The Freebird Times - Issue 3



Come and join us!

We are delighted to present the third

edition of the Freebird Times, the

digital magazine specially designed

for Freebird Club members, friends

and fans around the world.

As you may already know, the Freebird Club is a

travel-based social network for the over 50s which

allows members to travel and stay with each other as

part of a trusted community of peers.

For Freebird travellers it’s a sociable way to see

the world, for Freebird hosts it’s a new source of

income, and for all it is a fun and accessible way

to meet new people and enjoy social and cultural

interaction in later life. If you are aged 50+ and

haven’t joined already, there’s no better time to get

on board. We have a special discounted membership

offer on the last page and there is lots of great

reading to be done on the way there.

In this edition we have some fascinating and

inspiring features. Who could not but be inspired

by our very own Freebird Club member Dermot

Higgins from Dublin who cycled his way around

the globe and into the Guinness Book of Records.

He is not the only high achiever here, however,

as we also feature the exploits of helicopter pilot

Captain Bob Holly and mountaineer Dawson

Stelfox. For those looking to up-skill with

computers and technology we have some great tips

and tools. Food features strongly in this issue – both

for nutritional value and sheer taste, while art and

music lovers (especially singers) are in for a treat.

There are, of course, also interesting travel articles

sure to give you itchy feet all the way from Boston

to Bordeaux.

We continue to benefit from some great press and

media coverage, and even had a video produced by

US media company, ATTN, which went viral on

social media with over seven million views. See it


We were honoured to be invited to present at two

major international conferences; the Social Economy

Forum in Lisbon, Portugal, and the Innov-Aging

Expo in Ancona Italy. This followed our selection as

a finalist in the global Silver Economy and Ageing

Well Awards. We have also just started re-developing

our website, which will make for a much more userfriendly

online experience for our users.

We are particularly pleased to announce a new

partnership with Australian over 50s digital media

company WYZA who will be promoting Freebird

throughout their extensive network in Australia and

New Zealand. WYZA provides a digital platform

for people over 50, delivering age relevant content

and products to their 50+ audience (www.wyza. We look forward to collaborating with the

WYZA team and availing of their industry experience

and expertise to bring the Freebird homestay travel

movement to our friends ‘down under’. Staying with

that part of the world, we are on our way to Malaysia,

as a finalist in the World Tourism Forum Lucerne

Start-up Innovation Awards. We have been selected as

one of the world’s 15 most innovative travel, tourism

and hospitality start-ups, and get to pitch with the best

for the grand prize on September 12th. Wish us luck!

Finally, be sure to check out our own website: www. There you will find warm welcoming

hosts in great destinations around the world. As the

Club is driven by our members, we are always open to

suggestions about what content and features to include

in the magazine. If you are not yet a member we would

love to have you join us. Furthermore why not tell

your friends and family over 50 about us? There’s never

been a better time to spread their wings!

In other news, we have been busy growing and

promoting the Freebird Club internationally. In

the Spring we completed a very successful diaspora

engagement project with our friends in the London

Irish Centre, whereby a group of their members

came to stay with Freebird hosts in Kerry, Ireland.

Suffice to say the “craic was mighty.”


Best wishes,

Peter Mangan

Freebird Club Founder


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