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Top 5 Senior Travel Blogs to Follow

Reading about people’s adventures is almost as good as traveling yourself…right? Meet some of the world’s best-known boomer travel bloggers who share their stories and experiences on the road. Follow along as they adventure around the world, sharing photos, memories and tips along the way.

Here are some of our favorite blogs:

More Time to Travel

More Time to Travel was recently named one of the best boomer travel blogs by FlipKey and is written by Irene S. Levine and Jerome Levine. She worked most of her career as a respected and highly-regarded journalist in the health field before transitioning to travel. Her blog has destination information, books and gear, and lots of tips!

www.moretimetotravel.com/

Where in the World is Kate?

Focusing on solo travel for women over 50, Kate is a smart and refreshing voice who focuses primarily on travels in Asia. The Middle East and Europe. She has lots of stories from her transition from Microsoft exec to full-time traveler! She's got great stories, tips and advice for solo women (and men) traveling the world. 

whereintheworldiskate.com

My Itchy Travel Feet

Married pair Donna & Alan Hull are a writing and photographer duo who record their travel experiences through blogs so that the boomer population will be better informed for their next trips. They even have an exhaustive series of boomer-travel resources to share. Donna says that “the travel bug is like an itch you can’t quite scratch. I call it itchy feet”. Do you have itchy feet?

myitchytravelfeet.com/

Never Stop Traveling

This blog is “the source for travelers who want to go beyond the typical trip”. (Sounds like us ElderTrekkers!). They focus mostly on Europe, South & North America. Jim Ferri, the editor of the blog says he wants to highlight real experiences while traveling the world and couple it with great photography. He’s also got some great travel tips on this blog.

www.neverstoptraveling.com

Travel Past 50

Tom Bartel & Kristin Henning write and photograph destinations across the world, sharing tips, and stories geared to older adults “primed to pack up and travel”. They’ve got a great slogan – “ for those who’ve been around”. They sold all of their possessions in 2010 and now explore the world. Canada, Bali, Nebraska, and Paris are just a few of the most recent articles they’ve written about, but since they’ve been to over 40 countries, you will have no shortage of destinations to enjoy reading about!

travelpast50.com

Do you have any other travel bloggers that you like to follow? Share them with us in the comments below!

- July 27, 2016
 

IS JET LAG UNAVOIDABLE?

Some people get an exceptionally severe case of jet lag no matter what they do. My humble opinion is jet lag just happens. Lots of blogs address the question. Even medical sites give jet lag advice. I think, like many people, no matter what I do, I can’t avoid jet lag. The definition for Jet lag is excessive sleepiness, but my primary symptom is getting dizzy.

FOR ME JET LAG IS UNAVOIDABLE.

I get vertigo as well as being tired. That’s how I can tell that lack of proper rest weakens my system. Jet lag comes on when a traveler goes to a new time zone by airplane. My radar is now on alert for jet lag symptoms. My body clock sometimes doesn’t have a chance to adjust to the sunrise/sunset rhythms in a new time zone.

When I am traveling, I am physically careful for the first few days. These are some tips that help me. I stay up until a normal bedtime hour, walk as much as I can and stay out in the sun whenever possible. I suggest drinking a lot of water and never taking a deep nap. Rest is helpful, but sleeping before bedtime doesn’t help me. Even if jet lag is unavoidable, there are things you can do to improve the symptoms.

JET LAG IS INEVITABLE FOR ME, BUT I KEEP TRAVELING

I have tried a lot of remedies, and nothing works. The one thing that sort of works for me is a cat nap. Cat naps feel like you are just about to fall asleep, but you catch yourself and wake before you fully go to sleep. Staying up as long as possible while my adrenaline is pumping helps me adjust to the new time zone. Unfortunately, when I arrive home – nothing works.

THE REAL DEFINITION FOR JET LAG

Jet lag, medically referred to as desynchronosis, and rarely as circadian dysrhythmia, is a physiological condition which results from alterations to the body’s circadian rhythms resulting from rapid long-distance transmeridian travel on high-speed aircraft. For example, someone traveling from New York to California feels as if the time were three hours later than local time. Jet lag was previously classified as one of the circadian rhythm sleep disorders. source: Wikipedia

ONE DAY FOR EACH TIME ZONE FOR YOUR BODY TO ADAPT

But, when I get home I notice my Jet lag. Nothing can take my mind off of the upset stomach and sleepiness.

The bad thing about jet lag for me is it brings on vertigo. I fell in Africa, collapsed downstairs in Jordan, and tripped in Rhodes. The African fall injured my right foot. In Jordan, I broke my camera lens, lens cover and hurt my wrist. My Jordan header made me oblivious; I was out of it for a few minutes. In Rhodes, when I noticed something was wrong, I sat down at a restaurant. The restaurant manager was helpful. He could tell I wasn’t feeling well. He helped me out and gave me tea. For me, things get disoriented. I can feel jet lag coming on in my vision. I believe vertigo goes hand-in-hand with jet lag. However, it doesn’t bother me enough to stop me from traveling.

Think about the possibilities, because you might also get vertigo. According to my doctor, vertigo is triggered by jet lag, PTSD, lack of sleep and/or a virus. My advice is to be aware and know your body. I think knowing about jet lag or any medical condition helps you recognize the cause if you experience them. Hopefully, my story helps you.

AVOID JET LAG BY BUILDING A SLEEP SCHEDULE

Create a custom sleep schedule, make a coping plan to deal with Jet lag. Jet Lag Rooster-A free website to help reduce jet lag so you can enjoy your trip.

COPING WITH JET LAG

•    Start by resetting your biological clock before leaving by getting up an hour early for a few days before departure

•    Eat well, drink a lot of water

•    Be relaxed and comfortable, avoiding worry and stress (anything you forget can buy there)

•    Take cat naps and sleep on the plane

•    Stay up and go to your furthest destination so you are busy until you drop into bed

•    Burn up your energy and get exhausted

•    Some think exercise and the sun will help; see if it works for you

IS JET LAG UNAVOIDABLE?

WHAT DOESN'T WORK

•    Ambien and other sleeping aids only make it worse for me

•    Melatonin and No More jet lag don’t work for me. They did, but they stopped working. Give them a try and see if they work for you.

•    Drinking makes my jet lag worse, and my sleep is full of crazy dreams

•    To sleep or not to sleep?  Try taking a nap, it might work for you.

Remember, travel comes at a cost, but it’s worth it.

Thanks to Kate at Where in the World is Kate for being this week's Guest Blogger. To read more, visit Kate's website here.

 

 

Where in the World is Kate? - July 19, 2016
 

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