My travel experiences have never really matched those of my peers. While my college friends were traveling through Europe, in the 1970s, I was busy working full-time to finance a university degree. Then, at age 25, just as my friends were settling down to married life, I took a 3-month trip to India, travelling from Delhi to Jaipur and Calcutta to Chennai by train.
Baby Boomers were one of the first generations to discover the world through their college study abroad programs. Statistics show that we acquired passports at a younger age than our parents.
We’ve all heard the stories – seniors scammed by telemarketers offering travel deals, or victimized by high-pressure salespersons. Travel scammers are out there, and they seem to have seniors in their sights. Why?
There are some memories from my childhood that I find particularly strong and emotional. One is watching my mom prepare mince pies at the holidays. They always tasted delicious and I would sometimes burn my tongue on the hot filling in my eagerness to take that first bite. She was a great cook!
Many of us look at cruises as being the “ultimate form of travel.” At the same time, cruising can be expensive. So, here are a few cruise tips to help you streamline your vacation planning process and save money along the way.
I’m probably a bit crazy! After all, what kind of 60+ year old women packs her backs to travel solo by train for a month? Me! That’s who! Starting this week, I will be traveling to 6 cities in Northern Europe. Then, I will journey down south for a week in Italy.
When I got divorced, there were only two things I wanted to do – dye my hair blonde and travel the world. The first was easy and my new look sent a clear signal that I was changing, inside and out. So, I dyed my hair right away and got myself some new clothes, a gym membership and fridge full of healthy food.
My travel plans took longer to formulate. There was a deeper transformation going on inside me that needed more personal reflection. All I knew was that travel would be a big part of it.
Families today lead incredibly hectic lives. Children’s schedules are filled with academic and social pursuits, parents are working and parenting full-time and grandparents often live far away and have busy lives of their own. As a result, it becomes increasingly difficult for all of the generations to come together to catch up, share stories and build lifelong memories.
One of the best things about turning 60 is that you finally have a bit more time to travel. Perhaps more importantly, with your kids out of the house and building their own lives, you once again have the flexibility to choose where you go and with whom. You can decide to jet off around the world by yourself or you can find a travel partner to explore the world with. The choice is completely yours!