Older adults have a banquet of travel deals to choose from if they have an itch of wanderlust.
Travel opportunities are available through both the American Association of Retired Persons and the Senior Circle. Plus a great many travel providers cater to seniors, the cruise industry is a prime example.
Choices in travel can range from a simple day trip like the one the Circle has planned to the Sedona Jazz on the Rocks program in September, or a cruise around the world.
Seniors yearning to learn can participate in Elderhostel and similar programs.
Among the tours available in North America through AARP during 2006:
- Alaska Discovery
- Beautiful British Columbia and Alberta
- Hawaii Adventure
- National Parks
- Antebellum South
- San Francisco and Wine Country
The AARP Passport program also has 2006 tours in South and Central America, Antarctica, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific.
The program also has a multitude of hotel, car, cruise and flight deals, plus packages and escorted tours.
A visit to www.aarp.org on the Internet will provide all the details.
Senior Circle has its National Travel Program, providing an opportunity for members to see the world. The program's tours are all-inclusive and have experienced guides. The trips are arranged through Collette Vacations.
Already this year, Circle members have been offered a Panama Canal cruise; a "Heritage of America" tour; and a "Creole River Adventure." In coming months, members of the Senior Circle can take an "Explore Britain and Ireland" tour or see the "Pacific Northwest by Land and Sea."
The Payson Senior Circle is also promoting a special "California New Year's Getaway."
Elderhostel is America's first and the world's largest educational travel organization for adults 55 and older.
Elderhostel offers nearly 8,000 programs a year in more than 90 countries.
If you can imagine it, Elderhostel probably has a program that does it.
Elderhostel programs are all-inclusive. There are no hidden expenses. In addition to accommodations, most meals, lectures, field trips, cultural excursions, gratuities, and a travel assistance and insurance plan are included.
A love of learning, with exceptional people in engaging environments, creates extraordinary experiences, which is what Elderhostel has been providing for more than a quarter-century.
For more information, write to Elderhostel Inc., 11 Avenue de Lafayette, Boston, MA 02111, call 800-454-5768, or visit www.elderhostel.org on the Internet.
The Elderhostel program has been offered through Northern Arizona University since 1983. NAU programs have continued to grow and enjoy great success.
To learn more, call (928) 523-2359 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.