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In our November/December 2016 issue
It is winter for many readers, so collect a little snow by traveling above the Arctic Circle to visit a Lapland reindeer herder. Back in warmer climes, we then experience delightful Steveston Village just outside Vancouver, British Columbia. There are also insightful tips on how to get the best experience from a small group tour as many older travelers transition to tours from independent travel. Next, we sit down with a retired couple who have spent 2.5 years exploring countries and regions through 26 house sitting assignments. Then we dabble in a bit of time travel far back into the pre-history of our human ancestors with an exciting introduction to European Ice Age art sites open to the public in France, Spain and Portugal.

Embrace winter in an unusual way, hanging out north of the Arctic Circle with a traditional Sami reindeer herder in Finland. Margie Goldsmith
Lastly, we share a diverse selection of homestays on the Caribbean islands of Grenada that will draw you to this lovely country and encourage you to consider homestays on your travels.

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: December 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.
See our latest news picks and join our email notification list for TravelWatch!


2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation led by Martin Luther in Germany. Learn about incredible events and activities planned throughout the country during the coming year.
What would stop you traveling in 2017? According to a survey of Baby Boomers and BB travel bloggers, not much except an incapacitating personal health issue or a war zone. Check out the thoughtful answers.
Travel with a Challenge is already getting questions from readers about exploring the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain in 2017. Travelers may walk, cycle, ride a horse, self-drive a chosen route or take a multi-day luxury train journey to appreciate the region in different ways.
Thirty years ago, the wreck of the “unsinkable” Titanic ocean liner was discovered 12,000 feet down on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean. To mark this discovery, a respected tour operator has launched five new tours of Ireland, all of which include time spent learning about the ship’s construction in Northern Ireland.
A round of applause for prominent booking website, TripAdvisor, which has just announced that it will no longer sell tickets to some wild animal attractions. Learn more about this important initiative.

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 the benefits of small group travel and tips for making them successful for each person.
Many people pride themselves on exploring the world independently, some have done it since their twenties, backpack and hostel style, even into their senior years looking askance at letting someone else organize each day, accommodation or event on their behalf. Australian traveler, Stephen Collicoat, makes the case for small group travel, and offers tips for ensuring that such close encounters are a real success.
Article about the benefits of small group travel and tips for making them successful for each person.
Article about Steveston, B.C. tourism, what to see and do.
Is it an historic time warp of a once-thriving fishing community, a food aficionado’s idea of heaven, a festival goer’s destination year round, a whale watching mecca, or the fictitious town of Storybrooke, backdrop for the Once Upon a Time hit TV show now in its 6th season? Steveston Village is all of the above! When visiting Vancouver or Richmond, B.C., allow serious time for this destination.
Button image: ©City of Richmond
Article about Steveston, B.C. tourism, what to see and do.
Illustrated article about pre-historic Ice Age cave art, best Ice Age art open to the public in Europe.
Human prehistory, reaching back from 12,000 to 47,000 years ago, is a source of global fascination to archaeologists and amateur enthusiasts alike. Paleoanthropologist, Genevieve von Petzinger, shares her intimate knowledge of European Ice Age art sites in France, Spain and Portugal, while recommending the best sites for travelers to visit at this time.
Button image: ©Dillon von Petzinger
Illustrated article about pre-historic Ice Age cave art, best Ice Age art open to the public in Europe.
Article about staying in homestays on the Caribbean islands of Grenada.
Article about staying in homestays on the Caribbean islands of Grenada.
Whether vacationing for a short time or a long stay to escape winter weather, a homestay holiday in the three-island nation of Grenada in the eastern Caribbean offers a relaxing family atmosphere, cultural insights, delicious cuisine and volunteer opportunities, all at an affordable price.
Article about Lapland reindeer tours.
Article about Lapland reindeer tours.
Whether vacationing for a short time or a long stay to escape winter weather, a homestay holiday in the three-island nation of Grenada in the eastern Caribbean offers a relaxing family atmosphere, cultural insights, delicious cuisine and volunteer opportunities, all at an affordable price.

A retired couple shares the realities and highlights of their first 2.5 years of house sitting assignments, currently numbering 26 in five countries! They offer tips for readers considering this adventurous option that opens doors on creative low-budget travel and a chance to live like a local.

Coming in January/February 2017: A senior couple take a three-month train journey around Eastern Europe and Mediterranean countries with a Eurail pass and no fixed itinerary.

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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