Temple of Heaven in Beijing, China

Visit the Temple of Heaven: Where Chinese Boomers Hang Out

How do you visit the Temple of Heaven, a popular Beijing attraction, on a luxury cruise through China? Most cruise lines offer a land extension to China’s capital city that’s well worth the time, money, and effort. When cruises visit China, they dock at Tianjin for a couple of nights so that guests can overnight […]

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Seeing pandas in China

Chengdu Panda Tour for Boomer Wildlife Watchers

Wildlife watching is one of my favorite active boomer travel adventures. Alan’s too. Of course we prefer to observe wildlife in their natural environment, like we did on a South African safari. Seeing Pandas in China When it comes to wildlife experiences, seeing pandas in China has long been on our bucket list. But that’s […]

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Excelsior Bar

Solo Travel to Hong Kong

Solo travel. It’s one of those things that everyone says you have to do at least once in your life. If you’ve never traveled without your partner, family members or group of friends, the thought of solo travel can be pretty intimidating, but it can be a wonderful experience. If you’re looking to take your […]

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Impression West Lake Hangzhou China

Saturday’s scene: Dancing With Water

Magnificent? Astounding? Spectacular? None of these adjectives come close to describing Impression West Lake in Hangzhou, China. Performers dance on stages that are set 3 cm into the Yuehu Lake—a natural part of West Lake—as they portray the Han folk story of Lady White Snake and Xu Xian. A dazzling light display turns the lake’s natural surroundings […]

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China tour document box from Ker & Downey holds lots of goodies.

Checking Off Bucket List Items on a Luxury Trip to China

Today, Alan and I leave for a small group luxury trip to China. Along the way, we’ll be checking four items off our boomer bucket list: flying on the Dreamliner, riding a high speed train in China, seeing pandas and cruising the Yangtze River. Our journey begins in Los Angeles, where we’ll board a United Dreamliner […]

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Plaza Motta in Orta San Giulio

Travel Oomph: Why Boomers Need It

After a few not-fit-for-travel experiences of my own, I’m on a mission to educate boomers about the role fitness plays on their travel adventures. Last month, Nora Lynch of Fit Travelers Have More Fun gave us tips for Staying Fit On A Road Trip, today she’s back to tell us why we need Travel Oomph: […]

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Saturday’s scene: Shopping For Pearls In Shanghai

On this busiest shopping weekend of the year, I’m reminded of the friends I made while shopping for pearls in Shangahi, China, last November. During a Regent cruise from Vancouver to Singapore, the ship stopped overnight in Shanghai. I got to know the store clerks at Ruepeipei Pearls and Jewelry quite well. Sometimes, shopping is […]

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Visiting the Great Wall of China

Disappointment At China’s Great Wall

Updated 01.01.2014 Is visiting the  Great Wall of China, a UNESCO World Heritage site, on your travel bucket list? Here’s a secret: if you’re a traveler with a fear of heights, the experience is going to be a challenge. It also proved to be one of my biggest travel disappointments. Those dreamy pictures of the […]

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Staying at the Regent Beijing

Alan and I don’t usually stay at luxurious high-rise hotels. Small inns or bed and breakfasts are more our style. But on a recent cruise from Vancouver to Singapore, Regent Seven Seas Mariner treated all cruise guests to a free night at the Regent Beijing Hotel (we paid for a second night on our own […]

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