Travel Deals For Geezers On The Road

I think there’s a general misconception that the “independent traveler” or “adventure traveler” is a footloose, twentysomething youth, out for a taste of the big wide world before settling down. But I’ve long suspected that a sizeable fraction of those travelers are actually quite a bit older — teachers and professors with free time, or people old enough to be tired of the go-to-the-beach-and-party kind of vacation, or professionals who have been working long enough to have four to six weeks of vacation, or people over 50 who are ready to cut back a bit on work or maybe are self-employed.

over50deals.jpgNow a book is out that has compiled adventure-travel deals that especially target folks 50 and up. “Unbelievably Good Deals and Great Adventures the You Absolutely Can’t Get Unless You’re Over 50” is kind of a clunky title, but it gets the idea across. This is a brand-new 2007 edition that promises to save you up to 70 percent on airfare and vacations, help you get 10 to 50 percent off your favorite hotels and inns, take free classes and almost-free courses, and cut 5 to 25 percent off car rentals and train tickets.

Other tips for the 50-plus traveller can be found at About.com and Transitions Abroad.

A friend of mine used to be the captain of a square-rigged tall ship that took out groups of travelers for week-long adventures. This was a sail-training ship, so those who signed up weren’t passengers in deck chairs, and there were no casinos or shows on board. They slept in bunkrooms and worked alongside the crew, climbing the rigging, setting the sails, and steering the ship. I went along a few times and was surprised that most of the passengers were way older than me… there weren’t many under 40. It seems that as people grow a bit older, their interests expand, and they are looking for new experiences.

So if you’re over 50, or know somebody who is, or think that maybe you might be someday, don’t forget there’s a still a big world out there to explore and it’s not too late… the time is just right.

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