Travel Deal Websites and Resources for Senior Citizens

Apr 1st, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Ten (almost free) travel deals from AARP looks like a good deal to me.  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.  Let AARP help you find just whayou might be looking for. 

TravelBlog Travel Guide is a living web site and is continually updated on a regular basis.  These pages are the culmination of years of travel experience coupled with information gained from questions posted on the Travelblog Travel Forum. Feedback on this document is invited- Travel Guide Feedback!  It provides travel tips for planning, preparation, health, travel insurance, how to get there, communication, what to take, cool stuff – technical travel kit, how to pack and your last few days. 

Buon giorno!  A First-Timer’s Guide to Italy has lots of suggestions for travelers.  If you’ve never been to Italy, taking an escorted tour that overnights in three of the most popular cities is an excellent way to get an overview of Italian culture, art, cuisine and history.  Especially if you are not familiar with the Italian language, and if you don’t want to deal with the hassle of making your own hotel and transportation arrangements, escorted travel is the way to go.  

The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities. The Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map. 

Air Travel Tips is another good site for information not readily available or easy to find.  For example, Jet Lag Rule: One Hour Equals One Day states that – Every time you enter a new time zone, you should plan on one day to adjust to the difference. One hour causes minimal disruption to your internal time clock. However, crossing six zones will likely require six days of adjustment. Take this into consideration when you travel. Do not plan a hectic day of tours or meetings after a long flight spanning several time zones.  Good advice.  I know that there is even a diet recommended that you follow as well as sleep suggestions.  I will find something and address that later.

1000 Tips 4 Air Travel suggests that when buying airline tickets online, call the airline to get seat assignment immediately if no seat assignment is given. If you arrive at the ticket counter without seat assignment on an overbooked flight, you probably will get bumped off the flight and be forced to take a later flight – which can be several hours or even a full day later. Due to overbooking, getting seat assignment in advance can reduce the risk of getting ‘bumped’!  They have several other good advice sections that all travelers need to heed. jeb



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