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Entering your golden years need not be a reason for you to go out and travel the world. A lot of seniors 50 and older are taking trips, and there is no reason why you cannot, too.
While there may be some limitations, there’s no better time to travel than when you’re a senior. So how do you plan a senior trip?
There are many things you can do to ensure that your planned trip will be a success. Here is our guide on how you can plan the best possible senior trip.
How do senior trips work?
Senior trips are not all that different from traveling at any age.
There may be some special preparations involved when considering each participant’s situation and goals, but there is absolutely no reason why we cannot enjoy a trip when we want. Some in the senior community would even argue that this is the best time to proceed with all those postponed travel plans.
Here is a list of some of the best advantages of going on a senior trip.
Having the luxury of time
Most seniors would say that one of the benefits of traveling as a senior is they have fewer worries about time. Most people in this age range are either retired or semi-retired, and their family responsibilities are more or less done or almost completed. With this luxury of time, seniors can plan their trips according to how they want them. Whether it’s a vacation lasting for 3 days or 3 months, most seniors have a lot of time in their hands to do whatever they want.
We are more financially set
Except for people who might have experienced some hardships with their finances at some point in their lives, seniors are usually more financially savvy compared to their younger selves.
With more money at their disposal, they have more freedom to explore their options as they try to create their dream trip. Of course, having a higher budget (and spending more) doesn’t make for a better trip in itself.
Still, having more money at your disposal will always be an advantage.
We are more mature
A lot of younger people miss out on the glories of going on a trip because of either a general lack of maturity or because their focuses/priorities are focused somewhere else.
When you are traveling with a different mindset, a trip starts to take on a completely different meaning.
You become more open to enjoying the experience, the place, the people, the company. This makes your trip even more fun and memorable.
Safety is less of an issue than we would like to believe
Most people, including seniors themselves, would think that traveling can be a potential safety issue.
While it’s true that some seniors may have some limitations (ex.: health problems, declining senses), it doesn’t necessarily make travel a more dangerous thing for them.
Any trip at any age carries its share of troubles. With proper preparation, good health, and common sense, any traveler can stay safe, regardless of their age.
Where should you go for your senior trip?
The follow-up question when planning a trip is always this: Where should you travel?
There are so many places in the United States and the world ready to be explored, and any place can be an excellent destination for the person who is passionate about an adventure.
When planning a destination for your trip, here are some of the things you should consider.
Stay local or go overseas?
As a traveler, you can go with either approach. Are you raring to travel the world, or you want to start with visiting places found in your own country first?
Regardless of your choice, you are sure to have a fun time with your destination of choice. Doing your homework before booking a trip to your desired destination is a must. I will provide directions for possible vacations for your review.
From the best times of the year to visit available accommodations for you and your friends, you have to take into consideration these factors. Doing so will help maximize your travel experience and minimize potential hassles.
Find an adult-friendly place
Technically speaking, you and other seniors in your entourage can go to any place that you want.
However, in reality, you also got to consider any limitations presented by health, if any.
The amount of time you have in your hands.
Your choice of destinations can be affected by the number of days available for your trip.
If you only have a weekend to spare for your trip, going somewhere nearer with a more compressed itinerary of activities makes better sense. If you have more time in your hands, then you can proceed to create more elaborate travel plans. The amount of time you have available for a trip will affect your planning.
How to plan a trip with your friends?
It is during the planning process when things can go interesting. A band of seniors planning a trip for themselves can make for some interesting discussions.
However, when the plan goes accordingly, you and your friends can enjoy the most spectacular senior trip possible, while making sure that other details such as each other’s health and finances remain covered.
So how do you plan a senior trip with your friends? Here are some tips on how you can make it work.
Decide which online travel site you would like to use. There are several travel sites out there. I use CheapAir, Hotels.com, and Intrepid Travel. These travel sites provide excellent deals for seniors and can help in making the trip as hassle-free as possible.
