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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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Singing To My Valentine in Nashville

Posted on 02/14/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

TravelFor those who are in possession of a romantic’s heart, Valentine’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to proclaim your love to those most dear. As I contemplate such proclamations, and in particular, proclamations made while traveling; my mind immediately races to a day, twenty-seven years ago, when my soon-to-be wife asked me to record a song for her while we were traveling in Nashville, Tennessee. We were on a week-long vacation in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and decided …

Cross “Dream Vacation” Off the Bucket List in 2012

Posted on 01/19/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

TravelIt seems likely that 2012 will provide travelers their last window of opportunity to take advantage of recession pricing as the US economy seems like it might be gasping for new life. According to a recent report in the Federal Reserve Beige Book, “reports from most Districts pointed to solid gains or high levels of travel and tourist activity, with pickups evident in both the business and leisure segments. Tourism activity was reported to be above the levels from twelve …

How to Do Wine Tasting like a Pro

Posted on 11/30/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

TravelBaby boomers, and particularly baby boomer travelers, love wine! According to the US Wine Market Council, a wine boom began in the United States in the 1970s and early 1980s as the leading edge of the Baby Boom generation (born between 1946 and 1964) matured and drove the consumer market with their unique set of tastes and lifestyle choices. According to the American Association of Wineries, an estimated 27 million winery visits currently take place annually, and the US Wine …

Top Ten Travel Apps for Baby Boomers

Posted on 11/10/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

TravelThe smartphone has become perhaps the single most ubiquitous tool in the baby boomer traveler’s arsenal. Because of this, there is a massive groundswell of travel applications (apps) all providing various forms of valuable travel information all vying for the attention of 79 million baby boomers. Remarkably, a great many of these travel apps are free. And, those who might charge a fee are only charging a very small fee ($.99 – $3.99) in order to allow end users to …

How We Do It: Finding Great Places To Stay On Vacation

Posted on 10/21/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

TravelWe are often asked, “How do you find such beautiful properties to stay at when you travel?” We have a systematic process that we use to cull out beautiful properties, and we’re happy to share it with you. However, I’d be remiss if I didn’t simply instruct such inquirers to simply follow our The Roaming Boomers website. On the other hand, we understand that we can’t be everywhere in the world, so here is the system that we use. Before …

Eating on the Road? Don’t Forget Farmer’s Markets!

Posted on 10/5/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

TravelWhen these two baby boomers are visiting an exciting destination, one of the very first stopping places scheduled in our travel itinerary is always the local farmers’ market. Here are just a few of the many reasons this has become a tradition in our travels: It’s a wonderful opportunity to mingle with the locals. If you’re a photographer, you will absolutely love the many colorful objects and people to fill your lens. It’s healthy for you! We will quite often …