Vacation Tips for 50 Plus Travelers

March 15, 2015

Riu Palace LobbyTraveling the world at any age can be a great experience that leads to some of the best moments of your life and can create memories you’ll always remember. However, as you get older there are some changes that you will need to make when going on a vacation. These changes won’t really affect your day to day actions, but will change some of the ways you get ready for your travels. As you age, it becomes more and more important that for any trip that you go on, you plan ahead as it will make it easier for you. Here are some things that you should consider doing if you’re over 50 and are wanting to go on a vacation.

Discuss your trip with your doctor. Your doctor will be able to tell you if you will need to change anything about the trip you want to go on, your travel plans, or your medication. Moving to different time zones or elevations can significantly change the effectiveness of your medicine so it’s important to talk to your doctor first to prevent any issues.

Plan for your feet. One significant problem with traveling on planes for a long time is something called deep-vein thrombosis or DVT. This is when blood clots form in your veins, typically in the legs. This is often caused by sitting on a plane or car for too long without being able to walk around. Purchase compression socks if you think it will be a problem.

Keep any medication in a container. When you are traveling, you must keep your medicine in the containers from the pharmacy, whether your pills are prescription or OTC. If you don’t have them in the container, airport security may throw them away, which could cause major issues for you.

Use hand sanitizer. Even if you are in first class, planes and trains are almost always full of germs. Use hand sanitizer to clean them off before you eat or touch your face. Remember that tourist areas sometimes see thousands of people each day, and that is a lot of germs so you should consider taking precautions to avoid getting sick.

Stay hydrated. Jet lag and constant movement that you aren’t used to can lead to dehydration. Make sure you constantly drink some water no matter wherever you go. Don’t drink tap water in strange places though as it may be contaminated so it’s best to have bottle water with you.

Learn the language. Some people in other countries prey upon older individuals because they know that they don’t have knowledge of the language. Consider picking up a book or video that will at least give you some rudimentary knowledge of the language before you go.

No matter where you are traveling in the world, some of the same tips always ring true: be polite, keep your head up, protect your money, wear a cross body purse, and have a great time. Traveling can be a wonderful experience, but keep yourself safe so that you can make the most of your trip and decrease the potential of problems happening.

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Top Family Resorts for your Vacation

March 5, 2015

Hilton Waikoloa VillageWhen it comes to planning a family vacation, one of the more important things that you need to pick is where you will be staying. Picking a resort that offers everything that you will need while on your vacation will make things a lot easier for you. If you have kids you know how hard it can be to travel with them sometimes so you need to make sure the hotel you decide on offers things they can enjoy. I know that when I go on family vacations with my own kids I need to look for a resort that offers things they will enjoy as it will make my trip more enjoyable. If you are in the process of planning a family vacation and are looking for some of the best resorts your kids will enjoy, these are some of my favorites.

If you are looking for a “mega” resort in paradise that offers a lot of amenities your kids would enjoy, one you should consider is the Hilton Waikoloa Village. Located on the Big Island in Hawaii, the Hilton Waikoloa Village is a massive resort that offers so many things that you may not want to leave the resort. Just to show you how big this resort is, you can take either a boat or monorail to get from one side of the hotel to the other. While staying at this resort, one thing that your kids will probably want to do is swim with the dolphins on the property. When I took my kids here for a vacation, they had the chance to try this out and loved out. Other things you can enjoy while staying here are the many pool as well as an enclosed salt water area that gives you the ability to swim with turtles and fish.

A second resort you might consider for your family trip is the Atlantis Resort. Located in the Bahamas, this again is a big resort that offers 38 restaurants, 11 exhibit lagoons and so much more. If you have never taken a vacation to the Bahamas before, it truly is a tropical paradise with amazing weather and some of the best beaches. At the Atlantis Resort your kids can enjoy swimming in the many pools located on the property as well as enjoying a great water-slide. This resort also offers the ability for your kids to see many different types of animals that include sharks, stingrays and lion-fish. The other great thing about visiting this resort is that it is affordable and offers a lot of great deals throughout the year.

With us talking about favorite family resorts you knew we needed to include one from the most popular family destination, which is Disney. Out of the many resorts that Disney owns, one of my favorites has to be the Grand Californian, which is located at Disneyland. With this resort I will be the first to admit that it is pricey but if you can afford it, I highly recommend staying here for your Disney vacation. One of my favorite things about this resort is the fact that it has its own private entrance into Disney California Adventure Park. This makes it really easy for you as all you need to do is walk downstairs and you can enter the park.

These are just some of our favorite family resorts. When booking your trip before booking your hotel stay, make sure the resort you decide on offers things your family will enjoy.

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Why you should consider an off peak vacation

February 26, 2015

Off Peak VacationWhen it comes to planning a vacation, one thing that most people want to do is find the best deal possible so they can save. Who wants to pay more for the same package when they can get it for a lot less. If your travel dates are flexible and you are able to travel at any time, you should consider booking your trip during the off peak season. I remember before I had my kids my husband and I used to travel during off peak months and had some of the best vacations we’ve every had. Some of the perks for booking your vacation during off peak months include the following things:

For one thing, when booking your trip during off peak times for a destination you should be able to save money. Travel is all about supply and demand, when it is the peak travel season there is a higher demand so prices go up while during the off peak times prices are usually cheaper. During the off peak season, hotels and even airlines don’t want there to be any empty rooms or seats so they sometimes offer lower prices to entice people to book with them. I know that when we used to travel during these times we would sometimes pay almost half the price for the same vacation during off peak months as compared to the peak season.

