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*We highly recommend using Island Senior Resources (formerly Senior Services of Island County). Their expert information and assistance staff and volunteers are great at connecting people over 55 with the resources they and their families need. Contact information is found here.

SW@Home Resources— Useful, unusual, quirky and fun

You probably know lots of online searches to do, like “AirBnB” for places to stay when you travel, and “Senior Resources” for stuff that’s particularly aimed at our age group.

This SW@ Home Resource page tips you off to unusual, quirky, and fun websites.


We will add new sections periodically, so email us your ideas for the upcoming categories—scroll down for that list.

TRIPPIN’

Volunteer Vacations

Global Volunteers

Lynn and Blake Willeford led teams for this organization for a decade. They like their mantra, “Locals know best.” www.globalvolunteers.org

Habitat for Humanity

If Jimmy and Rosalynn aren’t too old to volunteer in their 90s, you aren’t either. www.habitat.org

Learning Vacations

Road Scholar

"Inspiring instructors, spirited conversations, new friends, new experiences — being a Road Scholar encompasses the best of the university experience.” https://www.roadscholar.org

Tours

Rick Steves Tours

These tours are “fun, affordable, and culturally broadening." https://www.ricksteves.com/tours

Wings

Birding tours in the USA and all over the world. http://wingsbirds.com

Self-guided Trips

Untours

“All the fun of independent travel, but with the planning, service, and on-site support of a tour.” www.untours.com

Oxford

They make the arrangements, schlep your luggage and provide you with the maps for walking and biking tours you do on your own. They also do fully guided tours. www.atg-oxford.com

Outlander Travel

Similar to Oxford. http://outlandertravel.com One of their agents, Lindsay Kennedy Sauer, lives on South Whidbey.

Travel Deals for Seniors

Golden Age Park Pass

We live in a beautiful country and our national parks are an extraordinary treasure. Until August 28, 2017 a lifetime pass to all national parks is only $10 for people over 62! After that it goes up to $80, which still isn’t bad for a lifetime pass. https://store.usgs.gov/pass/senior.html


Have more ideas for "Trippin'"? Email us them to us.


Next Categories Coming Up

SEX

 

DRUGS

 

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (and other Cultural Pleasures)

 

MY HOUSE IS A VERY VERY VERY FINE HOUSE

(Homes, yours and others’)

 

MONEY, MONEY, MONEY, MONEY

 

TALKIN’ ‘BOUT OUR GENERATION

(sites around demography, issues, public policy)

 

DIG IT

(Gardening)

 

READ ON

(great books)

 

GOT THE MUNCHIES?

(Food)

 

GOT A SHORT ATTENTION SPAN? Oddly addicting time wasters

(amusing or interesting links, videos, etc.)

 

YOU SAY TOMAHTO

(Communication)

TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF (BECAUSE THE KIDS MIGHT NOT)

(healthy aging, resources, adaptation to changing circumstances, new treatments, safety in the home)

 

COMING TO THE END OF THE LINE

(End of life issues)