Travel & Adventure

This organization specializes in small group adventure travel.

Access-Able Travel Source

Provides information about travel to international destinations for mature travelers or those with special needs. Resources include links, guides and lists of services as well as informal articles about access information, traveling with children and traveling to specific destinations.

Adventure Women

Specializes in adventure tours for women.

Alpine Ascents International

Leads climbing expeditions to all major summits of the world.

American Hiking Society

Provides information on all aspects of hiking. Includes a listing of "volunteer vacations" and trails located throughout North America.

Asian Pacific Adventures

Specializes in packaged tours throughout Asia.

BalloonZone: Hot Air Ballooning

Provides a description of ballooning over California's wine country. Also includes links to information on other ballooning adventures throughout the world.

Canadian Voyageur Adventures

Offers canoe trips on Canadian waterways.

Cofan, Guardians of the Rain Forest

Offers an ecotourism program in Ecuador.

The Compleat Carry-On Traveler

"Opinions and ideas for the art of travel, with an emphasis on living out of one (carry-on) bag." What to take, what to take it in (luggage), how to pack, resources, travel links.

"The Travel Supersite" is a comprehensive travel site with travel advice, information on travel deals and resorts, maps, a reference section, hotel and flight booking, and reviews from Fodor's guidebooks.

An excellent site for finding seasonal jobs on cruise ships and ranches, in national and state parks, in ski resorts, and other cool places. See especially this page.

The Corniche Travel Group

This travel management company specializes in all aspects of luxury travel.

Crow Canyon Archaeological Center

This organization studies and preserves the history of the Pueblo Indian and allows you to participate in research programs.

Culinary College Directory

A listing of cooking schools located in the U.S.

Dante Alighieri

Offers Italian language classes in Italy.

Digsville®: Home and Hospitality Exchange Club

A directory of home exchanges in locations throughout the world.

Earthwatch Institute

Offers volunteers the opportunity to participate in research activities throughout the world.

Ecotourism Explorer

Travel help, tips, and FAQ sheets for travelers who "tread lightly" as well as helpful articles and research services for ecotourism professionals. Find out more about the Ecotourism Society here.


Elderhostel is the premier source for locating learning vacations. Search for programs by location, map, and interest.


ELDERTREKS is the world's first adventure travel company designed exclusively for people 50 and over. With 20 years of experience, we offer active, off-the-beaten-path, small-group adventures by both land and sea in over 80 countries.

Evert Tennis Academy: Fantasy Camp

An adult tennis camp founded by Chris Evert, who offers instruction to participants.

Flying Colors Art Workshops

Organizes art workshops in various locations throughout the world.

Foreign Languages for Travellers

Translation of travel words and phrases, numbers, shopping and dining, directions, places, times and dates. The site also has sound files to help with pronunciation.

Free Home Away from Home

Provides a listing of home-exchange sites. Also offers for sale the electronic book: The Home Exchange Guide: How to Find Your Free Home Away From Home.

Geographic Expeditions

Specializes in exotic world travel.

Gimp on the Go

International travel reviews, tips, photos, resources and more for travelers interested in accessibility.

Global Home Exchange & Vacation Rentals

Allows you to list and search for vacation homes. Requires membership fee.

Provides information on ski resorts throughout the world.

The Grandkidsandme® Foundation

Provides information on grandparent-grandchildren relationships. Sponsors "Grandparent Camps" in Wisconsin.


Lists vacation packages especially designed for grandparents traveling with grandchildren.

Great Outdoor Recreation Pages

Large annotated directory of websites for outdoor recreation and travel, including information on attractions, activities, locations, books and media and gear.

Hiking & Walking Homepage

Provides information on hiking and walking trails, gear, and tours. (Note: Includes paid ads.)


An online guide to historical sites, destinations and hotels in the United States, including travel tips and weekly feature destinations organized by historical topics. Browse by destination or search.

Home Exchanges Worldwide

A database of home exchange opportunities. (Requires membership fee to access some features.)

A database of home-exchange opportunities. Includes a population-specific page (Requires membership fee.)

International Home Exchange Network

A database of home exchange opportunities and vacation rentals. (Requires membership fee to access some features.)

Interval International

A directory of timeshare resorts located throughout the world.

Joseph Van Os Photo Safaris

Offers nature photography tours in various locations throughout the world.


Kasbah is a world wide destination guide, with information on every country, large or small, on the planet. Not just the basic information such as airports and hotels, but detailed information on travel, culture, history, business, entertainment and just about anything anyone would need to know about a country."

