen Kaiser, now a more senior traveler, describes
her experience returning to Vietnam 33 years later
to explore beautiful regions she had not able to travel
A senior tour group cycling through Quebec's beautiful
Laurentians proves to be a remarkable experience according
to Cherie Thiessen.
Ten Tips for Exploring Austria's Capital with
a Thin Wallet
Alison Gardner offers budget travel tips
and ideas for a visit to Vienna.
Rovetch: The Creaky Traveler
Warren Rovetch shares his extensive travel experience
with Alison Gardner and offers advice for mobile senior
and Make Retirement Count
Volunteering as a senior with Global Service Corps
Jobs at International Schools for Newly Retired
Kathy Fritts describes everything you need to know
to start an adventurous career as a senior or after
Abroad at Any Age: The Rewards of Working in
Shanghai for a 60-Year-Old
Candace Dean describes and recommends her
experience teaching schoolchildren as a senior while
living in Shanghai, China.
Sarah Massey describes how she arranged her own painting
program in France after retirement.
Abroad with Elderly Parents
Experienced globetrotter Veronica Hackethal provides
practical tips and excellent advice on traveling abroad
with senior parents.
for the Young at Heart
Bill Hrick provides practical accommodation
tips for solo senior travel abroad on a budget.
Kiwi Adventure: Independent Senior Travel in
Charles P. Carlson, a retired college Professor, describes
an adventurous trek with his wife though the mountains
of New Zealand.
Budget Travel in Australia and New Zealand
Marilyn C. McDonald offers inside tips and
advice for those who plan to travel in the land down
and Learn French on the French Riviera
Ferriel Brooks discovers as a senior in retirement
that learning French when living in France transforms
the expatriate experience.
Habeeb Salloum describes many wonderful
options for retirement in Mexico.
Together: Seniors Take The Whole Gang Along
Arline K. Wills describes a trend where
two to three generations of families are traveling
Arline K. Wills on considerations when opting
to travel alone.
Arline K. Wills offers advice and resources.
on Your Own: Tips from a Senior
Don Bowling offers tips for staying safe and enjoying
Italy based on his experience as a 72-year-old male