Decide on when to travel
While some senior men and women have more spare time than ever before, that doesn’t mean that your available time is infinite. One of the trickiest parts of making any kind of trip work is ensuring the availability of all members of the group. Everyone should sit down together and map out each other’s schedules. Conversely, the group can plan out the trip in advance, securing the trip date in their schedule as early as possible.
Decide on where to travel
Aside from the schedule, the place to visit is often a source of debate for any group of friends.
Deciding on a place to go should be done in a consensus so that no one will go on the trip unsatisfied. Many factors can affect your choice of a destination: the type of activities you want to do as a group, the health needs of each member, and the time of the year the trip will be made.
All these factors will help you come up with the ideal destination.
Set the budget
Each person has a threshold on how much they are able (or willing) to spend. The budget you have a group plays a much more significant factor than you might realize. The amount of money you and your members are willing to shell out will affect every detail of your trip. From the types of activities you can do to the kind of accommodation you can secure, your group’s spending power can dictate the details of your trip.
How much do trips normally cost?
There are many factors to consider when you are planning a trip. The type of cost you will be paying for the trip depends on the kind of trip that you want to have. Depending on how you plan your trip, you can spend anywhere from $100 to the sky's limit in a single day. Some manage to enjoy a fully-loaded trip with less, and then some get the ultimate travel experience by spending thousands on getting it.
It’s not easy to put an estimate on the cost of trips, as it all boils down to the traveler’s preference.
The amount of money you spend on the trip largely depends on the details of your trip. While spending some money is essential to get the best possible experience, having the best possible trip is not predicated on how much you end up spending.
Being able to do fun stuff at the company of your friends, regardless of how much you spend for it collectively, is the stuff that makes trips special, to begin with.
Just like with any other trip, your trip requires planning to make things work. Follow the tips shared here to create the dream trip you and your friends can be proud of. Create that adventure you’ve always wanted and had an experience that lasts for a lifetime!
To help you dream and plan your next vacation I have included three different possible vacations for you to explore. One international trip to Thailand, and two American destinations. If these three destinations don't ring your bell, click on the ACTION BUTTON to explore other vacation possibilities.
We have all been under some sort of lockdown over the past 15 or 18 months. Why not plan a great experience in a big way?
I have traveled a lot. It has been my job for over 35 years, more often than not in places people want to go. I have lived in Thailand and Malaysia and done business throughout Asia and the world.
I have also owned a luxury tour company featuring Oregon wine country and the Oregon coast. With over 5,000 guests, Vibe Luxury Tours recently shifted its focus to Thailand.
I have not been everywhere - no one has - but I have been a lot of places and dome a lot of things, and always get asked the same question over and over:
What was the best trip ever?
This should be a really tough question considering all the possible answers, the once-in-a-lifetime experiences, the bucket list trips, the people.
The answer I give every time:
The year was 1999. My mom and dad traveled to Bangkok where we picked them up at Don Muang Airport and headed to our bungalow which was only about 5-miles away. The next morning we got up and packed up for our 2-week trip north to Chiang Rai where we would spend the Millennium to the Dusit Thani Resort which is today called the Riverie by Katathani.
Remember, this is my best trip ever, and it might not be for you, but then again, you might be surprised.
Thailand is my favorite place. So for me, exploring Thailand for the past 30 + years with my wife is a match made in heaven.
Populations have dwelled in Chiang Rai since the 7th century and it became the center of the Thai Kingdom during the 13th century. The region, rich in natural resources and textiles, was occupied by the Burmese until 1786.
Chiang Rai Province’s Golden Triangle bordering Laos and Burma has had much influence on cultural practices and lifestyles. To this day, entire clans live together in bamboo houses and each village has its character. The province is rich in natural attractions and antiquities, evidence of its past civilizations. It is also home to various hill tribes who follow fascinating ways of life.
We drove our Toyota Corona with a trunk full of luggage. It took us three wonderful days to drive to our hotel in Chiang Rai. The ladies might argue about how wonderful day three was.
