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In our September/October 2015 issue
For most seniors, accommodations are not just a carelessly-chosen add-on, but a key element of a successful holiday. We journey to Canada’s Wild West Coast to highlight a self-catering travel trend where three diverse accommodations combine luxury, plenty of space, and front-line vacation excitement interfacing with raw nature. Then we offer two ways to enjoy continental Europe: one by actively exploring Switzerland on multi-day routes for cycling, hiking and canoeing, all senior friendly. The other way is surely a richer, deeper exploration of France’s Champagne region spending days with small-scale producers of the famous beverage and wandering the streets of historic villages there.
Waves around resort on West Coast of Vancouver Island. Article about three self-catering lodgings there.
The Wild West Coast of Vancouver Island is full of surprises, one of which is its luxurious self-catering accommodation. Make yourself at home and feel the remote Pacific magic! 
Black Rock Oceanfront Resort
With Classic Selections from our Travel Article Library, we remind readers of two uniquely tempting motivations to travel the world: chocolate cuisine vacations and small-ship bird watching cruises. Finally, we consider the basics of becoming a successful travel writer ... an intriguing thought for any globe trotter!

Be sure to visit the magazine's entire Travel Article Library and the handy Theme Pages to browse our growing collection of richly-illustrated features. In addition, we invite you to check our latest TravelWatch column for fast-breaking travel news ... always intriguing food for thought. Finally, our innovative Travel Advertiser Directory is a treat not to miss. See why for yourself!

While showcasing both well-established and freshly-minted alternative travel opportunities throughout the world, this website and its Web magazine promise its readers practical advice and plenty of nuts-and-bolts information to encourage active, educational, value-added vacationing suitable for men and women over 50. The one thing you won’t find is an excuse to stay home!

This travel website also includes a Consulting Services section designed for tourism professionals and organizations wishing to tap into the visible subject and design expertise demonstrated on these pages.

Senior Travel Newsletter: nature vacations, educational, cultural and volunteer vacations, cruise and barging. Senior Travel Newsletter: nature vacations, educational, cultural and volunteer vacations, cruise and barging.

All New Stories: August 1, 2015
Alternative travel and active, adventure travel are growing at such a pace, there is always news to share and fresh horizons to consider.
See our latest news picks and join our email notification list for TravelWatch!


An increasing number of hotels and resorts around the world are recognizing traveler interest in spending at least a part of their vacation volunteering. We share some creative options.
A new educational dinosaur museum is opening in northwestern Alberta, next to one of the world’s largest dinosaur bone beds. It is partnering with National Geographic to become the only museum in Canada to host hundreds of NG movie screenings a year in its theater.
We highlight the launch of a unique voluntourism cruise ship in the Spring of 2016, sailing Caribbean waters to the Dominican Republic and Cuba while offering up to 710 guests per cruise an educational and cultural exchange by lending a helping hand!
Coffee lovers and heritage fans will want to book time in November 2015 to attend the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival on the Big Island of Hawaii. It is Hawaii’s oldest food festival, celebrating 45 years of tasty learning over ten fun-filled days.
Candy Harrington has done it again! This veteran accessible travel expert has unveiled a new book to make finding accessible US accommodation for wheelchair users and slow walkers easier than ever before.

Senior Travel Advertiser Directory: nature vacations, educational, cultural, cruise barging, and volunteer vacations.Senior Travel Advertiser Directory: nature vacations, educational, cultural, cruise barging, and volunteer vacations.   New Design -- Check these exciting pages!
You will love our colorfully-illustrated Advertiser Lynx Directory for the best in accommodations, tour operators & travel planners, wellness & spiritual vacations, cruising and barging, volunteer vacations, educational travel, travel products & services, transportation, and more. Check the latest Feature Link of the Month.


Travel Article Library of senior travel feature articles: nature vacations, educational, cultural, cruise barging, and volunteer vacations.Travel Article Library of senior travel feature articles: nature vacations, educational, cultural, cruise barging, and volunteer vacations.
NEW HEADINGS AND THEMES ADDED MONTHLY! Don't miss our Travel Article Library, arranged for easy access by topic and country destination. This archive presents all of Travel with a Challenge's richly-illustrated collection of stimulating articles and helpful information on creative, challenging vacations for mature travelers. Our readers use this resource very actively!


Senior-friendly travel resources and product reviews, Travel with a Challenge web magazine.Senior-friendly travel resources and product reviews, Travel with a Challenge web magazine.
SOMETHING NEW! From time to time we come across some great new books, DVDs, travel clothing, travel gadgets and helpful tools that we think our readers would like to know about. If we've looked it over, we like to share our thoughts as part of what promises to be a growing collection of useful information and travel inspiration. Check back often!

