Exploring Portugal’s Porto and the Enchanting Douro Valley: A Wine and Culture Odyssey

2019 Portugal group at lunch at Quinta do Tedo in Douro Valley, Portugal by Ralph Velasco

Portugal, known for its rich history, vibrant culture, and world-class wines, beckons travelers to explore its enchanting cities and picturesque wine regions. Porto and the Douro Valley, in the northern part of the country, are jewels in Portugal’s crown, offering a perfect blend of cultural immersion and wine appreciation. Let’s uncover the best things to […]

Unlock the Magic: 10 Tips for Capturing Stunning Travel Videos on Your Smartphone

Little boy with big camera at Royal Palace - Phnom Penh, Cambodia by Ralph Velasco

In today’s digital age, our smartphones have become indispensable tools for capturing and sharing our travel adventures. Whether you’re exploring exotic landscapes or immersing yourself in local culture, your smartphone can help you create compelling videos that capture the essence of your journey.  Here are 10 essential tips to help you unlock the magic of […]

Exploring Spain’s Basque Country and La Rioja: A Culinary and Cultural Delight

When it comes to Spain, most travelers think of iconic destinations like Barcelona, Madrid, or the beaches of the Costa del Sol. But if you’re seeking a different kind of Spanish experience, one that’s rich in culinary delights, vibrant culture, and picturesque landscapes, look no further than the Basque Country and La Rioja region. These […]

Culinary Adventures: Savoring Local Flavors Around the World

Calling all foodies and travel enthusiasts! If you’re a traveler of any age, you know that one of the best ways to immerse yourself in a new culture is through its cuisine. Join us on a culinary journey as we explore the world’s delectable delights and savor local flavors that will tantalize your taste buds. […]

Traveling in Style: Packing Tips and Fashion for the Mature Traveler

Are you a seasoned traveler who believes that style doesn’t have an age limit? Then you’re in the right place!  Whether you’re exploring ancient ruins in Greece, savoring wine in Italy, or taking a leisurely cruise down the Rhine, traveling in style is all about feeling confident, comfortable, and fabulous.  Here are some tips for […]

10 Essential Affirmations to Transform Your Travel Experience

Hey there, fellow DRIFTERS! Today, let’s talk about something that can truly elevate your travel game: Affirmations for Travel.  Why, you ask? Simple! Travel isn’t just about ticking off destinations; it’s a mindset, an experience that shapes us. Amidst the thrill of new places and cultures, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed or lose sight of […]

Best Camera Tips – How to Buy a Camera: The Ultimate Guide to Purchasing a Camera

Are you a Baby Boomer, Gen Xer, or international traveler looking to purchase a camera? Do you feel intimidated by the vast array of options available in the market? Fear not, traveler, for I’ve compiled the ultimate no-frills guide to purchasing the right camera for your needs.  You don’t have to be a tech-savvy millennial […]

7 Unique Holiday Traditions Celebrated Around the World

Around the world, the holiday season is celebrated in wonderfully diverse and sometimes unusual ways. From roller-skating to Mass in Venezuela to enjoying KFC for Christmas in Japan, these unique traditions offer a fascinating glimpse into the varied ways that different cultures observe this festive time of year. Japan – KFC Christmas Dinner: The tradition […]

11 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays Around the World

It’s that time of the year again, when the world transforms into a kaleidoscope of festive celebrations, each brimming with its own unique charm and traditions. As we swap our everyday routines for the magic of the holiday season, I invite you to join me on a virtual sleigh ride across the globe. From the […]

10 More Reasons to Make “Good Mistakes” on the Road

Last time we spoke about 10 Good “Mistakes” to Make While Traveling and as long as you minimize them, hopefully, you won’t regret making these mistakes—well, not too much, anyway. Booking Accommodation Far from the Action: It’s a drag at first, but it forces you to explore areas you wouldn’t otherwise. Plus, you get to […]