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Travel Tips for European Vacations for
Senior Travel Tours
Hey Baby Boomers - Here is some Travel
Advice Just for You!
A Cruise Itinerary: How Many Ports Of Call?
What Travelers Need to Know About
Don't Check Your Brain at the Border
Purchasing Travel Insurance - How much Is Enough?
Travel Tips for European Vacations for Senior Citizens
By Michael Rad
Wherever you might be going, there are some constant
features you should think about because they would help you to have a good time
and solve unwanted burdens. These features concern your luggage, accommodation,
electronic devices, season, and seniors' discounts.
Prefer a backpack on wheels instead of a suitcase, you
could pull it behind you when your back hurts or you are exhausted. Don't
overweight your luggage. It is enough to take two or three blouses or shirts
(depending on the season), two pairs of lightweight trousers, comfortable
walking shoes, three changes of underwear, three pairs of socks (long stockings
when the weather is cold on that time of the year) and these all should be
enough for your luggage. Consider checking your bag in with the airlines,
because it would become an unnecessary burden to be dragged all over the airport
or the city if you are going to have a short visit. In case you will go to visit
those places, ask the airline attendant to arrange transport to make sure you
will be in time for your flight.
The accommodation could create other problems, the stairs,
for example. You should take them into account when you make the arrangements in
advance. You could tell from the very beginning that you would prefer a ground
floor room. You could stay outside the city, in a hostel maybe, because it is
cheaper, less crowded and the air is much fresher, but you have to walk or use
the transport more, to get in the city or to the station. However you put the
problem here, there are always advantages and disadvantages in your balance. You
have to ask yourself what weights more in the balance.
The season you are traveling in must agree with your mood.
In late spring and early autumn Europe is less full of tourists, neither too
hot, nor too cold. You could have an Easter European travel in Holland, for
instance, to see the tulips in full bloom on the fields or you can visit the
Keukenhoff Gardens to see the rainbow of blooming. Most museums, some concert
halls, railways, airlines, bus lines, ferry and shipping lines have a discount
policy for seniors. You should ask them wherever you go, and you will find out
that you can save some money. In UK the discount, called concession is not just
a concession, it is quite generous. Actually there are even a few places, quite
rare, but they exist where you can have a free access to what they offer.
Electronic devices are useful but sometimes they can give
you a lot of headaches. You could help yourself with a micro-tape recorder to
record your notes. It would be easier than to write and you would put them down
on paper later, to share your notes with your family. If you bring a camera with
you to keep the beautiful images alive, then make sure you know how to handle it
or you might fail to record them not only on that camera but also in your eyes.
You will be so concerned to make that terrible thing function that you would
pass from one place to another only with your eyes down. If you make sure to
remember to do all these, then the rest would be just to enjoy yourself.
Senior Travel Tours
Senior travel tours are a great way to see the world.
They’re safe, they’re affordable and they’re also an easy way to meet other
seniors who share similar interests. If you’re part of the Baby boomer
generation but you’re not ready to spend your days falling in and out of sleep
in your worn out recliner, with a bit of research you’ll likely find plenty of
senior travel tours you’d enjoy.
If you think that traveling with a bunch of older
individuals is going to be tedious, boring and full of breaks for resting weary
bones then you’ll be pleasantly surprised to realize how wrong you are. After
just a few minutes of research you’ll see that your biggest challenge is going
to be choosing which of the hundreds of senior travel tours you want to go on
first. To give you an idea of the variety, here are just a few of the travel
options posted recently on the Internet.
Senior travel tours take you everywhere
If you love Italian food but don’t know the difference
between penne rigate and mezzi rigatoni, why not book one of the many senior
travel tours that’ll take you to various parts of Italy where you’ll learn how
to prepare regional delicacies straight from authentic Italian chefs! Along with
cooking techniques you’ll learn how to pair wines and you’ll have an opportunity
to immerse yourself in Italian living.
If cooking isn’t your thing, that’s no problem. You’ll
find countless senior travel tours that specialize in taking you off the beaten
track. You won’t find any tour busses on these trips either. You’ll tour the
landscape on foot or from inside a canoe or kayak or even from the seat of a
bicycle. Imagine hiking through the rainforests of Costa Rica or biking along
the same route as the Tour d’ France or learning about natural history in the
If you’ve only ever dreamed of taking an African safari
you could easily turn that dream into reality right by booking yourself on one
of the many senior travel tours that’ll have you driving right alongside
elephants and tigers and whatever else you’re likely to encounter along the way.
And there’s more.
Senior travel tours for everyone
When it comes to senior travel tours, you are limited only
by your imagination, the amount of leisure time you have, and your budget.
You’ll find tours that are geared towards married seniors, single seniors, gay
and lesbian seniors, seniors with disabilities – you name it, if you dig long
and hard enough, you likely will find it.
