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Travel for Seniors: Senior Travel Ideas, Mates, Tours, Groups

Travel for Seniors: Senior Travel Ideas, Groups, Guides

Senior Travel can be some of the best times of your life. Follow our travel for seniors tips, senior travel groups, and guides to make every vacation a life-changing one.

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Senior Travel Destination Articles

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House Sitting FAQs: Travel the World

Ever considered traveling the world with free accommodations? All you need to do is become a house sitter. Take a gander at our FAQs to learn more!

Magical Mystery Tour Bus
Journey with Kileen: Tennessee/Kentucky Mystery Tour

This week, Kileen Prather takes us on a Mystery Tour through Kentucky and Tennessee. Some people (let’s call them Control Freaks) like to know where they are going, this might not be the type of tour for them. For others, the destination surprises just add to the fun.

Chicago Skyscrapers
Journey with Kileen: America’s Music Cities

This is a tour for people who love their music. For our tours we either motorcoach from Chicago to St. Louis or you can fly to St. Louis. Whichever way you choose, the tour begins with a city tour of St. Louis before continuing on to Branson, MO in the heart of the Ozarks. This particular tour highlights two other cities, Memphis and Nashville.

Journey with Kileen: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
Albuquerque Map

Each early October the skies around Albuquerque, New Mexico are painted with hundreds of balloons as they lift off from Fiesta Park. This is the world’s largest hot-air balloon rally. It is an early start on the morning of the Opening Ceremonies when you can go see the “mass ascension” of the many different shaped balloons as they lift off at sunrise.

Journey with Kileen: Galveston
Galveston Beach Palm Tree Sunset

“Galveston, oh Galveston. I can hear your sea winds blowing…” as the words of Glen Campbell’s song goes… “on the beach where we used to roam.” And the beach has been tied totally to Galveston’s history. You may not know this but Galveston is an island, actually a barrier island, about 45 miles southeast of Houston, TX. Galveston is part Southern, part Texas blooming with towering oleanders of every color and has more history and stories than cities 20 times its size.

Journey with Kileen: West Virginia, The Mountain State

West Virginia Mountains

Have you ever heard of the New River Train? This special train only runs 4 days Sat & Sun of 2 fall weekends in October. This is a great trip either to take as an escorted tour or on your own. You board the train in Huntington, WV. You may remember Huntington from the tragic plane crash that killed most of their football team on November 14, 1970.

Journey with Kileen: Pacific Coast

Flower Bed

My company, Mayflower Tours, has a wonderful new tour called Pacific Coast Journey. It is already so popular that they have added another departure to include two in September. The tour starts in Portland, Oregon, the “City of Roses.” On the first day, there is a welcome dinner @ Rheinlander German restaurant complete with singing waiters. The next day begins with a city tour of Portland, including the famed International Rose Test Gardens.

Carnival Cruise Ship
Journey with Kileen: Cruising

I have to say this is my favorite type of vacation. Since I am in hotels over one hundred nights a year, when I go on vacation, I like to unpack once but keep moving. And that is exactly what a cruise ship does. My brothers and I try to take at least one cruise a year (although lately, I have done some for my job, too).

Amtrak Train
Journey with Kileen: Glacier & Yellowstone Park by Rail

If like me, you spend way too much time behind the wheel in traffic, it’s great to be able to sit back and someone else do the driving when on vacation. This week, travel for seniors columnist Kileen Prather takes us on a rail journey to Glacier and Yellowstone Parks. Just looking at the photos of this spectacular vacation is relaxing!

Glacier Park Mountains Lake

Journey with Kileen: Great Parks of the Southwest

As I said in my last article, this is the time of year people are planning vacations. Some look for summer vacations and others look at September/October tours when the kids are back in school. If you are looking at National Parks, one of my personal favorites is Yellowstone and Glacier. Summer is the best time with the weather becoming so unpredictable after Labor Day.

Amtrak California Sephyr

Journey with Kileen: Traveling by Amtrak

Ah, the romance of traveling by rail. No security checkpoints or baggage weight limits to deal with. No traffic jams. Just sit back and enjoy the scenery. This week Kileen Prather takes us on Amtrak, and she has lots of info on what to expect. Always remember, “it is the journey and not the destination.”

Washington DC Capital Building

Journey with Kileen to Washington, DC

In this latest column from Kileen Prather, she visits Washington DC, capital of the USA. This city offers the traveler many options. Many museums, national landmarks, architecture, history, art galleries, theater, and at this time of year, cherry blossoms. If you are lucky you might even see a Presidential motorcade.

