Want To Be A Road Scholar?

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Boomers love to travel, explore and learn.  So, it’s only natural that you might love combining those interests on tours of exotic, or even national, places.  Would you like to meet new people with common interests, learn something new and have fun while you’re at it?  Taking a RoadScholar tour can help you do all those things and more… Continue reading “Want To Be A Road Scholar?” »

Make Room For Fun In Your Busy Life – Join A Meetup Group!

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If you’re over 50, you’ve likely got a zillion things to do every day, every week, from working at your job, maybe running the business you own, maybe taking care of elderly parents, or kids, trying to keep your house and yard together (those fall leaves are creating even more work!), and trying to keep yourself fit and healthy around all of it.  But, are you having any fun?

How often do you get out with friends to just have some lighthearted fun? Like, maybe go on a walking tour, a bus/shopping trip, with your gal pals, or fishing, hiking, rock climbing, with some buddies? How about a canoe paddle in the moonlight on a nearby lake or river? Never you say? Well, there’s a very cool organization out there called Meetups.com that aims to take “never done things” out of your vocabulary and replace them with “fun things done frequently”.

Meetups.com is a nationwide “people connector” all across the United States that facilitates people of all ages getting together into whatever kind of activity group that appeals to them.  They can also just start their own group and ask others to join.  It’s about people meeting other people, doing fun, enjoyable, interesting things – whether your interests are health and fitness related, arts oriented, sports minded, or whatever, there’s a Meetup group for you.

And for people over-50, who may be relocating for whatever reason, or just find themselves in new “single” straits, from divorce or death, Meetup groups are a great way to get out socially and meet new people.  They can even just add some new fun to old “in a rut” friendships or relationships by joining a group you’d like to know more about with your friends or spouse.

To join a Meetup group, you simply go to Meetups.com, put in your city, and a category list of groups comes up.  You click on one and see what’s available in your city or within nearby driving distance to you. The range of groups is amazing and more often you’ll find yourself at a quandary of which to join first.  Best of all, they’re right in your local community as well as nearby communities so you don’t have to travel that far to start doing some new things.

Here are a few examples of fun and interesting Meetup groups from around the country:

1.  Southeastern Michigan.  Michigan Adventurers Club! This group goes kayaking, canoeing, and exploring the wilderness, camping, hiking, rock climbing, yoga, and more.

2.  Washington D.CSingle Washingtonians 40 and Up! This group meets for wine, interesting talks on politics, literature, the arts, philosophy, etc.  They attend art exhibits, film festivals/movies, concerts, in and around Metro D.C. area.

3.  Austin, Texas.  Boomer Time! For people born between 1946 and 1964 who refuse to get old, this group meets to experience the night life around Austin, self-improvement, health and wellness events, dining out, and whatever else strikes their fancy!

4.  Denver, Colorado.   Baby Boomers Social Club!  This group share like interests, hobbies, dance to old school Boomer music, outdoor activities, talk, drink wine, coffee, etc, just hang out with each other making new social connections and having fun.

5.  Sacramento, CA.  Sacramento Sierra Club! A long-established “Sierra Club” adventure group that gets together for things like hiking, kayaking, skiing, biking, camping, potluck dinners, slideshows, service trips and much more.

6.  Mt.  Prospect, IL.  Baby Boomers Back In the Game!  This group caters to older people for, as their ad says, “fun, fun and more fun! Dancing and drinking required. YOU are young at heart, so join us and other baby boomers who want to dance, socialize, have fun and make new friends.”

So, if you’re a Boomer longing for social stimulation and just plain fun with people your own age and interests, find something entirely new and exciting to do in a Meetup group.  As one of the groups succinctly put it, “We only live once, but if we live right, once is enough!”

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Tips To See Fall Foliage in a Whole New Way

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(ARA) – Every fall, many families pack up the car to travel to see fall foliage. Cooler temperatures and vivid colors make fall the perfect time to get outside and enjoy nature. Most regions have an area known for a vivid display of fall foliage, so families don’t have to travel too far to enjoy autumn colors.

* Research specific regions: Many private and public parks offer trails for visitors. Be sure to ask for trail maps of the area to get the lay of the land and determine the appropriate trails for your family’s experience level. Continue reading “Tips To See Fall Foliage in a Whole New Way” »

Great Vacations Can Take Place Close To Home

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Whether you have children or you are taking a week away as a couple, the first thing to do is to decide your budget and distance. Once you have done this, take a trip to your local information centre and pick up as many leaflets and brochures as you can. Also check online particularly council websites and local ‘What’s On’ guides for even more ideas. As residents of a town or county we can often miss out on some fantastic things to do and taking a vacation near to home can give you the chance to be a tourist without spending tourist prices! Continue reading “Great Vacations Can Take Place Close To Home” »

Some Like It Hot!: Great Girlfriend Getaways

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When the world is too much with us, it’s time for a weekend away with the girls (and I use that term loosely, being of a certain age). But girls we are, at least in spirit, and my favorite summer escape is to leave the marine layer that never burns off in Santa Monica for the dry heat of the desert, which warms the bones of those of us with runner’s knee and tennis elbow. Not only is it therapeutic, but it’s a bargain, with luxury hotel rooms at a fraction of the price (about two-thirds) of winter rates. We’re talking resorts, girlfriend, with spas, fitness centers, tennis courts, and golf courses. And even if you indulge yourself with facials, massages, afternoon mojitos, and 3-course dinners, the cost of a weekend is still less than the price of a good handbag.

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It’s Earth Day! Let’s Save the Planet

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Earth Day arrives Thursday (April 22) and it’s a great time to do all of the good things for the environment that you can. It doesn’t have to be overwhelming, even small steps can make a big difference in doing your part. If you’re ready to get started, here are 10 things you can do to help save the Earth. Continue reading “It’s Earth Day! Let’s Save the Planet” »

Try These Eco-Friendly Travel Tips

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Who doesn’t love to take a little vacation? Take a break from the norm and welcome an invitation to adventure. With a few tips gathered from ABC’s travel site, you can now travel in the most eco-friendly way possible. Continue reading “Try These Eco-Friendly Travel Tips” »

Travel Like A Celebrity

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Always wanted to live the life of a celebrity? Tune in to see how to travel like one. Continue reading “Travel Like A Celebrity” »

Traveling With Children

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Traveling Destinations Travel to Epcot

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Already yearning for the beach and the sun? Gabe Saglie, senior editor of travelzoo.com, shares the top five wow destinations for 2010. Continue reading “Traveling Destinations Travel to Epcot” »

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