In 2008, Don took another career turn and became a full-time travel writer with the publication of his National Geographic book, Riding the Hulahula to the Arctic Ocean: A Guide to 50 Extraordinary Adventures for the Seasoned Traveler (co-authored with Shannon Stowell). The Wall Street Journal called this book, which describes off-the-beaten-track adventures for boomers and seniors, "one of the best travel books to cross our desk this year...A wonderful -- and inspiring – read."


Since then, Don has won many awards for his travel writing from the North American Travel Journalists Association and the North American Mature Publishers Association.


Don has traveled to over 80 countries and all seven continents. In collaboration with the cutting-edge travel company, Explorer X, he is now designing and leading trips to several of his favorite destinations, including SE Asia, Scotland, Ireland, and Namibia. For more information, contact Don at


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