Category Archives: Travel

Cruises for Single Seniors

Experience the Best of 55+ Senior Living with Singles Cruises

Are you single and considering taking a cruise in your twilight years? This is a good move as you are bound to have a great time and meet new people. Who knows, maybe you might meet your next significant other…. There are many options for 55+ seniors when it comes to singles cruises plus there are many benefits of singles cruises. So, start making plans today.

Advantages of Senior Group Travel

Have you waited until your retirement years to consider seeing a bit of the world? Well, it’s never too late, so pack your bags and get set, ready, go! But wait, have you considered you will be traveling with? If you are considering traveling to another part of the country, or to a foreign land, you might consider doing so as part of a group. Although this may not seem like a good idea for some, there are considerable advantages to traveling in a group, especially as a senior. Some of our more reserved seniors might find group travel hard to consider, but here are some advantages that may change your decision.

Travel Insurance – Do You Need It? Do You Want It?

Dan Drennen, the Director of Sales and Marketing for www.TravelInsuranceCenter.com tells us that their customer care call center receives phone calls every day from people who have never purchased or even considered travel insurance. Many of them are calling because the value of travel insurance was recently heightened by an unfortunate event or travel story that involved a friend, a family member, a neighbor, or perhaps a national or international travel news story. They are now thinking that travel insurance just might be worth it. Stories such as out of pocket costs of $70,000 to medically evacuate a neighbor back home from Hungary after suffering a stroke while on vacation. Medical air ambulances are not cheap. A travel insurance plan to cover that expense (for a 65-year-old) starts at $24.00 and is even less expensive when insured under a group travel protection plan.

How to Spend 2 Days in Plymouth

Spiced cider, burnished piles of fallen leaves, if you’re craving all the autumn vibes but only have time for a weekend getaway, book a trip to Plymouth Massachusetts. Immortalized as the place where the Mayflower’s arrival in 1620 began a tradition that graces our tables every 4th  Thursday of November, it makes for the quintessential fall destination. Located 40 miles from  Boston, Plymouth packs centuries of rich history, revered monuments, and modern attractions into a modest 134 square miles.

You know those storybook 18th-century buildings with the quaint shutters and intoxicating scents of espresso and baked goods wafting from their doors? This kind of ambient sustenance is exactly what Plymouth is known for. From a morning cup of freshly brewed perfection and a  cinnamon roll from Blue Blinds Bakery to a decadent sandwich to go from the Jolly Bean Cafe,  this beautiful little town knows how to nourish a full weekend of sightseeing.

One could easily spend a week in Plymouth and not have a chance to delve into everything it has to offer, so to get the most out of this storied charmer, taking a walking tour is the perfect way to go. From the Spirit of Plymouth Walking Tour paying tribute to the early Pilgrims,  including the Plymouth Rock Monument, exploring downtown, and hallowed Revolutionary  War landmarks, to Jenny Museum’s Discover Plymouth’s History walking tour where you’ll be  immersed in the history of the Forefathers Monument, a stunning depiction of our forefather’s  brave pilgrimage to shore.

What is is more Autumnal than being knee deep in cranberries? If you’re lucky enough to be here in October, nearby Wareham pays homage to these tart little rubies with a harvest celebration of music, activities, food demos and the chance to get a glimpse into how this jeweled fruit goes from bog to table. Even if you miss the festivities the A.D Makepeace  Company offers guided tours of the harvest process, along with specialty shops for those essential souvenirs, cozy restaurants, and if you’re feeling particularly outdoorsy, you can even rent a kayak.

After you’ve visited the recreated Mayflower II, and strolled Plymouth’s boat studded waterfront, it’s time to head downtown. This town elicits the charming feel of a New England seaside village with maritime treasures like Water Street with its irresistible Cape Cod architecture, quaint boutiques, and cafes, and The Village Landing Marketplace boasting cozy eateries and local shops tucked beneath brightly colored awnings and storybook storefronts. Cap off your day on Main Street at the Main Street Bar & Grill or WaterFire Tavern, but don’t forget to stop at Cupcake Charlie’s for a dozen pillowy clouds of frosted heaven to take back home with you – and maybe share.

 

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Spend A Perfect Summer Weekend In California’s Danish Village

Spend a Perfect Summer Weekend in California’s Danish Village

Two hours north of Los Angeles, a statue of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid sits gracefully atop a trickling fountain as she watches over her charming little village. Founded in 1911 by three Danish immigrants, Solvang, California is a storybook town nestled in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley – an enchanting vision of old world Denmark, romantic B&B’s, and irresistible aromas wafting from the many restaurants and bakeries that line its brick-paved sidewalks.

