Category Archives: Alaska

Seeking your favorite vacation places! Or, would you like a travel speaker?

A Haleakola sunrise on Maui, one of our favorite places on earth!

Seeking your favorite vacation places! Or, would you like a travel speaker? For a future travel feature, we’re seeking your favorite destinations within an hour or two of STOCKTON for close-to-home long-weekends or vacations. Send me your destination, why you like it, and if you have a favorite picture, attach that as well. We will [...]

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On-line travel features…over 270 choices!

Find the "Categories" option in the upper right-hand corner of my travel blog home page.

On-line travel features in the Record offer a huge variety of destinations and travel topics! Did you know the Record offers a wide variety of travel features, well over 270 strong, that can be selected by “Category”? Hence, you can go to the RECORD’s blog site, choose ‘Valley Travel: Little Places That I Know’, go to [...]

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A new mode of thrifty travel for frequent travelers: Affordable Travel Club and Evergreen Club

Judy and Ward Lowrance, from Floyd, VA and frequent Affordable Travel Club travelers.

In retirement, my spouse and I have traveled extensively in the US and Canada, along with two forays into Europe on river and ocean cruises. We have consistently been on the lookout for additional modes of travel, as well as ways to save money within our travel budget. On our first European cruise, we befriended [...]

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Travel: 13 tips for traveling near and far in the next year

Bled Castle towers over Lake Bled in the Julian Alps of Slovenia.

My spouse and I have always been good travelers, even in the days when we both worked. We would use holidays for extended weekend trips, and vacation time to tour the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia and Alberta, and once pieced-together enough vacation for a five week trip from Spokane all the way back to the [...]

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Comfortable, frugal travel – think tiny trailers in the New Year!

Our '58 Serro Scotty Junior teardrop trailer at St. George Island Lighthouse, FL.

This article is for those of you who have the time and energy to travel extensively in the United States and Canada. My spouse and I have been retired three years, and have toured about 70,000 miles through these two wonderful countries. If you are blessed with both the time and desire to travel extensively, [...]

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Comfortable yet light travel in the New Year!

Susan and Tim Viall in ship's lounge; "upscale casual" is rule, no need to pack sports coat or fancy clothes!

This article is for those who have the time and energy to travel extensively in the United States and beyond.  Spouse Susan and I have been retired three years and have toured about 65,000 miles through the US and Canada.  We have also been privileged to make two European small ship cruises (Grand Circle Cruise [...]

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Traveling light; almost all your necessities in a daypack

Collect all your "must take" travel gear, stow it in your favorite daypack - and you are ready to travel on a moment's notice!

  If you like to travel frequently, like we do, you need to be ready to depart when the mood strikes you.  Here in central California, just 90 minutes from the San Francisco Bay Area, Napa Valley, coastal mountains, the Sierra foothills; two-plus hours from Lake Tahoe, Yosemite and the north California coast; the urge [...]

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Traveling? Check out, and get, those recommended vaccinations!

If you’re traveling, get your shots! I’m not just talking about malaria, tuberculosis shots and others required for trips to Thailand and the like. I’m talking about needed vaccinations if you’re in a certain risk group. Vaccines that can stave off the flu, meningitis, pneumonia, shingles and the like (see www.cdc.gov for a good list). [...]

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Teardrop and other tiny travel trailers; frugal travel in high style!

Author's spouse Susan poses near out Scotty teardrop, every bit as comfy around the campfire as our giant motor-home neighbors.  Picture from Pinnacles National Park.

  Teardrop galley with two burner built-in stove for quick cooking. Galley paired with custom tent added to double the teardrop’s covered “living area” footprint, with Ocean Cove, CA in background near Jenner, CA. Galley detail on one of many teardrop trailers we have seen in our travels! We are gearing up for a three [...]

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Frugal travel, recent reflections!

Our Scotty teardrop, loaded with bikes, in front of the Grand Tetons!

I’ve been retired for 19 months, my wife for 11 – long ago, we made a pact to do a lot of traveling in the US and Canada the next several years. In the last year, we have toured all the way to the end of Long Island (and bought a classic teardrop trailer in [...]

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    Tim Viall

    Viall is a local travel writer who retired in late 2012 after 10 years as executive director of Stockton, CA's, Emergency Food Bank and six years with the Downtown Stockton Alliance. Previously, a 21-year career in daily newspapers helped shape his ... Read Full
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