Articles and Newsletters on Travel Help Seniors Make Destination Decisions

Apr 29th, 2010 | By | Category: Senior Travel

The NY Times Travel section recently carried an article about a senior couple who decided to travel to Europe with just a pair of backpacks.  They selected one called a Kelty “Pod Pack.”  They had traveled abroad 30 times lugging suitcases around and their story is about “two somewhat over-the-hill” physical fitness buffs who traveled through Europe for four weeks last summer, carrying nothing but small backpacks.  

This couple had been overseas several times in the last 30 years, each time loading themselves down with more than they needed. Like every one else, they experienced countless delays at airports waiting for their luggage, and, on a couple of occasions, losing some of it.  After years of doing most of the packing and unpacking for the two of them, his wife came up with the idea of taking only backpacks on their first long trip.

Having retired a few months earlier from a job that left little opportunity for vacations, he wanted to make up for lost time. They decided on three days in Athens; a four-day bus tour of Corinth, Mycenae, Olympia and Delphi in Greece’s Peloponessus region; three days each in Budapest, Prague, Moscow and Leningrad; two days in Kiev, and nine days in London.  And all this done with a backpack. 

When I travel with family to Punta Cana or the Mexican Riviera, all six of us take only a carry-on or backpack.  It sure saves a lot of hassle with luggage at the airports as these folks can attest to and besides it works.  Try it sometime.

Travel With a Challenge features countries and cultures, cruises, and nature vacations for senior travelers. Their Senior Newsletter is full of ideas for interested persons.  Alternative travel and active, adventure travel are growing at such a pace, there is always news to share and fresh horizons to consider.  

Travel Weekly, The National Newspaper of the Travel Industry, is another of those must-visit sites.  It will keep you up to date on what’s happening in the industry and is full of human interest stories.  There is a nice story in Travel Weekly entitled “The consequences of invisibility” about the disappearances of travel agencies all over the country.  Here are three “hot topics” right off their newswire:

Eurostar limits schedule due to weatherEurostar canceled half of its departures between London and Paris…

Travel Weekly to launch two trade shows in 2010: Marking its first major foray into trade shows in more than a decade,…

Airlines set record for on-time performance: U.S. airlines set a single-month record in November for on-time performance… 

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