For the seniors who want to see the world on the road, it does not have to stand for the hand and the leg. Many airlines, hotels and attractions offer a number of incentives for older travelers. To find travel offers, you may need to do a bit of a job in advance.
Discounts are getting harder to find so travelers need to plan the process, a good source of information is "Encyclopedia Cheap Travel." by Terrance Zepke,
Your homework includes mapping your itinerary and budgeting. Most seniors do not have unlimited funds, so they compile tables that track everything you spend on trips. Your long-term retirement plan should match the amount of money you have and you will have, and make as many journeys as you can while you are still healthy and you are able to enjoy the travel.
If this is your goal, here are some ideas. Some older discounts can begin at the age of 50, but most of them are between the ages of 62 and 65. When traveling, make sure you ask for any higher discounts. Do not be afraid to tell their age and show AAA and AARP membership cards. Although the discount does not have to be advertised, many hotels, car rentals, cruises, holiday packages and restaurants offer a discount for AAA and AARP members.
Some airlines still offer discounts at a higher level, but most have reduced or canceled their programs. The best way to find out whether an airline offers a discount at an older age is to go directly to your website and perform searches at "higher rates". All available discounted prices should be listed on the website.
Many hotel chains offer discount programs for seniors. The most successful one is a 50% discount on Starwood Hotels (including Sheraton, Four Points, W Hotels and Westin Hotels and Resorts) and a 40% discount on the Hilton Senior Travel Honors Program, which requires a $ 55 annual membership fee.
Major travel websites such as Travelocity, Expedia, Hotwire and Orbitz are the same as all other travel agencies. They are here to provide a service and a fee is almost always charged for this service. In some cases, although these websites may be owned or in partnership with major airlines, you can often find cheaper fares by going directly to the airline or the hotel's website. The more you can book yourself, the better you are. Please note that many travel websites have limited or no refunds when canceling a hotel reservation. However, most hotel websites allow you to cancel with a 72-hour notice period. If you have money and want comfort, you can use the travel website. Otherwise, try booking directly. Group trips also present savings
As you get a group rate, group tours through tourist companies, alumni associations, a great opportunity for traveling and also a good social opportunity for seniors.
One opportunity is Elderhostel. Elderhostel provides 8,000 educational events in all 50 countries and in more than 90 countries. They offer deep and backstage learning experiences for almost all interests and abilities, including history, culture, nature, music, outdoor activities such as hiking and cycling, individual skills, crafts and study trips. Part of its attraction is the integration of the teaching component into each of its travel programs. Programs are created in collaboration with educational institutions, museums, arts centers, national parks and other facilities.
Seniors can join several US and Canadian programs for less than $ 600. Eldershostel offers a limited amount of $ 500-based scholarships for traveling in the US and Canada. An online application requires information about household incomes and special financial or medical circumstances. These are partial scholarships: Beneficiaries have to pay at least $ 100 for the price of their chosen program. Transportation to the destination is only included for trips outside of the US and Canada. Everything else is all-inclusive.
For more information on this program, please visit http://www.elderhostel.org/ House Swapping
to exchange your home with other vacationers. There are several programs that allow you to exchange your home and eliminate the cost of accommodation, and maybe upgrade the type of submission you have.
Intervac International Home Exchange offers a cheap and unique way to travel around the world. Intervac started a home exchange in the early 1950s and offers its members a real-time multilingual database with over 20,000 home listings. You can see what they can offer at http://www.intervac.com/
Another network is through Exchange Home Network. Annual membership is required for $ 99.95. This exchange includes more than 20,000 entries in a number of different countries. For more information on this home exchange, visit http://www.HomeExchange.com.
Source by Raymond Dent