Senior Corps: Use Your Spare Holiday Time To Help Others PDF Print E-mail

The holiday season for most of us means joyful family gatherings. However, for others, it will be just more days of loneliness and money problems. If you want to share some of your holiday spirit by volunteering, contact agencies that provide helpful services.

The most well known are the Red Cross and Salvation Army, with holiday help programs extending from your hometown, the USA and to many areas in the world your travels may take you. Also check with www.seniorcorps.org. It specifically informs retirees and other older volunteers about such services as helping the homeless, foster grandparent and senior companion programs.

Cruises And Hotel Bookings: Always Ask For A Free Upgrade PDF Print E-mail

Senior wanderers who speak up while checking in may save some money. If you’re a bit devious, casually mention that you or your companion is marking a 65th or other significant birthday. Your plea could also be that you’re celebrating your 40th wedding anniversary. You can also try the newlywed routine, but if you show wrinkles and grey hair, that ploy may not work.

If the cruise ship or hotel isn’t fully booked, the check-in clerk can usually opt to give you a free upgrade to a larger cabin or suite. It may also get you complimentary champagne or chocolates on your pillow on the first night. And just maybe a free buffet for two at the dining room. Your ploy may not work, but it’s always worth the attempt.

Senior Drivers: Always Shop Online For Best Car Insurance PDF Print E-mail

In addition to your own car, also renting during travels here and in other countries, always shop for the best insurance price. When comparing insurance rates, make sure by scanning the web that you can secure the lowest rates with the most comprehensive coverages.

There are many factors in pricing auto insurance, including safety record, age, mileage and other personal facts. Also, with the continuing insurance coverage advancements available at the click of your computer and smartphone, you get instant and comprehensive results.

For example, investigate Auto-Savings.com. Complete the required info, and you’ll receive specific price quotes from various insurance companies. With all the facts at hand, you can choose the best insurance for your driving plans.

Scattering Ashes Of The Dead At Disney Parks PDF Print E-mail

Dying people often request cremation and sending their ashes to the ocean, Grand Canyon, favorite beach or religious site. One of the most popular is to do the memorial event at special places in Disney parks, such as Cinderella’s Castle, It’s A Small World and the Haunted Mansion.

Disney, advertised as the happiest place on Earth, doesn’t want those sad ceremonies to happen there, and officially forbids the memorial sessions. And when people smuggle the ashes into the park and the illegal event happens, Disney custodians are quick to vacuum up the ashes along with regular trash for disposal.

Therefore, when you take the family to Disney, even if the beloved, newly-deceased Uncle Joe has asked that his remains be scattered there, obey the rules. Maybe he’d be just as satisfied if you’d do it over the sappiest place on Earth, the Trump White House.

Heaviest & $$$$ Holiday Air Traffic In History Predicted PDF Print E-mail

Remember way back when we seasoned citizens did holiday travel during younger days? We sang over the river and through the woods, to grandmother's house we go. If we drove, gas prices were $1 a gallon. If we flew, round trip tickets were $100. 

These days, if grandma lives on the other coast, we’ll need to book very expensive flights to get to her turkey dinner. Of course, because of the heavy seasonal demand, airlines will jack up already-inflated ticket prices to the highest ever. As impossible as it may seem, there are ways senior travelers can avoid some of the extra costs.

First, choose to stay home. Have your holiday celebration with grandma and other relatives around the nation by Skype live faces together on smartphones and laptops. If you fly, consider late night red eye schedules, when prices, road traffic and airport crowds are smaller.

If you’ll be traveling with family or other large group, don’t pay big bucks for overpriced hotel rooms for just those few nights. Rent a luxury Airbnb house, where there are private bedrooms, parlors, kitchens, and lots of roaming space for all at much lower costs.


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