Better vacation choice: All-inclusive or roam free? PDF Print E-mail

Sometimes we prefer the all-inclusive vacation, because most of our travels lately have been aboard cruises, and all were very enjoyable. We’ve had our roaming free fun. When we first retired, still in our vigorous 60s, and it was great to fly to a foreign destination, hitch up our backpacks and rent cheap hotel rooms, Then, on our own independent non-schedule, we made our own way around France, Belgium and Holland to find food, sights and entertainment.

We did it dozens of times, including leisurely hikes and bus trips through the British Isles. With a well-thumbed guidebook and absolutely no idea where we’d venture the next day, we stopped at bed'n'breakfasts, ate in small, out-of-the-way cafes and did whatever we chose at the moment. For two people doing such free roaming at age 65 and 70, it may seem an impossible feat to younger travelers, but we had a blast, and still have great memories of our wanderings.

Senior Scrapbook: Homeless Kids & City Dump in WWII Manila PDF Print E-mail
Senior Travel Tip: Tour The British Isles In Springtime PDF Print E-mail

“O, to be in England now that April's there.” Poet Robert Browning wrote it a century or more ago, and it’s still a great idea for the springtime senior traveler. Since our retirement, we’ve made many pilgrimages to the British Isles. We've done in different ways: joined tour groups, roamed alone and spent two weeks doing bed and breakfast and sightseeing treks in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Even though we were already in our 70s, our best springtime adventure in Great Britain was when we went everywhere with just backpacks and no schedule.

Senior Travelers' Experiences With Airport Security PDF Print E-mail

The first thing you need to know about airport security is one simple fact. No matter where you are and what you're doing in terminals, you can assume at least one camera and several pairs of eyes are watching you.

It can be reassuring, but at times, a bit disturbing. For instance, on a recent arrival to check in for a flight, we stopped just inside the terminal doors to get our bearings and be sure we had the right documents for getting through screening.

Senior Traveler's Tale: Florence, Italy PDF Print E-mail

Florence, or Firenza in Italian, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. From personal traveling experience, it’s our favorite in Italy, not only for its timeless charm, but because many of the other big cities are too touristy for our taste.


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