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  1.  Special Deal for Readers in the Canadian Rockies

    Special Deal for Readers in the Canadian Rockies

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    Now for a limited time and for readers and followers of Boomer Travel Patrol, receive 30% off on our 4 day ride (August 17th) or our 6 day ride (August 15th)

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  2. Sandra Vischer at Machu Picchu

    Volunteer for an Adventure!

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    If you want to experience a life-changing adventure, I highly recommend you combine travel with volunteerism! It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done! I’ve traveled to many beautiful, historic, and tourist friendly places, but volunteering gave me a deeper, richer, and more rewarding experience. It’s a great way to be completely immersed in a new culture, visit places you’ve never have been before, give yourself a new perspective on your life back at home, and have the added feel-good bonus of feeding your soul while helping those in need.

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  3. Tips for Avoiding Nasty Germs on the Go

    Tips for Avoiding Nasty Germs on the Go

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    According to the Census Bureau, there are an estimated that 77 million baby boomers in the United States. Baby boomers join the workforce population of commuters, spending 42 hours per week in their cars. Along that path they often stop to grab a coffee here or a latte there, fill up the gas tank, and grab some breakfast at the local donut shop. Being so busy can put people on a germ-filled path, especially as they make their way to and from their destinations. The good news is that there are things baby boomers can do help avoid those nasty germs and keep healthy.

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  4. Carefree Cruising: 6 Tips for a Healthy Cruise Ship Experience

    Carefree Cruising: 6 Tips for a Healthy Cruise Ship Experience

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    Six tips from Dr. Sreek Cherukuri, founder of MDHearingAid, on how to have a healthy cruise experience.

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  5. A Boomer Spring Break: Jekyll Island Club Hotel - Georgia

    A Boomer Spring Break: Jekyll Island Club Hotel - Georgia

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    Ahh – spring is in the air, the stores have the bathing suits on display – it must be time for Spring Break! Back in the day, we all headed south to Ft. Lauderdale. Now, it seems Mexico is the place to be on either coast. Well, that is all well and good, we had our time to party, but we still want to experience Spring Break, just perhaps not in the same way we did in our twenties. Winter has had its way with us, so we long for some sun and fun, but don’t necessarily want to be where the “kids” are. Well, I have just the spot for you!

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  6. Remember that “time is a traveller” – so value the special moments as you live them

    Time is a Traveller – Choices and Remembering with Kindness

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    “We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us so that we become increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us, and make us kinder. We always have the choice.” Dalai Lama

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  7. Dive Right In: Cobalt Coast Resort & Suites - Grand Cayman Islands

    Dive Right In: Cobalt Coast Resort & Suites - Grand Cayman Islands

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    You can thank the wind and Christopher Columbus for discovering the Cayman Islands. His ship blew off course on his final voyage to the New World and he landed on two islands filled with turtles, which he named “Las Tortugas.” The Caymans are a British Overseas Territory located south of Cuba and Northwest of Jamaica. They are known for their diving, so I decided to fill you in on a Dive Resort that, for this area, is a value. The Islands are a financial center, so this is not a bargain destination, but the Cobalt Coast Resort and Suites won’t break the bank.

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  8. Multigenerational Ski Vacation

    Multigenerational Ski Vacation

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    Our family has been traveling together during the winter ski season for the past twenty-five years.  Yes, every year we look forward to leaving the snow and cold at home to vacation at 8,000 feet above sea level in the snow and cold of the Rocky Mountains.  Of course, now, we are three generations…from ages 4 to 66…who, for a week, live together under one roof and share some fun that is ripe with laughter, camaraderie, and bravado.  As you can imagine, the planning and preparations start several months before that first burst of chilly air comes.