As with any type of travel planning, it’s important that
you do business only with reputable senior travel tours operators. You’ll want
to pay close attention to the details so you know exactly what you’re getting
with your chosen tour. You don’t want to find later on that transfers, taxes, or
other hidden costs have added hundreds onto the tour’s price tag.
Senior travel tours will give you something to do and
they’ll leave you with many lasting memories. So go now and enjoy!
Hey Baby Boomers - Here is some Travel Advice Just for
By Kathy Steinemann
If you were born
between the end of World War II and the beginning of the Vietnam War, you are a
Baby Boomer. Some Boomers have taken early retirement already, and others are on
the verge of this new chapter in their lives. 'Travel' is at the top of the list
Planning Your Trip
Your travel itinerary should be part of a careful process. Plan a holiday with
plenty of 'you' time. You should finish every vacation feeling relaxed and
Baby Boomers are generally quite fit when compared to our ancestors. However,
increasing numbers of obese or overweight adults are plagued with bad backs,
high cholesterol levels, and fragile knee joints.
Don't just pick a cruise and pack your bags. Keep your
interests and physical limitations in mind. If you are a swimming fanatic, you
might want to try scuba diving. However, asthma would preclude a scuba vacation.
You might have to settle for snorkeling instead. If you have a bad back, don't
plan to go hiking in the Andes.
The older you are, the less likely you are to have a comfortable night's sleep.
Try to find a hotel or bed and breakfast with memory foam mattresses and
When booking your room, ask the reservations desk if they
offer discounts for seniors. Some lodging establishments will provide a
substantial discount as early as age 55. Don't consider yourself 'old' just
because you are 55. Think of some fabulous Baby Boomers like Suzanne Somers,
Donald Trump, Sylvester Stallone, and Dolly Parton. They all celebrated 60th
birthdays in 2006.
Apply for a passport at least 6 months in advance if you don't already have one.
Some countries will not allow you to cross their borders with a passport that is
near its expiry date. Contact embassies or do some research online so that you
are aware of current regulations.
Check with your physician to see if there are any
activities you should avoid. Your doctor can also advise you regarding
immunizations, give you prescription refills, and provide photocopies of crucial
medical information. Many countries will only allow clearly labeled prescription
medications where the name on the bottle matches the passport. If you require
supplies like alcohol swabs and other support products, purchase them ahead of
time. You may not be able to locate what you need in a foreign country.
Be aware of the coverage provided by your current medical
insurance policies. It may be prudent to purchase extra insurance for unexpected
(and uncovered) contingencies such as air evacuation.
Travel activities can cause swollen feet. Sensible, comfortable footwear that is
one width wider and 1/2 size larger than usual is advisable. Never pack brand
new shoes or boots.
Sleep disturbances become more frequent as we age. Pack
some foam earplugs so you won't have to worry about your partner's snoring,
creaking floorboards, or disturbances in the hallway outside your room.
Many of us find that foods we used to enjoy now cause
symptoms like gas, cramps, or constipation. At home, we can compensate by
watching what we eat. However, when dining in restaurants, we are often faced
with unfamiliar and exotic fare that can wreak havoc with the gastrointestinal
system. Pack a bottle of digestive enzymes. They are available in big department
stores like Wal-Mart, as well as pharmacies and health food stores.
A small memory foam travel pillow can cradle your head
while you nap onboard the plane - or it can provide relief from a sore back if
you put it between your knees while you sleep at night.
Keep your hands free when you go on tours. A good backpack
is the key. Shop around until you find a comfortable pack that is easy to put on
Each day before you leave the room, check the weather forecast and dress
accordingly - in layers. If you get too warm later in the day, you can peel
something off and put it in your backpack.
Your backpack can also be used for meds, your travel
pillow, a bottle of water, and other essentials. Valuables and important papers
should never go in the pack, however. Keep them in a next-to-skin money belt
(zipper side in) with only small amounts of cash in another easily accessed
wallet or pocket.
Fresh water is crucial. Proper hydration will keep your
energy level at optimum and prevent that old travel bane - constipation.
Wherever you go, whatever you do, wear a smile and be
polite. A cheerful attitude will be infectious and will transform your time away
from home into a truly happy, memorable experience.
About the Author: Kathy Steinemann writes for
1000 Tips 4 Trips - a site with
over 1000 travel tips.
Choosing A Cruise Itinerary: How Many Ports Of Call?
By Rob Jacob
When choosing a
cruise, there are many things to consider. Which cruise line? How
many days? But after these are decided, the next decision is usually
where do we want to go? Choosing an itinerary can be tough. There
are so many great places to go, and see. And part of this decision
is how many ports of call do you want. Do you want more ports of
call, and fewer days at sea? Or do you want fewer ports of call, and
more days at sea?
