Give … and get more with these savvy travel ideas.
BY: ATHENA MCKENZIE AND VIVIAN VASSOS
If the recent Occupy movement reminds you of the days when the hippie in you may have protested but the idea of doing that all over again – without the creature comforts to which you’ve grown accustomed – is not exactly inspiring, you may want to try a more meaningful way to use your vacation time.
Aaron Smith, founder of Canadian-based GoVoluntouring.com, a website devoted to volunteer vacations, says baby boomers are definitely part of this growing trend as many are working on their bucket lists, which often include leaving a legacy or experiencing remote cultures.
“There needs to be a greater depth of experience,” Smith says, “culturally or geographically, and there should be sensitivity to the needs of the older traveller. That means closer proximity to hospitals, private bathrooms, proper beds and food choices that speak to different dietary requirements.”
Cost-Friendly Custom Touring
Love coach tours but wish you could sometimes spend longer in each site? Or do you want to see as much of the country as possible in the time you have? Now you can customize the pace of your trip. The Transat tourism group, known for well-priced and budget-friendly holiday options, has launched its Transat Discoveries program, which offers escorted and independent tours to a variety of exotic destinations, including Asia, Latin America and Africa.
Eastern Europe is also available, including Poland and the Czech Republic, with side tours available for Russia and Croatia. Travellers can choose from classic coach tours – with slow, moderate or fast paces – beach stays and mini-tours or create their own unique à la carte vacation. See a travel agent or www.transatdiscoveries.com —AM
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