I have the travel itch. Maybe it’s due to the smoke in the Bitterroot Valley (sorry, no hiking report to give you this week). Or it could be the summer doldrums. Or perhaps it’s because I’ve been busy writing travel articles from previous trips. You can guess where this is going. Our motto: when you aren’t on a trip, plan for the next one! Alan and I have been putting together a couple of short road trips for September. We’ve been pouring over the Montana Benchmark Atlas, as well as the Idaho one. Since our plans aren’t firm yet, I’ll leave you guessing about where we’ll be exploring.
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Always Hungry update: Now that I’m in Phase 2 of the Always Hungry plan, alcohol in moderation is allowed. But I know that this is a weight gain trigger for me so I’m limiting it to an occasional glass of wine for now. Last Friday, I ordered my favorite Pino Noir when Alan and I went out to dinner. And it tasted sweet to me—see how those tastebuds have changed? The glass lasted for the entire dinner. I had no desire for a second glass. My weight loss and decrease in measurements are too small to report this week, but according to my clothes, the fat is melting off. Thanks for letting me stay accountable by reporting my progress here. If you have questions, send me an email.
Are you thinking of visiting Europe this summer, but want to avoid the crowds? Check out some of our favorite off-the-beaten-path destinations to plan your trip:
- Hiking in Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
- Exploring the French Medieval Village of Perouges
- Ode to Lamego, Portugal
- Weekend of Wine and Wandering in Toro, Spain
This Week’s Articles
A reader asks, “How do you decide where to travel each year?” Donna answers in How to Know Where to Go: Advice for the Boomer Traveler.
This week’s guest writer, Susan Guillory, takes us on a fascinating trip to Poland, more specifically, to the former home of the Żabińskis, guardians of the Warsaw Zoo during the Holocaust, whose story was turned into the book and movie, The Zookeeper’s Wife.
We’ve really had fun talking about Canadian travel this month. Donna’s finishing out July by giving some Tips to Hiking the Wild Pacific Trail in Ucluelet, B.C.
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More Travel News for Boomers
National Park Pass for Seniors increases from $10 to $80 on August 28, 2017. We’ve been telling you about this for months but it deserves another reminder. If you want to save $70 on a National Park Senior Pass, buy yours now before the price goes up. Read the announcement from the National Park Service for where to purchase the pass.
TSA has announced more changes for domestic air travel. If you’re traveling with an electronic device that’s larger than a cellphone, you’ll need to remove it from your carryon to be placed in a bin to go through the security process. Click through to read the official announcement. Did you notice that the rule doesn’t apply to TSA pre-check? If you don’t belong to the program, now’s the time to sign up.
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