- Do you have a passport?
- Do you have a Global Reentry Card?
- Do you have trip insurance?
- Do you have luggage on wheels?
- Have you left ample time between connecting flights?
- Have you considered upgrading to Business Class using miles?
- Do friends and family have your itinerary?
- Have you thought of breaking up long flights? For example, if you are flying to Paris from San Diego, consider staying a day or two in New York or Boston to make jet lag easier and reduce the burnout from flying 12 hours!
- Have you thought of using trains and drivers instead of renting a car in Europe?
- Have you thought of staying in hotels vs. Airbnbs that don’t have concierges?
Many seniors can’t make the trips they once did due to various health problems. Does that mean we shouldn’t travel? No, the task is finding a trip matching your physical ability. In my case, I made many rigorous hiking and backpacking trips when I was younger. Arthritis in my back ended those activities, but I took my first river cruise a few years ago. AmaWaterways (Ama) was the company we chose to motor on the Danube from Bucharest, Romania, to Budapest, Hungary. Enjoying the company and that mode of travel, my wife and I recently completed a trip on the Douro River in Portugal with Ama.
So, how do these trips work? The structure of the trips is similar within Ama and from company to company, and I will use my trip to Portugal as an example.Continue reading “Travel by Water!”