John Brocato will talk to us about traveling solo.
John had the fortune (or misfortune) of growing up a Kansas City Royals fan living in St. Louis Cardinals territory. John’s two primary hobbies are baseball and travel. He decided to write a book about his adventures which is called Road Trips, Routes, and Royals.
John is the first to admit that he is difficult to travel with. He likes to go “off the beaten path”. This is one of the reasons he began traveling solo. John has some fascinating stories to tell about his travels and he gives a TON of great information in this episode.
John mostly travels to see baseball games, and works other travel around those games. He also likes to visit Presidential Libraries. There are still three he needs to visit.
Here are some of the tips John talks about in his interview for traveling solo and “on the cheap!”
Start close to home to build your confidence
Be loyal to certain hotel chains which will allow you to get points or rewards for discounted prices or even free nights
Strike up conversations and talk with other travelers to get their recommendations for attractions or places to eat
Know what you absolutely have to include on your trip first BUT also allow for spontaneous excursions
Limit your driving to no more than 300 to 400 miles per day
John also talks about being a member of Rewards Network who is partnered with a number of different reward programs. You can earn hotels points, frequent flyer miles or other various incentive programs. He also uses the program to find obscure restaurants in various cities he visits.
If you would like to contact John check out his Facebook page where he posts his travel pictures!
I spoke with Tammie Ferguson who owns Love in Action Travel. Don't you just love that name? Tammie talks about socially responsible travel. Tammie created Love in Action travel for people who want to combine their love of travel with their passion for serving others and making a positive difference.
We spent a good amount of time talking about “Voluntourism” Trips. They plan itineraries to different countries such as Guatemala, Haiti, and Puerto Rico. People can sign up and join on the trip. These are 9-10 day itineraries with 5 days of that being spent building a home.
Some of the projects they work on are:
Habitat for Humanity global village home builds
Creating Healthy Home kits, including smokeless stoves and water filters
Why Responsible Travel?
Great opportunity to meet new people
Explore a different country
Learn a new skill
Although prices vary and can change, Tammie has a trip planned to Guatemala in June and the (2017) fee is $1,870. The trip fee includes meals, lodging, any cultural activities, ground transportation, the community service project that you will be involved in, and even travel medical insurance. You pay for the flight, money for souvenirs if you want any, and bring extra for that massage after all your hard work!
Tammie also talks about the other trips she plans which include Agritourism Experiences, Cultural Tours, and Fathom Cruises
Diane Valenti loves to travel and is especially enthusiastic about philanthropic and sustainable travel.
She is the founder of Llama Expeditions, which gives private guided trips to South America. These trips are for the young at heart who looking for life changing perspectives. Oh, and for her 9-5 corporate job, she consults with Fortune 500 companies to design learning experiences that help employees reach their potential at work.
In 2008 Diane and her father took a trip to Machu Pichu to fulfill one of his bucket list items. It was a magical experience that really moved her. Diane decided she wanted to create these experiences for others.
With each tour she makes a donation, and she also gives the opportunity for her guests to donate.
She chooses the organizations who get her philanthropic attention by researching them at Idealist. Diane wants to leave a trace…but the right kind of trace.
This is not what some people call “voluntourism”. These groups are not painting walls, only for the next group to repaint them. (Yes this happens!)
These are trips where you really get to know the people. And you get to see that your donation makes a difference.
And that's how you can participate in sustainable tourism. It's Philanthropic tourism at it's best.
Today we interviewed Noel Baker, a retiree who has some advice for us. It gets better!
It gets better!
Noel grew up in Minnesota and attended college at the University of Minnesota. After college, she worked for about a year before getting married. In 1970 she moved to Colorado with her husband, where she spent the next 8 years raising her 2 children and was very involved in politics.
Once she and her husband divorced, she had to gain employment. She worked a few different jobs, including work at a bill collecting agency and as a counselor at a detox center for alcoholics. She worked as a Senior Administrative Assistant for KPMG, an accounting firm for 26 years. The firm decided to downsize in the fall of 2009 and Noel was forced to retire at 64 years old she wasn’t ready for it and like many retirees, became depressed. She didn’t let that stop her though and soon she was up and about rocking her retirement. It gets better.
It gets better!
SOCIAL AND FAMILY
She joined her local recreation center where she made a circle of friends, and they enjoyed going to the movies. She also enjoys going to lunch with the ladies from the recreation center. Now that she has friends, she knows that it gets better.
ADVENTURE AND TRAVEL
Noel does like to travel inside the USA and a year ago made a trip to see her youngest daughter in Utah. She also travels to Minnesota to see her sister. AND…she is also hoping to take a cruise sometime. We discussed Costco Cruises and Celebrity Cruises.
Travel… it gets better!
Eating healthy and exercising are very important to her. She didn’t exercise at all until she retired as she felt like she had no time. Noel gave up smoking and put on some weight. She goes to the recreation center to get exercise and go swimming. Her doctor told her if you do nothing else, drink lots of water. Good advice, Noel! When you take care of your health…it gets better!
What do you think people should know BEFORE they retire?
It gets better. There are friends to be made, places to go, and things to do.
We have a lot of listeners who are new retirees or maybe feel stuck in their lives at the moment. If you were sitting across the table from a new retiree, what’s the one piece of advice that you would give to have a successful retirement?
Look around at the possibilities. Volunteering or taking a class. Find something you love and do it!
To find out about Senior Centers near you, do a search in your area or you can go HERE.
Special Thanks to:
Angie Strehlow who helps us get great guests that help us with our retirement lifestyle while keeping everything on track…and helps with these show notes!
Les Briney, my husband, who edits the show and makes my guests and me sound terrific.
Sharon Drury, who volunteers her time to work on transcription for us.
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