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Peter Greenberg is AARP's Travel Ambassador and the Travel Editor for CBS New. A multiple Emmy Award-winning investigative journalist and producer, Peter is also host of a nationally syndicated weekly radio show. Visit him at http://www.aarp.org/travel/experts/peter_greenberg and on the Web at www.PeterGreenberg.com.

One Perfect Summer Day: Fire Island, New York

With a summer full of high gas prices and rising hotel prices, there’s a lot to be said about visiting national parks or even state parks this summer. But I’ll go one step further: Visit a national seashore instead. For my money, few places are better than Fire Island, New York. Imagine a place a hour east of Manhattan by train or car, then a short 30-minute ferry ride across the Great South Bay. It’s 32 miles long, never gets …

Questions to Ask Before You Take a Volunteer Vacation

The recent disasters in Haiti, Chile, China, the Gulf Coast, New Zealand and now Japan, are vivid reminders of the need for volunteer assistance, both in the U.S. and around the world. So why not lend a helping hand on your next vacation? An alternative to the standard vacation, a volunteer vacation can allow travelers to make a real difference and take home a lifetime of memories. Not all volunteer vacation opportunities are tied to a tragic event. There are …