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In our May - June 2017 issue
New Zealand’s Milford Track is a hiking challenge for seniors, but not an impossibility as our 72-year-old author recounts in her story. We then move to the northern polar regions to meet the walrus, a marine mammal that is easily recognizable but seldom seen by wildlife enthusiasts without a trip to the top of the world. Our next story reveals what really happens to lost luggage – it’s not what you think! We suggest some self-guided narrow boat exploration of England or a river cruise on Myanmar’s Irrawaddy River, and finally we touch down on Canada’s Vancouver Island where a town has literally painted its colorful history in dozens of building-sized murals that attract visitors from across the world.
Article and images about walrus facts and tours to the High Arctic.
How much do you know about the walrus? Our fascinating facts article takes you way beyond the tusks and the blubber. Nathalie Lasselin
Be sure to visit the magazine's entire Travel Article Library and the handy Theme Pages to browse our growing collection of richly-illustrated features. In addition, we invite you to check our latest TravelWatch column for fast-breaking travel news ... always food for intriguing thought. Finally, our innovative Travel Advertiser Directory is a treat not to miss. See why for yourself!

While showcasing both well-established and freshly-minted alternative travel opportunities throughout the world, this website and its Web magazine promise its readers practical advice and plenty of nuts-and-bolts information to encourage active, educational, value-added vacationing suitable for men and women over 50. The one thing you won’t find is an excuse to stay home!

This travel website also includes a Consulting Services section designed for tourism professionals and organizations wishing to tap into the visible subject and design expertise demonstrated on these pages.

Senior Travel Newsletter: nature vacations, educational, cultural and volunteer vacations, cruise and barging. Senior Travel Newsletter: nature vacations, educational, cultural and volunteer vacations, cruise and barging.

All New Stories: April 1, 2017
Alternative travel and active, adventure travel are growing at such a pace, there is always news to share and fresh horizons to consider.
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Sail away for a Spring or Fall semester on the only floating university in the world. For 100+ days visiting 11 countries and 13 to 15 cities in depth, join over 500 full time university undergraduates, a diverse teaching faculty and staff. For informal, mostly retired, learners, no exams or essays are required!
Home exchange holidays just got more tempting with the marriage of two home swapping giants, creating a combined inventory of 400,000 homes worldwide.
It’s northern Spain’s Camino de Santiago pilgrimage season, so we thought we would shine the spotlight on cycling the Camino as an alternative to walking a part or all of the route. Cycling is a surprisingly popular option with older pilgrims.
In September 2017, Hawaii’s Big Island is hosting the second annual Festival of Birds with a packed program of workshops, field trips on land and sea, lectures and more for bird enthusiasts. A great reason to visit one of the world’s most diverse nature islands and learn about its amazing wildlife.
An inspiring travel guide by a septuagenarian Australian backpacker and expert hosteller shares her globetrotting adventures of a lifetime!.

Senior Travel Advertiser Directory: nature vacations, educational, cultural, cruise barging, and volunteer vacations.Senior Travel Advertiser Directory: nature vacations, educational, cultural, cruise barging, and volunteer vacations.   New Design -- Check these exciting pages!
You will love our colorfully-illustrated Advertiser Lynx Directory for the best in accommodations, tour operators & travel planners, wellness & spiritual vacations, cruising and barging, volunteer vacations, educational travel, travel products & services, transportation, and more. Check the latest Feature Link of the Month.


Travel Article Library of senior travel feature articles: nature vacations, educational, cultural, cruise barging, and volunteer vacations.Travel Article Library of senior travel feature articles: nature vacations, educational, cultural, cruise barging, and volunteer vacations.
NEW HEADINGS AND THEMES ADDED MONTHLY! Don't miss our Travel Article Library, arranged for easy access by topic and country destination. This archive presents all of Travel with a Challenge's richly-illustrated collection of stimulating articles and helpful information on creative, challenging vacations for mature travelers. Our readers use this resource very actively!


Senior-friendly travel resources and product reviews, Travel with a Challenge web magazine.Senior-friendly travel resources and product reviews, Travel with a Challenge web magazine.
SOMETHING NEW! From time to time we come across some great new books, DVDs, travel clothing, travel gadgets and helpful tools that we think our readers would like to know about. If we've looked it over, we like to share our thoughts as part of what promises to be a growing collection of useful information and travel inspiration. Check back often!

