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Our Late Fall Armchair Trip: Pueblos and Balloons of New Mexico: Santa Fe & Albuquerque

November 27th, 2022

By Carolee Duckworth, NABBW’s Independent Travel Associate OUR LATE FALL ARMCHAIR TRIP: PUEBLOS AND BALLOONS OF NEW MEXICO: SANTA FE & ALBUQUERQUE Let’s imagine setting off for our next Armchair Trip in early October. This time we’ll be mentally travelling to New Mexico, starting with Santa Fe for two days. In Santa Fe we’ll wander through the charming Old Town, relax over drinks on an upstairs balcony overlooking the Plaza and venture up into the hills to gape at otherworldly rock formations and cliff-dweller remains, and stop to admire the work of award-winning weavers. While... Read More

Montréal & Quebec City: A Trip to France without Crossing the Atlantic

July 6th, 2022

By Carolee Duckworth, NABBW’s Independent Travel Associate OUR JULY ARMCHAIR TRIP: Montréal & Quebec City: A Trip to France without Crossing the Atlantic Are you ready for another Armchair Trip? It’s July, so this time let’s head off to the more moderate temperatures of Northern Canada to visit two historic cities with winding cobbled streets, flanked by seventeenth and eighteenth-century stone houses and churches, graceful parks and squares. Our destinations will be the French speaking cities of Montréal and Quebec City, rich in unsurpassable French cuisine, French culture... Read More

Carolina On My Mind: Blue Ridge to the Coast

May 23rd, 2022

OUR MAY ARMCHAIR TRIP: CAROLINA ON MY MIND: BLUE RIDGE TO THE COAST By Carolee Duckworth, NABBW’s Independent Travel Associate Ahhh. It’s May. And we’re back to all the green and bright colors of late Spring. So, for this next armchair trip, let’s head for Carolina blue skies and Mountain sunsets, followed by the sounds of surf and white sandy beaches. We can have it all in lovely North Carolina, from Blue Ridge peaks to the sparkling Atlantic coast. Traveling West, we’ll climb up and up into the Blue Ridge mountains for three days in eclectic Asheville. This arty and... Read More

Our April Armchair Trip: Napa Valley, San Francisco & The Pacific Highway

April 9th, 2022

OUR APRIL ARMCHAIR TRIP: NAPA VALLEY, SAN FRANCISCO & THE PACIFIC HIGHWAY By Carolee Duckworth, NABBW’s Independent Travel Associate We’re ready to take off again on our April Armchair Trip, traveling in our minds. So, sit back, set loose your imaginings, and let’s be off on our April trip. First, we’ll drive our rented convertible (fire red or royal blue) across the Golden Gate Bridge and up through California redwood country to Napa Valley, for three days of vineyard visits and wine-tastings, hearty pioneer eating and soul-soothing hot springs. Next, we’ll make the... Read More

Carolee Duckworth Continues on a Southerly Route for Our Awesome February Armchair Trip

February 2nd, 2022

By Carolee Duckworth, NABBW’s Independent Travel Associate OUR FEBRUARY ARMCHAIR TRIP: Southern Beauties…Charleston & Savannah (with Jekyll) Let’s head back to our comfy armchair for another amazing Armchair Trip. For now, we will travel again in our minds! But we may come back in person someday… Where to This Time? Since it’s February, it’s still cold up North. But the temps are mild enough down south. So, let’s choose a place where Spring comes early, and it never gets all that cold anyway… We’re off this time to the Coastal Beauties: Charleston... Read More

Our January Armchair Trip: Miami South Beach & Down the Keys to Key West

December 27th, 2021

By Carolee Duckworth, NABBW’s Independent Travel Associate Oh baby, it’s cold outside! Clearly winter is upon us. The world has turned drab and neutral, a dull pallet of brown and gray. Not a dot of color in sight looking out our windows. Oh, how we miss fuchsia and yellow and purple. And how can we possibly live for the next few months without green!? And another thing… We’ve been cut off from travel for two years now by this pandemic. That’s long enough! We come up with trip ideas, and even make reservations. Then we hear the latest bad news and cancel everything yet again. The... Read More

You’re Retired! Now What?!

January 7th, 2019

By Marie Langworthy, NABBW’s Transforming Retirement Associate Nowhere to go on Monday morning! No colleagues to meet for lunch! No money to pay for lunch! Guess what? News Flash! You are not alone. On a daily basis, thousands of boomers are grappling with these same three bogus realities. Jamie Chamberlin, in her January 2014 article, “Retiring Minds Want To Know,” observes that “Too few people consider the psychological adjustments that accompany this life stage, which can include coping with the loss of your career identity, replacing support networks you had through work, … and... Read More

A Perfect Day 1 in Paris: Arrive & Make it Yours

September 12th, 2018

By Dr. Carolee Duckworth, NABBW’s Independent Travel Associate Imagine yourself on a great 5-day trip to Paris. How would you design your days to have the most engaging and captivating experience, while traveling independently and keeping to a budget of under $5000 for two? What will you do with your precious travel time? Why would you want to do these things and have these experiences? And how will you arrange them and accomplish them, with a maximum of enjoyment and a minimum of frustration or overload? What are the stories that bring to life the places you visit? How do you best immerse... Read More

Boomers: AARP Offers a Treasure-Trove Website You Can Easily Mine

September 6th, 2018

By Marie Langworthy, NABBW’s Transforming Retirement Associate Sure, most of us are familiar with the more popular, standard offerings of the AARP Web site (https://www.aarp.org), such as auto and health insurance and political advocacy, but have you recently spent time exploring its wealth of information and opportunity, other than the traditional “retirement services.” AARP Travel extends to car rentals, hotel/motel accommodations, cruises, international flight and vacation packages, restaurants, and entertainment venues. For example, did you know that members can receive a 15% discount... Read More

Testing Retirement Waters: Is It Time For You to Wade Out, Keep Treading or Plunge In? Here\’s Help For You to Figure Out What\’s Your Best Move — Right Now

October 7th, 2013

Testing Retirement Waters: Is It Time For You  to Wade Out, Keep Treading or Plunge In? Here\’s Help for You to Figure Out Your Best Move  – Right Now By Dr. Marie Langworthy Brrr! The Water’s Too Cold! Wade Out How do you know when your career waters are becoming too cold for comfort and it’s time for you to wade out? You don’t have to dip in your metaphorical toe to know that suddenly, after all these years, your longtime career seems to be running cold. The boss doesn’t require you at his/her beck and call each morning. You no longer seem to be the one he/she turns... Read More