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Linda Ballou

Linda Ballou Freelance Writer

Top Senior Adventures Blog Linda's mission is to experience as many beautiful places on our planet as she can before they are no more. Travel tales relating her experiences while kayaking, horseback riding, sailing, birding and hiking about the globe have appeared in numerous national magazines. She had great fun collecting travel stories, and profiles of people she met in “naturally high places” for her book, Lost Angel Walkabout-One Traveler’s Tales. Her latest book Lost Angel Unleashed is the third book in her Lost Angel Trilogy

Go to LostAngelAdventures.com for more adventures.

For more about Linda’s novels and media offerings go to. www.LindaBallouAuthor.com

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How to Volunteer: Tips on Finding Life Purpose

In this episode, we are introduced to Barry Kluger, a Sky Harbor International Airport volunteer and former Senior VP of the renowned MTV Networks. Barry Kluger is a former senior vice president of MTV Networks, which includes well-known entities like Nickelodeon and MTV. After a distinguished caree…In this episode, we are introduced to Barry Kluger, a Sky Harbor International Airport volunteer and former Senior VP of the renowned MTV Networks. Barry Kluger is a former senior vice president of MT…In this episode, we are introduced to Barry Kluger, a Sky Harbor International Airport volunteer and former Senior VP of the renowned MTV Networks. Barry Kluger is a former senior vice president of MTV Networks, which includes well-known entities like Nickelodeon and MTV. After a distinguished career in the media industry, Kluger transitioned to volunteer work and is now actively involved with the Sky Harbor Navigator program. He brings his extensive public relations background and passion for helping others to assist at Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport.His transition from a ful…

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Stress-Free Airport Hacks: How Pheonix's Sky Harbor Airport is Making Lifelong Travel Easy

In this captivating episode, host Adriane Berg invites a duo from Phoenix's Sky Harbor Airport to discuss how to combat the common stressors of navigating airports. Focusing on how airports can be more than just transport hubs but can embody a place of leisure and enjoyment, the conversation un…In this captivating episode, host Adriane Berg invites a duo from Phoenix's Sky Harbor Airport to discuss how to combat the common stressors of navigating airports. Focusing on how airports can b…In this captivating episode, host Adriane Berg invites a duo from Phoenix's Sky Harbor Airport to discuss how to combat the common stressors of navigating airports. Focusing on how airports can be more than just transport hubs but can embody a place of leisure and enjoyment, the conversation unfolds with engaging insights from the specialists on board.Misty Cisneros Contreras elucidates the groundbreaking Navigator program, which enlists volunteers to aid travelers and transforms Sky Harbor into an icon of stress-free experiences. The initiative leverages the diverse expertise of individu…

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Right Sizing Your Home for a Life of Travel with Marni Jameson

Right Sizing Your Home for a Life of Travel: Adventure Without the BaggageIn this episode, Adriane focuses on the importance of right-sizing your home to create the best life for yourself, especially if you love to travel. Marni Jameson, author of "Right-Sizing: Today to Create Your Best Life Tomorr…Right Sizing Your Home for a Life of Travel: Adventure Without the BaggageIn this episode, Adriane focuses on the importance of right-sizing your home to create the best life for yourself, especially …Right Sizing Your Home for a Life of Travel: Adventure Without the BaggageIn this episode, Adriane focuses on the importance of right-sizing your home to create the best life for yourself, especially if you love to travel. Marni Jameson, author of "Right-Sizing: Today to Create Your Best Life Tomorrow," shares practical tips and checklists for creating a home that suits your current and future lifestyle. Discover the difference between downsizing and right-sizing and the emotional process of letting go of belongings. Tune in to learn how to make your home a launch pad for travel adventures.In …

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Iconic House Museum with Guest Natascha Drabbe

In this episode, I interview Natasha Drabbe, an architectural historian and the Founder and Executive Director of the Iconic Houses Network. WWW.ICONICHOUSES.ORG. We delve into the worlds of design and architecture as Natasha shares her journey to preserve iconic residential architecture. You get a…In this episode, I interview Natasha Drabbe, an architectural historian and the Founder and Executive Director of the Iconic Houses Network. WWW.ICONICHOUSES.ORG. We delve into the worlds of design a…In this episode, I interview Natasha Drabbe, an architectural historian and the Founder and Executive Director of the Iconic Houses Network. WWW.ICONICHOUSES.ORG. We delve into the worlds of design and architecture as Natasha shares her journey to preserve iconic residential architecture. You get an insider's look at her initiative to create a global community of house museums designed by architects for their personal use and her efforts to prevent the loss of architectural heritage. There are over two hundred you can visit on your own or join with Natasha in Amsterdam and at the Chicago…

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Episode 3 in the Caregiving Travel: Solo Aging with Joy Loverde

Are you aging solo? In this episode of The Ageless Traveler, I interview Joy Loverde, the author of "Who Will Take Care of Me When I'm Old?" and The Caregivers, a leading authority on solo travel, solo lifestyle, and active contributory aging.We discuss the joys and pains of the growing populat…Are you aging solo? In this episode of The Ageless Traveler, I interview Joy Loverde, the author of "Who Will Take Care of Me When I'm Old?" and The Caregivers, a leading authority on solo travel…Are you aging solo? In this episode of The Ageless Traveler, I interview Joy Loverde, the author of "Who Will Take Care of Me When I'm Old?" and The Caregivers, a leading authority on solo travel, solo lifestyle, and active contributory aging.We discuss the joys and pains of the growing population of solo agers and the importance of planning for one's care. Joy emphasizes the need to build extended family and social connections and the role of travel and technology in maintaining friendships. This is a must-watch episode, as being solo does not mean aging alone. Tune in for valuable…

