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In our January/February issue
We start the new year by pondering the challenge of taking an aging, possibly infirmed, parent on a meaningful, fun-filled vacation. If this sounds like a scary prospect, you’ll need to read our first article, Planes, Canes and Automobiles. The title should include motorcycles as well! We then present an inspiring, senior-friendly 10-day trek through the western Alps of France, Switzerland and Italy entirely suitable for active seniors. Finally, it's off to Alaska’s famous Inside Passage for two adventures: an eight-day, small-ship expedition cruise with plenty of nature and insights into the region’s historic and contemporary native culture, and a stay in the vibrant and varied small town of Sitka. Why is it the author's favorite coastal Alaska town? You'll find out.
Barging on Europe's Magical Waterrways feature article.
European barging vacations offer a unique way to explore small regions in style. European Waterways
With Classic Selections from our Travel Article Library, we offer readers an inspiring volunteer travel adventure helping an organization in Namibia successfully saving cheetahs from extinction, and we bring back our exquisitely-illustrated Barging on Europe’s Magical Waterways. Now is the best time to book for Spring, Summer or Fall.

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: February 1, 2016
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!


An archaeological center in the Mesa Verde region of America’s southwestern Colorado offers a perfect mix of cultural history, hands-on education, and volunteer excavation time in its one-week programs.
Multi-generational family travel has experienced a steep popularity rise in recent years causing a leading river cruise operator to dedicate nine European sailings to family-friendly itineraries in 2016.
Is horseback riding and comfortable camping in Canada’s Rocky Mountains on your bucket list? See why it should be by checking out this adventurous option where consistently 60% of participants are over 50.
Botswana in southern Africa has recently banned all trophy hunting from its vast fabulous national parks. You may volunteer for participation in a new long-term Okavango Elephant & Predator Study to see how the ban on hunting will change the dynamics of wildlife in the region
Florence, Italy gave birth to the Renaissance eight centuries ago. Today it remains a destination rich in art, architecture, cultural history and distinctive cuisine. A new Florence cultural homestay program, specifically for travelers over 50, is a perfect way to “taste” it all!

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 travel with an aging parent: Planes, Canes, and Automobiles.
A travel trend gaining traction as Baby Boomers consider destinations and companions to share a holiday is the possibility of making memories with an aging parent. This can be a highlight of the year or an utter disaster. With a sense of adventure and co-operation, Valerie Grubb, shares her tips for preparation and time “in the field” to make any trip with Mom or Dad a raging success.

Button image: ©Kelley School of Business at Indiana University/Josh Anderson.
Article about travel with an aging parent: Planes, Canes, and Automobiles.
Five favorite wildlife on Galapagos Islands feature article.
Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands are one of the world’s best known destinations for unique wildlife. Find out which animals island visitors have selected as their Favorite Five out of 29 types of land birds, 19 different sea birds and dozens of land and marine mammals, many rare or in danger of extinction.
Five favorite wildlife on Galapagos Islands feature article.
Article about barging on Europe's magical waterways.
Explore Europe's diverse cultures, cuisines, countrysides and historic towns from the unique perspective of a canal-based vacation. Ranging from all-inclusive luxury hotel barges to budget barge charters, meet operators who deliver memorable experiences in style, or relaxing adventures for multi-generational family groups.
Button photo courtesy of European Waterways.
Article about barging on Europe's magical waterways.
Article about the Tour du Mont Blanc route.
Our always-fit contributor, MaryAnn Gerst, shares her latest trekking adventure, hiking the ten-day Tour du Mont Blanc oval route through the western Alps of France, Switzerland and Italy. While staying in rustic refugios and weathering a rainstorm or two, she and her two hiking buddies proved that this classic European hiking adventure is perfectly senior-friendly!
Article about the Tour du Mont Blanc route.
Article about a small-ship expedition cruise through Alaska's Inside Passage.
A cruise through Alaska’s Inside Passage is a bucket list item for travelers around the world, but before booking a cabin on a giant cruise ship, consider a small-ship expeditionary vessel instead. This article illustrates the many benefits from itinerary flexibility and eye-level natural encounters to learning about native heritage direct from descendants of those who settled the land 10,000 years ago.
Article about a small-ship expedition cruise through Alaska's Inside Passage.
Article about what to do and where to stay in Sitka, Alaska.
The diversity of Tlingit native culture, Russian colonial heritage and nature-based adventures set against a dramatic backdrop of land and sea make the Inside Passage town of Sitka a major contender for Alaska’s most rewarding destination. Travel journalist, Alison Gardner, highlights the distinctive treasures and treats that make Sitka a perennial favorite for her.
Button photo by Dave Nevins.
Article about what to do and where to stay in Sitka, Alaska.

Coming in March/April 2016: We go walking through modern and historic Berlin, Germany to discover the charm of the city and its public art, growing by the day.

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.

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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