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  9. Antarctica glacier.  Note small zodiac which I was in at base of glacier in the water.  These are huge.  (Photo by Michael J. Manyak)

    Antarctica: A Great Place to go in Winter

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    The last thing those in the throes of the winter deep freeze think about is going to a place with more snow and ice.  People north of the equator think of going south.  But what if you went WAY south to a land where the wind-chill factor was conceived and snow and ice are daily companions?  Sounds crazy, but I can assure you that you are in for a spectacular experience if you head to Antarctica.  Seasons are opposite south of the equator so the middle of winter in the northern hemisphere is the height of “summer” in our most remote continent. It almost gets up to freezing!  Let me share my experience in Antarctica as the medical officer on an icebreaker taking 100 high school students and 9 scientists to do experiments. 

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  10. Berkeley Springs, West Virginia: The Country Inn

    Berkeley Springs, West Virginia: The Country Inn

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    Located in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia lies the town of Berkeley Springs. According to the census of 2010, the population is 624, so why am I telling you to go there and what might George Washington have to do with it?

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  11. Cacciucco

    Tuscan Delights: Unique Dishes to Eat in Tuscany

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    Tuscan cuisine is based on the idea of simple and fresh ingredients often referred as cucina povera or in English we could roughly translate the idea as farmer’s style cooking. In Tuscany complicate seasonings and elaborate creations are not needed. It’s all about simple meals, without using expensive ingredients and it can be easily made. Recipes are made of fresh and high-quality fresh ingredients, sometimes easily found in the countryside: bread, beans and roasted meats are essential.

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  12. Avalanche Lake Photo by wp8thsub, CC BY 2.0

    Six Not To Miss Points in the Queen of Hill Stations – Ooty

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    In southern India lying at an elevation of 2,623 metres is a little hill station nestled amidst eucalyptus trees and overlooking the blue mountains also known as The Nilgiris. This town is lovingly called Ooty but officially known as Udhagamandalum or sometimes even, Ootacamund (quite the tongue twister, eh?). Ooty has emerged as a popular honeymoon destination because of its alluring picturesque beauty that gets the romance brewing among newlyweds. So it isn’t just the ‘Queen of Hills’ but also the ‘Queen of Hearts!’

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  13. Puerto Banus

    Marbella, Spain: Romantic Get-a-way for your Valentine

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    The holidays are over and with it we have packed up the decorations as well as completed those gift exchanges!  One word that keeps penetrating our thoughts as we try unsuccessfully to ignore … escape!  

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  14. Wonder 500 Exhibition: New York City

    Wonder 500 Exhibition: New York City

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    FINE PRODUCTS FROM JAPAN, NEVER BEFORE SEEN IN THE U.S. MAKE THEIR WAY TO NEW YORK AS PART OF “THE WONDER 500™” EXHIBITION,

    JANUARY 28 – FEBRUARY 9, 2016

     

    It was exciting to stop by The Wonder 500™ Project exhibition pop-up at Exhibition Hall, 4 West 43rd Street (4-16 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036, USA) to experience Japan in New York!  Daily traditional tea and sweet tastings enhance your experience as you peruse the 500 unique Japanese products – both edible and utilitarian -- on display and for purchase, only through February 9, 2016.  Many of these items are unfamiliar outside of Japan.  

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    Going To Kansas City - 816 Hotel

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    If I say Barbecue, Baseball and Hallmark – what comes to your mind? How about fountains, over 200 of them, only second to Rome? Still don’t know, well welcome to Kansas City, Missouri! I just love sharing great places with you and we have the entire world to cover.

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  16. What/When/Why of New TSA Regulations

    What/When/Why of New TSA Regulations

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    With the New Year come new regulations every traveler should know about, namely TSA’s REAL ID Act, which has been all over the media since January 1st. Most recently, we learned that travelers who don't have the latest driver's licenses will have a two-year grace period before their IDs are rejected at airport security checkpoints.

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  17. Comfort dogs (Courtesy United Airlines)

    New Canine Travel Perk: Comfort Dogs at Airports

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    Susie was pleased to hear that other therapy dogs are serving as comfort dogs at many airports in the United States. The thousands of years of relationship between dog and man have a plethora of benefits for both species. Dogs make a great addition to any situation in which mankind experiences stress and airports are definitely a place (especially nowadays) where stress is high.