I found what looked like a great a back way on a Thai map I had purchased several years earlier and decided that this was a great alternative. After a great drive through central and then northwestern Thailand what looked like mountain pass. We stopped at a small farm that had roadside stand that was out in the middle of nowhere and bought some drinks. The owner assured us that the road was fine all way over to the main road to Chiang Rai. About a mile east of our roadside stop the road turned to dirt. What looked like a great 'back way' ended up being more of a water buffalo trail. The 'real' adventure began.
I learned two lessons from this experience. One. Do not trust Thai road maps. Two. Do not get driving route instructions from a guy whose mode of transportation is a water buffalo.
We had to move rocks and other debris from the road - path - to be able to continue. Sheer cliffs on parts of the road were a bit stressful. However, the area was incredibly beautiful. After about 3-hours of our adventure we came upon beautiful terraced vegetable fields, poppy fields, and finally some people. They did not speak Thai. No help.
About six hours into this adventure it was beginning to get dark. We were all worried. We might be sleeping in the car? Finally, we came across a Thai sign that said the main road was 3 kilometers ahead. YES! We were not going to die!
What a relief when we arrived at the main road to Chiang Rai. We turned right and headed north. We arrived at our hotel about 45 minutes later.
The Dusit Thani River Resort entrance and lobby was beautiful. We were welcomed by two bell boys who took our luggage and we were walked to the check-in desk. Our hostess led us to our riverfront rooms. Time for a shower, and then we would explore the beautiful resort grounds, followed by a great dinner.
The Dusit Thani was beautiful, the service was fantastic, and the food was great! My mother had brought some of her handy work from America and began leaving gifts for the maids. We were at the resort for 7-days. Every morning when we came back from breakfast there would be a beautiful bouquet waiting for her in their room.
The first morning we loaded up and headed northeast to the Golden Triangle and the Mekong River. The Golden Triangle is the area where the borders of Thailand, Laos, and Burma meet at the confluence of the Ruak and Mekong rivers. The name "Golden Triangle"— is commonly used more broadly to refer to an area of approximately 367,000 sq miles that overlaps the mountains of the three adjacent countries. Once the center of opium production and trade in South East Asia. Now the area is peaceful and tranquil dotted with hill tribe villages, ancient temples, and markets.
It was a beautiful drive with beautiful forests and fun roadside stalls selling everything from chicken, wonderful fruit, and Thai sweets. We made terrible time as we stopped at one roadside stall after another. It was really interesting. The food was great.
We arrived in the city of Chiang Saen which was built in 545 CE in an area called Yonok and was an important city. No reliable written history of the city exists until the 13th century.
We bought Thai barbecued chicken, papaya salad, Chung beer and sat on the ground on a rice pad as we took in the views of the Mekong River, Laos, and Burma. This is a very relaxing, peaceful spot on the Mekong.
Our drive back to Chiang Rai was a lot of fun. We would see an interesting road and turn down it. We made several great discoveries that we look forward to visiting in 2022.
The rest of our trip included a boat trip from the Dusit Thani to check out the local's lives of Thais in the area, another trip to the former Queens Mothers Summer Residence, and a trip to the Burmese border, and lots of great food and drink.
Another highlight was a drive into the hills west of Chiang Rai to visit several hill tribes around Mae Sot. Mae Sot is a town in western Thailand that shares a border with Burma to the west. It is the main gateway between Thailand and Burma. As a result, it has gained notoriety for its trade in gems and teak.
As we drove through the hills around Mae Sot we came across some Hill Tribe people who did not speak Thai or English. They were selling some ware they had made themselves. We bought several things that we still cherish today. My mom had a Polaroid camera that provided instant pictures. She took a picture which freaked them out. The picture popped out of the camera and my mom waved it in the air to dry it. Two of the elders were interested and wanted the photo which my mom gladly gave them. She took about a dozen more photos. As each photo popped out she would hand the picture to one of the elders who quickly began waving the pictures to dry. I have all of this on video which I will one day share. My mom still talks about this today. What a great memory.
