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A retirement book to inspire your travels

2013/03/18by Donna Hull

65 Things to Do When You Retire: Travel

Is travel part of your retirement plan? You’ll find plenty of inspiration in 65 Things To Do When You Retire: TravelEdited by Mark Evan Chimsky, this retirement book offers travel ideas from 65 writers and travel experts, including me. Choose from essays about preparing for retirement travel, where to go, how to travel, taking road trips, cruising on the high seas, the spiritual side of travel and much more.

When Mark asked if I would participate in this anthology, I hesitated. After all, it’s about all I can do to keep up with my other writing commitments, including My Itchy Travel Feet. Then, I remembered an extra-special-to-me story that I wanted to share with a wider audience. Add in the fact that all the royalties from 65 Things To Do When You Retire: Travel are being donated to cancer research and prevention, and I was sold on participating in the project.

So what’s the story that I wanted to share? You’ll find it in the Special Places to Live section. It’s about listening when a place speaks to you. If you haven’t guessed already, my story is about Montana and why Alan and I moved here.

You’ll find plenty of well-known writers sharing their essays, as well. Travel writer and actor/director, Andrew McCarthy, writes about his walk on the Camino de Santiago in Spain. What does travel have to do with writing workshops? You’ll need to read novelist Elizbeth Berg’s essay. And, there is more retirement inspiration—much more—from many well-known travel bloggers. And, since I don’t want to leave any of them out, I’ll leave it to you to check out their names in the table of contents.

I know, I know. Many of you are saying, “Donna, why should I read this? I’m never going to be able to retire.” And, here’s my answer: You don’t have to retire to be inspired by this retirement book. Use the ideas for your next vacation or weekend trip. In fact, I don’t believe in waiting until you retire to travel. Do it now, as much as you can, however you can. Let these 65 essays spark your imagination.

And, please forgive me for jumping up and down. My name is on the cover with Andrew McCarthy, Elizabeth Berg and a slew of well-respected writers. Whoo-hoo!

Would you like to win a copy of 65 Things To Do When You Retire: Travel? Subscribe to the My Itchy Travel Feet monthly newsletter. In April, Sellers Publishing will be giving away a copy of the book to one of our subscribers.

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A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring the world one activity at a time. Besides writing and publishing My Itchy Travel Feet, she also writes about boomer travel for My Well-Being Powered by Humana, Make It Missoula and is the author of My Itchy Travel Feet: Breathtaking Adventure Vacation Ideas.

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Mark H March 19, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Congrats on being part of such a fine sounding book.
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Alexandra March 25, 2013 at 5:51 am

This sounds wonderful. I think I will get a copy for my brother who retired in February.
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sheryl March 25, 2013 at 8:49 am

Congratulations Donna! This sounds like a wonderful book. And you’re right; even though many of us feel like retirement might never happen, it’s entirely possible to take these tips and incorporate them into travel adventures.
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Irene S. Levine
March 26, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Yes, jump up and down for contributing to a worthwhile effort!
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Jennifer Margulis March 27, 2013 at 9:35 am

I am not yet close to retirement age but this book looks pretty awesome anyway!!
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MyKidsEatSquid March 30, 2013 at 8:09 pm

Adding my congrats! You should be jumping up and down.


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