Buena Ventura-Land of Good Fortune

By: Linda Ballou Ventura is a beach town with a laid-back vibe that is the gateway to some great adventures. About an hour north of Los Angeles spectacular day trips in the Channel Islands National Park are waiting for you.  Turn up at the Island Packer dock in Ventura Harbor at about 9 AM with a lunch…

Travel Tips for 2022

By: Linda Ballou The only thing certain about travel in 2022 is that it is uncertain. People are chomping at the bit to travel again but need to remain flexible. Flight schedules are still in a state of flux, car rentals are at historical highs, and Covid-19 guidelines in various countries are changing by the…

A Wild Time on the Central Coast

Winter on the Central Coasts means fewer tourists and plentiful wildlife. Birds and marine mammals gather there in chaotic profusion from December to February. Every year, hundreds of birders flock to the sleepy fishing town of Morro Bay on California’s Central Coast to take part in the Audubon Birding Fest. The Pacific’s saltwater mixed with…

A trip through Europe

Just returned after two weeks in four countries, and lots of people have been asking me, “what is it like traveling in Europe right now?” It’s amazing. It’s Europe the way it used to be, before over-tourism and tour buses and cheap flights. Bruges was practically deserted at night. On a Saturday morning, we walked…

A New First Place Award

Hi, I know what you’re thinking — “what, another email blast from this guy?” I’m sorry to bother you again so soon with another email, but I want to share a bit of exciting news I just received. I won first place for travel writing in 2020 from the North American Mature Publishers Association for…

Venice Beach Reborn

Dear friends, colleagues and people who barely know me or couldn’t care less, The Adventure Geezer is now triple vaccinated (I have asthma, so I’m immune compromised) and ready to get back on the road. In this case, the road is only two blocks long, from my house to the Venice Beach Boardwalk. Venice Beach…