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Traveling Tips for Seniors

Shona Schmall - Monday, March 13, 2017

March is a glorious month for many people across the nation as it brings long awaited, often luxurious spring break vacations for students and their parents. But who says they get to have all the fun? Traveling can be just as refreshing for seniors. It might be best to wait until the spring break busyness cools down, before taking off on your adventure, but follow this traveling advice for a wonderful, relaxing trip.

The first tip for traveling is to plan ahead. Putting in time before you go to plan out all the details will save you an indescribable amount of stress and worry on your trip. Most websites used for booking flights allow you to set alerts for specific destinations so that you’ll get an email when tickets are at their cheapest! Take a look at Airbnb and VRBO if you want all the comforts of home while you’re away. These sites allow you to rent everything from airstreams and treehouses to beach bungalows and luxurious lofts. Researching your vacation destination on Trip Advisor or Lonely Planet can help you find out where you want to go and what you want to do before you even get there. You can read other people’s reviews, see photos, and even make dinner reservations right then and there.

Another tip is to take advantage of senior deals and discounts. There are more promotions than you can imagine as a senior, and that extends into the travel world. It could be airfare, hotels, or even an organized group trip. There are deals out there just for you! It only takes a little digging online to find deals that apply and save you money that can be spent on doing the fun stuff while you’re taking in new sights and sounds.

The last tip has nothing to do with finances or logistics. The best advice is to take risks and go on the vacation you have always put off. Whether you’ve always wanted to sail through the Caribbean, sing from top of the Eiffel Tower, see your favorite show on Broadway, or hike through our National Parks, the time to take that trip is now! Author Andre Gide once said, “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” It might take extra effort, budgeting wisely, and overcoming some nerves, but that vacation will be worth it.

Traveling is not just for students on spring break, it is for everyone! Satisfy your wanderlust and take the vacation you have always dreamed of.

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