My Itchy Travel Feet’s 13 Year Anniversary: Inspiring Boomer Travelers

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Happy thirteen years to My Itchy Travel Feet! That’s right, I’m celebrating 13 years of publishing stories to inspire baby boomer travel. Actually, it’s 15 years as My Itchy Travel Feet started out as a personal blog.

Whew! That’s a lot of traveling, travel planning, writing, photography and all the other tasks that go into publishing an award-winning online magazine for boomer travelers. Of course I couldn’t have done it without travel planner and photographer extraordinaire, Alan.

Online Magazine. Did you see get that part? Rather than a blog featuring our personal travels, My Itchy Travel Feet has morphed into an online magazine publishing articles from a variety of boomer travel writers (including us). One person can’t possibly travel everywhere that our readers want to go. 

Still smiling after 13 years of writing about baby boomer travel

Currently, My Itchy Travel Feet operates with a featured contributor, Debi Lander, to augment the rest of the staff: editor/writer (me) and photographer (Alan). Read more about us

The biggest news from last year is our new design. It’s faster, visually appealing and organized so that readers can find what they need in one or two clicks. I’m still in the process of updating everything.

And we’ve expanded our newsletter offerings to a weekly broadcast that’s published each Sunday plus targeted newsletters for roadtrippers and national park travel.

Thirteen years of travel: where do you like to go?

As I usually do each year while celebrating this anniversary date, I check out My Itchy Travel Feet statistics to see which destinations and travel experiences have been the most popular with our boomer readers.

The research also shows me which topics you’d like to read more about. To date, we’ve published 1,199 articles that have attracted 3,579,963 page views. Double whoa!

Of course I’m always updating older articles for current information as well as new destination tips that I think you should know. When you arrive at an article on My Itchy Travel Feet, I want you to find updated information that’s correct, helpful for planning your next boomer adventure and entertaining.

Where do you like to go? Take a look at the most popular articles from the last thirteen years:

#1 Scenic drive in Monument Valley

The valley scenery reveals itself starting into the Monument Valley Scenic Drive.
#1 Monument Valley Scenic Drive

You guys really like Monument Valley. I mean you REALLY like this beautiful destination that borders Arizona and Utah. My advice for taking the scenic drive in Monument Valley is the most popular article at My Itchy Travel Feet by a long shot. And I con’mstantly monitoring it— correcting information, fixing invalid links, and updating resources to make your visit to this iconic destination in the American Southwest the best boomer adventure ever.

Monument Valley has been closed since spring of 2020. Hopefully, the Navajo will feel comfortable opening it back up to tourism later this year.

#2 Weekend on Amelia Island

Beach with sunshine and sea oats
#2 Weekend on Amelia Island. The beautiful beaches of Amelia Island (Photo credit: AmeliaIsland.com.)

How to spend a weekend on Amelia Island has zoomed to #2 on your all-time favorite list. Much of it has to do with the travel limitations that we’ve experienced this past year. It seems many boomers looked for a quiet, Florida getaway once they could travel again. Amelia Island is definitely worth consideration for its beautiful beaches, quaint town and active things to do.

#3 Alaska Highway Road Trip

people soaking in a hot springs surrounded by the forest
#3 Alaska Highway road trip. Have you soaked in Chena Hot Springs? (Photo courtesy Debi Lander)

Combine a road trip with travel to Alaska and you have the perfect boomer travel experience. Our Alaska Highway road trip page comes in at #3 in the all-time most popular articles here at My Itchy Travel Feet. You’ll find tips for planning your trip plus the destinations that Alan and I experienced on our Alaska Highway adventure as well as some new ideas.

#4 Five Funky Things to do in the Florida Keys

sailing ships at sunset
#4 Five Funky Things to Do in the Florida Keys

Five Funky Things to Do in the Florida Keys sits at #4. I had so much fun writing this article so follow my advice to create an unforgettable Florida Keys road trip. Who knew there were so many funky things to do?

#5 Boomer road trip to Northern Italy

Island with historic buildings in the middle of a lake in Italy
#5 Planning a road trip to Northern Italy will bring you to San Giulio Island

In 5th place, you like the information that we’ve published on planning a boomer road trip to Northern Italy. If My Itchy Travel Feet website traffic is any indication—and we think that it is—boomers LOVE traveling to Italy. Hopefully Americans will soon be able to travel again to Italy. Be sure to use our articles to plan your next trip to Italy.

Most popular article from our 13th year online

woman wearing a backpack in front of a lake with mountains behind
While staying at Many Glacier Hotel, be sure to hike to Grinnell Lake!

And which article from year thirteen is the most popular? My tips on staying at Many Glacier Hotel. James Richardson’s article on 9 Easy Trails in the Smoky Mountains comes in a close second. Obviously, lots of folks are considering National Park travel.

Celebrating a 13 year anniversary: What’s next for My Itchy Travel Feet?

What’s in store for year #14? More of the same. Last year, I focused a lot on U.S. travel to uncrowded destinations. I predict that the trend will continue into 2022 because that seems to be where everyone wants to go. Hopefully, international travel will open up, including the hard hit cruise industry. As always, I’ll be publishing a balance of domestic and international travel plus plenty of travel tips.

Travel planning tools for your next trip

It takes money to run a business like My Itchy Travel Feet. And we don’t scrimp when it comes to providing a quality experience for you.

Expenses such as site design, usability upgrades, newsletter infrastructure and paid guest writers add to the quality product we offer readers for free. When you plan trips using our favorite travel resources, the affiliate arrangement helps pay the bills. 

And when you make purchases from our partners or at the My Itchy Travel Feet Boomer Travel Gear shop, click Amazon affiliate links or purchase products such as New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure or Coloring the World’s Wildlife (our latest coloring book for grownups), you’re helping to keep My Itchy Travel Feet in business. Thank you so much.

Where are we headed next?

Like everyone else, due to current events, our international travel schedule is up in the air. For 2021, we’ve chosen to concentrate on western adventure in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming along with some fun on the central Oregon Coast.

To keep you travel dreaming, look for upcoming guest articles on visiting the bears at Katmai National Park, exploring Mississippi’s Secret Coast, how to spend two days in New Orleans, and an Ocoee River rafting trip. See, we’re still covering the world for you!

We couldn’t do it without you

Our success is directly related to your support as readers, newsletter subscribers and social media followers. We can’t say thank you loud enough. You are the reason that we work this hard.

Do you enjoy the active boomer travel articles at My Itchy Travel Feet? Please tell your friends about us. And don’t hesitate to email us with questions about travel or suggestions on what you’d like to see at My Itchy Travel Feet.

Now let’s get on with the boomer travel fun. And…

Thank you for an amazing 13 years!

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