Suggestions for Traveling Overseas for Seniors

Feb 8th, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Five common travel mistakes and how to fix them writes travel columnist Christopher Elliot.  These include: Waiting, Not inspecting your rental car when you pick it up,  Not buying insurance for your cruise,  Staying at a hotel with a resort fee and Using a credit card that charges foreign transaction fees.  He elaborates on fixes for each.

Ten (almost free) travel deals puts up my attennae.  You may have heard about the abundance of travel deals coming up in 2010. Believe it. Despite the recession (or maybe because of it), travel providers have slashed prices, offered value-added extras, and thrown in lots of freebies for those able to take a vacation this year.  This site  is part of the AARP Bulletin Today publication…so I guess it has to be good, right?

When traveling overseas, carry an International Driving Permit … even if you’re not planning to drive.  Should you need to communicate with foreign authorities, this recognizable form of identification can help you get on your way more quickly. Valid in over 150 countries, the permit contains your name, photo and driver information translated into ten languages. The link provides additional valuable informtion, which includes

  • instructions for what to bring to the AAA office:  your valid U.S. driver’s license, $15USD* , and two ORIGINAL passport-type photos** (also available at AAA offices).
  • You may also wish to complete the International Driving Permit application in advance. NOTE: International Driving Permits may not be issued more than six (6) months in advance of desired effective date. Simply print out the application, fill in the information requested and bring it with you to the AAA office nearest you. I carry a couple of copies of this permit to provide to hotels and if necessary local police if you are ever stopped driving in another country.  That way authorities in foreign countries will not take your valid U.S. license.   Bonne route!  jeb


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