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In our March - April 2017 issue
In the past decade, Europe’s many rivers have become an incredibly popular form of small-ship cruising, especially with seniors, but have you considered cruising on Myanmar’s Irrawaddy River? Our story reveals a less-polished but equally satisfying way to explore an unfamiliar culture. Next, we take you to Canada’s La Belle Province to participate in the biggest history festival in North America attending the annual New France Festival in Québec City.

Then it’s on to the Mediterranean island of Crete for a cultural and gastronomic immersion with a Greek American culinary expert. Two very different American experiences highlight a senior-friendly whitewater rafting tour on Oregon’s Rogue River and a nail-biting mule ride down a cliff face on the Hawaiian Island of Moloka’i to learn about that island’s harrowing, historic leper colony. We end our article selection with a free-wheeling European rail adventure over 13 countries in three months!
Article about Quebec City's New France Festival, a fun-filled educational experience for all ages.
Step back in history with a colorful, informative, fun-filled festival in “New France”. Xavier Dachez
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 food for intriguing 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: February 1, 2016
Alternative travel and active, adventure travel are growing at such a pace, there is always news to share and fresh horizons to consider.
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2017 is Canada’s 150th anniversary as a nation, and it is a year with plenty of reasons for visitors to join in the celebrations. We spotlight some of the places to go and memorable experiences to have in the country’s 10 provinces and three territories ... all between three oceans and six time zones!
Cruising the Highlands of Scotland on its storied historic waterways is a bucket list travel item for many senior travelers. Now there are two luxury hotel barges to make the journey a reality and a special price reduction on the newest vessel launching in June.
Lascaux Cave in France’s Dordogne region conjures up fabulous images of colorful Ice Age animals dancing across the cave walls and ceiling. While no visitors have been allowed in the original cave since 1963, the grandest replica to date, Lascaux IV, is a magical substitute just opened in January 2017, that all lovers of such ancient history will want to experience.
Lifelong learners will be excited to hear about a residential summer program at Britain’s Oxford University where they may enroll in over 60 courses for a week or more.
Access to 12 of Florida’s impressively-diverse State Parks has become a reality for wheelchair users and slow walkers, and a new guidebook documents that access in detail. Check out the encouraging news.

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 river cruising on Myanmar's Irrawaddy River.
Many of our readers are committed river cruise fans but have already explored Europe’s many rivers and canals. Marianne Scott shares her experience of river cruising along Myanmar’s storied Irrawaddy River and her encounters with the local people in a country where tourism is still in its infancy.
Article about river cruising on Myanmar's Irrawaddy River.
Article about Quebec City's New France Festival, the biggest historic festival in North America. Article about Quebec City's New France Festival, the biggest historic festival in North America.
Québec City celebrates its 21st annual New France Festival in August with plenty of music, costumes, traditional foods, historic re-enactments and colorful parades that reflect the times of the earliest European settlers and indigenous people in the 17th and 18th centuries. A five-day treat for all ages!
Greek Island of Crete article with a spotlight on its culinary uniqueness.
Greek Island of Crete article with a spotlight on its culinary uniqueness.
A rugged, mountainous landscape and thousands of years as an eastern Mediterranean cultural and economic crossroads have shaped Crete’s unique personality, as revealed by Greek American culinary expert and island resident, Nikki Rose. You can practically taste the organic cuisine, local wines and olive oil!
An adventurous tale about a whitewater rafting trip on Oregon's Rogue River.
More and more, seniors are lured by wilderness challenges and learning new outdoor skills. Sandra Kennedy takes us on her first rafting trip down Oregon's Rogue River, learning about herself as well as the whitewater encounters that can lead to exhilaration or disaster if you're not paying attention.
An adventurous tale about a whitewater rafting trip on Oregon's Rogue River.
Ride a mule down 1,700 foot cliff trail to visit the former leper colony on its shores.
Experience the famous mule ride down a 1,700 foot cliff trail to the world’s best known leper colony on the Kalaupapa Peninsula. Learn about Father Damien’s work with the lepers, the inspiring story of this US National Historic Park's management of the site today, and the pilgrimage travel potential as Father Damien is now officially a well-deserved saint of the Catholic Church.
Ride a mule down 1,700 foot cliff trail to visit the former leper colony on its shores.
Article about traveling through Continental Europe by rail for 3 months. Article about traveling through Continental Europe by rail for 3 months.
Ever wondered what it would be like to buy a three-month Eurail pass and explore Continental Europe without a timetable? Award-winning book author, Karen McCann, shares her hilarious, harrowing, life-changing adventure as she and her husband visit 13 countries at their pace, mostly in Eastern Europe.

Coming in May/June 2017: An avid Australian backpacker has made it her goal to explore “every nook and cranny” of the world. Now 78, she shares her experiences and unique discoveries ... so far!

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.

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