Our first cruise was for our honeymoon. We
were considering a cruise with lots of ports of call. Our cruise
agent told us that we would be happier on a cruise with less stops,
and more days at sea. We took his advice, and chose a cruise with
three ports of call (Nassau, San Juan, and St. Thomas) during a 7
day cruise. We had a blast!
Our second cruise was two years later. We
chose a cruise with more stops. We had 5 ports of call on a 7 day
cruise (St. Thomas, St Martin, Dominica, Barbados, and Martinique).
And we had fun! But it was not nearly as relaxing as our first
What were the differences? On the cruise with
more ports of call, we had stops nearly every single day. So we
would get up early, grab a quick breakfast, get ready to go ashore.
We'd go off and do an excursion and maybe some shopping. We come
back to the ship, get cleaned up, and changed for dinner. We'd go to
dinner. Then go back to the cabin and maybe change again. Then we
would go off to see a show. Then we would go back to the cabin to
get some sleep, because we had to get up early the next day to do it
It was like being on a treadmill. On the
cruise with more days at sea, we could stay out late, sleep in, take
naps in the middle or day, sit on deck and read, watch movies in our
cabin. And we still saw lots of stuff. We had more downtime between
So if you like to do lots of stuff, and have
lots of energy, go for more stops. If you are looking to see some
stuff, but still have time to relax, choose fewer stops.
There are still plenty of activities on the
cruise ships during the days at sea. Trust me, you will not be
About the Author: Rob Jacob loves to travel
and runs a travel related blog.
What Travelers Need to Know About Malaria
By John Grimes
It is almost
time again to book those flights and head off to some fascinating
destination on the other side of the world. Before you go, a quick
malaria primer should be considered and here it is.
Malaria is a disease caused by a parasite. The
parasite is often transmitted to the body through mosquito bites.
Once you have malaria, it is time to rock and roll, but not in a
good way. The disease presents symptoms including the chills, high
fever, shakes, and a flu like feeling. If not treated, it may be
fatal. It is estimated that 300 to 500 million cases occur each
year. Approximately 1 million people die from the disease each year
as well. In short, it is a common problem and something to take
seriously if you are going to be traveling to certain areas.
In the 1950s, there was a major effort to wipe
out malaria by going after the mosquitoes. As you probably know,
mosquitoes are difficult to wipe out. Get just one in your room at
night and you can spend an hour trying to hunt it down. Now imagine
try to get all of them in a country! Regardless, the eradication
efforts worked well in most first world countries, but not so well
If you are traveling abroad, you need to look
into the malaria risk at your destination. Mosquitoes like warmth,
so tropical and hot areas tend to have problems. Anywhere in Africa
is risky. Much of Asia is as well. Most people don't realize,
however, that malaria is a problem in parts of Eastern Europe.
Mosquitoes hibernate during the colder months and the population
explodes in the warm months of late spring and summer. Yes, you can
catch malaria around Istanbul. In general, the farther east you go,
the bigger the risk.
Unfortunately, there is no vaccine for
malaria. The parasite is constantly evolving, so a vaccine would be
outdated before it hit the market. Anti-malarial drugs are often
promoted as a cure-all to the risk, but this is not necessarily so.
Certain strains of malaria are resistant to these drugs, so relying
on them can be a fatal mistake. You best bet is to use a healthy
amount of insect repellent in combination with such drugs.
There is one final nasty twist traveler's should know about malaria.
Whether you have been infected can be difficult to determine unless
you have a blood test. Why? The parasite might lay dormant up to
four years! For most people, sickness within the first ten days to a
month is common. Regardless, you should get a blood test upon your
return from your trip if you think you may have been bitten.
Don't Check Your Brain at the Border
by Chris Cooper
believed in the maxim, "diversify your investments". So during our
working careers my wife and I used to buy real estate, especially
south of the border.
When it came time to retire, we chose to live
at least half the year on the shores of Lake Chapala, Mexico. Lake
Chapala is at almost the same elevation as Denver, Colorado, but
rarely gets as cold. There is a brief mild winter, but most houses
are neither heated or air conditioned.
Because of the ideal weather and prices which
are still less costly than in the United States, this has become a
popular retirement community with people from around the world, but
especially the USA and Canada. Ex-patriots in Mexico number in the
hundreds of thousands.
As the baby boomer generation ages, this and
other places like Roatan Island in Honduras, Costa Rica, the coasts
of Mexico and, of course, most of the Caribbean will become more
popular - and more expensive - with retirees.
These are ideal retirement locations and I
don't mean to discourage anyone from considering them. But don't
check your brain at the border.
Except for Puerto Rico, these are all foreign
countries. Not everyone speaks English and things are done
If you are considering a second home and make
inquiries, you will swiftly become acquainted with the large realtor
populations of these places. Surprisingly they will mostly be very
friendly Americans or Canadians, willing to wine and dine you,
introduce you to the local ex-pat community and explain the ins and
outs of foreign living.
