Aug 31st, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Budget Travel for Senior Citizens

Those of us seniors who enjoy traveling, we are always looking for special deals.  We can GOOGLE just about anything that we wish, but sometimes there are a few gems hiding around the corner that get missed.  Senior citizen travelers, a few of these ideas might help you save some money, or help you make your trip more comfortable.

There is always something new in the travel industry that we can find highly useful.  Smartphones are now taking the place of a Frommer’s or a Fodor’s Travel Guidebook, and they are much easier to carry around.  Just be sure you have an extra memory chip, some batteries or your charger with you when you head out.  So let’s see what Jim has to share today with an even dozen new helpful “Finds.”

CouchSurfing – Bum a night’s sleep on somebody’s couch and save hundreds of dollars on hotel costs! CouchSurfing is a worldwide community of amazing hosts and adventurous travelers seeing the world on the cheap.

iStopOver is similar and is a new site for me.  It connects seniors who want to rent out extra rooms in their homes to travelers who want to save on costly hotel bills. It has the added benefit of offering travelers a taste of “home” on the road; a cozy place to stay that is far from the sterile cubicle environment of a hotel or motel. iStopOver currently has listings in the United States, Canada, London, France, South Africa, and Brazil. But they are expanding as hosts from more countries are adding their listings each day. This is a pretty neat idea, don’t you think?

Roomorama – Roomorama is a peer-to-peer short term rental marketplace. As a host, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your guest has paid in advance of the stay. As a guest, rest assured that Roomorama is keeping your money secure until you check-in and hand over the payment code.

Wegolo – This one is relatively new, but I did stick it into a recent travel blog.  Wegolo shows you the “all-in” fares, which includes the total cost for all passengers together as charged by the airlines, so you get no surprise taxes and fees tacked on at the last minute. Their search tool allows you to combine your out- and inbound flights with 2 different airlines and select the optimum departure/arriving schedules or airports. Same with

IgoUgo that I uncovered a blog or two ago – IgoUgo travel reviews and photos will spark your wanderlust and help you plan your next adventure. With more than 500,000 travelers on IgoUgo sharing trip stories and pictures, they’ve built a library of honest opinions, tips, and experiences that you won’t find in any guidebook. To date, their travel community has contributed hundreds of thousands of reviews and photos of everything from cheap eats to luxury hotels in 8,000 destinations worldwide.

Senior Travelers Find Best Deals

FarecastFarecast gathers data from all over the web so senior travelers can find out if airfare for a trip is rising or dropping over the next 7 days, if a hotel rate is the best deal based on past rates, and if there’s a better travel offer on another site. Use their smart travel search to buy with confidence.

Last Minute – All last minute airfare, hotel, attractions, and packages in one database. If you want to book a vacation for this weekend or grab a flight for tomorrow, start your search here for the best prices on last minute deals.

SeatGuru – Database of airplane seat configurations by airline. You can get diagrams with notes on where the good (and bad) seats are on the plane. You can see a layout of where the galley is (get your food faster) and where the bathrooms are (stay far away). If you know what type of plane you’ll be flying on (ask the airline ticketing agent), and you get to pick your seat.

Timeout City Guides – Time Out is an international multimedia publisher of cultural experiences for urban adventurers. They provide up-to-date and accurate information to help senior citizen travelers remain at the cutting edge of culture. Around the world, their local teams of critics are connected to the very best that their city has to offer. Listings are generated in-house and reviews are completely independent.

UpTake – Aggregates information and travelers’ opinions from 5,000 websites some 20 million opinions — and boils them down to a single rating along with the most telling traveler comments. It’s like visiting TripAdvisor and every other travel review site in one fell swoop.

Viator – Once you land, you need to have things to do. Viator is the easiest way to plan your days in-country. You can book tours, plan day trips, buy tickets, and discover other things to do and attractions to see.

Lastly, look what I discovered and wish to share with readers of SCJ Travel Blog.  It’s one of those…”Things I learned while looking up something else.”  It’s called A View on Cities… totally loaded if you are going to one of these major cities.  It’s a great travel guide source. I hope that you picked up a few new ideas reading above.  jeb

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