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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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London 2012 Olympics Through the Eyes of London’s Top Concierge

Posted on 07/27/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

TravelAs I write this, Londoners and travelers from all over the world are descending on the London 2012 Olympic Stadium for the much anticipated Opening Ceremony. It will be another 8 hours before we get to see this fabulous ceremony here in Scottsdale, Arizona.  However, I was wondering what the mood was on the streets of London and decided to reach out to our new London friend, Frank Laino. Frank is considered to be one of London’s preeminent hotel concierges, working …

Sh*t Boomer Travelers Say

Posted on 07/11/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

TravelAs a rule, we’re not folks given to foul language.  So, I struggled a bit as I considered the title for this article. In fact, growing up in the midwest, the use of this word was certain to find a bar of Dial soap scraped on my teeth as my dear mother was always quick to wash my mouth out with soap with its use. However, while certain profane words were absolutely forbidden, the adults in my world seemed to …

5 Tips for Great Vacation Photographs

Posted on 06/6/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

TravelSummer is upon us.  That means that millions of Americans’ cameras will be preserving precious memories from family vacations, get-togethers, weddings, graduations, and so much more. However, when the perfect photographic moment comes into view, a great many find themselves frustrated with their ability to capture the moment with a great photograph. Enter to win a Nikon digital camera.  Look below! Here’s five simple tips that will go a long, long ways to helping you be prepared to get that …

Cruise Tips: Saving Money on Shore Excursions

Posted on 05/25/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

TravelOcean cruises are hugely popular with the baby boomer traveler. We are often asked, “should I plan my own shore excursions and try to save a little money?”  Our answer is: it depends. With the advent of the Internet, it is completely possible to plan your own shore excursions, and perhaps save a little money.  However, do-it-yourself shore excursions do not come without an element of risk.  What if, for example, your do-it-yourself shore excursion gets you back late to …

London’s Top 5 Hidden Spots

Posted on 05/2/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

TravelAmericans will be flocking to London, England this year for the 2012 Summer Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, which marks 60 years of the Queen’s reign. While many are certain to stampede London’s most famous attractions – the London Tower, Westminster Abbey, London Eye, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the British Museum, and London’s famous National Gallery, we thought you might like to know some of London’s hidden gems. To help you beat the massive crowds, and enjoy a far slower …

Does Hawaii Live Up To the Tourism Brochures?

Posted on 03/14/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

TravelA dream vacation to the Hawaiian Islands is on the bucket list of nearly every baby boomer. As we contemplate such a trip, the dream bubble that pops up above our head contains beautiful white sand beaches, hula dancers, a Hawaiian Luau, pineapples, tiki-torches, lush, green tropical mountains, volcanoes, moonlit walks on the beach, the sound of a strumming ukulele, and a lot of romance.  Right? However, the real question is this: Can a visit to the Hawaiian Islands live up …