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Guest Post: 3 Adventures You’re Never Too Old To Have

Retirement doesn’t necessarily mean you have to slow down. More and more people are hanging up their company badges and picking up walking shoes to spend their golden years traveling across the globe. Even extreme adventures aren’t out of the question for the older travelers, who can be found zip-lining and paragliding on almost every continent (I can only hope to be that adventurous when I retire!). Here are three adventures you’re never too old to have.

Taking an African Safari

Photo by Diana Robinson

Many people spend their whole lives wishing they could see an elephant in the wild … Read more >>

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Lana - June 29, 2017 - 2:15 am

Wow, this was a great post.Thanks for the great recommendations.

Laurent - January 3, 2019 - 7:38 am

You are never to old to get joy from travel. And the best thing is that older travelers tend to take things a little more slowly. They take the time to stop and soak in the local color. Never stop exploring our beautiful world!

Accommodations in Cuba (Part 2 of 2): Recommended Places to Stay

This post is part of a two part series about the accommodations in Cuba.  For the first post, check out:

Part 1 of 2: Accommodations in Cuba: What’s a Cuban Casa Particular?

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I spent an enormous amount of time researching accommodations for Cuba.  It was no easy feat since we are selective about where we stay and getting answers from the hosts in Cuba was like pulling teeth due to the country’s limited infrastructure.  A simple question like, “Is there a bathtub?” could take multiple emails and several days to answer.  As a result, I wanted to … Read more >>

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Edu - July 2, 2017 - 1:58 am

the hotels look very nice

Lia Kwon - March 7, 2018 - 2:06 pm

I’ve been reading many of your posts on your website, I really really appreciate your detailed, thoughtful, and discerning help and advice on this post. Thank you SO much! I’m learning so much that will help me if I plan to travel to Cuba. Thank you again!


Accommodations in Cuba (Part 1 of 2): What’s a Cuban Casa Particular?

(A casa particular in Cuba)

If you go to Cuba, there are only a couple of main accommodation options: hotels or casa particulars.  I’m sure everyone knows what a hotel is, but have you ever heard of a casa particular?

What is a casa particular?

Casa particulars are homestays with local families.  The locals rent out their spare bedrooms to travelers in exchange for a small amount of money. Typically, these arrangements provide a private bathroom and breakfast as well. Some casa particulars will also provide dinner for an extra fee. For some homeowners, their livelihood depends on running their casa … Read more >>

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Alex - December 14, 2017 - 8:11 pm

Thank you for posting about casa particulares! This is the only ethical way to travel to Cuba, as at least some of the money goes to the people rather than directly to the totalitarian government.

Cuba Casa - February 4, 2019 - 9:59 am

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Is Staying At An All-Inclusive Worth It?

I’ve often had people ask me about all-inclusive hotels and resorts.  Are they worth it?  Should we stay in them?  Up until recently, I had no real point of view on all-inclusives because I knew that if we stayed in one, we would feel like we should eat at the resort every day since all the meals are included (hello, free food?! Uh, YES!). But, that would conflict with my desire to explore other dining options outside of the hotel so alas, we always booked room only deals.  … Read more >>

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Fran Henry - August 1, 2017 - 5:29 am

Hello: Loved the honesty of your posts ! I feel the same as you. Last year I went on my “dream” vacation to Bali and was sooooo disappointed. We stayed at a few All Inclusive Hotels and like you mentioned after the second day the thought of having the same mediocre breakfast was disheartening. I think All Inclusives may be a good deal when travelling with pre teens or teenage kids who are known to be hungry every hour on the hour. I am planning our familv vacation to Cabo with a 13 year old whose appetite is huge so I am torn between going the all inclusive route or room only. Thank you for your posts. I really enjoyed reading your thoughts.

mike - March 3, 2018 - 10:31 pm

with the amount of hotels and vacation rentals and the cheap airfares ..the AI is not really a good deal..and most hotels have free breakfast so with the AI you are paying extra to eat the same lunch and dinner and drink enough for alcohol poison….you get more for your money not doing the all inclusive and you get more memories trying different restaurants and much better airplane ticket prices…

Guest Post: Why A Motorcycle Adds Instant Adventure To Your Travel Plan

(You can tour all of Australia on a bike!)

When it comes to exploring the world, there are so many different ways to go about it. However, we say that there’s only one way to travel, and that’s on the back of a motorcycle with your Dunlop tires on the pavement. Sure, you could rent a car or take a bus, but riding a hog makes the journey so much more memorable and adventurous. Don’t believe us? Here are four reasons why:… Read more >>

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