AARP Travel, Vacations and Tours are Popular

AARP Travel,  Vacations, Tours are Popular

The nonprofit membership organization AARP (for individuals 50+ years of age) has long offered senior group travel and tour options for its members – and now it has improved its offerings even further with the launch of AARP Travel. This great new travel website has detailed destination information, special offers, and even an interactive Trip Finder to help prospective adventurers age 50 and older choose an exciting (or relaxing) tour or travel destination.

Baby boomers, the largest age demographic in the country, are moving into the age of retirement – and are seeking new experiences and social interactions to enjoy.

Boomers want experiences, not more stuff at this stage of their lives.

AARP-organized vacations, travel packages, and tours are ready-made senior-friendly travel options that can meet those needs while specifically catering to the desires of 50+ travelers.

Through relationships with Liberty Travel and Expedia, among other travel industry leaders, AARP can offer its members incredible group deals on some of the most sought-after travel destinations around the world.

Some of the favorite domestic AARP member vacations include Las Vegas packages, Hawaiian getaways, Washington, D.C. stays and tours, and New Orleans Jazz Festival experiences, and other offerings in major cities such as New York, Chicago, San Diego, San Francisco, San Antonio, and Portland.

For those looking to travel farther afield, there are a wide range of international travel options. You may enjoy tours of Paris museums, explorations of Barcelona and Rome, rail tours in the UK, cruises among the Galapagos Islands, and guided trips of Hong Kong, among many other destinations.

Available choices include fully escorted tours and small ship cruises, or independent travel with a planned itinerary and access to customer service support.

If you are looking for the right tour or travel package, even without a destination in mind, the interactive Trip Finder application on the AARP Travel website can help guide you toward some of the organization’s many offerings with “visual questions,” using photography to represent the geography, styles of travel, and activities offered by various packages.

The AARP also has a new travel relationship with Liberty Travel, offering personalized travel agent expertise, as well as discounts and exclusive benefits for AARP members. Many more travel companies and services are listed on the AARP Travel site.

Lifeat50+ Photo Gallery

Lifeat50+ events by AARP
Lifeat50+ events by AARP

Lifeat50+ Photo Gallery

Just returned from my second Lifeat50+, the one in Boston In May 2014 and we had a blast! So did a lot of our fellow baby boomers. We learned, socialized, and got entertained.  Here are some photos I took while at Lifeat50+.  By the way the next one is in San Diego this Fall 2014 so you should considered joining us!

 

Friday night concert by The Spinners at Lifeat50+
Friday night concert by The Spinners at Lifeat50+
The Spinners perform at Lifeat50+ in Boston
The Spinners perform at Lifeat50+ in Boston
Mary Wilson, age 70, gets the Boomers partying
Mary Wilson, age 70, gets the Boomers partying
Part of Lifeat50+ is touring the host city; Boston's Trinity Church reflection in modern building across street.
Part of Lifeat50+ is touring the host city; Boston’s Trinity Church reflection in modern building across street.
Our AARP Historic Boston tour in Paul Revere square
Our AARP Historic Boston tour in Paul Revere square
We had fun learning about tables at the #AARPTEK courses.
We had fun learning about tables at the #AARPTEK courses.
Lifeat50+ day of service - volunteers packing food for needy
Lifeat50+ day of service – volunteers packing food for needy
AARP Discounts were plenty including Denny's
AARP Discounts were plenty including Denny’s
Zipcar representatives at Lifeat50+ in Boston
Zipcar representatives at Lifeat50+ in Boston
Boomer and travel bloggers get a tour of AARP providers
Boomer and travel bloggers get a tour of AARP providers
Plenty of helpful folks all around in case you have a question or need to find something.
Plenty of helpful folks all around in case you have a question or need to find something.

