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In our July/August 2014 issue

We begin with an introduction to a photographer's dream – the unique geological formations of Utah's national parks. Then we learn about some new developments in the ever-popular river cruising marketplace, before heading off to northeast Portugal to check out the exciting Ice Age open-air rock art sites in the Coa Valley, some of which are now accessible to visitors. We invite readers to consider sleeping outside their comfort zone with a selection of six unusual accommodations and, finally, we step out in Botswana's Okavango Delta for a walking safari that offers some unexpected challenges.
Article about vacationing along Ecuador's Highlands, Avenue of the Volcanoes.
A well-dressed little shepherdess plays her part in watching over the family's sheep in Ecuador's Highlands. Enjoy our article about traveling north to south along the Avenue of the Volcanoes.
 Metropolitan Touring
With a Classic Selection from our Travel Article Library, we reintroduce a story about a unique train journey aboard Western Canada's Rocky Mountaineer, highlighting its 25th anniversary, celebration bonuses and discounts.
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 intriguing food for 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: August 1, 2014
Alternative travel and active, adventure travel are growing at such a pace, there is always news to share and fresh horizons to consider.
See our latest news picks and join our email notification list for TravelWatch!


Interest in Amazon small-ship cruises is rapidly increasing due to the launch of new ships, new itineraries and new destinations that explore the waterways of Peru, Ecuador and Brazil. See what is available at very affordable prices and often year round.
We report on one global tour operator who takes responsible tourism very seriously, instituting a recent ban on tour activities and entertainments that feature endangered Asian elephants.
The Parador accommodations offered all over Spain are a wonderful opportunity for visitors to sleep with this country's extraordinary multi-layered history. We highlight a few of the 94 waiting to welcome you!
Do you know the world's 10 smallest countries? Would you like to visit them as a fresh idea for a Travel Bucket List? Check out these countries and a little bit of information about each one. You'll be surprised!
August 2014 is the Panama Canal's 100th anniversary. The construction of this international waterway revolutionized ocean travel, but bringing it to completion was a huge challenge.

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 unique geological formations in Utah's Bryce Canyon and Zion national parks.
zThe astounding rock formations in Utah's five national parks have each made geology the star of the show. Marianne Scott explores two parks, Zion and Bryce Canyon, comparing these very different but equally dazzling examples of Mother Nature as chief sculptress. She also spotlights the Anasazi rock art indicating that people have lived in this land for millenia.
Article about unique geological formations in Utah's Bryce Canyon and Zion national parks.
Article about Uniworld's River Cruising Options for 2014.
Premier boutique river cruise company, Uniworld, takes river cruising to an even higher level with a new super ship, new European destinations, thoughtfully-crafted, multi-generational itineraries and the first truly all-inclusive experience in the industry. These changes should make river cruising very tempting to travelers planning the rest of this year's vacationing.
Article about Uniworld's River Cruising Options for 2014.
Article about Portugal's open-air prehistoric rock art in the Coa Valley.
zIn an under-visited area of northeastern Portugal rests what has been identified as"the biggest open-air site of Palaeolithic rock art in Europe, if not the world." Join Alison Gardner as she explores this precious collection of Ice Age engravings, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998 and now selectively accessible to the public.
Article about Portugal's open-air prehistoric rock art in the Coa Valley.
Article on Cool Places to spend the night.
Travel is all about new experiences … this can include where the head hits the pillow, turning a predictable getaway into a frontline adventure. To get your creative, mind-expanding juices flowing, we've picked six rare accommodations, ranging from converted antique airplanes and double-decker buses to spending the night deep in a silver mine or hanging up in a tree.
Article on Cool Places to spend the night.
Article about travel aboard the Rocky Mountaineer luxury train between British Columbia and Alberta.
Prize ribbon.With a Classic Selection from our past article library, we highlight the multi-award winning Rocky Mountaineer luxury train itineraries between the coast of British Columbia and Alberta's Rocky Mountains. As the company marks its 25th anniversary, there are fine bonuses and discounts to consider.
Article about travel aboard the Rocky Mountaineer luxury train between British Columbia and Alberta.
Article on walking safari in Okavango Delta, Botswana.
While the vast majority of wildlife safaris in eastern and southern Africa rely on vehicles to track the amazing animals that are the highlight of every trip, sometimes a walking exploration can lead to unexpected adventures too. Our safari writer, Elaine Mays, shares her tale from Botswana's Okavango Delta.
Article on walking safari in Okavango Delta, Botswana.

Coming in September/October: In Nassau we go on a hunt for authentic Bahamian foods and their traditions, and we travel to Britain to discover 8 eateries with superb natural views.

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.
A collection of richly-illustrated articles about travel in Africa.
zOur 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 to give you ideas.
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, often 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 Cruises 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.
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.

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

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