Senior Travel Magazine Feature Articles: nature vacations, educational, cultural, cruise barging, and volunteer vacations.
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Article about three self-catering resorts and lodgies on Canada's wild Pacific Coast.
Drive along with Travel with a Challenge editor, Alison Gardner, on a visit to Vancouver Island’s extreme west coast where, gazing out to sea, the next landfall is Japan. She shares her experience of three very different self-catering lodgings, from a boutique size town property to a full resort as well as a new aboriginal tourism cottage initiative that is leading the way in sustainable lodging.
Photo button credit: Wya Point Resort.
Article about three self-catering resorts and lodgies on Canada's wild Pacific Coast.
Sample chocolates and chocolate cuisine around the world.
For a great many people, chocolate is one of life's greatest culinary pleasures. Author, Doreen Pendgracs makes a compelling case for including chocolate in your vacation itinerary ... even selecting destinations where chocolate is sure to be on the menu as well as a theme for delicious tours and hotel stays.
Sample chocolates and chocolate cuisine around the world.
Bird watching small-ship cruises worldwide.
Bird Watching is one of the world's most popular activities. Traditionally, most of it has been land-based, but increasingly small-ship cruises are being recognized as an ideal platform for spotting birds both while at sea and in remote places where land access is best made from a ship's landing craft. An expert shares his five favorite destinations for small-ship bird viewing around the world.
Bird watching small-ship cruises worldwide.
Advertorial about learning to be a successful travel writer.
For many late-career and retired people, travel is tops on their bucket list. But the cost of doing so can be a barrier. Here's how you may learn the skill of travel writing and earn a living or supplement a retirement income while following a passion for exploring the world. Yes, you can!
Advertorial about learning to be a successful travel writer.
Feature article learning about Champagne in France's Champagne region.
There is no more fulfilling place to sip champagne than in Champagne itself, and no better way to gain a full appreciation of the beverage’s justifiable fame than to stay in the region. Travel writer, Tom Koppel and photographer, Annie Palovcik, share their experiences, immersing in the history and generational culture of small family vineyards, while tasting and learning all about champagne.
Feature article learning about Champagne in France's Champagne region.
Feature article about senior-friendly active adventures in Switzerland, ranging from cycling and hiking to canoeing and local food tasting.
Active seniors will love Switzerland’s multi-day routes for cycling, hiking and canoeing throughout the hills, farmland and mountain ranges that define the country. From the 18 designated routes, we’ve picked six that are particularly senior-friendly … two of which offer electric bicycles for rent. This is a great way to discover nature, explore picturesque towns and villages, and savor the specialties of each region, from Emmental Swiss cheese to tasty meringues!
Feature article about senior-friendly active adventures in Switzerland, ranging from cycling and hiking to canoeing and local food tasting.

Coming in November/December: Discover why Sitka, Alaska in the gem of towns on the Alaska Panhandle, and experience a one-week small-ship cruise that blends the spectacular natural wonders of Alaska’s Inside Passage with the cultural history and contemporary insights of the native Tlingit people who have lived in this land for millennia.

Check out our "Feature Link of the Month"!

