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Nancy Parode

Updated Articles and Resources

By Nancy Parode

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • Discover a New Interest or Hobby Through Travel Created: Thursday, April 17, 2008 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
      Travel and learning go hand in hand. Whether you’re just learning a new skill or looking for a way to increase your expertise, you can probably find a travel opportunity to help you add to your knowledge base.
    • Find Pet-Friendly Accommodations Created: Saturday, March 19, 2011 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
      Over half of all U. S. households include at least one pet, and one-third of dog owners bring their canine companions with them when they travel. If you're considering bringing your pet with you on your next vacation, you'll have little trouble finding pet-friendly accommodations. Let us help you find the perfect place to vacation with your pet.
    • Profile of Rascals in Paradise Created: Saturday, December 22, 2007 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
      Rascals in Paradise creates customized travel experiences for families and for grandparents traveling with their grandchildren.
    • An Interview with Diane Redfern Created: Saturday, March 01, 2008 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
      Singles travel expert Diane Redfern of Connecting: Solo Travel Network shares her insights and solo travel tips in this exclusive interview.
    • How to Avoid Hitting Deer and Moose With Your Car Created: Sunday, October 10, 2010 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
      Drivers in the US and Canada often read warnings about driving safety and deer, particularly during the fall foliage season. Take deer and moose warnings seriously. Hitting deer or moose with your car can kill you, cause serious injury and smash up your vehicle. If you plan to visit a state or province known for its herds of deer or moose, take some time to learn how to avoid hitting these animals with your car.
    • Museum Admission Deals and Discounts for Senior Travelers Created: Thursday, January 10, 2013 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
      There are many ways for senior and Baby Boomer travelers to visit museums for free or at reduced admission prices. Find out how to take advantage of free museum days, senior discounts, special category discounts and museum cards.
    • Top Tips for Speeding Your Way Through Customs Created: Thursday, March 03, 2011 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
      Traveling abroad is typically a wonderful experience, but returning from your overseas trip involves one last scheduled stop – at the Customs and Border Protection booth. Going through Customs does not have to be a terrible experience. If you know what to expect and how to prepare in advance, your meeting with a Customs and Border Protection agent will be brief and businesslike.
    • What to Expect at the Lifeboat Drill Created: Monday, February 13, 2012 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
      Many cruise passengers dread the lifeboat drill, thinking they will spend hours standing in hot sun wearing uncomfortable life jackets. This may happen, of course, but if all cruise passengers understand what to expect during the passenger muster drill, the process will not take very long at all. Find out what happens at a lifeboat drill, who must attend and what to do in special circumstances.
    • Wine Travel in Italy Created: Saturday, March 15, 2008 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
      Italy's wine history goes back over 2,000 years, to the times of ancient Greece and Rome. With such a distinguished heritage, it's no wonder that wine lovers flock to Italy to visit wineries, taste famous wines and enjoy local favorites.
    • Maple Syrup Festivals in the U.S. and Canada Created: Monday, February 22, 2010 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
      Maple syrup festivals are a North American tradition. Today, these celebrations take the form of organized maple syrup festivals, complete with tours of sugar houses (also called sugar shacks or sugarbushes), contests, dances, activities and every maple-flavored food you can possibly imagine, even maple cotton candy.
    • Learn to Ride a Bicycle in an Adult Cycling Class Created: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
      If you have always wanted to take a bicycle tour or ride a bike trail, but do not know how to ride a bicycle, you are not alone. Adult cycling classes are both extremely popular and widely available. Learn more about adult Learn to Ride classes and find out how to register for a class near you.
    • Staunton, Virginia Vacation Travel Guide Created: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
      Staunton, Virginia is known for its historic downtown area, excellent museums, thriving arts scene and commitment to regional foods, wines and music. Our visitors' guide to Staunton takes you to the heart of Virginia's historic Shenandoah Valley.
    • Can I Find Senior Train Travel Discounts in Europe? Created: Sunday, November 16, 2008 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
      Senior discounts on European train travel are available in several countries. Each rail system has different terms and conditions for senior discounts. Find out more about senior train travel discounts in Europe.
    • Will My Debit Card Work Overseas? Created: Saturday, March 08, 2008 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
      Find out if you can use your debit card away from home, and learn how to safeguard your banking information when using ATMs overseas.
