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Are Cruises Safe? Senate Investigates Recent Fires

Posted on 07/25/2013 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | TravelBy Jessica Gresko of The Associated Press The presidents of Carnival Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean International defended their industry and their practices to senators Wednesday following two recent high-profile fires that damaged ships. In February, Carnival’s ship Triumph was left without power in the Gulf of Mexico after an engine room fire. Thousands of passengers endured squalid conditions while the ship was towed to Mobile, Ala. “We really seriously put our guests in an uncomfortable position and that bothers …

What Is a ‘Real’ Vacation?

Posted on 07/18/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

TravelThis would seem to be an easy question, but I think many of us would define “vacation” differently. For some it’s simply days off — not being at work. For others a true vacation means getting away — traveling — to someplace different than home. I’ve encountered many folks who regularly do not take any vacation. Workers accrue unused vacation days, their firms do not let them roll them over to the next year, and they just let them expire. I …

Essencefest Reflections, and More Events to Come

Posted on 07/13/2013 by | Vice President, Media Operations Support | Comments

TravelThis is a guest blog from AARP’s Edna Kane-Williams. I recently had the pleasure of being at the Essence Festival – just one of several major events where AARP will have a presence this year. If you’ve never been to “Essencefest,” picture a Mardi Gras celebration combined with a huge girlfriend getawa full of laughter, sister to sister sharing, conversations, great food and lots of hugs . Add in your favorite celebrities and entertainment – plus a ton of information, …

The No. 1 Aspiration of the 50+

Posted on 06/19/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

TravelWhenever we ask folks ages 50 and over what they are most looking forward to doing in their later years, more often than not their response is, “Travel!” Travel is the No. 1 aspiration of the 50-plus. People want to travel to experience new things and spend time with family and friends. It makes them feel happy and fulfilled. I think the desire to travel and explore starts at an early age. I remember summer days getting my bike, a …

How to Avoid Jet Lag? Go West (and Other Tips)

Posted on 06/10/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | TravelHaving just returned from a two-week vacation to France, I wish I could tell you that I found a great solution to the problem of jet lag, especially because scientists say that older people fare worse with a big change in time zones. Unfortunately, I have no magic answers (other than lots of coffee), although researchers are studying ways to help vacationers traveling overseas this summer. The one thing that does make a difference they say: Traveling west, to an …

Are You Ready for an RV?

Posted on 06/7/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | TravelIn the latest sign that the economy is improving, more and more Americans are buying recreational vehicles and taking to the roads again in search of adventure. In response to rising demand, RV makers shipped 32,100 vehicles to dealers in April 2013, an uptick of 19 percent from 2012, according to the Recreational Vehicle Association. And shipments have steadily risen this year in every category of RV, with the most dramatic growth in “total towable RVs.” Shipments of those big …