Travel brings a sense of delight and wonder that never stops no matter what age you are… and it is the crown jewel of retirement. In this day and age, travel can mean almost anything you want it to -- from world wide tours to a weekend in the mountains. 

We'll focus a lot of attention on travel because we have a passion for it. But we won't do it in a conventional way -- you can get typical trips on other websites. Instead, we'll cover topics and ideas that you won't find anywhere else, to take you a little off the beaten track, but not so much as to make such trips more work than pleasure.

Travel

Eco-Tourism: Think Yourself Green

Traveling well while saving the planet. I love the name “eco-tourism”.  What it actually means is that you have to fly and/or drive, burning a few thousand dollars of fossil fuel, sleep in the most...

Travel

Driving Through the Rockies

A mix of  national parks, the wild west, and artsy towns. Sometimes it’s nice to get out in nature. Not all the time, mind you — I don’t have quite the appreciation for natural...

Travel

Wineries…Italian Style

It’s about the wine, for sure, but this is Italy, so it’s also about food and talk. A visit to an American winery can be enjoyable, but it usually doesn’t last very long. You stand...

Travel

Going on Safari

An amazing adventure in the lap of luxury. You’re not going to see any pictures of animals in the wild. There are plenty of places you can find those. Instead, my focus is on what the...

Travel

The Mayor of Cinque Terre

A tour guide with more than just some facts and figures. Occasionally I will do private tours, particularly if I’m pressed for time and in a city I’m unfamiliar with. I rely mostly on...

Travel

Lazio, Italy — Part 1

Ancient and medieval villages in northern Lazio. Anyone who’s been to Italy, has been to Rome. And if you’ve been to Tuscany you’ve probably visited the hill towns. In this piece we...

Travel

Cruising the Amalfi Coast

Better than driving the coast road. I’ve driven the Amalfi coast more times than I need to remember. I don’t really find it nerve-wracking, as long as you’re paying attention. There are guard rails...

Travel

Lazio, Italy — Part 2 

A driving tour of the towns and villages north of Rome. In this second article on the medieval hill towns around Rome, we’re focusing on is the Rieti Province, part of the Lazio Region just...

Travel

Upper Normandy — Part 1

Exploring the beautiful medieval towns and villages just south of Rouen. Normandy, just west of Paris has some great history. It was settled as early as the 4th century b.c. and was the location of...

Travel

Setting Up Your Own Driving Tours

With some basic internet skills, you can set up your own driving tours of the most beautiful out-of-the-way towns and villages in Europe. Visiting the major cities is of course where one starts in...