News for the Week

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Welcome to this edition of News for the Week—a look at boomer travel ideas, news and deals.

Pilot Mountain is about 24 miles north of Winston-Salem, North Carolina
You don’t have to travel far and wide to find some incredible hiking options. Check out Donna’s trip to Winston-Salem where she hiked up to the Big Knob of Pilot Mountain.

From Donna:

This week, I’ve been reminded how important it is for boomer travelers to be flexible—the kind of flexibility that requires a willingness to change. I’m practicing all the flexibility that I can find as Alan and I cancel a road trip to the Steens in eastern Oregon because my back is acting up.

What are my on-the-road strategies for taking care of a back problem that occurs fairly often in my life?  I’m stretching lots, limiting the amount of sitting that I do (you should see my improvised standup desk that involves LOTS of books), taking meds and walking. Getting this under control is vital to the really fun travel plans Alan and I have in the coming months. 

What are your strategies for taking care of ongoing medical issues when you’re on the road? Send me an email to share what’s in your bag of health tricks.

Want to know how to get the most for your money when shopping for clothes? Know your style.

When I saw this pink Chico’s top slide across my Facebook feed, I knew it would be perfect for my travels, because it’s just my style: longish tunic top that’s slimming but doesn’t hug the hips to wear over slim pants.

And because the top was on sale, I bought it in 3 colors (pink, blue and peach) and still didn’t spend what one top would have cost at the beginning of the season. I’ll wear the pink top with black, white or gray pants. The peach will go with khaki, gray or white pants. And the blue (Alan’s favorite color) looks good with white, black, gray or khaki pants. 3 tops + 4 pants = 10 outfits. Not bad.

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From Nicole:

Fall is in the air and I couldn’t be more excited. Much like spring, this time of year lends itself to fun adventures, especially road trips. If you’re going on an autumn road trip this year, make sure to check out our Packing Tips for a Leaf-Peeping adventure.

And if you’re still up in the air about where to go, Trip Savvy has a useful list of State-by-State Guide to Fall Colors.

This Week’s Articles

We all know that Florida is a popular summer vacation destination, but did you know that there are still a few places that manage to escape the tourist glut? This week, guest contributor, Fred Mays is taking us on an Active Travel Adventure to Florida’s Pine Island. Any fishermen or women out there? This is the post for you!

Donna’s worked overtime on a hiking gear guide for boomer travelers and it’s finally done! Check out Day Hiking Essentials: What to wear and bring on a short hike.

Updated this week:

It’s not too soon to start your 2020 travel dreaming. Our updated list of the travel bucket list apps will help.

Travel Deals for Boomers

We’re on the hunt for the best travel deals for boomers. Look what we found for this week:


  • From Vrbo: European vacation rentals under $200 per night. Check them out.
  • Have you seen the Baggallini 2-wheel underseat carryon? It’s included in their fall sale.
  • Did you know that Kayak offers cruise deals? Take a look.
  • Looking for a lightweight hiking shoe to wear on short trails, road trips or shore excursions? The Merrell Siren Edge Q2 is on sale at Zappos.
  • If you stay in Best Western Hotels on road trips (Donna and Alan often stay in Best Western Plus on western U.S. road trips), find out how to earn a free night for your next trip.

Are you looking to save money on upcoming travels? Send us an email. We’ll check our resources for you.

More Travel News for Boomers

Are you planning an October escape? Check out some of our recommendations for the best places to visit in October, including the American Southwest, Montana ghost towns, and more!

Headed out to Arizona? Check out this list of the state’s most unusual lodgings. Looks like fun!

That’s all for now but we really want to hear from you. If you have a question about travel or suggestions for our next boomer road trip eguide, please send an email through our contact page.


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