“Multigenerational volunteer travel” isn’t something you’ve considered? It should be. As Covington Travel points out, multi-gen travel is simply “traveling as a group with three or more generations, but grandparents traveling with grandkids count as well.”
Category: Boomer Travel
Tips, ideas and resources for baby boomers planning a volunteer vacation abroad.
With more and more of the Baby Boomer generation transitioning into part-time work or retirement, there are increasing opportunities for them to participate in one of their generation’s prized experiences– traveling!
According to recent AARP data, a whopping 99% of Baby Boomers planned to travel in 2016, on vacations ranging from domestic weekend getaways to full international trips. But with our world’s rapidly-changing travel landscape, Boomers have a tough decision when it comes to deciding how, and where, to spend their travel time.
Our suggestion on a place to start? A volunteer vacation! Most Baby Boomers want to continue contributing to society in a meaningful way as they exit the traditional workforce, and volunteering is an excellent way to stay involved and make a difference. So why not blend volunteering seamlessly with exciting travel destinations and adventures along the way?
Here’s our Top 5 reasons why the Baby Boomer generation should take volunteer vacations…
You don’t have to be a twenty or thirty-something to pack your bag and hit the road. Travel can make us feel young again at any age.
In the classic Pixar movie Up, Carl Fredricksen is a 78-year-old widower who has always dreamed of traveling to Paradise Falls in South America. After Carl’s wife dies unexpectedly and he faces the possibility of moving into a nursing home, he ties thousands of balloons to his house and floats off to explore the destination of his dreams.
Up might be a fictional cartoon, but its core message is very real. It’s important to embrace life while you still can and do those things you’ve always wanted to do. With the right attitude and a bit of gumption, age can’t hold us back.
Luckily for you, a thousand balloons aren’t necessary. There are plenty of convenient ways to fulfill your bucket list adventures, see the world, and feel younger while doing it.
Here are five ways that travel can make us feel young again…
When Discover Corps founder Andrew Motiwalla invited me to experience one of his volunteer vacations to Cuba, I was initially very skeptical.
As a well-known travel blogger, I have long been an active voice in routing out corrupt volunteer tourism operations that rake in huge amounts of cash without contributing a penny to the people they claim to be helping. Even well-meaning volunteer programs often unknowingly pursue activities that do more harm than good.
So I wrote back, explaining my skepticism about the concept of volunteer tourism, and asked him to answer some very pointed questions before I could even consider taking one of his trips. Frankly, I expected him to balk, so I was genuinely pleased by Andrew’s thoughtful and detailed answers.
In our bi-monthly profile series, we’ve introduced you to our founder, members of our international staff, and cool grassroots projects. This week, we’re excited to introduce you to someone who is not technically part of the Discover Corps family, but who we’re now proud to call one of our own.
Her name is Barbara Weibel, and she’s the mind behind the popular travel blog Hole in the Donut.
It’s true. Americans are traveling more than ever — and the U.S. Travel Association reveals some interesting facts on who exactly is traveling the most.
“Mature travelers comprise 36 percent of leisure travel volume (18% are 65+, 18% are 55-64). Nearly two in ten (19%) are 45-55, 17% are 35-44, 20% are 25-34 and 8% are 18-24 years old,” cites the Domestic Travel Report — a study funded by the association.
This may seem surprising, but to us, it isn’t. In fact, the average age of Discover Corps travelers is 50, with 69% of our travelers over the age of 40. That’s because mature travelers often long for the type of meaningful and culture-filled travel we offer.
If you are a baby boomer who’s been considering this type of travel, you might have one big question: Am I too old for a volunteer vacation?
There are all sorts of travel blogs out there — from adventure to backpacker to family — but what about baby boomer travel blogs? Though they’re a little bit harder to find, they do exist — and they ROCK.
At Discover Corps, 75% of our travelers are over the age of 50. To put it simply: baby boomers love traveling, and we love having them along on our volunteer vacations.
So we decided to round up the 29 best baby boomer travel blogs you should be following in 2015. We’re sure they’ll entertain, educate, and inspire you in the year to come.
Winter break is right around the corner, which means we’re about to host lots of family trips with school-aged children — and we can’t wait! As you know, we love family volunteer vacations because they’re educational AND fun.
If you’re about to embark on your first family volunteer vacation (or trip abroad, for that matter), you might be wondering how to prepare your kids. After all, you want them to get the most out of this experience by being excited and curious — rather than scared and unhappy. And to do that, you’re going to need to take a few steps before getting on the plane.
With that in mind, here are six ways to prepare your kids for a volunteer vacation:
Welcome to our next Discover Corps profile! Last time, we introduced you to Alex, a Discover Corps travel specialist who talked about his passion for people and travel. This week, we’re excited to share the story of Catherine, who, along with her husband and two college-aged daughters, took a Discover Corps volunteer vacation in Tanzania. Since then, she’s even started a wonderful volunteer charitable organization: Book Clubs 4 Change.
If you’ve been thinking about taking a family volunteer vacation, you’ll enjoy Catherine’s honest account of the highs, lows, and surprises of her trip.