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Saturday, May 26, 2018

5 Top Trip Tips Articles from our Blog

5 Top Trip Tips Articles from our Blog

While we are creating more and more posts and videos of our own, there is such a wealth of useful information online that we decided to build our own aggregation of the best advice we run across. All these articles can be found under our drop-down menus on our "Trip Tips" page.  Here are five top articles we think are worthy of drawing to your attention.

Start your overseas travel by enrolling in this program. Not only will the US Embassies be able to contact you if unexpected crises arise, your family contact can be reached if anything goes wrong.

3. 7 Reasons You Smell Bad When Traveling (SmarterTravel) Good advice for those long long flights to remain at peace with your fellow travelers!

4. Rick Steves Travel Audio App is a wealth of information to have while on the go. These are audio tours that you can selectively download for the countries and cities and sites of your choice to your smartphone and need not be connected to local WiFi. This is the link to the Google Play app for Android.

We all love food, but when is it too much?

Hi Travel Buddies! This is Claudia!

Bill shared a celebratory experience with me this morning....a family event...a magnificent meal.

Bill mentioned that he didn't sleep well after that meal and felt sluggish the next morning.

Why did that wonderful meal cause discomfort for Bill?

Let's look at that....

  * Our body needs food for energy.

. * Too much food...too much rich food can cause digestive problems
. *  Rich food eaten late in the day causes our digestive system to work very hard.

.  * Our bodies are not able to achieve restful sleep

   * We toss and turn and wake up sluggish and out of sorts.

As energetic senior citizens...we need to eat healthy food at breakfast..lunch and dinner and keep hydrated (fruit, vegetables, lean meat and fish)  that will give us energy for normal tasks and to build up our endurance for travel and adventure.

So....Travel Buddies....

learn a lesson from Bill...
...enjoy a special meal
...not too heavy..
...not too late

Until next time....keep moving..keep healthy.

Claudia/Travel Buddy

(Remember...we want to enjoy our trips overseas and sample in the unique cultural foods of our host countries. We must remember to sample these foods in moderation so as to not create the type of problems I created for myself. We must be able to get a good night's sleep and function with full vigor the next day! - Bill)

Friday, May 18, 2018

Never Give Up on a Dream!

"Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it.  The time will pass anyway." Earl Nightingale

Hi Travel Buddies!

Wow!  Life!   How amazing and precious it is........

aches?  pains?  aging?    that's's part of life

Bill and I are the same age(72).  We love a challenge....going after something we want...our European Trip.

We need to keep healthy physically and mentally for a maximum adventure experience.

Follow Bill on video ... watch his progress...  create your own personal challenge.

Keep moving!
Keep dreaming!
Make it happen!

Have a wonderful day....until next time .....

Claudia/ Travel Buddy

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

TB Branded Clothing Now Available!

We've started our first TB Branded clothing campaign that will run for the next 21 days! 

Also, we have a limited number of Branded Ball Caps available beginning May 20, 2018!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Senior Travel Fitness

Claudia and I decided to add a page called Senior Travel Fitness.  How many of you out there in travel land are hesitant to take on an overseas trip because you no longer feel as if you are in good enough physical shape? You watch travel documentaries enjoying the scenery and the various cultures but do not see yourself actually taking that step to book a tour?

It just might be you feel insecure about your physical condition. We're here to take that excuse away from you...with your help of course. We decided to add this module to our site as a way to counter your hesitation! Yes, as we all know, most of us do not have the physical strength we had just 10 years ago. And like many, you just got comfortable and reduced your expectation as to what you could actually do. You take 50 steps and you're aching, or feel exhausted. Your feet hurt, you're breathing heavy, that old pain in your sacroiliac is coming back! Whatever shall you do?

Tours are typically fast-paced events with early rising, long days on your feet, and by nightfall, you are exhausted. So what do you say we do something to minimize the impact of a tour before we actually get on that plane to fly to Europe!

On this new page, you will find a series of videos produced by Travel Buddies as well as a few links to Senior Fitness programs that will help you plan out a daily routine you can implement starting six months out from your tour date.

So, let's get started! (I know you don't want to be the one person on your tour bus that complains constantly about how tired or sore you are.)

Here is a strength building site with many good videos to help you kickstart your fitness routine! It's called "Easy Strength Training Exercises for Seniors"  by Dr. Mercola. There are also, of course, the popular Silver Sneakers fitness programs now offered through most health insurance companies. We will cover that program in depth in a video.

(Disclaimer: Travel Buddies are not medical experts, so you should always check with your Physician and or your Physical Therapist to determine if you are fit enough to begin any exercise routine. In fact, your specialists may have exercise programs they can recommend to you. What is presented here are just things Claudia and I have discovered that work for us.)