Recently, I was asked to contribute a chapter for a book.  Titled “65 Things to Do When You Retire: Travel”, it was just published in March, 2013, and promptly made the Amazon Best Sellers Rank in the category “Senior Travel”.  In addition, Mark Chimsky, the Editor-in-Chief of Sellers Publishing, wrote about the book on Huffington Post  and has even mentioned the gist of my philosophy on travel (and the title of my contributing article) “There is no such thing as taking a wrong turn”. If you purchase the book (list price $16.95), you are also doing a good deed as all royalties from the sale will be donated to nonprofit organizations dedicated to cancer research and prevention.

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The contents of the book range from glamping (camping in style and comfort); taking a “golden gap year”, which I suppose I did with my 257 day-long trip around the world; to voluntourism, which is a rapidly growing trend for all age groups – not only visiting a country but actively contributing in some way – archeological digs, teaching, etc. – and thus getting to know its culture and people in a much more meaningful way. And then there is house-sitting as a way of traveling and seeing the world in-depth.  This has intrigued me for a long time… and something I would definitely consider doing. Or author George Taber, who starts his chapter with a definitive “They don’t make wine in ugly places”.

“65 Things to Do When You Retire: Travel” has turned out a very positive and encouraging book and I am very proud to have been given the opportunity to contribute to it.

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  1. Dear Zen-Aida, you wrote …”voluntourism, which is a rapidly growing trend for all age groups – not only visiting a country but actively contributing in some way – archeological digs, teaching, etc. – and thus getting to know its culture and people in a much more meaningful way.”

    I agree, and am embarking on my second such journey at the end of this year. If done ethically, it provides a deeper insight into the culture you’re visiting.

    Zen-Aida, you are an inspiration! I am 45, and thought I’d have to give these things up once reaching the age of fifty. I love reading your blog.

    Anniko

  2. Hello Anniko, thank you for your great comment! As to giving things up when you reach 50 – on the contrary. Whole new worlds open up! For one thing, you have the maturity to experience events in a broader context, measuring them against what you personally have already lived through. So – health and time permitting – go for it!

  3. Dear Zen-aida !
    You are truly an inspiration , I’ll always treasure the day we met in Munich !
    When will you return to Australia ? : I’d love to see you again !
    …stay well ,greetings and love Rosemarie T.

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