Wednesday March 12, 2014
This photo reminds me of childhood field trips to the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles. I visited the Tar Pits before the Page Museum was built - it opened in 1975 - and I remember walking past exhibits like this one and hoping that I wouldn't fall into a tar pit and get stuck forever.
Nowadays, visitors to the La Brea Tar Pits can learn about the city's fossil treasure trove at the George C. Page Museum, which is right next to this exhibit and a short walk from Pit 91, which is still being excavated. The museum is small, but fascinating. It's a great place to take your grandchildren.
The Page Museum is just one of many senior-friendly museums in the Los Angeles area. If you are planning a trip to southern California, consider stopping by one or more of these top-notch museums.
Photo © Nancy Parode. Licensed to About.com.
Monday March 10, 2014
Most of the people I travel with must take some type of prescription medication every day. When we get to our destination, we haul out an assortment of little bottles and put the bottles where we can see them every day. I've discovered over the years that the best way to make traveling with prescription drugs work well is to plan ahead and make sure we keep track of all of those bottles. Staying organized is far easier than getting a prescription refill when you're far from home.
If you travel and take prescription medications, take a look at our tips for organizing, storing and refilling prescriptions when you're on vacation. We've also put together a separate set of tips for taking your prescription drugs through airport security.
Photo © Bob Smith
Sunday March 9, 2014
The United States Department of State has once again updated its Travel Warning for Ukraine. In this update, US citizens are again urged to avoid traveling to Ukraine, especially to Crimea.
The BBC is reporting that pro-Russian and pro-Ukrainian unity supporters are rallying in Ukrainian cities. Tensions are high. The UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Offices advises all UK citizens to avoid travel to Crimea and to exercise caution when traveling in other parts of Ukraine.
Wednesday March 5, 2014
When I think of senior and Baby Boomer travel, I think not only of cruise ships and golf courses, but also of bike tours and road trips. I know from my own travel experiences and my interaction with readers and fellow travelers that mature travelers can't be stereotyped or categorized. There are too many of us, for starters. According to CNN, as of 2011, Boomers made up 25% of the US population. 77 million people can't possibly want to travel to the same places or in the same way.
I've met a few travel providers over the years who tended to focus on bus tours and golf packages as ideal vacations for people my age and older. While bus tours and golfing vacations are great, they don't appeal to every senior or Baby Boomer. This week, I sat down and made a list of things I wish I could tell every travel provider about working with mature travelers. First on the list: Don't call us "elderly."
Photo © Sanja Gjenero