If all you have time for is a quick weekend getaway, pack an overnight bag, and head to Central California’s bountiful wine country. As you veer off of Highway 101 and make your way into town, there’s something about being greeted by towering windmills, and authentic replicas of traditional Danish architecture that melts away the pressures of everyday life. Aside from the occasional marine layer which eventually dissipates into blue skies, the weather is fantastic all year long, so all you really need to bring is a pair of comfortable walking shoes, and maybe a light jacket.

Explore the Wild Beauty of the Adirondacks

Maybe your summer plans include a tent under the stars, embarking on a heart-stopping whitewater excursion, or surrounding yourself with six million acres of unspoiled nature, but if you had to choose one place to fulfill everything on your itinerary, witnessing the sheer magnitude of the Adirondacks will leave you speechless. While your kayak glides through the glassy waters of Lake George as eagles soar gracefully above you, and the cool spray of a cascading waterfall refreshes your senses, you’ll wonder how it’s possible to be so close yet feel so far from the city. Videos and travel brochures can only skim the surface of what the experience is truly like because the wild Adirondack spirit likes to tell its own story.

Adirondack State Park is not only the largest in the U.S, surpassing both Yosemite, and The Grand Canyon, its infinite size could easily make it a state all its own. Part of untamed protected wilderness, and the other a community of year-round outdoor enthusiasts, this is where New York’s high rise reputation takes a restorative hiatus. With 3,000 lakes, 12 diverse regions, and Mayberry-esque towns that know you by name, civilization, and the forces of nature converge in a perfect symphony. Whether you’re in the mood for something touristy like exploring Lake Placid’s Olympic history, and visiting coastal wineries, or escaping into the shaded forest of Kane Mountain, the opportunities for leisure, or adventure are virtually endless.

Kansas City skyline

Make Kansas City Your Summer Destination

Nothing says summer quite like outdoor concerts, twilight walks along the water, and sweet, smoky Kansas barbecue. Nicknamed the City of Fountains for its over 200 cascading displays, life in Kansas City, or as locals call it KC, is as warm and familiar as a cup of coffee with an old friend. Home to jazz legends like Big Joe Turner, and Mary Lou Williams, an art scene that ranges from contemporary to culinary, and more than 240 diverse neighborhoods to explore, most people forget that all this urban sophistication has a deep-rooted small town heritage.

If you’re looking for the quintessential summer vacation spot, or city to call home, Kansas City is a Midwestern gem. Divided between two states, Kansas City, Kansas to the west is the low key suburban sister to the effervescent metropolis of Kansas City, Missouri. Whichever side of the river you happen to be on, be prepared for friendly people, an abundance of things to do, and if you’re looking to buy property, affordable real estate options. Voted one of the top cities to live by Livability.com, Kansas City is an exuberant blend of urban high rises, timeless culture, and a soulful rhythm that resonates throughout the entire city.

Xcaret, Cancun Mexico

Journey To Paradise – Xcaret Eco Park, Cancun

Mysterious, enchanting, vibrant. Three words to describe Xcaret Eco Park in Cancun, Mexico. Lush vegetation and ancient archeological attractions will transport you to a world far removed from anything you could ever imagine. When you’re standing in a jungle near a cascading waterfall surrounded by exotic wildlife, and ghosts of a Mayan civilization, you know you’ve reached the end of paradise. Located in the Riviera Maya along the Caribbean coast, this otherworldly theme park is unlike anything you’ll ever experience. Man-made attractions including water slides, and an aquarium are seamlessly woven into a natural sanctuary of ancient ruins, wildlife habitats, and aquamarine waters so clear it hardly seems possible.

With everything there is to do, and see, you’ll need more than a day to take it all in. From snorkeling tours in the Caribbean sea, and swimming with the dolphins, to the high-speed Adrenalina boat excursion, the water recreation at Xcaret is one you have to experience to believe. The highlight for anyone who visits the park is the unforgettable swim through its underground rivers. Wading through moss lined rock tunnels, and echoing caves while being serenaded by tropical birdsong, and rushing waterfalls is nothing short of awe-inspiring. If you’re craving something a little more adventurous, Xcaret has an array of activities that will get you out of your comfort zone from swimming with nurse sharks, and stingrays, to the excitement of soaring in a parasail, and catching your breath on a zip-line.