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Senior Road Trippers: OK For Us To Drive Straight Thru? PDF Print E-mail

Q: We’re planning to drive round trip in April from Oakland CA to visit elderly relatives in Cleveland OH. If we flew, with the plane changes, it would take about 14 hours each way and cost about $2,000 round trip. If we drive straight through, our cost for gas and food will be about $500. We hope to make the drive in about 24 hours each way. When we were much younger, we did this kind of cross-country driving several times, but we’re now in our mid-60s. Is it a good idea at our age?

Senior Retirement Choice: Viva Mexico or Not? PDF Print E-mail

Q: I keep hearing other seniors talk about retiring to Mexico. Considering how expensive healthcare, housing and everything else is in the US, it sounds like a good idea for those of us with fixed incomes. We barely make it from month to month on my pension and our Social Security checks. We travel to Mexico frequently, sometimes on cruises to the beautiful Lower Baja coastal cities, and have always enjoyed our tips. My spouse speaks and writes excellent Spanish, so we wouldn’t have any language problems. What’s your take on it?

Should I Take My Tux on a Singles Cruise? PDF Print E-mail


Q: I’m going on my first cruise since my wife passed away five years ago. We sailed together at least once a year through the 80s and 90s. This will be a senior singles cruise and I’m a bit confused. I’ve been told that passengers can wear anything they want, and it isn’t necessary to dress up. When my wife and I cruised, we always took good clothing, and on at least one night, we wore formal clothing. Just to satisfy myself, should I take my tux on this upcoming cruise?

Shy Senior's Shipboard Story: Should I Resume The Romance? PDF Print E-mail

Q: I know TRAVEL55PLUS.COM offers all kinds of solutions to travel problems, so maybe you can suggest a personal one for me. I’m divorced, in my mid-50s. He said he was 59 and widowed. We met on a Norwegian Cruise Line trip two months ago, and hit it off very well. In fact, by the end of the week, we were in love. At least that’s what I thought.

At the time the cruise ship docked, we exchanged email addresses and he left for Baltimore and I went home to Washington DC. There were all kinds of promises to see each other again, but that’s the last I’ve heard from him since. I’m old-fashioned and believe he should be the first to make contact. What do you suggest?

Big Seniors Flying Economy Deal With Seat & Wallet Squeezes PDF Print E-mail

Q: I’m six feet four, and since I always have to pay my own way, I fly economy. I’m often a bit cramped, but it’s OK with me and save money. Now the airlines, always greedy for squeezing more dough out of us, have introduced more leg room for more money. What do you think about this new rip-off?


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