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Bargains for Travelers over 50

Empty nesters, retirees and busy baby boomers can all take advantage of travel deals to plan a great getaway. If you’re over age 50, there’s a bargain for you.

National Parks. The America the Beautiful–National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass–Senior Pass. For $10, U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over can get a lifetime pass to any federal recreation site, which admits the pass holder and all car passengers in for free. It also provides a 50 percent discount on some fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming and boating. The pass can only be obtained in person at the park. Visit www.nps.gov for more details.

Cruises. There are cruise deals aplenty these days. Talking with a travel agent and searching online can turn up some significant savings. If you are interested in a specialty cruise for seniors only, visit www.cruisecompete.com, a cost comparison site. Searching under the seniors category will list offerings from various cruise lines and lets you compare features and pricing.

Active Vacations. If sitting around the pool is too tame for you, look into the many active vacations available. The travel site www.away.com lists the Top 10 Active Baby Boomer Vacations. Affordable options include biking in Vermont, birding in Alaska, trekking the Appalachian Trail in Maine, horseback riding in Wyoming, hiking in Colorado.

Educational Tours. Don’t let the name fool you— Elderhostel offers nearly 8000 educational tours in all 50 states and in 90 countries around the world. Their Web site, www.elderhostel.org, showcases many tours under $600 including:

  • A three-night Napa Valley winery trip
  • A five-night service trip in Maryland to help build a Heifer Global Village
  • A one-night Dine Like a Critic experience in Cambridge, MA
  • A three-day digital photography class in Raquette Lake, New York

There is also Passport in Time, a volunteer archaeology and historic preservation program of the USDA Forest Service. Work with professional archaeologists and historians on archaeological survey and excavation, rock art restoration, archival research, historic structure restoration, oral history gathering, and analysis of artifacts. You must submit an application, be chosen, and be ready to pitch a tent or pay for accommodations nearby. Find out more at www.passportintime.com .

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 Article courtesy of Family Features. 

 

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