July 22, 2012
When I was young, I stayed in many of the inexpensive hotels. Now it is hard to carry luggage up stairs. I don't need an expensive luxury hotel, but I now want it to be clean, centrally located and SAFE.
Since I retired in 2012, I have been to Russia, Paris, Panama Canal (Columbia & Costa Rica) Ireland, Peru, China, Mexico City and other Mexico cities and am headed to Greece this fall. In the past 40 years, I have been to 44 states and have made many trips to Europe, my favorite. I have a long bucket list of travel plans, some of it inspired by greatly discounted trips from reliable travel companies to which I get weekly specials from.
When I was in my 20s, I went for 7 weeks with friends to Europe with the book Europe on $5 per day and a Eurail pass. Now that I am in my 60s, I prefer going on tours because it is easier, faster, less expensive, and I see so much more. If I am traveling in a specific city, I see that independently by using a good guild book. I always use guidebooks, and often take 2-3 books that I buy from Amazon. Rick Steves books are my favorite and Frommer guides for places that he doesn't cover. I always get DVDs from the library to preview before I go and plan from guidebooks. I used to live near Rick Steves travel office in Seattle and have heard him talk many times. The best advice he ever said was to travel with a NEW, current travel book. He emphasized that investing in a new book (usually $15 from Amazon) when you are taking a trip costing a couple thousand dollars is worth having to save time, money, and stress. I agree with that. His updated books come out in January.
Hello, as a Rick Steve's fan, I always use his travel books. Traveling is my favorite bucket list activity & I prefer land tours. I attend travel meetings to get trip ideas, learn travel tips, & be around like minded travelers.
Everything that I hoped it would be. I met a group of my peers and enjoyed it.