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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 …

How to Survive Busy Airports During the Christmas Season

Posted on 12/20/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

TravelTis the season for chaos, conniption fits, and cancellations in our nation’s airports. To help you arrive at your destination with your sanity intact, here are a few holiday travel tips to follow: Arrive at the airport earlier than normal.  Seriously. A great deal of the stress found at our nation’s airports during very busy times is caused by late travelers.  The airports are certain to be busy, and arriving an hour earlier than normal is certain to alleviate the potential of …

How to Protect Yourself From Pickpockets When Traveling

Posted on 12/5/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

TravelFor baby boomer travelers, there is no better way to have your dream vacation ruined than having your wallet, purse, passport, or credit cards stolen. We know this from personal experience, as Carol had her purse stolen a few years ago when we were visiting Rome.  Inside the purse was her passport, wallet filled with cash and credit cards, and other valuables and goodies that women like to keep in their purses. We spent nearly three hours in an Italian …

Airlines Lose Your Luggage? Know Your Rights

Posted on 11/21/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

TravelWhen headed to a fabulous, once-in-a-lifetime destination, having the airlines lose your luggage can definitely start your dream vacation out on the wrong foot. Our best advice: bring two-days worth of travel goodies in your carry-on bag. While this will resolve any first few day “survival” issues, do you know your rights if your luggage moves from delayed to lost? Lost Luggage Tips Packing: Never, ever put valuable or irreplaceable items in your checked luggage. Check-in: If you can avoid it, don’t check …

5 Travel Tips for Thanksgiving Travelers

Posted on 11/7/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

TravelThere are a lot of things that come to my mind when the subject of Thanksgiving Day comes my way. I think of my dearly departed grandmother who made the best Thanksgiving Day dinners in the world with nearly everything made from scratch out of her garden. I think of my departed mother-in-law Rita who loved putting on a big Thanksgiving spread and having her family around her. And, I think of my own mother’s pumpkin pie.  Yum. Yum. Yum. …

Start Your Own “$4 a Gallon Gas Savings Club”

Posted on 11/5/2012 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & Savings | TravelSince gas prices in most parts of the country have once again dropped below $4 per gallon (the national average is currently just under $3.50 per gallon for regular unleaded), now is a perfect time to start what I call a “$4 a Gallon Savings Club.” Try our gas savings quiz. The idea is simple: start “paying yourself” the difference between $4 and what you’re now actually paying at the pump. So if gas is $3.50 a gallon, whenever you …