Since 2008, Donna Hull has published My Itchy Travel Feet, the Baby Boomer’s Guide to Travel. She is the writer and her husband, Alan, is the photographer. Their goal is to inspire baby boomers to get up off the couch and go.
Donna was kind enough to answer our questions below.
TA: How many years have you been traveling and what got you hooked?
Donna: I started serious traveling when I married Alan in 2000. Together we’ve traveled all over the world enjoying road trips, luxury cruises, four-wheel-drive adventures, and national park visits. Experiencing a place with a partner who’s as curious and adventuresome hooked me on traveling as much as we can.
TA: Do you specialize in a particular type of travel?
Donna: I specialize in active travel for baby boomers. However that means all sorts of travel such as luxury cruises, national park adventures, or road trips.
TA: What is the best vacation you’ve ever taken?
Donna: In 2015, Alan and I cruised to Antarctica. When I look at the photos, or read the articles that I’ve written about our adventure, it seems like yesterday. To visit such a remote part of the world was a dream come true for me. The scenery is just as awe inspiring as you might expect. And observing the many varieties of penguins was a fascinating experience. I’d love to go back.
TA: What’s one place you’ve always wanted to visit?
Donna: Galapagos Islands
TA: What’s one thing you ALWAYS pack when you travel?
Donna: My Kindle reader stocked with a selection of books. Long waits and down time are inevitable in travel so I make the most of the time by catching up on reading.
TA: If you could only give a traveler one piece of advice, what would it be?
Donna: Be flexible. Travel snafus happen so there’s no need to have a meltdown. Just go with the flow. Some of my best travel experiences were created when plans didn’t go the way they should have gone.
TA: What are some of your favorite travel blogs and communities?
Donna: To be honest, I don’t have a lot of time for reading other travel blogs or hanging out in communities. I’d rather be going and doing when I’m not creating an article. But I do enjoy reading Betsy and Peter Wuebker’s blog, Passing Thru.
TA: What would be your #1 recommendation for a place to travel in 2019?
Donna: Greenland is my #1 recommendation for a 2019 travel adventure. For one thing, it’s not overrun with other tourists, yet. And the landscape is simply amazing, especially the icebergs in Scoresbysund. I recommend taking a small ship cruise.
TA: What are the top 3 websites you use for research/inspiration when planning a trip?
TA: Do you have any good airport or flight hacks for people traveling by plane?
Donna: Arriving early at the airport removes a lot of stress. Find a restaurant, enjoy a meal or snack, a cup of coffee, a bit of people watching, and relax.
TA: What is the best piece of travel advice you’ve ever been given?
Donna: My mother-in-law encouraged me to scratch my itchy travel feet. I’m glad that I listened to her.
TA: Is there something you think most travelers worry too much about?
Donna: Many travelers get caught up in the idea that there’s a “right” way to travel. No there isn’t. If you want to be a tourist, go for it. That’s how most travelers started out. Would you rather travel slow and immerse yourself in the culture? Do it. Is the beach at an all-inclusive resort calling your name? Book that trip! In the end, what’s important is that you just go.
TA: What’s one way people can get the most out of their cruise experience?
Donna: Choosing the cruise that’s right for your style of travel, makes or breaks the trip. If you don’t enjoy crowds, then a small ship cruise is for you. Do you need something to do every minute of the day? Better book one of the big ships. Do your homework, seek the guidance of a travel professional, research the itinerary, and know the type of cruise atmosphere that you enjoy to get the most out of your cruise experience.