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CareGiver Travel Part II–Guest: Dr. Carol Sargent

This episode is the second in our 3-part series on Caregiver Travel. If you are a family caregiver or have mild dementia, our guest Dr. Carol Sargent will guide you to travel worry free.Dr. Carol Sargent is a pioneer in the field of travel for individuals with cognitive disabilities, such as dementi…This episode is the second in our 3-part series on Caregiver Travel. If you are a family caregiver or have mild dementia, our guest Dr. Carol Sargent will guide you to travel worry free.Dr. Carol Sarg…This episode is the second in our 3-part series on Caregiver Travel. If you are a family caregiver or have mild dementia, our guest Dr. Carol Sargent will guide you to travel worry free.Dr. Carol Sargent is a pioneer in the field of travel for individuals with cognitive disabilities, such as dementia, and their caregivers.. Her consultancy is dedicated to tailoring travel solutions for those affected by dementia, offering advice and specialized support services to ensure that travel remains accessible and enjoyable.Episode Summary:Traveling can be a rewarding experience, but for caregivers and…

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Do You Really Need Travel Insurance? Adventure Travel Writer Linda Ballou Shares Her Experiences and Advice

By Linda Ballou, NABBW's Adventure Travel Writer Since Covid hit our shores, travel insurance has become more important than ever. While it is true flight delays have lessened, flights are still a huge variable when you travel. Travel delays, as well as trip interruptions and cancellations, are n…By Linda Ballou, NABBW's Adventure Travel Writer Since Covid hit our shores, travel insurance has become more important than ever. While it is true flight delays have lessened, flights are still a …By Linda Ballou, NABBW's Adventure Travel Writer Since Covid hit our shores, travel insurance has become more important than ever. While it is true flight delays have lessened, flights are still a huge variable when you travel. Travel delays, as well as trip interruptions and cancellations, are not just frustrating and inevitable, they can be life altering. Which means that choosing to have travel insurance could not only protect your budget should you have to rebook at the last possible minute due to flight cancellations, but can also be lifesaving, should you have a health emergency outs…

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Special Episode: First in our SERIES: Ageless Travel for Caregivers

Our Guest: Star Bradbury, CEO of Senior Living Strategies, and author of "Successfully Navigating Your Parents' Senior Years." joins me on The Ageless Traveler to discuss how caregivers can overcome barriers to lifelong travel.  Star emphasizes the importance of successfully developing a plan …Our Guest: Star Bradbury, CEO of Senior Living Strategies, and author of "Successfully Navigating Your Parents' Senior Years." joins me on The Ageless Traveler to discuss how caregivers can overc…Our Guest: Star Bradbury, CEO of Senior Living Strategies, and author of "Successfully Navigating Your Parents' Senior Years." joins me on The Ageless Traveler to discuss how caregivers can overcome barriers to lifelong travel.  Star emphasizes the importance of successfully developing a plan for aging and provides practical advice for caregivers of older adults in home and residential care settings. She highlights the role of senior care managers in providing support and acting as a liaison between caregivers, older adults, and healthcare professionals. Star also stresses the need for c…

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Embracing Balance and Purpose: A Journey with Susan Sommers

From the Hop On Hop Off Bus to walking in new neighborhoods abroad, you will enjoy listening to veteran traveler Susan Sommers and our host Adriane Berg about how and why they really travel and how they are empowered by their lives as tourist.In this enlightening conversation with Susan Sommers, lis…From the Hop On Hop Off Bus to walking in new neighborhoods abroad, you will enjoy listening to veteran traveler Susan Sommers and our host Adriane Berg about how and why they really travel and how th…From the Hop On Hop Off Bus to walking in new neighborhoods abroad, you will enjoy listening to veteran traveler Susan Sommers and our host Adriane Berg about how and why they really travel and how they are empowered by their lives as tourist.In this enlightening conversation with Susan Sommers, listeners are invited into the world of cultivating a balanced and purposeful life through the simple yet profound act of walking. Susan Sommers is an experienced entrepreneur, author, and speaker specializing in empowerment, wellness, and travel. She is the creator of the website powersourceforwomen.…

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Chasing the Post Holiday Blues with The Blues: Angie Wells

Let's beat the post-holiday blues with BLUES MUSIC from eminent jazz singer Angie Wells. If you love cabaret, jazz, and songs with a message, take a journey with me and celebrity makeup artist and recording diva Angie Wells. We discuss Angie's personal journey and inspiring transition from…Let's beat the post-holiday blues with BLUES MUSIC from eminent jazz singer Angie Wells. If you love cabaret, jazz, and songs with a message, take a journey with me and celebrity makeup artist an…Let's beat the post-holiday blues with BLUES MUSIC from eminent jazz singer Angie Wells. If you love cabaret, jazz, and songs with a message, take a journey with me and celebrity makeup artist and recording diva Angie Wells. We discuss Angie's personal journey and inspiring transition from the world of makeup to pursuing her passion for music. She shares her love for jazz and how it has influenced her life. Angie also talks about her latest album, "Truth Be Told," which addresses civil rights and other significant advocacy themes.As a favor to me, Angie reveals makeup tips for older …

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