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Before You Go

Advice re insurance, passports and other pre-trip necessities

Tips For Special Needs Travelers star
If you’re a traveler with special needs, whether it is hearing, vision, mobility, or something else, here are some tips to make your travels easier.

Dare to go Digital with Travel Photos star
If you're intimidated by digital cameras, don't be, inexpensive, easy to use point & shoot cameras are great for travel.

Driving Tips For Winter star
If your travel plans include some winter driving it pays to take the time to make sure both you and your vehicle are ready for the trip.

Good Insurance - the best travel companion star
In most cases, your regular medical insurance will cover all the basics. But it is always wise to consider purchasing extra insurance for those extra expenses that can make for unpleasant vacation memories.

Have iPod, Can Travel star
Even this techno-challenged senior finds the iPod a must-have on any trip.

Keeping Sun Damage Under Control star
Living an active, healthy lifestyle means spending time in the sun. Practice a few precautions to make that outside time fun, and yet stay safe from sun damage.

Packing For a Trip – Thinking beyond the Wardrobe star
A friend still laments her inability to find a decent cup of coffee in Turkey. Another how he once checked into a hotel and found no soap in the bathroom. Here’s a list of handy things to pack that will ensure every trip is memorable – for all the right reasons.

Protect Your Identity And Your Valuables star
Helpful tips on ways to protect your identity, and other valuables, when you travel.

Protect Yourself star
When traveling, you are a stranger in a strange land, so it´s especially important to follow these tips for personal safety.

Renew Passport Six Months Before It Expires star
When it comes to passports, some countries require that your U.S. passport be valid not only for the duration of your visit, but also for three to six months after your entry or return from their country.

Senior Discounts On Travel And More star
If your travel budget isn’t as big as it once was, it’s time to take advantage of any, and every, discount you can find.

Sunglasses Help Protect Your Eyes star
Getting into the habit of wearing the right kind of sunglasses can help protect your eyes from the suns damaging rays.

Tips For Buying The Best Walking Shoes star
Shop for comfort, as well as style, when you're shopping for walking and traveling shoes.

Tips For Taking A Volunteer Vacation star
Thinking about taking a volunteer vacation? Before you sign up and put your money on the table read over these ten tips to help you choose the right volunteer vacation opportunity for you.

Travel Hints For Keeping Track Of Luggage star
Here are some precautions you can take to help minimize the anguish of not seeing your bag revolve around the baggage carousel at the end of your trip.

Travel Resolutions For The New Year star
Need help making some travel resolutions for the new year. Here's a few to get you started.

Traveling with Pets star
If you’re among the thousands of travelers who bring their four-footed family members along on holidays involving plane travel, you might be in for some surprises.

U.S. Passport Card Use star
The U.S. passport card can be used in place of a passport book when traveling to and from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda, by land or sea.

Unbelievably Good Deals for Seniors star
The bestseller, "Unbelievably Good Deals and Great Adventures That You Absolutely Can’t Get Unless You’re Over 50," includes amazing bargains on airfares, hotels, car rentals, public transportation, vacations designed for you and your grandkids, tennis camps, golf vacations, ski clubs, and more.

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