Linda Malys Yore is the owner of lindaontherun.com, a luxury travel website for the young at heart (55+). Her website is a trusted resource for luxury travel tips, inspiration, and advice for older adults. Her professional expertise and experience as a 66-year-old traveler sets her apart from other travel websites and allows her to provide brands and destinations with quality writing, age-focused digital marketing, and social media coverage. Some of her recent campaigns have included Viking River Cruises, Walt Disney World, Tourism Ireland, Busch Gardens, Oakley, and Dingle Tourism.
Linda was kind enough to answer some of our travel questions below.
TA: How many years have you been traveling and what got you hooked?
Linda: I have been traveling all my life. My earliest travel recollection is from when I was about 4 years old, and I was nauseated and vomiting in the back seat of our family car while traveling from Ohio to Canada due to motion sickness. My parents were big on travel. When my own children were elementary age we traveled in an RV several summers through 7 Canadian provinces and 49 of the 50 US states. I wanted to pass along my love of travel to them both. And, yes, I still do suffer from motion sickness!
TA: Do you specialize in a particular type of travel?
Linda: I strive to be an ambassador for my "tribe" -- those in the 50-80 age group -- interested in luxury travel of all kinds.
TA: What is the best vacation you've ever taken?
Linda: I would have to say traveling in an RV with my family from Florida to Alaska for the first time. We crisscrossed the United States along the way to visit family, friends and American attractions. I had always wanted to visit Alaska, and Alaska did not disappoint! Being in an RV is a whole other way of traveling: your home goes with you. And having the luxury of time on our side, that 5 1/2 month trip is a totally unforgettable memory destined to never be forgotten.
TA: What's one place you've always wanted to visit?
Linda: My ultimate bucket list item of all time is going to Egypt and seeing the pyramids.
TA: What's one thing you ALWAYS pack when you travel?
Linda: My red lipstick!
TA: If you could only give a traveler one piece of advice, what would it be?
Linda: Do not overpack! I am so totally guilty of doing this, still to this day. So what if you wear the same thing twice? Wash out your unmentionables, wash tops and socks, and plan to layer. Do not overpack. Don't do it!
TA: What are some of your favorite travel blogs and communities?
Linda: Follow Me Away is run by Victoria and Terrence, the travel power couple. They travel all over the world together -- he is the talented photographer, and she is the model and author of the informative articles on the website. You must check out their instagram accounts. I love.
EatLiveTravelDrink is run by Nicky Sunderland. Her photography is so spectacular you will want to visit just for the food!
For boomer travel info specifically I have two FB groups that I regularly search. I try to participate in both but I def need to improve in that regard. The first one is Boomer Travel Bloggers moderated (mostly) by Suzanne Fluhr. The second is Not So Young Female Travel Bloggers moderated by Julie Beckers. Both of these boomer FB communities offer fantastic support.
TA: Do you have any good airport or flight hacks for people traveling by plane?
Linda: Pack light. No one wears all the clothes they bring. Plan on hand washing your unmentionables, socks and even a top or two. Dress in layers. On our last international flight, it took the four of us less than one minute to get back into the USA using our Global Entry credentials, but we had an annoying 40 minute wait for our checked bags. Bring wheel-aboard, carry on bags. Always.
TA: What is the best piece of travel advice you've ever been given?
Linda: Hate to keep repeating myself, but the best piece of travel advice I have ever been given is to pack lightly and bring my luggage onboard. Also, my luggage stays with me at all times in my custody.
TA: Is there something you think most travelers worry too much about?
Linda: I always worry about my plane and train connections. Will I make my connections? Did I leave enough time in between flights or train connections. It is a pretty universal worry.
TA: What's a travel scam travelers should be wary of?
Linda: Paris, France is the worst country as far as scamming and theft goes. On our last visit there 3 out of 4 of us were pickpocketed. My daughter had her brand new Olympus camera stolen right in front of our eyes (and we were trying very hard to be vigilant). We went to the police but they were very apathetic. Her boyfriend and myself had unsuccessful attempts to get inside of our backpacks foiled. Even though nothing was stolen from us, it is an awful feeling of violation to know someone got close. And neither one of us "felt" them opening our backpacks. We had a friend have her laptop and high end camera stolen from her hotel room and the hotel nor Parisian police did anything about it. Paris has scam artists that roam the streets. BEWARE!
TA: Which country has surprisingly good food?
Linda: As a traveling vegan, I was knocked-over-the-head surprised by how vegan London is. There was a vegan menu in just about every single restaurant and lots (instead of maybe, if I'm lucky one) of vegan options on every menu. All cafes, pubs and shops all recognized and had options for vegans.
TA: What's one way people can get the most out of their cruise experience?
Linda: There are many types of cruises, and many kinds of ships. River cruises. Ocean Cruises. Big ships. Small and intimate ships. My advice is select a ship that speaks to the traveler.
TA: What are the best places to travel solo and why?
Linda: My first solo experience was in Dublin, Ireland. I stayed inside the city walls of Old Dublin, and absolutely everything was within walking distance. If someone does not like to walk as much as I do, they can use many forms of public transportation to get around Dublin. That city has absolutely everything: history, night life, shopping, great restaurants. And it is safe! It is absolutely fabulous to travel solo.
TA: What's one piece of advice you'd give to travelers your age?
Linda: You are only as old as you feel. Get out and move. Now is our time. Do not wait another minute exploring our wonderful world and all it had to offer. Not one more minute!