Roaming Boomers

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 …

Does Hawaii Live Up To the Tourism Brochures?

Posted on 03/14/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

TravelA dream vacation to the Hawaiian Islands is on the bucket list of nearly every baby boomer. As we contemplate such a trip, the dream bubble that pops up above our head contains beautiful white sand beaches, hula dancers, a Hawaiian Luau, pineapples, tiki-torches, lush, green tropical mountains, volcanoes, moonlit walks on the beach, the sound of a strumming ukulele, and a lot of romance.  Right? However, the real question is this: Can a visit to the Hawaiian Islands live up …

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 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 …

Scared of Puking On Your Cruise? Don’t Be.

Posted on 08/4/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

TravelWe just spent seven stunningly beautiful nights sailing Alaska’s Inside Passage aboard the Norwegian Cruise Line Pearl. Unfortunately, many baby boomers won’t even consider such a cruise because they are afraid of sea sickness. If that fear is holding you back, take a peek at this short video: David and Carol Porter are contributors on the AARP blog, blog regularly at theroamingboomers.com and keep us updated on their travels via their Facebook Account. Do you have any sea sickness tips? …