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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 …

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 …

Leaving Vacation Time on the Table: Your Thoughts

Posted on 07/6/2011 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

WorkIn late June I highlighted an AARP Bulletin article Scared to Go On Vacation? by Diane Cadrain. The stat about 46% of American workers leaving some vacation time on the table drew quite a bit of interest. Folks responded on our Facebook page and via article comments. Here are some excerpts: “Many people don’t take all their vacation because they have assumed more responsibilities due to attrition. This combined with the perspective of ‘out of sight, out of mind’ philosophy …

Where ya headed this weekend?

Posted on 07/2/2010 by | Archived Contributor | Comments

TravelAccording to several news stories, including this one from USA Today, many Americans are hitting the road this weekend! AAA projects that about 34.9 million people are venturing at least 50 miles from home, up 17% from 2009! They also project that 90 percent of those traveling will be traveling by car. The uptick in travel can be attributed to people feeling more confident about their personal finances than they did a year ago – and having probably taken some …

Relax! You’re on Vacation!

Posted on 06/17/2010 by | Archived Contributor | Comments

TravelSo you’ve planned your summer vacation to the beach, right? Maybe to a theme park with the family? Maybe hiking in the mountains? No matter what you’ve planned for the summertime, did you ever think that you might actually have to make yourself relax? Check out this very interesting article this week from the Wall Street Journal to see what I’m talking about. According to the article (which cites an Expedia.com survey), only 53% of working Americans say they come …

Vacation on a Budget

Posted on 07/21/2009 by | General News | Comments

Money & SavingsAlthough times are tough, the summer tends to trigger the “travel itch” – you know, that sense of urgency to get out of town immediately to a sun-drenched vacation consisting of laying out by a pool and sipping on piña coladas all day. So how can we quench our vacation thirst without spending all of our retirement savings? Well, it looks like Peter Greenburg has some answers for us. An inquiry led Greenburg to give tips on how to find …