Tajikistan Mountains

Leslie Wilson – My 62nd Birthday Wish: Climb a Glacier in Tajikistan

Where in the world is Tajikistan? I know that’s likely your reaction to reading the title. This week’s travel for seniors story is written by a 62-year-old female, Leslie Wilson, who decided to take a different path after being laid-off, and volunteer to help others in a place most of us could not pinpoint on a map.

San Antonio Fiesta Balloons

Journey with Kileen to San Antonio – Texas

Travel for seniors with Kileen: This week she suggests two special occasions to visit San Antonio: either Christmas on the Riverwalk or in April for Fiesta. Both times are great. In September they start stringing the Christmas lights in the trees on the two-mile horseshoe bend of the San Antonio River. And the dazzling display continues all night from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. Or if you go at Fiesta time there are parades, including a boat parade, and mariachi bands everywhere celebrating independence from Mexico.

Carnival Cruise Ship

Journey with Kileen to Paradise – Nassau

Well, it’s the Caribbean cruise season and one of Kileen Prather’s favorite places is Nassau, Bahamas. You can stop on a cruise ship for a few hours or you can fly there and stay as long as you want. It is just a short 45-minute hop on an airplane from Miami.

Riviera Maya

Carol Stigger: Granny gets her Groove on in Mexico’s Riviera Maya

“Granny gets her Groove On in Mexico’s Riviera Maya” is this week’s travel for seniors column, sent by reader Carol Stigger, recounting a vacation with her grandchildren where she “zip-lined” in a hammock through the forest and retained her title as “The Bravest Grandma Ever.”

New England Farm Fall Leaves

Journey with Kileen to New England in the Fall

Are you planning your 2012 vacations? This week, our travel for seniors writer Kileen Prather suggests a great choice for a fall vacation, New England. If you have never seen the spectacular Fall colors in Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire or Maine, or if you have and want to experience them again.

Maine Coastline

Journey with Kileen: Where Is The Most Perfect Place To Live?

This week, travel for seniors columnist Kileen Prather addresses the question “Where Is The Most Perfect Place To Live”? Living in South Florida as I do, it seems many people have decided this is the perfect place to live. At least in winter when the “snow-birds” arrive. For me, enough with the endless
sunshine! My perfect place to live would be Maine or Scotland in summer, and maybe a less crowded part of Florida in winter.

Crater Lake

Journey with Kileen to Crater Lake, Deepest Lake in the US

Crater Lake is filled almost entirely by melted snow. At 1,943 feet deep, it is the deepest lake in the United States and one of the deepest in the world. It is also one of the clearest. On sunny summer days, neither words nor photographs can capture Crater Lake’s remarkable blueness.

Royal Gorge Scenic Railroad

Journey with Kileen by Many Trains Across Colorado

In her latest travelogue, travel for seniors writer Kileen Prather takes to the rails and travels across Colorado. If you have the time, this is an ideal vacation for Seniors. Traveling by train through the Rockies offers many breathtaking sights including the Durango Silverton ride, the classic Cumbres & Toltec steam train, and the Royal Gorge Scenic Railroad. Colorado is the place for train enthusiasts of all ages.

Journey with Kileen to Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park Sign

Last time, our travel for seniors writer Kileen Prather took us to sample the delights of Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. This week she travels to Yellowstone National Park, one of the USA’s “must not miss” destinations. Whether you visit in winter, spring, summer, or autumn, Yellowstone and surrounding areas have something for you.

Journey with Kileen to Seattle & The Pacific Northwest

Seattle Skyline Space Needle

Kileen Prather is a tour manager and will be sharing some of her favorite travel places. This week she writes about Seattle and the Pacific Northwest… “a perfect place to visit anytime mid-June-Aug. Rain is rare and long days of sun help in seeing more.”

Savannah, Georgia Riverboat

Some Towns are Just Made for Geezers!

Some towns are just made for geezers. One of my favorites is Savannah, Ga. Savannah has everything close at hand, relatively inexpensive and comfortable, to keep you occupied between naps for as long as you want.

Over the years I have been to Savannah many times in my travels, but seldom more than for a night at a downtown hotel/motel to cover some event in the area for whatever publication I happened to be writing for at the time.

Crossing the Pond

Cruise Ship Chairs

As a young boy, I watched Queen Elizabeth 2 being built on the River Clyde in Scotland, one of the last great ships to be built there. This week’s story by Travel Editor Susan Pierres evokes the (almost) bygone age of ocean steamer crossings, as she tells of the joys of crossing the pond and back aboard the QE2. “Crossing takes us back to the truly civilized world of yesteryear, to an era of gracious lethargy, to courtly manners and conversation, to a sublime sense of peace and calm.” [Ed.]

