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Happy Memoirs Of My First Post-Retirement Cruise PDF Print E-mail


Senior correspondent PLL, Buffalo NY: I retired at age 65.5 on a snowy January day, and 24 hours later we were escaping from icy cold and damp Buffalo. We drove 2,000 miles to the hot, dry desert of Arizona. After relaxing and sending up-yours sun and swim photos to former fellow workers still freezing in Upper New York State, we traveled.

Another retired Arizona couple suggested we accompany them on a cruise along the Pacific coast of Baja, Mexico. My immediate reaction: A cruise! Who the hell wants to go on a cruise? When I cruised along Vietnam with the Navy, a lot of angry guys out there tried to kill me! No, no! I'll never, never, never go on a cruise!

A week later we were at the pier in Long Beach, California, to board our cruise ship. Griping and moaning, I went up the gangway and to our cabin. I had to admit it was a bit more grand than crowded Navy crew compartments. Later, I reluctantly realized that the dining room on the cruise ship offered somewhat better food than Navy mess halls.

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Venice, Italy: Senior Roamer’s Happy Memories PDF Print E-mail


Guest Writer Mary M., Phoenix AZ: This beautiful Italian city has been one of the world's most desired destination for tourists for ten centuries. We were there recently while on a Mediterranean cruise, and it was the highlight of our trip.

Venice is one of the few places in the world that exceeded our expectations, more fantastic in reality than what we had learned from history, TV, movies and travel guides. The first sights when you board the shuttle boat are scenes along the Grand Canal.

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Royal Caribbean: Baja Cruise Happily Surprises Old Navy Guy PDF Print E-mail


Guest travel writer PJJ, Yonkers NY: About three years after I retired, my spouse and neighbor couple came up with a brilliant idea. "We're all going on a cruise”.

"No, I’m not," I responded. I just didn't want to go to sea again. I had been on several cruises in my youth. The first was during WWII, consisting of a year aboard a Navy attack transport. Then, as a recalled reservist, a six-month assignment during the Korean War aboard an aircraft carrier.

Navy accommodations and food were adequate back then. However, my most vivid memories many decades later were that during those cruises, some very unfriendly people were out there on the oceans and in the skies trying to kill me.

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Florida Thrill: Airboat Ride Through the Everglades PDF Print E-mail


Visiting senior wanderer PJK, Harrisburg PA: Recently, when traveling in the Fort Lauderdale area, we decided to drive north up Florida's boot about 40 miles to the Everglades. The area is easily accessible from resort areas and makes a great natural diversion from just being at the beach.

We booked an airboat water ride with Loxahatchee Everglades Tours. It's a fantastic way to see the still-unspoiled habitat as the flat boat glides over miles and miles of swampy water, flanked by native trees and green flora. The boat passes through carpets of water lilies, sawgrass and cattails. The area is part of the Everglades National Park, the largest subtropical wilderness in the U.S.

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Retirement Gift To Us: Cross-Country RV Trip PDF Print E-mail


Guest Contributor PJJ, Buffalo NY: As my 65th birthday approached, my spouse and I decided to reward ourselves with a one-way cross-country RV journey. After our kids were in college, we put the empty nest up for sale and retired from the daily working world.

We listed our house on the market, sold our newer car and donated the older one to charity. When the house sold, along with almost all home furnishings, we used some of the proceeds to buy an RV.

We found a modestly-priced, five-year-old one in excellent condition. After inspection and upgrading, it was just right to become our new home on wheels.

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