About a year or so ago, International Living
ran an article titled: "Not All Sharks Swim Under the Water". It was
about ex-pat realtors and the tales they tell. And this is where the
location of your brain becomes critical.
Take everything you're told with a grain of
salt. Hang out in any local pub, and you'll likely meet disgruntled
ex-pats who are disgusted with wherever you are. Also take what they
tell you with a grain of salt, but carefully consider both sides of
When you are on a trip, you are on vacation. Things are all fun and
games. You meet new people, party and drink too much. You sightsee
and have a great time.
But living in these areas can be a lot
different. The phones and electricity may not work all the time.
Internet service can be spotty. You might have to pump and purify
your drinking water.
There can be disputes with the native
population, which you'll generally lose.
There will be many sharks - generally ex-pats - that will be more
than willing to take advantage of your naiveté.
So some advice:
1. Don't believe everything you are told. Check everything out with
as many different sources as you can. And if it sounds too good to
be true, it probably isn't.
2. Remember you are a guest in a foreign land.
Don't act like a spoiled brat. The cultural gap can be huge. And
even if a local resident speaks English, there are often
misunderstandings due to that cultural gap.
3. Don't invest your money with some friendly
bloke you meet in a local pub, no matter what return he guarantees.
As a matter of fact, keep your money in the states or Canada, safely
tucked away in a reputable bank or brokerage firm. If you want to
keep some local currency on hand, open an account at a real bank.
Keep the same accountant that you had in the states or Canada.
4. The laws are different. In many countries a
Notary will handle both sides of a real estate transaction. But you
still have the right to hire your own lawyer, interpreter and
building inspector and surveyor. You would be shocked to learn how
many people don't - I know I didn't. And in many countries,
lawyer-client confidentiality and conflict of interest are unheard
5. While most of the native population will be
respectful of you if you return the favor, you will be a target of
local thieves. Crime will probably be lower than wherever it is
you're coming from, but it exists - especially house break-ins and
auto theft. You might also find yourself resented by the more
well-to-do local population. It might be hard to make friends with
6. Try to learn the local language and
customs. Don't try to impose your values and watch where you try to
7. In many places, the only thing you will
have in common with other ex-pats is the language. So be sure you
choose a locale with a sufficient ex-pat community so you can create
friendships. For the most part there will be many warm, welcoming
people willing to include you in their social circle.
8. Be prepared to deal with poverty, people
living in appalling conditions, child labor and more. There will be
many groups to help, but there never seems to be enough to put even
a small dent in the problem. Some of the problems are due to the
local culture and there is nothing you can do about them.
There is no such place as paradise, at least
not in Mexico, South America or the Caribbean. You can live a very
nice life style, but nothing is perfect.
About the Author: Chris Cooper, a retired
attorney, and his wife Aileen, who has an MBA in Finance, provide
personal financial planning advice at
Purchasing Travel Insurance - How much Is Enough?
by Amy Nutt
Whenever traveling, you want to be sure you
are properly insured for a number of emergency medical conditions
that could occur. This includes pre-existing medical conditions that
could require immediate medical attention, unforeseen conditions
that may occur, and accidents. When purchasing travel insurance you
want to be sure there is a balance between how much is too much, and
how much is enough.
Before ever embarking on your trip, check your
current insurance coverage to see if it will cover you should an
unforeseen event take place. If you are traveling far from your
place of residence, there is a good idea that it will not. This is
especially true if you are traveling out of the country. Once you
have established what you need and that your current insurance does
not cover it, you will want to check into purchasing insurance that
will cover you just when you travel on a particular trip.
When determining how much insurance you need,
you should first consider how long you plan to travel. You will be
asked to fill out forms requiring any information concerning
pre-existing medical conditions, emergency contacts, and your
specific travel destination. You will want to be sure all
information is accurate and as up to date as possible. Take care not
to add unnecessary features that will most definitely not pertain to
Different companies will offer different
features such as trip cancellation, emergency medical evacuation,
and much more. Only purchase what you are most likely to need. Trip
cancellation insurance can be a good idea if you are unsure about
whether or not you may be able to make your trip, or if you just
want to insure you have this option should you actually need it. The
features and costs usually vary widely from one company to another,
so conducting the proper research is essential.
Make sure you are absolutely clear on what
your policy will and will not cover before you even purchase a plan.
This is crucial because often times people assume their plans
include a feature or benefit that it doesn't and that is most often
the one they will actually need. That is why it is advisable to know
and understand your needs before you ever begin, and ask all the
questions you can concerning the coverage you will receive before
purchasing the chosen plan.
For more information visit:
Travelvault.ca. They provide visitor health insurance and
travel medical insurance for non-Canadians who visit Canada.