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Climb Every Mountain? Not This Time

Posted on 05/29/2013 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | TravelMin Bahadur Sherchan, 81, turned back from the summit of Mount Everest on May 28 because of bad weather, failing in his attempt to become the oldest person to climb the world’s highest mountain. The Associated Press reports that Sherchan held the record from 2008, when he scaled the peak at the age of 76, until last week, when 80-year-old Japanese climber Yuichiro Miura surpassed him. More details about Miura’s story are emerging today as well. He has climbed the …

Find Cheap Places to Stay When You Travel

Posted on 05/22/2013 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & Savings | TravelPlanning a summer vacation? Check out my new episode of “The Cheap Life” where I talk about ways to find cheap places to stay when you travel. If you haven’t considered hostels or “couchsurfing,” these alternatives to staying in traditional hotels can save you big bucks. See also: More Ways to Save on Travel Be sure to enter the comment on the YouTube page for a chance to win a $50 gift card. Travel safe and stay cheap. Join the discussion: …

Rhapsody “In Bruges”—A Fan of the Film Visits the City

Posted on 03/20/2013 by |Movies & TV | Comments

TravelYou know how the Disney parks have rides that let you re-live great moments from movies like The Little Mermaid and Snow White? And how at Universal you can “ride” Jurassic Park and the Harry Potter films? Well, if one of your favorite films is the cult classic In Bruges—and it’s one of mine, for sure—then a visit to the Belgian city of Bruges is a lot like hopping on an In Bruges theme park ride. Join the discussion: Going …

Cotacachi, Ecuador: Paradise at the End of the Rainbow

Posted on 03/14/2013 by |Retiring Overseas | Comments

TravelOn a hill above Cotacachi, at a bend in the road overlooking an impossibly green valley, someone has painted a sign on a post. It says “Dios esta aqui.” God is here. No matter what your religious beliefs, this place makes you believe in a higher power. This is the Andes, where magical things happen. And this is where I live. On the day of the summer solstice, not one… but two… rainbows appeared in the sky, one above the …

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 …

Videoblog: “Riding” Classic Movies at Walt Disney World’s New Fantasyland

Posted on 12/28/2012 by |Movies & TV | Comments

Travel  The truly revolutionary concept behind Disneyland was Walt Disney’s desire to immerse visitors in his classic films. That’s why the great Snow White, Mr. Toad and Peter Pan rides were among the first ones he planned. Even the landmark Matterhorn Bobsleds ride was designed after a Disney live-action film, Third Man on the Mountain. So it’s nice to see that in designing New Fantasyland at Walt Disney World the company’s Imagineers haven’t forgotten Walt’s original inspiration. There’s a new …