With the economy on the rocks and money on the mind, it can be difficult to contemplate the expense of taking a vacation. Traveling is definitely easier these days and there is no doubt about that. It enriches and broadens our outlook towards other fellow human beings. We stayed on the major freeway. Traveling between the Florence region and Venice and back again gave us the opportunity to view the landscape. It changes so much. The rolling hills of Tuscany become almost mountainous and then drop down to the plains that lead to the Adriatic coast and Venice. These changes all happen in less than three hours of driving if you don’t get lost. Everything was green and beautiful. Drinking from bottled water, avoiding ice and washed vegetables is usually recommended, because Canadian stomachs are not familiar with the bacteria found in the local water which could cause stomach problems for sensitive tourists. However, this resort seemed to take great pains with its water, because none in my group nor it seemed none from other groups had tummy troubles! We ordered every drink with ice for the entire stay and were fine. You’ll however need to determine your own sensitivity as it concerns the the vegetables, ice, salads and water.

Trips for seniors tend to be thought out and planned to the very last detail, but don’t be afraid to be spontaneous! Sometimes waiting to make a reservation to the (almost) last minute can give you better deals on finding a room for one if there is an extra room available. If you are planning senior trips for one, tour companies like Absolute Travel try to place single travelers in rooms with other solo adventurers at the traveler’s request. Do not be afraid to ask! So many money saving opportunities are lost for individual travelers who do travel insurance not ask about the deals their tour company can offer them. Traveling throughout Central and South America is also a great way to boost the local economies, and help the lives of the wonderful people who live there. Spending time in a small village, living with a local family in a small guest house, may well pay that family’s bills for weeks, help send their children to school, and help them enjoy a brighter future. Instead of spending your money in a large tourist resort, try stepping off the beaten path for a couple of weeks or months.