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David and Carol Porter guest blog as the Roaming Boomers, giving you tips and tricks as they travel the globe. Read more at their website -

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Group Travel: The Pros and Cons

Posted on 01/9/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

TravelWhen I think of group travel, the first thing that comes to my mind is a busload of silver-haired matriarchs headed to Branson, Missouri.  You know, crowded buses, truckstop restroom breaks, and quite likely a fair amount of snoring. Furthermore, the idea that this baby boomer traveler would consider any form of group travel for an international trip was simply out of the question.  I’m far too independent, would prefer to have my own schedule, I love to experience world …

How to Survive Busy Airports During the Christmas Season

Posted on 12/20/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

TravelTis the season for chaos, conniption fits, and cancellations in our nation’s airports. To help you arrive at your destination with your sanity intact, here are a few holiday travel tips to follow: Arrive at the airport earlier than normal.  Seriously. A great deal of the stress found at our nation’s airports during very busy times is caused by late travelers.  The airports are certain to be busy, and arriving an hour earlier than normal is certain to alleviate the potential of …

How to Protect Yourself From Pickpockets When Traveling

Posted on 12/5/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

TravelFor baby boomer travelers, there is no better way to have your dream vacation ruined than having your wallet, purse, passport, or credit cards stolen. We know this from personal experience, as Carol had her purse stolen a few years ago when we were visiting Rome.  Inside the purse was her passport, wallet filled with cash and credit cards, and other valuables and goodies that women like to keep in their purses. We spent nearly three hours in an Italian …

Airlines Lose Your Luggage? Know Your Rights

Posted on 11/21/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

TravelWhen headed to a fabulous, once-in-a-lifetime destination, having the airlines lose your luggage can definitely start your dream vacation out on the wrong foot. Our best advice: bring two-days worth of travel goodies in your carry-on bag. While this will resolve any first few day “survival” issues, do you know your rights if your luggage moves from delayed to lost? Lost Luggage Tips Packing: Never, ever put valuable or irreplaceable items in your checked luggage. Check-in: If you can avoid it, don’t check …

5 Travel Tips for Thanksgiving Travelers

Posted on 11/7/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

TravelThere are a lot of things that come to my mind when the subject of Thanksgiving Day comes my way. I think of my dearly departed grandmother who made the best Thanksgiving Day dinners in the world with nearly everything made from scratch out of her garden. I think of my departed mother-in-law Rita who loved putting on a big Thanksgiving spread and having her family around her. And, I think of my own mother’s pumpkin pie.  Yum. Yum. Yum. …

Escape Endless Airport Security Lines

Posted on 10/24/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

TravelI don’t know about you, but we absolutely hate standing in massive TSA airport security lines during busy vacation and holiday seasons. We’re lined up like cattle for slaughter.  People are tired, kids are screaming, and worst of all, the whole thing moves like molasses in Antartica because people refuse to come to these security lines prepared. Come on, you’ve seen the guy who steps up to the security belt and then decides to remove his belt, empty the 15 …