Welcome to this edition of News for the Week—a look at boomer travel ideas, news and deals.
Alan and I booked another cruise this week when a Seabourn 2020 Alaska itinerary called our name—plus offered several perks through the Set Sail 2019 Event. You can still get the perks, too (I don’t make any money telling you this, just a friendly heads up to my favorite boomer travelers).
What was it about this Seabourn itinerary that appealed to us? The 14-day cruise begins and ends in Vancouver, making for easy flight arrangements. The cruise is in September, after the summer cruising crowds go home. And the itinerary travels to Glacier Bay (yay!) plus more off-the-beaten-path parts of southeastern Alaska and the Canadian Inside Passage. And Ventures by Seabourn will be on this itinerary, offering expedition-type excursions.
We’ve booked knowing that, if something else comes along that Alan and I would rather do, we can cancel. Ships fill up fast these days. If we waited until being completely sure, our favorite cabin choices would be gone.
Here’s my tip to you: If you’re booking a cruise far out into the future, ask your TA what happens if you cancel. How much of your deposit will you lose, if any? If the cruise company keeps a small amount of the deposit, will it be applied to your next cruise? Then mark down the “cancel by this date for a full refund (or almost full refund)” on your calendar and cancel in advance of this date. Or, better yet, take the cruise.
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How is your fall going so far? This time of year is probably my favorite, although I’m sure I’ve said that about spring and summer before!. Here in Madrid, it’s just now beginning to feel like autumn, with cooler temps and falling brown leaves. And it’s even raining, which is a rarity. If you’re thinking about visiting, make sure to check out my post on how to plan a day trip to Segovia from Madrid. It’s especially beautiful this time of year!
This Week’s Articles
Known for its sophisticated cities, France is also really blessed with a vast network of hiking trails. From the gorgeous Loire Valley to its expansive coast, there something for every level of hiker. This week, guest contributor, Kirsten Gallagher is taking us on a beautiful boomer hiking adventure through the Brittany region. Don’t miss it!
It’s the time of year when cruise ships travel to Asia. If you’re cruising in Japan, Donna shares what to do if you only have one day in Nagasaki.
Updated this week
Get your motor running because we’ve updated an oldie but goodie that’s perfect for this time of year: Motorcycle Leaf Peeping in the Gorgeous Adirondacks.
Travel Deals for Boomers
We’re on the hunt for the best travel deals for boomers. Look what we found for this week:
Perfect holiday gift for the grandkids #ad:
- From Chico’s: Donna will be spiffing up her fall travel wardrobe: Extra 40% Off Markdowns.
- Looking for Thanksgiving flight specials from NYC to Miami? Check out these Kayak deals.
- Columbia Sportswear exclusive for My Itchy Travel Feet readers: Up to 60% off Original Price with code: COLUMBIAOCT. Now thru 10/22. The Women’s Powder Lite Jacket is a great buy!
- Uniworld 2020 Early Booking Savings! Save up to 10% on cruises worldwide when you book by 31 Oct 2019 with Uniworld US! Book an adventure today!
Are you looking to save money on upcoming travels? Send us an email. We’ll check our resources for you.
More Travel News for Boomers
If you’re looking to plan an Italian road trip, CN Traveler has a great list of the 6 Best Italian Road Trips. Of course, if you’d like some personalized information, Alan and Donna have taken amazing road trips through Italy’s Northern and Southern Regions.
Traveling to Canada? Forbes says to take these fall hikes.
Thinking about a 2020 adventure? REI features 20 of the best adventure destinations for 2020.
That’s all for now but we really want to hear from you. If you have a question about travel or suggestions for our next boomer road trip eguide, please send an email through our contact page.