vacations

I’m Celebrating With a Vacation This Summer, and It Turns Out I’m Not Alone

Posted on 07/25/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Travel | Your LifeI have to admit I am one of those people who never uses all my vacation time each year. I feel like work will pile up when I’m gone, and I’ll be more frazzled on my return than before I left. I’m not alone in leaving my vacation time on the table, either. The average worker in the U.S. gets 13 days of paid vacation a year, but only 57 percent of Americans use it all. But this past June, I …

How to Enjoy a Vacation With Your Adult Children

Posted on 07/15/2014 by |Parenting 2.0 | Comments

Home & FamilyFamily vacations run the gamut from a mountain cabin shared with mice and other creatures to a retirement celebration in Hawaii. As we jump on planes, trains and automobiles for multigenerational summer sojourns, what can we do to guarantee five-star success? I consulted three experienced family vacationers who’ve traveled near and far with adult children and grandchildren in the toddler-to-teen range. All agree that planning is essential. Who pays for what — transportation, meals, rentals, activities — must be discussed …

Top Summer Travel Scams

Posted on 05/28/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & Savings | TravelAs you look forward to a summer getaway, watch out for these common scams: Tricky tickets: Received a letter promising free or steeply discounted airline or cruise tickets? Read the small print — and between the lines — for words such as “eligible” and “guaranteed to win.” These mailers are often sent by vacation clubs as a lure to attend a high-pressure sales presentation where you’re promised huge travel discounts. The hook: You join by paying upfront fees that could approach five figures …

Traveling With Frail Parents: A Tour Company Makes It Easy

Posted on 10/11/2013 by |Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingWhen my parents were frail and I was a family caregiver, I had no idea that there was a way I could have taken a trip with them. Beyond a trip to the doctor, that is! If we had gone on a vacation together,  I would have wanted time to myself or with my husband doing activities that were too arduous for them. I know, though, that I would have felt selfish and/or too exhausted to enjoy the trip. I recently …

Rocking and Rolling on the Coastal Starlight

Posted on 07/25/2013 by |Latino Life | Comments

Your LifeHere we are rocking and rolling down the coast out of Seattle, not with a band, but aboard an Amtrak train that bumps, jumps, sways, jerks and hurtles all at the same time, knocking me around like a dog in a shipping crate thinking that at any moment I might go airborne. I love it. It is our transportation of choice for a week in the Northwest, and now we are on our way back to the homogeny that is …

Beach Report: Best (and Worst) for Clean Water

Posted on 06/26/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Personal HealthBefore you pack your swimsuit, check out the latest report card on U.S. beaches with the least and most pollution. Last year the nation’s beaches had more than 20,000 closing and advisory days because of polluted water or threatened contamination, according to the annual report from the Natural Resources Defense Council. The environmental-advocacy group analyzed water-quality results from tests conducted by the federal government and state beach coordinators at more than 3,000 locations nationwide. The report, released today, found more …