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Free 4-Star lodging in the west’s most scenic places! Only a modest hitch…

Seattle, with Space Needle and Elliot Bay, viewed from Kerry Park on Queen Anne Hill near our Seattle house-sitting assignment.

Free 4-Star lodging in the west’s most scenic places! And, your assignment has only a modest hitch… Would you travel more frequently if you received free 4-Star lodging in beautiful places? How about two weeks in a lovely condo on Seattle’s Queen Anne Hill? Or a month in Edmonds, just north of Seattle with views of Puget [...]

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LaConner and Skagit River Valley; waterfront, seafood and spectacular colors of daffodils and tulips!

Daffodils in spring bloom frame an old barn (photo courtesy Pam Headridge).

Prior to our departure to the Seattle area, the majority of our Seattle friends all told us “you must visit the LaConner/Skagit Valley area to see the daffodils and tulip fields”. The Skagit River area was settled thousands of years ago by the Swinomish tribe on the banks of the river; along the west side [...]

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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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American the Beautiful senior pass: the best deal in camping and touring in National Parks and other federal attractions

America the Beautiful senior pass, deal of a lifetime!

I just got lucky and scored a campsite for two nights at lovely Pinecrest Lake up Hwy. 108, 25 miles east of Sonora.  The on-line reservation asked for my federal senior pass number, which I typed in.  I had forgotten this was a Forest Service campground – and with the 50% discount, we scored two [...]

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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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Exploring the northern California, Oregon and Washington coasts in the late fall

Rugged Oregon coast, just off Hwy. 101, looking north in central Oregon.

  Exploring the northern California, Oregon and Washington coasts in the late fall can be quiet, scenic and intoxicating.  Gone are the maddening crowds of summer, and weather in November and early December can be sunny, with crisp, clear days. It can also be wet, as we discovered along the Olympic Peninsula in Washington. On [...]

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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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Traveling in teardrop trailers and mini-campers…comfy and fun!

One can still find vintage Westfalia campers (Volkswagen) for sale for $5 to $10K!

This vintage ’63 Metzendorf is a rare find, recently for sale on eBay! This “woody” teardrop was happily camping out in central British Columbia. We spotted this almost new Campmore teardrop on the Oregon coast. One can still find vintage Westfalia campers (Volkswagen) for sale for $5 to $10K! We spied this rental mini-van with [...]

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    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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