Who says millennials do it better?
When it comes to travel, age is but a number.
As you think about retirement and all that free time you’ll have, consider taking a different approach. One that may still involve relaxing on the beach, but maybe not the beach down the road.
At TripAdvisor Vacation Rentals, we’ve rounded up 20 baby boomer travel bloggers as inspiration to get out there and travel. To venture around the world, experience new things, taste eclectic cuisine, hike a tall mountain or stay in that unique Costa Rican treehouse.
These 20 adventurers are all defying the concept of “taking it easy” as you get older. Hey millennials, here are 20 baby boomers having more fun than you!
Donna Hull (the writer) and Alan Hull (the photographer) think that “Baby Boomer” is more than an age range. “Boomers bring energy to their travels,” they say. “We’re willing to try new activities and embrace new experiences with an open mind. Boomers have a zest for life, both at home and on the road.” My Itchy Travel Feet knows that your ideal boomer vacation is subjective and individual, and will help you uncover all the options.
David and Veronica’s kids were finally out of the house, so they “decided to sell the empty nest (and everything else we owned), set out on a journey, and chronicle our discoveries. Pulling the ripcord on the daily grind, we threw caution to the wind, quit our jobs, put on our vagabond shoes, and went gypsy.”
“Traveling alone, not lonely” is the motto of Jennifer Huber, a “forty-something-year-old gal living life solo.” Her blog encourages other baby boomers to shed their fears and travel solo. “I admit to still having uncomfortable butterflies when dining alone in a chic restaurant or participating in an activity geared toward couples or families,” says Jennifer. “But I shrug off my insecurities and indulge in the moment of discovery and adventure.”
Kris and Tom traveled together for over 30 years before they started documenting it on their blog. Travel Past 50 is “concentrates on destinations and experiences many in our age group desire: historic sites, national parks, cities and cultural destinations, food and drink, active travel, and personal connections.”
Linda from Carpool Goddess has been named one of the funniest parents on Facebook, and she continues that humor on her blog. In addition to travel, she writes about beauty, fashion, exercise, midlife, motherhood and the empty nest.
Barbara Weibel’s clever blog name stemmed from her experience in real life. “After years of working at jobs that paid the bills but brought no joy, I felt like a ‘hole in the donut’ – solid on the outside, but empty on the inside.” So in 2007 she decided to pursue her true passions of travel, writing, and photography.
Self-described as a “Corporate American Runaway,” Sherry Ott travels to off-the-beaten-path destinations to bring you unique travel experiences, adventures, and photography from around the globe. “But it’s not just about travel,” says Ott. “It’s also about the life experiences of a solo female wanderer.”
Suzanne of Boomeresque writes about the impact of baby boomer travel on the body and mind. She quit her job as a Philadelphia lawyer so she could join her physician/scientist husband on his work trips. Referred to as “Mr. and Mrs. Excitement” by their friends and family, the two document their journeys and offer tips for finding the ultimate zen.
Wayne and Pat Dunlap specialize in saving you money on your travels, whether it’s a budget trip or luxury escape. They recently rented out their home, sold their business, and have been traveling the world for the past three years, visiting 100 countries in their lifetime. Unhook Now has received numerous awards including top travel influencers and travel speakers, plus a 5-star-rated book titled Plan Your Escape.
Life Part 2 is a “retirement adventure travel” blog by Jonathan Look, who sold everything he owned in 2011 and started traveling the world. Through his blog, Jonathan wants to “demonstrate to his fellow baby boomers that the world is not some scary place and it is still open and available to those who are motivated and curious enough to go out and see it for themselves.”
Lynn and Tim have been featured on USA Today, Yahoo, CBS This Morning, Forbes and The Wall Street Journal – all to chronicle their story of selling their house to travel and live around the world. The couple has lived in Mexico, Argentina. Turkey, France, Italy, England, Germany, Portugal, and Morocco, in addition to California’s wine country where they resided prior to retirement.
Janice and Tracy both share a passion of traveling alone. Janice is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and has woven her Master’s Degree in History into her travel experiences. Tracey’s inspiration comes from her desire to taste the world: “Whether I fall in love with a wine and then set out to explore the region that gave birth to it, or encounter an ingredient or dish that I incorporate into my life back home, my travels always revolve around discovering a culture through food and wine.”
Leyla is a nomad at heart, and her website is the result. “Whether you’re dreaming about travel, on the road or living abroad as an expat, Women on the Road will inspire and inform your travels with ethical, practical and fun advice.” Leyla shares first-hand experiences, sometimes learned the hard way, but always rewarding.
Charles McCool is a how-to travel expert, offering tips, guides and deals on all types of destinations. From hidden gem getaways to the best ice cream or BBQ joints in a certain area, Charles helps baby boomers save money while “increasing travel happiness and reducing stress on every trip.” McCool Travel has been recognized by the likes of Conde Nast, Frommer’s, USA Today and even our own Smarter Travel as a go-to resource in the travel space.
Nancy and her husband say they’re “radically re-inventing our retirement dream.” After selling their home and packing everything they own into suitcases, they’ve set off into a brave new world of shoestring travel and living the good life wherever the road takes them.
Gordon and Paula have been traveling together for 12 years and call themselves Boho Chic Travelers. What does this mean? It combines the Bohemian ideology of being non-conformist and having a fondness for music, arts, literature and people with the desire to be pampered, stay in chic accommodations and liven all five senses. Their blog Contented Traveller will show you how to pair experiential travel with the luxury factor. “A marriage made in heaven.”
Patti Morrow developed Luggage and Lipstick as the ultimate guide to adventure travel for baby boom women (though she welcomes men readers, too!). “Whether you’re looking for tips on exciting destinations, adrenaline adventures for your bucket list, or simply a brief arm-chair excursion as you sip your first morning coffee, Luggage and Lipstick is your ultimate source for a physical or virtual escape.”
Catherine Sweeney’s blog has a “strong focus on culture, lifestyle, the arts, food, historical landmarks and under-the-radar attractions in the United States, Europe, Canada, and Mexico.” Catherine is a boomer woman who brings youthful enthusiasm to her travels, which is reflected on her blog.
Irene and Jerome started More Time To Travel to inspire other boomers over the age of 50. If you’ve ever said “I can’t believe how quickly time has passed,” then this blog is for you. Irene and Jerome Levine want to provide “a wanderlust for doing something new or different, stimulating the senses and experiencing other cultures.”
Two sisters were living separate lives – one climbing the corporate ladder in Boston, the other holding down a family of six in Pennsylvania – but both finding time to travel together. One day they decided to document their stories, thus Blonde Brunette Travel was born. The baby boomer gals don’t shy away from sass, and readers will likely find themselves laughing all the way to the airport!
Featured image courtesy of Linda from CarpoolGoddess.com.