How about a fall trip? Prices are down, summer crowds are gone, and the weather’s just right.
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Each of the sites listed below can help prepare you for the trip of a lifetime at a price you can afford.
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5 money-saving tips for older travelers
1. Take advantage of your flexibility and travel in the fall—an off-season. You’ll avoid crowds and save money on flights, hotels and attractions. Don’t forget to check the weather in your chosen destination. Take out travelers insurance if your destination is likely to have a hurricane.
2. Fly on the cheapest days. For domestic flights, Wednesday is the cheapest day to depart and Tuesday is the cheapest day to return. Internationally, Wednesdays are the cheapest days for both departures and returns. Of course any given route may be different. To find the cheapest flights for your trip, go to hopper.com.
3. Ask for senior discounts at hotels, resorts, museums, and attractions. These places usually have discounts for older travelers, but may not publicize them. Check prices online before booking in person—sometimes you can not only get a great price, you can also avoid long lines by booking in advance. Take advantage of (recent) AARP travel discounts, such as 35% off rental cars, $1,000 discounts on cruises, and $100 off some vacation packages. (One year of AARP membership currently costs only $16 and automatically includes membership for your spouse.)
4. Factor in any additional flight fees to the base cost of your flight. Consider paring down over-weight baggage or sharing checked baggage. Book online rather than on the phone (there’s an extra fee for phone reservations). Purchase all extras when booking, not at the airport. Print your boarding pass at home (some airlines charge $10 - $25 to print out boarding passes). Don’t pre-purchase assigned seats.
5. Be wary of “special” senior discounts. There may be a few catches, such as: You have to call the airline’s reservation helpline (long wait and additional fee for phone booking); The “special” discount can be higher than the cheapest overall fares that you could have found online.
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It is certainly the most complete, covering everything from special health tips for older women traveling south, to the 10 top things to buy when you’re shopping in India. Travel destinations and information includes the U.S., Canada, Europe, the MidEast, Asia, and more. Specialty trips include eco-adventures, traveling to learn, visiting the most exciting cities of the world, and traveling solo. There’s even a section on health and wellness while traveling, and another called “sex with strangers while traveling.”
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Travel programs include Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific region, Europe, the Mid East, and Polar sites. They can include sea journeys, hiking trips, archaeology, history, culture, rainforest, wildlife, nature, and quite a bit more. There are five activity levels, ranging from “easy” to “challenging.” Maximum group size on land adventures is 16. Ship-based adventures use expedition ships (not cruise ships) with a capacity of 8 to 200 passengers.