    • Lightning Safety for Senior Travelers Created: Thursday, June 27, 2013 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
      Lightning kills. Most people are aware of this, but how many of us take shelter when we hear thunder or see a lightning bolt, especially when we are on vacation? Learn more about lighting safety and find out what to do if you are caught in a thunderstorm.
    • Photo Tour of the Indiana Statehouse, Indianapolis Created: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
      Indiana's Statehouse stands in the heart of Indianapolis. Visitors can view the House and Senate Chambers, an executive office and, depending on the date of their visit, the Supreme Court Chamber.
    • Escape to Maryland's Kent and Queen Anne's Counties Created: Monday, March 31, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
      Maryland's Eastern Shore is a great weekend getaway. You can find country tranquility, natural beauty and waterfront fun in Queen Anne's and Kent Counties. Best of all, you can reach the area from Washington, D.C., Baltimore or Philadelphia by car in less than two hours.
    • Wine Travel in Germany Created: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
      The Mosel wine region is famous for its world-class rieslings. Vineyards line the Mosel Valley's steeply-sloped walls. You'll find wine shops and wine bars in the towns along the Mosel River. Find ...
    • Trips and Tours for Senior Couples Created: Sunday, October 07, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
      The perfect romantic getaway is only a few clicks away. Jump-start your planning by reviewing our couples-only travel options.
    • Find Low-Cost Places to Park Your RV Created: Thursday, September 27, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
      Save money while you enjoy RV travel. Find low-cost and free places to park your RV in the U. S. and Canada.
    • Must I Pay Customs Duty on Alcoholic Beverages Purchased in Duty-Free Shops? Created: Tuesday, March 01, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
      In the US, adults over age 21 may bring one liter of alcoholic into the U. S. duty-free, regardless of whether or not it was purchased in a duty-free shop.
    • Bus and Motorcoach Travel 101 Created: Sunday, October 07, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
      Learn about bus and motorcoach tours. Find out what questions to ask your bus tour operator before you choose an itinerary.
    • Photo Tour of Viking Longships Christening, March 21, 2012, Amsterdam Created: Monday, March 26, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      On Wednesday, March 21, 2012, Viking River Cruises christened four of its new Viking Longships in a lavish ceremony in Amsterdam. View photos of the ceremony and learn about the ships' godmothers, ...
    • Travel Guidebooks: Essential or Outdated? Created: Sunday, July 04, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Are travel guidebooks obsolete? Smart phone apps and travel websites offer alternatives to the traditional travel guidebook, but can they replace your favorite travel guides?
    • How to Rent a Vacation Cottage Created: Sunday, October 07, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Wherever your travels take you, consider a cottage rental. You'll have room to relax and truly enjoy your vacation time. Whether you plan to leave town for the weekend or spend several weeks away...
    • Hotel Etiquette Created: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Hotel etiquette involves more than just knowing how much to tip the housekeeping staff. Treating your fellow guests and hotel employees with respect will help ensure a pleasant stay. Learn more a...
    • Rainy Weather Driving Tips Created: Thursday, December 23, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Driving in the rain seems, at first glance, to be an easy task. Wet weather driving does not normally present huge challenges. When rain falls for a long time, however, or when a rainstorm change...
    • Hosting Houseguests Created: Saturday, March 28, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      It's fun to host family and friends, but playing local tour guide can also be stressful. Our tips for successfully hosting houseguests can help you make your next hosting experience a success.
    • Top Tips for Beating the Airlines' Checked Baggage Fees Created: Thursday, October 09, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Many airlines charge checked baggage fees, and these fees can significantly increase your travel costs. Avoid or reduce your checked-bag fees by using our simple tips.
    • Hotel Fire Safety for Senior Travelers Created: Friday, August 09, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      As you check into your room, hotel fire safety might be the last thing on your mind. Fire safety considerations are important, no matter where you travel. Your hotel should have smoke alarms and a...
    • Budget Los Angeles for Senior Travelers Created: Sunday, February 22, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Los Angeles, California, home of Hollywood Boulevard, Universal Studios, the La Brea Tar Pits and the Getty Center, is a great senior destination. Although L.A.'s most famous hotels and attraction...
    • Should I Rent a Car Or Use Public Transportation? Created: Sunday, January 20, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      When planning a an overseas trip, you must choose the best way to get around once you arrive in your destination country. For some senior travelers, renting a car is the best option. Others may p...

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