Senior Travel Magazine Feature Articles: nature vacations, educational, cultural, cruise barging, and volunteer vacations.
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Article about seniors hiking New Zealand's Milford Track.
Article about seniors hiking New Zealand's Milford Track.
Short (four days) but challenging with significant elevation changes, the Milford Track on New Zealand’s South Island is a trek that is popular with active mature travelers. MaryAnn Gerst, age 72, shares her ups and downs with seven hiking friends, ages 55 to 65, all from Albuquerque, New Mexico.
An article introduction to the walrus, facts and photos.
The Walrus is eminently recognizable in print photos and on nature shows because of its huge bulk and long protruding tusks. However, few travelers have ever glimpsed it in the wild nor appreciate why this circumpolar marine mammal should be on their viewing bucket list. We offer insights and images that could well change your mind.

Photo by Nathalie Lasselin.
An article introduction to the walrus, facts and photos.
The story behind airplane lost luggage and what happens to the baggage contents if the owner cannot be found.
For air travelers, it is commonly a dreaded expectation that you may not be reunited with your luggage on the baggage carousel at the end of your flight. Our story is surprisingly reassuring on that front. However, even if you never see your luggage again, you will discover that your loss has a happy ending in Scottsboro, Alabama.
The story behind airplane lost luggage and what happens to the baggage contents if the owner cannot be found.
An article about self-guided narrow boat cruising in Britain.
Join Richard Blackburn on a self-guided narrow boat exploration of the Trent & Mersey Canal in the North Midlands of England. Britain's network of historic canals is an adventurous treat for senior vacationers like Richard and his wife, Jan, who navigated their 45-foot-long, 7-foot-wide narrow boat through some incredibly tight spaces, many locks and beautiful English countryside.
An article about self-guided narrow boat cruising in Britain.
An article about the town of Chemainus on Vancouver Island, a mecca for colorful wall murals the size of buildings on the walls of many streets. An article about the town of Chemainus on Vancouver Island, a mecca for colorful wall murals the size of buildings on the walls of many streets.
A small town on Canada’s Pacific Coast, Chemainus’s story of near-economic extinction is compelling but its re-invention as a world-renowned outdoor gallery of wall murals is almost too improbable to be true. Alison Gardner visits this charming Vancouver Island center of the arts, proudly preserved history, and an abundance of nature-based activities.
Article about river cruising on Myanmar's Irrawaddy River.
Many of our readers are committed river cruise fans but have already explored Europe’s many rivers and canals. Marianne Scott shares her experience of river cruising along Myanmar’s storied Irrawaddy River and her encounters with the local people in a country where tourism is still in its infancy.
Article about river cruising on Myanmar's Irrawaddy River.

Coming in July/August 2017: An avid Australian backpacker has made it her goal to explore “every nook and cranny” of the world. Now 78, she shares her experiences and unique discoveries ... so far!

Check out our "Feature Link of the Month"!

