July 19, 2018

8 TIPS FOR CHOOSING LODGING AS A SENIOR

We have additional lodging considerations as seniors. Here are our 8 Tips for Choosing Lodging as a Senior. Tip 1: Research before you leave home. Trip Advisor and Expedia  are our go-to resources for lodging research.  We are not fancy people. However, Stu is definitely not into camping. Hostels and low budget hotels are out. We feel that since we are retired, there is a purpose for the money we saved and one use is to be comfortable! Stu is a member of AAA and often asks his local office for lodging recommendations. Keep in mind, however, that AAA gets a kick-back from hotels and may not tell you about a fantastic place…

July 12, 2018

ESSENTIAL ROAD TRIP HACKS FOR SENIORS

Using Essential Road Trip Hacks for Seniors will make your next road trip an easy backroads vacation. There is never enough room in a car on a roadtrip.  Never! And if you are like The Traveling Seniors, road trips can be lengthy, covering more than one season or climate. That means clothes, jackets, gear and guides can be hard to keep organized.  Road Trip Hacks for Seniors Stay Connected Stu uses multi-USB ports in the front and backseats of the car. Every time we get into the car, we plug in our phones in the front seat ports. We also charge camera batteries while we drive using the same ports. In the…

June 9, 2018

SHOULD I TRAVEL SOLO?

Yes! TRAVEL SOLO! Do it! Should you book with a tour group? Maybe. It all depends! Our Experience with Solo Travel Stu and I have both traveled alone internationally and in North America.  I’ll never forget one of my first travels alone over a Memorial Day weekend. I went to Chestertown, Maryland. It’s a picturesque and historic small town that has slumbered for centuries along the Chester River. It had a tea party before the one in Boston! I booked a room at a B&B. As I settled in, the B&B owner asked if I was alone and I replied, “yes.” “That’s a shame,” she said. Gulp! What? Why? Can’t I…

June 7, 2018

BEST 2018 SENIOR TRAVEL DISCOUNTS

Alright. With senior travel, we can’t climb mountains, balance on cliffs or even handle certain small hills like we used to. We do qualify for senior travel discounts! As THE TRAVELING SENIORS explore America, we travel primarily by car because we take everything plus the kitchen sink! We can drive slowly on backroads, and thoroughly enjoy places where tourists don’t congregate. But don’t think we don’t also love crowded cities or other means of travel-we do! Fortunately for all of us, the Senior List has published a list of the best 2018 senior travel discounts.* The Senior List’s Best Senior Travel Discounts is full of verified senior discounts.  Senior Travel Discounts that have…

June 3, 2018

TIPS FOR SAFE AND HAPPY BACKROADS TRAVEL

TIPS FOR SAFE AND HAPPY BACKROADS TRAVEL A little hesitant to travel these days? Don’t be! It is safe and easy to travel like we do! Honest! Still, you need to plan your trip so safety is not an issue. Just follow these tips for safe and happy travel. First, people. People we meet are universally polite, inspirational, knowledgeable and gracious about sharing information and stories. Stu talks to everybody! Before you know it, he’s made a fast friend. I am more shy. But get either of us in an interesting place with interesting people and watch out! Truthfully, the people on our journeys have been as richly rewarding as the…

June 1, 2018

TAKE A BACKROADS TRIP: CAMINO REAL de los TEJAS NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL

Take a backroads trip through rolling grassy hills covered with bluebonnets and other wildflowers on The Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail. See nps.gov/elte/planyourvisit/maps.htm. Once a year, my grandmother, in her 80s and 90’s would take a trip from Kansas City to Texas to see her son and the bluebonnets. Now I understand the bluebonnet part.  I don’t think Stu or I expected the beauty of the eastern Texas hill country since neither of us had ever been there. Waving grass, wildflowers, huge skies and curving backroads is the image that comes to mind when someone says, “a perfect spring/summer day.” THAT is the eastern Texas hill country….

May 29, 2018

BACKROADS TRIP: EXPLORE PAGE, ARIZONA

Stu & Barb

Explore Page, Arizona! Page has become one of our favorite places in America. You’ve all seen the iconic photos of the famous Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend in doctors’ waiting rooms. We had to go! To explore how to take this backroads vacation, we started booking tours in Page, Az in January prior to our late April arrival. Photography tours of the famous canyons-just think!!! See our tour recommendations for Page, Az. Antelope Canyon photo tours were already sold out. But not to worry! We found some other canyons to explore by researching online and voila! Horseshoe Bend Canyon and Antelope Canyon X became targets along with the iconic Horseshoe Bend…

May 29, 2018

VISIT ZION NATIONAL PARK: WHERE TO STAY

Want to know where to stay when visiting Zion National Park? When visiting Zion National Park (nps.gov/zion) stay in Springdale!! What an adorable town! Springdale has no franchise restaurants, no street lights, and artists’ shops galore.  We loved staying at the Best Western in Springdale. Our room had a wonderful view and a small terrace with chairs for watching the stars. The hotel has two outdoor fire pits which capped off perfect days in the Park. There is a fitness room and a free hot breakfast to boot. All the shops and restaurants are within walking distance and the shuttle to the Park stops directly across the street and, when…

May 29, 2018

A LOVE STORY AT THE GRAND CANYON

As we explore America, the people we have met have formed “a tapestry of ever- changing hues”, to quote Carol King. Each one has touched us with their kindness, insights and stories. A couple we met at the El Tovar Lodge in the Grand Canyon shared their intimate and timeless story of love lost and regained.