Knight Inlet Lodge: Grizzly Bear Adventure Tours

Offers grizzly-spotting adventures in British Columbia, Canada.

Mature Resources

Mature Resources is a free internet monthly magazine covering a range of subject of interest to baby boomers through senior citizens. Topics include health and wellness, travel, leisure, retirement, and financial planning.


Travel tips for the elderly from a site owned and supported by a group of physicians.

Myths and Mountains

Specializes in tours of exotic locations in South America and Asia.

National Historic Sites

Find out about national historic sites and monuments in Canada. The sites are searchable geographically. Historical information is available for each site as well as travel information, such as directions and weather conditions. The site is available in French or English

National Park Service

The official site of the National Park Service. Provides links to national parks by name, region, and topic.

Official Airline Guide

"OAG is the world's leading independent provider of travel information, specifically timetables and other products about airlines and airports, offering business travelers, corporations and the global travel industry the information they need to make effective travel planning decisions." This site includes monthly issues of Frequent Flyer magazine, destination information about various cities and countries, links to the Web sites of airlines around the world, and a product catalog.

PureTrails New Zealand

Offers adventure hikes on New Zealand's south island.


A directory of timeshare resorts located throughout the world. Membership is required to access some information on the site.

The federal government's one-stop site for finding information on recreational activities on public lands. Includes information on boating, climbing, fishing, camping, and more. Provides links to campsite reservation centers.

Richard Petty Driving Experience

A race car driving school with tracks located nationwide.

RVIA: Recreational Vehicle Industry Association

Provides information on buying an RV and includes a link to campground locations.


Great Camp Sagamore, in Raquette Lake, NY, is a National Historic Landmark, which sponsors educational and cultural programs, some in conjunction with Elderhostel.

Seniors Home Exchange

Members must be 50+ years of age - membership fee is $60/3 years.

Senior Summer School

This organization offers education/vacation opportunities on college campuses throughout the country.

Senior Travel Insurance

Insure for all. Specializes in arranging travel insurance policies for the over 65's. Also provides travel tips and guidelines for the older traveler.

Shaw Guide: Cultural Travel

Provides listings and information on a variety of cultural and educational travel. Search by interest area, date, or location. (Note: Includes paid ads.)

Sherpa Expeditions Online

Specializes in walking tours, both self-guided and escorted.

Single Parent Travel

Offers packaged tours for single parents and their children.

Spanish Steps

A tour company specializing in walking tours of Spain and Italy.

Provides information for beginning and experienced hikers and backpackers. Includes trail reviews, gears reviews, and a message board. (Note: Includes paid ads.)

Three Monkeys Online

According to the editor, Three Monkeys Online is "a monthly current affairs/arts magazine" covering politics, history, music, film, literature, economics, travel, and food and drink. It is published in English, Spanish, and Italian. Features: Categories of articles on Three Monkeys Online include current affairs, history, music, film, travel/sport, literature/books, food and drink, and editorials.

Transitions Abroad

An excellent site for locating international jobs, study programs, and travel opportunities. See especially this population-specific page.

Travel & Leisure

The magazine for the modern traveler provides insightful features and breathtaking visual images of exotic vacation hotspots. Lodging and traveling reviews are included as well.

The Alaska Travel Industry Association's official web site. Its site includes a trip planner, a listing of package tours, and more.

Travel Health Information

Links to short, informative articles discussing risks of particular diseases throughout the world (for example: cholera, polio, hepatitis, diptheria), as well as required vaccinations. Additional links add information concerning traveling while pregnant, motion and altitude sickness, and how to plan for your health needs when traveling abroad.


The U.S. Department of State's site for travel to and from the United States.

Travel Tools

A series of helpful tools for use by international travelers, including a world public holidays calendar, a currency converter, maps, a metric converter, weather sites, electricity requirements (by continent and country), dialing codes, a international clothing size chart, and a time zone clock.

Travel With A Challenge

Offers a travel article library focusing on mature travelers. Contains travel accounts and photos of destinations around the world.

Travelers Digest Information for Seniors

Travel information for seniors

USDA Forest Service (U.S. Department of Agriculture)

The official site of the U.S. Forest Service. Includes a searchable directory of forests and grasslands by state and name.

U.S. State Department Travel Warnings and Consular Information Sheets

The famous State Department Travel Advisories are as good as ever at describing up-to-the-minute conditions, especially in some of the less welcoming nations.

Provides information on all aspects of cycling. Includes information on specific topics, such as bike manufacturers and safety issues, and provides links to teams, clubs, and tours.

Worldwide Gazetteer

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