During the off peak travel season for a particular destination, another thing that you will surely enjoy are the smaller crowds. Whether it being a beach vacation in the Riviera Maya or a trip to Disneyland, traveling during the so called slow times of a destination allows you to to enjoy the destination more in my opinion as you don’t have to worry about others who are also visiting. On a trip I took to Jamaica, we traveled during the off season and absolutely enjoyed ourselves as there weren’t many people on the beaches, we could easily get a table at any restaurant and all of the activities we wanted to do was available even though we didn’t book them in advance.

A third reason why you should consider traveling during this time is because you will have a lot of options. As mentioned above with the prices being cheaper, you possibly have the chance to stay at a luxury resort that you may have not been able to afford if you’ve traveled during a different time. Again this is one of the great things about taking a vacation during this time, it allows you to take the vacation you’ve always wanted to go on but for a price that you can afford. Maybe stay at a luxury beach resort and spend some time at a spa, you have a lot of options as things are going to be more affordable.

If you decide you want to take an off peak vacation, make sure you first figure out when the slower months are for a destination so you get the best price. After that, book that dream vacation and save!

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Ways to Help you Save for your Beach Vacation

February 18, 2015

beach vacationIf you currently live on the East Coast, you’re going through one of the coldest Winters of all time with snow upon snow. I know for me as I freeze my tail off, all I can do is dream about a vacation someplace warm. With a lot of people taking beach vacations right now to destinations like the Riviera Maya and Punta Cana to get away from the cold, there is the potential that for some destinations the prices have gone up due to the demand. If you are anything like me, it can be hard to save up for a vacation as you spend your money on a lot of different things that you might not need. If you’re looking for ways to save so you can go on that vacation you’ve been dreaming about, these are some things that you can try to do.

One idea to help you save so you can afford your trip is to make your own coffee. For most people, including myself, they can’t get their days started without having coffee. With this most of them head to places like Starbucks everyday where they buy their coffee and usually spend at least $5 per cup. If you add this up for the entire week, this does cost a lot of money. I know for some making their own coffee can be difficult as they don’t have the time or don’t like the taste, but doing this can help you save.

A second idea to help you save for that vacation is to stop eating out. When I recently started saving for a past vacation I was looking at what my largest expense was and this was it. If you have the time and are able to make your own meals, this will help you save. With most people they usually go out for lunch during the work week and sometimes go out to dinner with friends, but if you are able to cut this out, it will help you reach your savings goal more quickly.

This might be the toughest thing to do for some now due to all the snow we’re getting, but try to avoid driving to work and instead walk or ride your bike. This idea is more for those who aren’t dealing with really bad weather as I know for me it’s impossible to walk anywhere in this snow. While gas prices have been lower as of lately, this is definitely an expense you can cut out by walking or riding your bike.

A fourth idea and something I wasn’t able to do but you could possibly is cancelling your cable. For most people with their cable bills, they are usually paying over $100 a month for channels they don’t even watch. With things like Hulu, iTunes and Netflix, there are a lot of cheaper options available that will allow you to stay up to date with your favorite TV shows while allowing you to pay a lot less.

I know it can sometimes be hard to save up for a vacation as it’s hard to cut your costs, but just remember that it will be all worth it when you’re lounging on a beach with a drink in your hand while you work on your tan.

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What Activities to do While Vacationing in Fiji?

February 11, 2015

unique destinationsSo I recently got back from a trip that I took with my husband where we got the chance to visit Fiji. This is the first time that I have ever been here and it is truly is an amazing destination. Once I got to the island and took a look around, I felt like I was in a different world as I was no longer surrounded by snow but instead I was some place tropical with crystal clear water and amazing vegetation. If you’re thinking about going on vacation to Fiji and are wondering what types of activities to tryout while visiting, these were some of my favorites from my trip.

With you visiting such an amazing beach destination, you need to tryout out some of the water activities. Fiji is home to some of the best beaches, that includes the Coral Coast. One of my favorite activities that we did on our trip was scuba diving. As mentioned before, the water is very clear so it makes it easy to see all the different types of fish that make their homes here. I swear when we went scuba diving, we’ve must of seen at least a hundred different types of fish. Other water activities that you can enjoy in Fiji include kayaking, surfing in Viti Levu, fishing, sailing and so many other water activities. With there being so many different options to chose from, you can spend your whole trip in the water, which isn’t such a bad thing.

If you don’t want to spend your whole vacation at the beach and instead are interested in learning a little more about Fiji, one place that you should visit is the Fiji Museum. The Fiji Museum is full of rich history of the area with artifacts that go as way back as 3,700 years ago. Some of the types of artifacts that you can see include things like jewelry, Indian artwork, cannibal forks as well as a lot of other things. The price of admission is very cheap with it costing around $4 per person and is open Monday-Saturday. For me when I go on vacation to some place new, I like to learn more about the destinations history and this museum was really great as it had so many interesting things on display.

A third activity to consider on your Fiji vacation is checking out the Garden of the Sleeping Giant. Located in the Nausori Highlands on the island of Viti Levu, at the Garden of the Sleeping Giant you are able to see a wide range of orchids that are growing here. I know for some of you this might not sound like such an interesting activity to partake in, but if you love nature and enjoy seeing beautiful things, I recommend checking this out. The Garden of the Sleeping Giant is open Monday – Saturday from 9am to 5pm.

I must admit that this was a once in a lifetime trip and recommend considering Fiji for a future vacation.

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