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Diana Cowgill

Diana Cowgill is a copywriter at YMT Vacations. She and her husband love to flit around the world together, gorging on regional baked goods and petting as many street cats as possible. Diana’s favorite places to visit are Greece, the Santa Ynez Valley, and the pages of a good book. She enjoys travel writing because it allows her to play a small part in making other people’s dreams come true.

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8 Tips for Senior Travelers



You can have as much fun traveling as a senior as you did when you were young. The joy of experiencing different scenery and cultures doesn’t dull as you age. If anything, the older you get the more you can enjoy travelling. You’ve lived more, learned more, and might finally have the time and patience to really treasure journeys away from home. Historical sites, welcoming locals, and glorious natural beauty are somehow easier to appreciate than when you were younger. Travel is magical, no matter your age.

There are also considerations to take into account for mature travelers. You need to be aware of what to expect, honest about your needs, and diligent about how you manage medications and other essential items.

We’ve been leading mature travelers on guided tours for decades, and here are 8 of our top senior travel tips.




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Topics: Travel Tips, Senior Travel


2023 Rose Parade Guide



If you’re one of the lucky revelers to descend on Pasadena for the 134th annual Tournament of Roses Parade—which features a spectacular procession of flower-covered floats, spirited marching bands, and high-stepping equestrian units—you will want to come prepared.

Whether you’re going to sit in the grandstands, camp out for free curbside spots, view the floats up close at a pre- or post-parade event, or simply watch all the fun from home, this handy guide will help you plan and enjoy America’s New Year Celebration!




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Topics: Rose Parade


10 Powerful Memorial Sites Everyone Should See



Paying respects to those who have passed away is one of our strongest natural human instincts. It is said that if we remember someone they are never really gone.

There are some incredible memorials to see across the world. They honor both fighters and civilians that have been impacted by war and conflict. These memorials are painful yet important reminders for us to be grateful for every moment, and to truly cherish those we love.

Here are ten of the most powerful memorials found in the Unites States, Europe, and Vietnam.




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Topics: Senior Travel, Travel Inspiration


8 Best National Parks in Canada You Need to Visit



The Canadian National Park system contains some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet. This world-renowned collection of 37 parks and 10 park preserves represents the best of what Canada has to offer. From beaches to the Rocky Mountains and everything in between, these national parks in Canada are full of dazzling natural beauty you will never forget.




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Topics: Americas, Travel Inspiration


Best Things to Do in Santorini, Greece



Santorini is as dramatically beautiful as any Mediterranean island. Located in the middle of the sapphire Aegean Sea, Santorini is the rim of the massive crater of a long-dormant volcano. Steep cliffs rise all around this volcanic caldera, countless whitewashed buildings lining its rocky face.

Santorini is one of the most popular Greek Islands thanks to its dazzling beauty, unique history, and irresistible atmosphere of fun and magic.

Visitors to Santorini are spoiled for choice. Regardless of your interests, there is sure to be something that catches your eye on this queen of the Greek islands.




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Topics: Europe, Travel Inspiration


The Immigration of Flavor: The History of Beignets




It’s easy to spot someone who has just enjoyed their first New Orleans beignet. Covered in powdered sugar and grinning from ear to ear, they just tasted the official state doughnut of Louisiana. Just remember, the proper beignet pronunciation is ben-yay!




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Topics: Food and Dining


Top 4 European Rivers to Experience on a River Cruise



A river cruise is one of the best ways to see a lot of Europe’s most stunning scenery on one easy and fun trip. Much like an ocean cruise, you get the benefit of living aboard a comfortable floating hotel. All your needs are taken care of on the water, and you get to enjoy port stops at the most iconic destinations along your route.

European river cruises enable you to get the most out of your time in Europe. They take travelers from great city to great city, past lush countryside, towering castles, ancient villages, and climbing vineyards. You will be able to see countless landmarks in style and comfort. River cruising is an exceptional way to travel.

Four of the best rivers to cruise in Europe are the Danube, the Rhone, the Rhine, and the Douro. Learn about these rivers, including what you can see as you cruise down them with YMT Vacations.




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Topics: River Cruises, Travel Inspiration


Top 10 Things to Do in Munich, Germany



Deciding what to do in Munich is as fun as it is fascinating and overwhelming. Where will you go in this special city that perfectly fuses the past, present, and future? Its past is demonstrated by its many historic sites, from churches to centuries-old taverns. Its present is shown by its modern architecture and sophisticated culture. As for the future? This cutting-edge city is full of technology and progressive policies. One of the richest cities in Europe’s wealthiest nation really shows how a thriving city should look.




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Topics: Europe


8 Historical Sites of Egypt



Egypt’s culture and historical sites have held our attention and sparked our imagination for thousands of years. Its colorful myths, all-powerful pharaohs, burial rituals, and reverence for cats are irresistible to everyone from children to retirees. And nothing captures our interest more than the epic, iconic monuments that Egyptians erected over the course of its millennia in power.

Egypt is on many people’s bucket list. From pyramids to grand temples and lavish tombs, these are the must-see sites of this can’t miss destination.




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Topics: International Travel, Travel Inspiration, Africa


Maine: The Way Life Should Be



Maine changed its state slogan from Vacationland to “the way life should be.” Which is a lot more accurate. The 23rd state is known for its slower pace, open spaces, and spectacular scenery. Maine’s long coastline and thickly forested interior are ruggedly and expansively beautiful. Granite mountains look out over quaint towns, and Maine’s rocky shores are the first place in America to greet the sunrise.

People visit here, move here, and stay here because there’s room and opportunity to enjoy life. There’s no reason to rush. The seasons change when they change, the fish will bite when they’re ready, and Mainers move on Maine Time.

YMT’s Coastal Maine & Acadia tour is a relaxing, peaceful, delightful journey through America’s Easternmost state. A memorable mixture of tours, activities, and free time allows guests to experience Maine at its fullest.




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Topics: US National Parks, Guest Stories, Travel Inspiration


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