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In Response to RE: On the Other Guy's Dime by btraynor
I did take a peek at your website, and I read the book reviews there and on Amazon.com. Your book sounds great, and I had to smile as I’ve been suggesting a budget volunteer travel book, for quite a while, to an author I work with who has not yet embraced the idea. I am glad you have. That you have targeted retirees, especially those on a limited income, should increase sales considering the massive numbers of baby boomers retiring. These are people who are used to being active, have had long and successful careers, and who want to engage in challenging, rewarding activities as they move on to the next stages of life. The attraction of living purposefully, helping others, and making a difference, especially while traveling and making new friends, will encourage others to make the choice to be “second career volunteer.”
Your book is timely, and will encourage those who are not as independent as you are to explore new possibilities. One of the nicer aspects of volunteering is being part of a group of people who share similar interests; it is perfect for those traveling solo as well as those who want to share a unique experience with family or friends. I know of many who have shared volunteer vacations with grandchildren, and there are many opportunities that would be perfect for multigenerational volunteering.
I’d like to suggest another book I edited called Volunteer Vacations Across America, which offers more than 200 up-to-date opportunities to combine travel with volunteering. The first book of its kind to focus solely on volunteer vacations in the United States, it is divided into five sections that allow you to choose how and where you want to contribute: People, Communities, Wildlife, the Environment, and National Treasures (national parks and other federally protected areas). Indexes include listings by activity, organization, geographical region, and family-friendly opportunities. There are volunteer vacations for people at every age and stage of life, and to fit every budget. There is also invaluable information about planning a volunteer vacation, how to evaluate and select programs, and category-specific considerations. There are tips on how to expand your understanding of the culture, history, traditions, and geography of your location, and suggested excursions to destinations within an accessible distance. Additionally, there are stories from volunteer vacationers that offer personal insights and advice from the people who have participated in the highlighted programs.
You mentioned volunteering at Heifer International, a wonderful organization included in Volunteer Vacations Across America, and I am sure you will be familiar with many of the other organizations and opportunities listed in the book. I wish you much success with Second Career Volunteer, and am glad you are sharing what you have learned and your personal “account of achieving verve,” allowing you to journey “from constraint to freedom irrespective of finances.” Your inspirational story and practical advice will benefit many.