Travel Themes.
Hungry for vacation ideas and personal experiences but want an article menu in bite-size chunks? Click on the title or accompanying image to browse our collection of Travel Theme pages, each colorfully and clearly laid out on a single page that showcases articles about that theme or destination region.
Volunteer vacations, volunteer travel, voluntourism, volunteer service holidays.
In response to our readers' persistant interest in planning their travel interests around reliable, creative volunteer opportunities, we are pleased to showcase an ever-widening range of destinations and volunteer ideas around the world. This collection of personal stories and objective reports will inspire and motivate you!
Volunteer vacations, volunteer travel, voluntourism, volunteer service holidays.
Link to Alternative Hawaii Theme page.
Definitely our most visited Theme Page any month of the year, the Alternative Hawaii collection takes readers way beyond Waikiki to explore the finest treasures and pleasures of six islands. Nature, active adventures suitable for seniors, unique places to stay on each island, and wellness vacations with a Hawaiian flavor!
Link to Alternative Hawaii Theme page.
A collection of richly-illustrated articles about travel in Africa.
Our Travels in Africa article collection illustrates original ways to sample this fascinating continent … from climbing Mt Kilimanjaro and choosing volunteer service to taking in all the highlights regardless of physical disabilities. We also feature amazing photographic and video-taking tips articles with Africa as the backdrop.
A collection of richly-illustrated articles about travel in Africa.
Sleeping with History, Accommodation articles theme page.
While taking a land or water vacation, accommodation can be much more than a predictable roof over the traveler's head. With a little research, it becomes a meaningful part of the holiday experience. Our Sleeping with History article collection illustrates some amazing accommodations in many countries.
Sleeping with History, Accommodation articles theme page.
Collection of feature articles about multi-generational family travels worldwide.
The 21st century is offering many creative ways to share stimulating vacations between the generations, be they adult with adult or adult with children and grandchildren. Our new Family Travel Theme Page offers plenty of ideas worldwide for how to make memories between family members of every age.
Collection of feature articles about multi-generational family travels worldwide.
Spiritual and Pilgrimage vacations are part of the Wellness & Spiritual Travel Theme collection.
As people increasingly recognize the need for physical wellness, emotional strengthening, and spiritual depth for healthy living, Wellness, Spiritual and Pilgrimage vacations are often becoming a quest for meaningful life direction. Plenty of food for thought and inspiration in our collection of feature articles!
Spiritual and Pilgrimage vacations are part of the Wellness & Spiritual Travel Theme collection.
Link to bird, nature & wildlife theme page.
The Bird, Marine Mammal and Wildlife feature articles present a dazzling showcase of Nature's rarest and most curious as well as lots of educational facts and suggestions for unusual, remote nature holidays. Photography is worth a visit in itself!
Link to bird, nature & wildlife theme page.
European travel articles about Ireland, France, Scotland, Germany and England.
The European Travel theme page opens windows on a varied menu and style of explorations in Ireland, France, Scotland, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Portugal and England. Our authors share their travel stories going by barge, camper van, on foot, even entering a classroom or two.
European travel articles about Ireland, France, Scotland, Germany and England.
Asia and India travel articles spotlight China, Vietnam, Hong Kong and India.
The Asia and India Travel theme page spotlights our feature articles with cultural, natural and educational vacation opportunities in Bhutan, China, Vietnam, Hong Kong and many parts of India. Enjoy the color, the cuisine, the diversity, volunteer possibilities, and the active adventures sure to appeal to older travelers.
Asia and India travel articles spotlight China, Vietnam, Hong Kong and India.
Link to Mediterranean Theme page.
The Mediterranean Travel theme page offers articles that immerse readers in the history, cultural richness, cuisine, senior-friendly active adventures and rich contemporary cultures bathed in that magic Mediterranean light that characterizes Italy, Greece and the Greek Islands, France, Spain, Slovenia, Croatia and Turkey.
Link to Mediterranean Theme page.
Cruise and train travel articles on Mexico, Southeast Asia, Europe and Alaska.
The Cruise and Train Travel theme page showcases unusual, small-scale, vacation explorations in Mexico's Copper Canyon, Southeast Asia, India, throughout Europe, Canada's Rocky Mountains, and Alaska with the uncommon perspectives of small ships, sailing ships, freighters, trains, river and barge journeys.
Cruise and train travel articles on Mexico, Southeast Asia, Europe and Alaska.
Latin American feature articles: Cuba, Nicaragua, Galapagos Islands, Peru's Amazon, Patagonia and more.
Except for a few iconic destinations, Latin American countries south of Mexico are unfamiliar to most travelers. That's too bad! Our collection of feature articles takes readers behind the scenes, onto the byways and into the essential grassroots of countries from Cuba and Nicaragua to the Peruvian Amazon and Patagonia.
Latin American feature articles: Cuba, Nicaragua, Galapagos Islands, Peru's Amazon, Patagonia and more.
South Pacific Travel feature article themes, Travel with a Challenge web magazine.
This theme page showcases our feature article collection on challenging, meaningful vacation opportunities across the vast South Pacific region, from Hawaii, New Zealand and Australia to French Polynesia and Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. Hop on a plane, a freighter, a ferry or a bicycle .... and be there!
South Pacific Travel feature article themes, Travel with a Challenge web magazine.

Alison Gardner, Alternative Travel Consultant, Travel with a Challenge Consulting.

Alison Gardner, Alternative Travel Consultant, Travel with a Challenge Consulting.
Let Alison Gardner, world expert on stimulating, meaningful vacations for mature travelers, help you design winning tours, select hot destinations, reach mature travelers who want to use your services, and create websites which are not only stunning to look at but cost-effective in reaching your target audience.


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