My Itchy Travel Feet: Breathtaking Adventure Vacation Ideas

by Donna Hull

What's in the book?

Make your next vacation an adventure to remember!

    • Northern Italy
    • Coastal California
    • Hawaii
    • Nature Adventures
    • Asia
    • New Zealand
    • Cruises
    • Alaska
    • The Traveler's Toolkit
    • Travel Resources



At My Itchy Travel Feet, The Baby Boomer’s Guide to Travel, writer Donna Hull and photographer Alan Hull travel the world recording their boomer travel experiences with words, photos, and videos so that you’ll know exactly what to expect. Their goal? To get boomers off the couch and out into the world.

In this Blog to Book, they’ve chosen some of their favorite journeys to share with you. Take a road trip in Northern Italy, drive the California Big Sur coast, or explore Arches, Canyonlands, Glacier, and Grand Tetons National Parks. You’ll find a chapter on small ship luxury cruising and a travel tips section with advice on road trips, cruising, travel photography, and multi-generational travel.

So, pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee, and start reading about active travel for boomers. It’s guaranteed to make your travel feet itchy!


Donna Hull is a freelance writer specializing in travel and human interest content for print publications and the web. Here in My Itchy Travel Feet, she writes about active travel for baby boomers. And she should know, because she is an avid boomer traveler herself!

From a jeep adventure in Canyon de Chelly to luxury cruising above the Arctic Circle, Donna’s traveling accounts capture the essence of each place she visits and combine it with the thrill of discovery. Her work is concentrated mostly at online markets such as the PBS site for boomers, Next Avenue, and My Well-Being Powered by Humana, where she writes a monthly column on boomer travel. You'll also find her articles at, iExplore, Living Better at 50+, and Affordable Tours. Throughout the years Donna has written travel articles for various publications such as AZ3Sixty Magazine, Lovin Life After 50, Fifty Plus, Live Life Travel, Oro Valley Marana Magazine, Her Sports + Fitness Magazine, and many others.

My Itchy Travel Feet content is syndicated at AZ Voices Network (Arizona Republic Newspaper online site), and was one of the five finalists for Best Travel Blog in the 2011 Bloggies.

Donna is a member of Travel Insights 100, an online panel of travel thought leaders from around the world. And at Boomer Authority, she is one of the founding members of the 46-64 Boomer Initiative.

Finally, what does love have to do with a piano? If you read her essay, “Piano Love,” on page 226 of Chicken Soup for the Soul, Love Stories, you’ll find out.


Alan and I are in adventure heaven. During our 2012 Seabourn Odyssey cruise from Sydney to Los Angeles, we had several snorkeling opportunities; but the cruise excursion with Captain Zodiac in Kona, Hawaii, proved to be the best boomer adventure of all.

After Odyssey anchored near Kona, a short tender ride deposited us at the pier where we signed release forms with the Captain Zodiac crew. Although this is definitely a fun ride, it’s a bumpy one that’s not intended for boomers with bad backs or other serious medical conditions.

Once our group of 12 found a seat on the sides of the raft, Captain Zodiac’s assistant, Stacia, stowed all of our gear and made sure that we were comfortable. Then, Captain Colin discussed safety rules.

“Grab onto the outside rope with one hand and use your other hand to hold one of the safety bars inside the raft. Don’t forget to place your feet under the rope on the floor,” Colin said as he started the zodiac’s motor.

“Oh,” Colin said pointing at the straw hat that has traveled the world with me, “you might want to let Stacia put that away for you.”

I was glad that I followed Colin’s advice when the wind ripped through my hair as he headed the raft towards the open ocean.

Blam! The zodiac hit a wave, rose slightly in the air, and landed back on the water spraying us with a fine ocean mist. I grabbed the outside rope in a death-defying grip. The boomer adventure was on.

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