Travel Themes.
Hungry for vacation ideas and personal experiences but want an article menu in bite-size chunks? Click on the title or accompanying image to browse our collection of Travel Theme pages, each colorfully and clearly laid out on a single page that showcases articles about that theme or destination region.
Volunteer vacations, volunteer travel, voluntourism, volunteer service holidays.
In response to our readers' persistant interest in planning their travel interests around reliable, creative volunteer opportunities, we are pleased to showcase an ever-widening range of destinations and volunteer ideas around the world. This collection of personal stories and objective reports will inspire and motivate you!
Volunteer vacations, volunteer travel, voluntourism, volunteer service holidays.
Link to Alternative Hawaii Theme page.
Definitely our most visited Theme Page any month of the year, the Alternative Hawaii collection takes readers way beyond Waikiki to explore the finest treasures and pleasures of six islands. Nature, active adventures suitable for seniors, unique places to stay on each island, and wellness vacations with a Hawaiian flavor!
Link to Alternative Hawaii Theme page.
A collection of richly-illustrated articles about travel in Africa.
Our Travels in Africa article collection illustrates original ways to sample this fascinating continent … from climbing Mt Kilimanjaro and choosing volunteer service to taking in all the highlights regardless of physical disabilities. We also feature amazing photographic and video-taking tips articles with Africa as the backdrop.
A collection of richly-illustrated articles about travel in Africa.
Sleeping with History, Accommodation articles theme page.
While taking a land or water vacation, accommodation can be much more than a predictable roof over the traveler's head. With a little research, it becomes a meaningful part of the holiday experience. Our Sleeping with History article collection illustrates some amazing accommodations in many countries.
Sleeping with History, Accommodation articles theme page.
Collection of feature articles about multi-generational family travels worldwide.
The 21st century is offering many creative ways to share stimulating vacations between the generations, be they adult with adult or adult with children and grandchildren. Our new Family Travel Theme Page offers plenty of ideas worldwide for how to make memories between family members of every age.
Collection of feature articles about multi-generational family travels worldwide.
Spiritual and Pilgrimage vacations are part of the Wellness & Spiritual Travel Theme collection.
As people increasingly recognize the need for physical wellness, emotional strengthening, and spiritual depth for healthy living, Wellness, Spiritual and Pilgrimage vacations are often becoming a quest for meaningful life direction. Plenty of food for thought and inspiration in our collection of feature articles!
Spiritual and Pilgrimage vacations are part of the Wellness & Spiritual Travel Theme collection.
Link to bird, nature & wildlife theme page.
The Bird, Marine Mammal and Wildlife feature articles present a dazzling showcase of Nature's rarest and most curious as well as lots of educational facts and suggestions for unusual, remote nature holidays. Photography is worth a visit in itself!
Link to bird, nature & wildlife theme page.
European travel articles about Ireland, France, Scotland, Germany and England.
The European Travel theme page opens windows on a varied menu and style of explorations in Ireland, France, Scotland, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Portugal and England. Our authors share their travel stories going by barge, camper van, on foot, even entering a classroom or two.
European travel articles about Ireland, France, Scotland, Germany and England.
Asia and India travel articles spotlight China, Vietnam, Hong Kong and India.
The Asia and India Travel theme page spotlights our feature articles with cultural, natural and educational vacation opportunities in Bhutan, China, Vietnam, Hong Kong and many parts of India. Enjoy the color, the cuisine, the diversity, volunteer possibilities, and the active adventures sure to appeal to older travelers.
Asia and India travel articles spotlight China, Vietnam, Hong Kong and India.
Link to Mediterranean Theme page.
The Mediterranean Travel theme page offers articles that immerse readers in the history, cultural richness, cuisine, senior-friendly active adventures and rich contemporary cultures bathed in that magic Mediterranean light that characterizes Italy, Greece and the Greek Islands, France, Spain, Slovenia, Croatia and Turkey.
Link to Mediterranean Theme page.
Cruise and train travel articles on Mexico, Southeast Asia, Europe and Alaska.
The Cruise and Train Travel theme page showcases unusual, small-scale, vacation explorations in Mexico's Copper Canyon, Southeast Asia, India, throughout Europe, Canada's Rocky Mountains, and Alaska with the uncommon perspectives of small ships, sailing ships, freighters, trains, river and barge journeys.
Cruise and train travel articles on Mexico, Southeast Asia, Europe and Alaska.
Latin American feature articles: Cuba, Nicaragua, Galapagos Islands, Peru's Amazon, Patagonia and more.
Except for a few iconic destinations, Latin American countries south of Mexico are unfamiliar to most travelers. That's too bad! Our collection of feature articles takes readers behind the scenes, onto the byways and into the essential grassroots of countries from Cuba and Nicaragua to the Peruvian Amazon and Patagonia.
Latin American feature articles: Cuba, Nicaragua, Galapagos Islands, Peru's Amazon, Patagonia and more.
South Pacific Travel feature article themes, Travel with a Challenge web magazine.
This theme page showcases our feature article collection on challenging, meaningful vacation opportunities across the vast South Pacific region, from Hawaii, New Zealand and Australia to French Polynesia and Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. Hop on a plane, a freighter, a ferry or a bicycle .... and be there!
South Pacific Travel feature article themes, Travel with a Challenge web magazine.

Alison Gardner, Alternative Travel Consultant, Travel with a Challenge Consulting.

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Let Alison Gardner, world expert on stimulating, meaningful vacations for mature travelers, help you design winning tours, select hot destinations, reach mature travelers who want to use your services, and create websites which are not only stunning to look at but cost-effective in reaching your target audience.


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