 

Ancestry.com at Lifeat50
That’s Mary Ann checking her family history at Ancestry.com
TEK stands for Technology, Education and Knowledge.
TEK stands for Technology, Education and Knowledge.
Plaza hotel we took a morning walk thru Back Bay Boston
From our Boston Park Plaza hotel we took a morning walk thru Back Bay Boston
Boomers trying out the massage chairs at lifeat50+
Boomers trying out the massage chairs. We heard they were great!
Liberty Travel was a fun and informative stop. They are a full personal service travel agent.
Liberty Travel was a fun and informative stop. They are a full personal service travel agent.
All kinds of hats, glasses, beads, fun stuff was given away and worn.
All kinds of hats, glasses, beads, fun stuff was given away and worn.
Everybody was a winner at Lifeat50+
Everybody was a winner at Lifeat50+
Just look at those faces! You can tell when folks are having fun. When is the last time you had that much fun?  Come join us at Lifeat50+
Just look at those faces! You can tell when folks are having fun. Come join us at Lifeat50+
Dan Marino at Lifeat50+
Dan Marino at Lifeat50+
Boomers having fun at Lifeat50+
Boomers having fun at Lifeat50+
Several hundred volunteers at Lifeat50+
Several hundred volunteers at Lifeat50+
AARP Theatre had several boomer movies screenings
AARP Theatre had several boomer movies screenings

Next Lifeat50+ is in San Diego
 AARP Discounts

Thanks to Josh Chaney at SBC  Advertising, to fellow Boomer Bloggers Jennifer at Solo Travel Girl,  Chris of Chis Cruises, Christine at Frugal Travel Guy,  David & Veronica at The GypsyNester, Donna at My Itchy Travel Feet, Ronna, Mindy and  Felice at Better After 50 , Zippy at Champagne Living and Lisa at Grandma’s Briefs and Mary Ann of Retirement Media Inc.

AARP Vendor Spotlight: Toys “R” Us

AARP Vendor Spotlight: Toys “R” Us

At first you may be perplexed as some of the AARP vendors and wonder why on earth these vendors thought today’s 50+ crowd would be a great target market.  One of those is Toys “R” Us!  Not many of my 50+ contemporaries are into Barbie dolls, video games, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, or skateboarding, I think to myself. What was Toys “R” Us thinking?

But then it hit me: The vast majority of Americans over the age of 50 are grandparents! And what do grandparents like to do? Well, spoil grandchildren, of course – and spend time in child-friendly play and recreation with those justifiably-spoiled little angels. And, with a little more thought on the subject, I realized that many of our grandchildren actually live in our households – over 6.5 million of those grandchildren in the U.S. alone, as a matter of fact. As grandparents, we play a critical role in supporting our children’s learning, development, and achievement.

Much to Offer Grandparents

I learned that Toys “R” Us is very serious about reinforcing and supporting the role of grandparents in children’s lives. Toys “R” Us – and its subsidiary Babies “R” Us – even have a special “Grandparents’ Corner” resource on their websites, designed to help grandparents navigate the somewhat overwhelming catalog of products. The Grandparents’ Corner has links to pages specifically for “First Visits with Baby” (toys and baby items for newborns and new moms), “Capturing Memories” (Scrapbooking, photography and photo albums, et cetera), “Gifts for Inside Fun,” “Gifts for Outside Fun,” “Top Toy Picks” (favorites chosen by kids in each age group), and “Grand Projects” (creative activity kits to get grandparents and grandkids involved together).

Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us AARP Member Discounts

Of course, understanding that this grandparenting generation also loves to save money where we can, Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us are teaming with AARP to offer discounts at both stores to the 50+ crowd. AARP members can now save $5 on every purchase of $25 or more at either store – or online – every Monday through Thursday. We can miss the weekend crowds of tired parents and overexcited kids (nobody else’s kids are nearly as lovely as our own grandchildren, after all), and just by showing our AARP membership cards, can get discounts on the stuff those grandkids will love. There may be some excluded items such as diapers or formula, and most of the high-end electronics are not included in the deal, but that still leaves approximately 100,000 baby items, toys, games, arts and crafts kits, bikes, skateboards, sports equipment, dollbabies, and all of those fun add-on accessories made to go with the popular toys.

To get the Toys “R” Us AARP discount – just be a current member. For more information and a link to the Grandparents’ Corner, click here.