Senior Citizens: Use Kayak for Travel Planning

Nov 15th, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

If you haven’t used Kayak.com yet to book a trip, it’s likely that you will. In addition to the canoe-sport, Kayak is a website that let’s you compare hundreds of travel sites at once. It is an up-and-comer in the travel industry, and is making its mark pretty quickly among senior citizen travelers.

The simplicity of the Kayak homepage is what’s really setting it apart, and for most of us seniors, simplicity is great! It’s that same simplicity that, implemented in a really unique way, that puts the Kayak Explore feature into the forefront. Kayak Explore is like asking your own travel agent where you can go with the money you want to spend. Kayak Explore will go to work finding you the lowest fares around and suggesting places for you to go.

Kayak Explore shows how far your travel budget will take you. You know that scene in every teenage sitcom where the protagonist heads to the local train or bus station with a fistful of dollars and asks the tickets seller, “How far will this get me?” Inevitably it’s never enough, but magically close enough. Well, if you want to know how far your limited budget will get you without an extended conversation at the ticketing gate, Kayak Explore has you covered.

It works like this:  To start off, tell Kayak where you will be departing from and how much you can spend on airfare. As you enter this information a globe will unfold in front of you with the destinations you can afford to reach.  Aside from the visual presentation, which is really cool, the Kayak Explore option is a great way to see how big of a difference a small bump in your travel budget can make. Adding an extra $50 to airfare, by cutting back on spending the month before your trip, could move your destination from Anchorage, Alaska to Dublin, Ireland. Changing your departure city is as easy as entering an airport code and you can use a drop-down menu to choose when you want to fly. If you have a favorite activity or temperature you can also add that into the Kayak Explore tool to narrow travel options.

Finally, you can share the map, and the travel choices you have made, with your friends using a built-in tool that makes it easy to find a good travel companion. It’s free to try and even if you aren’t planning a trip this year it’s still a really fun way to visualize how far a dollar will take you — even if it doesn’t get you all the way to your true love and a happy ending like it does in the sitcoms.     jeb



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    Here at World Spinner we are debating the same thing……

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