What Are the Benefits of Small Group Tours?

Touareg man in blue with camel and group in distance in Sahara desert near Merzouga, Morocco by Ralph Velasco

Small group travel offers an array of advantages for those craving immersive and enriching experiences. Here’s why these tours stand out as exceptional options for travelers seeking unforgettable journeys: Personalized Exploration With small group tours, you’re not just another face in a big bus crowd. The intimate group size (for my tours that’s 6 – […]

Savoring Global Delights: A Guide to Exploring Street Food Markets Around the World

In the vibrant tapestry of global cuisine, street food markets stand out as dynamic hubs of culinary creativity and cultural exchange. From the sizzling stalls of Bangkok’s bustling night markets to the fragrant alleys of Marrakech’s souks, street food markets offer a tantalizing array of flavors, aromas, and textures that capture the essence of a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]