I love to travel and do it as often as I can. In fact, I’m ready to take off at a moment’s notice. Now that my kids are out of the house, it’s much easier. But Baby Boomer travel can be challenging, especially when you’re lugging things through airports, train and bus stations. It’s a workout but so good for your body and soul.
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My favorite destination is Europe. I’m obsessed with it and my favorite way to travel is on a river cruise. They are smaller and more intimate than huge cruise ships. (although I love those too) I love that they can drop you off for the day in quaint little towns so you can meet the people and experience their culture. Then, you’re back on board for dinner and a relaxing float down rivers strewn with castles and other beautiful sites.
To make Baby Boomer travel easier for you, I have selected some of my favorite travel sites to help make your future trips the best they can be.
Read my travel gear recommendations at A Baby Boomer’s Guide to Travel Light and Nifty Over 50.
Find Flights and Book Hotels
Expedia – This site does it all – affordable flights, hotels, cars, vacation rentals, cruises, bundle deals and more – it’s one of the most trusted sites online.
Hotwire – You can save up to 60% 4 star PLUS hotels using Hotwire all over the world. It’s also a great site to book flights, cars, and to create your own vacation packages.
Wander Wisely with Travelocity! – Home of the travel gnome. The Amazing Race uses Travelocity to book trips for its contestants all over the world. Find flights, hotel rooms, cruises, car rentals and activities at competitive rates.
Trip Advisor – Before you go anywhere check on Trip Advisor for reader reviews on hotels, restaurants, and activities. I never go anywhere without consulting it. And now, you can book your hotel reservations on the site. It’s filled with amazing ideas and tips for just about anywhere in the world.
Cheap Air – Since 1989, Cheap Air searches 100 times more low fare flights that other booking sites may miss. They specialize in flights only.
Agoda is awesome for booking hotels. It’s based in Singapore. If you’re looking to travel to Asian destinations, it’s the place to go for amazing hotel deals and vacation rentals. You can also find great prices in Europe, Australia, and the Middle East.
Jet Radar will help you find the cheapest deals on flights, hotels, cars, and buses.
Hotels.com for the best hotel Deals! They will help you find the best prices on hotels around the world and flight-hotel bundles.
Home Away – Not into staying at a fancy hotel? Rent a home or rent your own home out as a vacation rental. Home Away has properties all over the world. All you have to do is enter where you want to go and arrival and departure dates and their website will find you rentals in big cities, in the country, by the lake, or any environment you desire.
Specific Hotel Companies
Best Western Hotels – I’ve always had good luck with Best Western Hotels and have stayed in them many times. Their rooms are affordable, for those on a budget and well-kept. Best Western offers Senior Discounts so make sure to ask when you book your reservation.
Wyndham Hotels – Another nice hotel chain that offers senior discounts.
Motel 6 – Motel 6 offers senior discounts. Probably the best company for affordable rooms if you’re on a budget and want to get someplace without spending all your cash on hotels along the way. They aren’t fancy and you may want to check reviews before booking as some are better than others.
Restaurants.com – This site serves 62,000 restaurants and providers all over the United States. Find discounts, deals, and coupons for your favorite dining spots or give someone the gift of a night out on the town.
Planes, Trains, and Cars
Hawaiian Airlines – Hawaiian Airlines makes it fun. You get a lei when you walk off the plane in Hawaii and they offer senior discounts.
Rail Europe – The best way to travel through Europe is on a train. It makes life so easy! High-speed trains, especially, will take you where you want to go in hours and it’s so comfortable.
Hertz Rental Cars – A well-established rental car service that offers Senior Discounts. I booked a Hertz car to visit Pala Casino from Los Angeles and it was easy. Unlimited mileage and I used my AAA discount. Very affordable.
Expert Flyer – Find Flight Availability, Flight Upgrades & Awards, Frequent Flyer Information and more!
Tours4Fun – Nothing makes a trip more exciting than a wonderful tour. Tours4Fun offers packaged tours as well as day trips all over the world. They include bus and coach, train, bicycle, boat, and walking tours as well as special activities, events, and day passes. Rather than take your chances with a local tour operator, you can put your whole trip together on one site.
Stride Travel – Trips designed for specifically for Baby Boomers. Stride Travel offers tours all over the world and you can book without using a middleman because you book directly with the operator. You’ll be able to find everything from a relaxing river cruise to an African Safari at affordable prices. And just because Stride Travel is focused on Baby Boomers doesn’t mean they offer rocking chair tours. Some of their popular destinations include Myanmar, Machu Picchu, Tanzania, Cuba and the Galapagos Islands.
Allianz Travel Insurance – It’s critically important to protect yourself when you travel with coverage for emergency medical, baggage, travel delay and much more. Allianz offers special rates for those who are 55 and older. Don’t even think about taking a trip without travel insurance.
Travelex Travel Insurance – Another great company that provides travel and trip insurance. Travelex makes it their priority to ensure you have the best vacation possible. Children under 21 are insured at no additional cost and they provide coverage for emergency medical evacuations. Other products include expedited passport services and international driving permits.
Delsey of Paris – Delsey offers superb and fashionable luggage of every kind. Spinners, garment bags, carry-ons, and accessories,
Ebags – Top brand luggage, purses, travel supplies, and backpacks at affordable prices.