Arizona/Utah: One Trip You Must Make Before You Die

Arizona Canyon

Instead of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, at our age how about just five? One of them is certainly the three grand natural American cathedrals of northern Arizona and southern Utah: Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Zion Canyon. Each is a national treasure, each, unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Each leaves you whomperjawed. And each is more audacious, more stunningly beautiful than the others.

Amazing China: An Olympic Look-See

Today’s China is safe, friendly, and fascinating. With the 08/08/08 Olympics in mind, there’s never been a better time to visit. Frank and Carolyn look back on what Frank calls their “Spoiled Rotten in China” tour.

Return To Eden: Seniors In An African Paradise

Giraffe Kissing Lady

This was the beginning of time. Eden. God’s country. It was absolute magic, interrupted only by the sound of camera shutters. Carolyn and I looked at one another, smiling, knowing how each of us had spent 60 years waiting for this very moment.“

“I Dreamed of Africa”

Carolyn had to wait more than a half-century to realize her dream of meeting Africa’s Maasai Read her account of Frank and Carolyn’s recent Kenyan safari.

Isle Royale at Low Tide

Looking for a national park on a lake? Let us suggest Isle Royale National Park on Lake Superior.

Yankee Visits Ireland: All My Love

Follow this Yankee’s trip to Ireland and see why she fell in love with it.


Photographer

Our Favorite Florida Destination – St. Augustine – Now Gone To The Birds

We still love St. Augustine. With some of the oldest and most distinctive architecture in the New World, great beaches, and charm that just won’t end, what’s not to like? Today there’s yet another reason for visiting America’s oldest city: the wild birds at the Alligator Farm. If you’re a photographer, this is heaven.

Sailing Cruise Ship

“Intimate” Best Describes Windstar Sailing Cruise from Barbados

Combine the best in luxury cruise travel, with sails, five masts full, and you get an extraordinary treat at sea. Our New Year’s cruise out of Barbados on the 300-passenger Wind Surf proved that the ship can be the destination itself.

Alaska Cruisetour May Be Best Vacation Ever

When a vacation lives up to every hype andAlaskan Mountain expectation, that’s rare. And rare, magnificent, awesome, leisurely and friendly are just a few of the words that help describe superlative Alaska and its people.

See the Canadian Rockies on “The Most Spectacular Train Trip in the World”Train

For me, this is the most glorious place on earth. The Rocky Mountaineer lets you travel the Canadian Rockies with the style and cuisine of a fine hotel. It’s a moveable feast for the eyes, the heart, and the tummy.

Lighthouse
Nova Scotia Reveals Autumn’s Senior Secrets

A view of fall, life, and death from Nova Scotia in autumn. Is being a senior traveler a prelude to death or the most spectacular time of life?

Aging Tarzans, Janes Discover Why Americans Love Costa Rica

From the primeval rainforests and volcanoes (see photo) to the ever-smiling, waving and helpful Ticos, Frank and Carolyn explore this Central American democracy and find it fascinating from Atlantic to Pacific. Inexpensive, too.

And the answer is…

“Yes, You Can Afford to Retire in Costa Rica!”

After a lifetime of hard work, harder winters – and possibly hard up for money – how about retiring to a relatively safe place where the temperature’s always in the 70s, complete healthcare costs less than $50 a month for the two of you, where a two-bed, two-bath house rents for about $300, and the natives love Americans?

China Smiles

Our love affair with China, seen through Carolyn’s sharp eyes. Great tips on how to fit in, photograph, and generally charm any country, anywhere.

Conquering The Great Wall Of China

Once you get the hang of traveling with unbound heart and childlike curiosity – all with a dash of luck – you’ll experience the wonders of a travel dimension you didn’t know existed!

Senior Citizens Skydiving: Life is Short. Jump at It!

My wife, Carolyn, and I are three miles up – 15,000 feet – falling, tumbling, soaring through space at 174 feet per second, 120 mph, or “terminal velocity.” Read why two old goats jumped from a perfectly good airplane.

The Charms of Madison County

If you ever want to get away from it all and return to the friendlier world you knew as a kid, I suggest that you visit or retire to Florida’s Madison County. Its comfort and ease are akin to that first deep breath you take as you step off a jet following a particularly harrowing flight.

From Russia with Love

It takes more to tour Russia than a taste for adventure, a tough stomach, and plenty of your own toilet paper. Read “Tourism, Russian-Style,” Frank’s feature article was first published in The World & I Magazine. Also, if you want to know what’s really going on in that huge bear of a country, read Frank’s “The Real Russia – An Intimate View of a Proud, Corrupt Place on the Brink of Collapse, Even Starvation.”

Stuff We’ve Learned About Senior Travel

From planning a trip to packing, hitting the road, and arriving at your destination looking good and feeling great, read this!

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