Retirement Travel Discovery of Modernista Architects of Barcelona

One of the most fascinating aspects about traveling to Barcelona is the unique architecture of the Catalan Modernism at the turn of the twentieth century led by Antoni Gaudi. This short video is of Casa Batllo, built between 1904-1906.

Loosely modeled from a dragon, the building is void of any straight lines. Everything is organic in shape, with curves spiraling this way and that. What struck me as we toured the house was not only the creativity and vision of the architect, but the skilled craftsmen necessary to manifest his ideas. [Read more...]

Having Current Passport Important for Retirement Travel Overseas

Retirement travel overseas is one of the most popular things to do when retired.  A current passport is important to travel abroad.

Recently, my husband and I had to renew our passports. (If you don’t have one, get one.) It’s straightforward in what it asks. Because we’ve had passports for a number of years, it’s mostly filling in information from the old passport.

Nevertheless, they still want the traditional identifiers. What’s your height? What’s your weight? What color are your eyes? Finally, what color is your hair? For most people, that may not be a trick question, but for a woman over 50, it depends. [Read more...]

Why do You Travel in Retirement?

Retirement travelTravel has always been an important activity for new retirees. With free time on their hands, the newly retired are ready to head for the open road. Baby boomers are no exception in wanting travel to be an important part of their retirement life. Baby boomers are not interested in being passive bystanders to life, but are looking to experience travel as a part of their new vision.

While travel is a universal retirement goal, there are a number of different reasons and objectives why retirees travel based on their personality type. Look at the descriptions below to discover your reasons for travel. [Read more...]

Travel in Retirement and the Ick Factor

Puerto Penasco MuralsThe world is an amazing place to visit. One of the aspects that keep retirees from seeing much of it is the Ick Factor.

On the last day of our New England trip with our grandchildren, I wanted to walk the Freedom Trail in Boston. Meandering through the center of this historic city, the trail is a living museum of the colony and transition into becoming a country.

Shortly after arriving, my 14 year old grandson made it perfectly clear he didn’t like Boston at all. As I looked around the city through his eyes, I saw the mentally disabled, homeless and throngs of people compressed in a small area of high rises. I understood why he may have been less than thrilled.

After we returned home, my husband was telling his friends about our upcoming trip to Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point), Mexico. Their first reaction was, “Why would you want to go down THERE?”

I’m fully aware that many people don’t want to see the ‘under belly of the world.’ My husband refuses to go to India and I can understand his reluctance. For many baby boomers who were raised in the saccharin cradle of suburbia, travel to congested cities and third world countries doesn’t have much appeal. [Read more...]

Our Visit to the Czech Town of Cesky Krumlov

Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic 1We left the River Danube at Linz, Austria and drove north in a bus motorcade over the green rolling hills for a short time before entering the Czech Republic. Since we were traveling on a highway initially, the countryside was beautiful, but not unlike other parts of Europe.

We were nearing the end of our trip so it was mid November. The weather had been cool, but we never had any snow or rain and only one day of wind. Most of the days were gray with very little sunshine. This day wasn’t an exception. [Read more...]

Casting Caution to the Wind

Sahara DesertIf you follow my writings for any length of time, you know that I’m a strong believer in having a vision, goals, a plan and bucket list in retirement. With that said, I often say (write) that it’s more important to engage in planning than having a plan.

As human beings, we like structure. Even as a creative, I need to find the balance between having my list of to-do’s and creating my day. There needs to be a place for the unexpected, serendipity, risk-taking and living outside your comfort zone. When was the last time you cast caution to the wind? [Read more...]

Travel Review of Dominican Republic

View of Puerto Plata from cable car

View of Puerto Plata from cable car

When we moved from Southern California to northern Arizona, many people asked how we could move away from living by the ocean. Actually, we didn’t live by the ocean. We were fourteen miles away as a crow flies through the Santa Monica Mountains. Once our children were raised, we didn’t go to the beach very often, but I do miss driving the Pacific Coast Highway and being in close proximity to an ocean.

The compromise to moving to Arizona was we would have a beach week once year. This is your typical resort overlooking the ocean type of vacation. Since we’d moved to Arizona, we’d traveled only to Mexico, but were ready for a change this year. [Read more...]

Do You Take Gifts When You Travel Abroad?

We started traveling to developing countries a number of years ago, primarily because it was cheaper. We fell in love with Overseas Adventure Travel, as well as the countries we visited; Costa Rica, Thailand, Cambodia and Morocco.

Last year, we went on our first river cruise with the parent company Grand Circle on the Danube from Budapest to Prague. [Read more...]