Ron and Nancy Stern are longtime journalists who have had a love of travel since they went on their first cruise to the Bahamas. Back then, they didn’t know how or when to book the right cruise line and thought their ship was huge. That is until they docked in port and saw the mega-ship next to them. It made their little vessel look like the tender that took you to shore.

This started a lifetime of research into all things travel and along the way each developed their own identities and website. Ron took on the persona of an old- time, shoe worn detective as The Global Gumshoe whose slogan was, Uncovering the SOLE of Travel (Clever huh?).

Nancy joined Ron along the way and wrote a memoir about their travels as The Travel Writer’s Wife. Together they have spoken to thousands of travelers, sharing their tips and secrets from how to find the best airline deals to how to pack in one suitcase.

They have written hundreds of articles between them that have appeared in digital newspapers such as The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and Baltimore Sun. Magazines include Shape, Cruise, AAA Motorist, Destinations West, and Canadian Traveler.

As baby boomers, Ron and Nancy have learned a thing or two about senior travel. They created this newly combined blog site to share their knowledge and experience in the hope of helping others travel safe, well, and often.


Ron Stern, known as The Global Gumshoe is an international travel photojournalist. His passions include writing compelling stories and shooting captivating imagery. Ron focuses on covering all aspects of senior travel such as hospitality, culinary, luxury, destinations, cruises, and destinations.

He was the former Denver City Guide Editor for The Daily Meal and his stories covered the gambit, from 8 Reasons to Fall in Love With Saint Louis to Baton Rouge’s New Food Scene to the Culinary Diversity of Southwest Germany.

Ron’s articles have appeared in digital news sites such as The Epoch Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Sun-Sentinel, Baltimore Sun, San Diego Union- Tribune, Yahoo News, and MSN. Magazines include Shape, Cruise, AAA Motorist, Canadian Traveler, and Destinations West.

Ron’s other contributions include PBS, Mobil Travel Guides and his photography has been used extensively by entities such as tourism boards and public relations firms. He has traveled extensively and as a Certified International Tour Manager, has led groups to interesting locales both here and abroad.

Ron is a frequent public speaker and has presented his travel talks to thousands both in the United States and Canada. He also teaches DSLR and Smartphone photography.




Nancy is the wife of travel writer, Ron Stern. She writes about food and travel and is a regular contributor to The Daily Meal. Her articles have appeared in major news outlets such as The Los Angeles Times, Sun-Sentinel, San Diego Union-Tribune, and Yahoo News.

She also writes for Communities Digital News about stories that would be of interest to seniors such as Cruising to Canada and New England, 10 Reasons to Visit Mobile, Alabama (the real home of Mardi Gras), and 10 Attractions in Taos,New Mexico You Won’t Want to Miss.

Nancy started her career by creative art journaling while accompanying her travel writing husband. After some encouragement from her friends and family, who loved hearing about her adventures, she decided to compile these into a book. So along with dozens of sketches, a bit of humor, and the writings from their journeys together, a book of memoirs evolved called, The Travel Writer’s Wife.