Yes, you can still see flocks of white-haired ladies arm-in-arm touring Europe on buses, but that’s not really the boomer style. We’re independent, youthful and free-spirited. The last thing we want is someone telling us where to go and when.
OK, then how do we travel? One way is “through the back door” with Rick Steves. His web site, travel guides, and PBS television show probably have encouraged more Americans to travel than ever before. Rick Steves, a boomer himself, has traveled extensively throughout Europe, and his enthusiasm is infectious. He is also frugal, like many of us, preferring to spend money on thrills rather than frills.
When I made my first trip to Europe in 1999, Rick was my main guide. I selected his recommended hotels and restaurants in France and England, and was not disappointed. The same is true of his back-door destinations — they were fabulous. His guidebooks give advice about cultural nuances, which made all my encounters with the locals very pleasant. He also offers tours for those who want more structure. Have a passion for cycling in the Danube Valley, hiking from Vienna to Prague, cruising to Antarctica or yachting in the Galapagos Islands? Try 50 Plus Expeditions. Those who want alternative adventure holidays can also check out Golden Gap Years, a site devoted to overseas travel, golfing, water sports, winter sports, camping and caravanning.
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