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  18. Acropolise at Night

    Athens, Greece: Birthplace of Democracy

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    On a first visit to Athens, one will be surprised to find ancient relics intermixed with new construction of a cafe, hotel or boutique!  I was amazed to enjoy an early morning cappuccino alongside an ancient Roman statue! To build a city among ancient ruins reminds me of just one other city – Jerusalem.  I am amazed that city officials can keep tourists from pilferage these ancient ruins!

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  19. Walking On Air - Therafit Shoes

    Walking On Air - Therafit Shoes

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    So, what is the most important thing you need to pack in your suitcase beside any medications you may use? It’s essential to have a comfortable pair of shoes – don’t you agree? Shoes are the biggest problem when it comes to packing because they take up a lot of room. However, I found an amazing pair of shoes that do double duty, because they look stylish (ballet flat), but the shock absorbing comfort soles make you feel like you’re walking on air. The shoes were sent to me to try and I have to admit, I have not been able to take them off. I have been wearing them everyday and have received a lot of compliments. When I tell people that they feel amazing as well, they are also sold.

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  20. Zaha Hadid

    Zaha Hadid: Her Life and Architecture

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    From Bagdad (her birth) to London (her adopted home) to Miami (her last days), Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid, one of the greatest architects of our time and the first female architect to be honored with the Pritzker Prize (2004), architecture’s highest accolade, died of a heart attack on March 31st. She was 65 years old. 

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  21. Colosseum

    Escape the Heat, Skip the Lines This Summer

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    Iconic sights are almost always jammed, but there ways to break free of the crowds and stay cool, from a guided tour with skip-the-line access, spots to cool off or secret side entrances with no waits. Below are some unique ways that travelers can avoid the high-season lines, making the most out of their summer vacation. 

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  22. Enchantment Offers Families the Perfect Escape

    Enchantment Offers Families the Perfect Escape

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    As you drive through the gorgeous Red Rocks from Sedona to Enchantment Resort and Destination Spa, it almost steals your breath. Surrounded by multi-colored mountains and nestled in the exquisite Boynton Canyon, Enchantment provides an opportunity for families to share the wonder of Sedona together as well as embark on their own relaxing resort activities. 

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  23. Dreading the TSA Line? These Credit Cards Might  Let You Skip it

    Dreading the TSA Line? These Credit Cards Might Let You Skip it

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    If you have a summer tour or cruise planned, the news about extremely long TSA lines is especially troubling. After all, missing your outgoing flight can lead to a domino effect of missed connections that terminates in your cruise or tour bus leaving without you.

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  24. No Passport Travel

    No Passport Travel

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    Imagine a picture-perfect sunset, a cool island breeze, and the relaxing sound of waves crashing against the shore while you sip the juice out of a fresh coconut. The thought of a tropical vacation is most enticing when you just want to get away, or at any time if we’re being honest. It’s a fantasy many of us long for, but we often think that jetting off to an exotic location that can offer all of this and more requires too much effort due to them being international destinations. Of course international travel mandates a current passport, which means going through customs and an even longer visit with the TSA. This is even more distressing if you don’t have a passport or if your passport has expired and you need to renew it. At the airport, security is magnified and even the smallest details will be scrutinized. If this has completely turned you off to traveling with a passport, we’ve got good news. Fortunately, there are beautiful tropical vacations you can visit with just your driver’s license in hand.

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  25. The Sunset Motel: Brevard, North Carolina

    The Sunset Motel: Brevard, North Carolina

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    I have such fond recollections of traveling with my parents as a child and staying in motels on our summer vacation travels. Sadly, those establishments have all but vanished and we are left with high rise properties. Don't get me wrong, I love to crawl in those plush beds and have the amenities, but sometimes, I long for the feel of the bygone era. Well, fear not, there are a few nostalgic places left and here's one that I think you will love. Not only is it in a wonderful location, but it will bring back a lot of memories.

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