Travel & Leisure

Worry-Free Housing

We have the best of both worlds. Billy and I often leave the US for months at a time to visit exotic locations. We set up a home base on the other side of the globe and settle into the local community. Then, due to visa restrictions or a desire to see family and friends once again, we return home to America’s stunning Southwest. We are able to live...Read More

Cass, West Virginia: Steaming Back in Time to the Top of Bald Knob

The Cass Scenic Railroad, part of the West Virginia State Park System, offers a nostalgic and educational train ride back in time. It’s fun for the whole family, not just rail enthusiasts. Cass is an authentic logging town, not an amusement park ride. The town is situated in the mountains, on the Greenbrier River. It is largely intact and looks a l...Read More

Is Cuba the next hot spot for U.S baby boomer? Not So Much Yet.

Cuba has seen an increase of popularity and attention following U.S. President Barack Obama’s historic decision to normalize U.S. ties with the island. And many American seemed eager to experience Cuba’s rich past, especially its colonial-era architecture, its Buena Vista Social Club music, 1950s American cars and world-famous rum and c...Read More

Journey with Kileen: The Lighthouses of North Carolina

I recently wrote an article on the Oregon Lighthouses so I thought I would do something on the Atlantic Ocean. The problem is you could write a book if you started talking about the East Coast lighthouses so I decided to concentrate on one important area in North Carolina. Cape Hatteras National Seashore has a lot to offer. It extends more than sev...Read More

Portland Oregon: Worthwhile, Wonderful and (a Little) Weird (in a GOOD way)

Portland, Oregon, officially nicknamed the Rose City, is one of North America’s truly unique urban areas. Located on the Willamette River where it flows into the Columbia river, it is Oregon’s largest city and a center for architecture and culture that is known for its livability. Because it is a friendly and well-run city with a pleasant climate, ...Read More

Akaisha’s Three Lessons on Retirement

After almost three decades of retirement we’re still having a great time. Here, we’re on a boat ride across Lake Atitlan Retirement is a great achievement, but it’s not static. It’s not like once you arrive you can forget about it and put it on auto-pilot. It’s an interactive manner of living that continues to respond ...Read More

Journey with Kileen: The Oregon Coast’s Spectaclar Lighthouses!

Last summer I did a tour of the Pacific coast from California to Tillamook, Oregon.  We stopped at two lighthouses but if you are traveling by auto it would be fun to see all nine of the surviving lighthouse stations since they have been added to the National Register of Historic Places. Seven of the lighthouses are available to visit during the su...Read More

The Canadian Rockies: 4 Parks; 2 Countries; Train, Boat, Gondola, and MORE… Oh My!

The Canadian Rockies are among the planet’s most majestic mountains and deserve a prominent place on your travel bucket list. If you have always wanted to see them but are unsure of when to go, what to see, how to get around or where to stay, Ginny and I recommend taking a well-run tour with a professional guide. One of the best is the aptly-named ...Read More

Lake Quinault Lodge in Olympic National Park

In 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt visited the then 11-year-old Lake Quinault Lodge on the shores of Lake Quinault in the rugged Olympic Peninsula of Washington during a fact-finding trip that so-impressed him that he signed a bill that created Olympic National Park. While there, he lunched at the dining room that would be named after him. Yo...Read More

Journey with Kileen to Mount St. Helens

While traveling the Pacific Coast last summer we went inland to Portland, Oregon and then up I-5 towards Seattle.  On our journey we stopped in the Mount St. Helens area. Mount St. Helens, 8364 feet high, is in the Cascade Mountain Range in southern Washington.  There are several volcanoes in this range with four alone in Washington State. Up by th...Read More

5 Best Retirement Cities For Singles

About half of the over 60 demographic is single. We’ve compiled a list of the 5 best places for singles to retire. Specifically focusing on cities with active nightlife and high population density of singles over 60. New Orleans, Louisiana With 49.5% of the over 60 population single, New Orleans offers a vibrant downtown with abundant arts and cult...Read More

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