On our return to the Dusit Thani the weather turned cold. That evening the temperature dipped below 32F. Something that never happens anywhere in Thailand. Since it normally does not get 'cold', houses, and hotels do not have heat. I walked into my folks hotel and my dad was trying to warm up with a hair dryer. Additional blankets were delivered.
On New Year's Eve 2000 we attended an Miliennium Celebration at the Dusit Thani with about 300 other people from all over the world. The food, drink, and entertainment was fantastic. Y24 did not occur champagne flowed, and dancing went into the wee hours.
A trip and memories that none of us will forget.
There are about 30 more adventures in Thailand we haven't yet crossed off our bucket list that might tie first place. It will be fun trying.
1. Zion Ranch Stay - Explore the USA's most incredible landscapes
2. Explore the USA’s most beautiful natural landscapes on this 6-day discovery
3. The Best of Alaska
4. Thailand - The Golden Kingdom
Go hiking in Zion National Park enjoying views of the massive canyon walls and red sandstone cliffs.
Take a Navajo guided tour of Monument Valley, where you’ll have the chance to learn more about their rich culture and history in the area, before sitting down to a traditional home-cooked, family-style Navajo lunch.
Enjoy a stroll in Bryce National Park along the canyon rim to marvel at the unique sandstone spires (known as hoodoos) that rise dramatically from the natural amphitheater.
Travel in a private, air-conditioned vehicle each day before heading back to your ranch accommodation each night.
Experience the real wild, wild west on this 4-day Intrepid Retreat in Utah. Spend time getting back to nature with hikes in both Zion and Bryce National Parks and take a 4x4 jeep ride through Monument Valley to enjoy exceptional perspectives of this otherworldly landscape. You’ll also have the chance to enjoy a homecooked, family-style meal at a Navajo home inside Monument Valley and learn more about their traditions and culture. Plus, you’ll be based at a mountain ranch in Zion for the duration of the trip, which means you only have to unpack once!
Las Vegas, United States
Las Vegas, United States
Is this trip right for you?
The trip involves a lot of walking through Zion National Park, so be prepared with hiking shoes, a water bottle, and a day pack.
Lunches will be simple picnic style so perhaps bring some of your snacks if you think you’ll get hungry between meals.
Day 1: Las Vegas / Zion National Park
Day 2: Bryce Canyon / Zion
Day 3: Monument Valley / Zion
Day 4: Peekaboo Slot Canyon / Las Vegas
Private vehicle with tour director
Ranch - 3 nights
Zion National Park - Walks
Bryce Canyon - Leader-led Walk
Monument Valley - Navajo guided 4x4 Jeep tour including traditional lunch
Horseshoe Bend Visit
Big Water - Dinosaur center
Peekaboo Slot Canyon - Leader-led Walk
1. There is no accommodation included in Las Vegas on this trip. If you wish to spend more time in Las Vegas, we'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). Contact us for more information
From $2395.00 per person - please note all inclusions including accommodation, meals, tours, and more.
Airfare is additional - CHEAP AIR link
Embark on a 6-day discovery of some of the most iconic natural landmarks in all the USA. Visit the country’s oldest national park, Yellowstone, where Old Faithful shoots boiling water to the sky, bubbling hot rivers flow and the bison roam. Spot wildlife like moose, bears, and beavers hidden within the Grand Teton mountain range and follow along with a real-life wolf tracker who’ll teach you their secret tracking tricks. In the evenings, unwind like the cowboys used to do, with dinner, drinks, and entertainment in the famous frontier town of Jackson, Wyoming.
Why you'll love this trip
Meet up with an experienced wolf tracker for a unique opportunity to view wolves within their natural habitat in Yellowstone National Park.
Explore the stunning scenery of Grand Teton National Park, home to wildlife such as moose and grizzly bears, as well as pristine lakes and incredible alpine terrain.
See Yellowstone’s most iconic sites like the powerful Old Faithful and the hypnotic Grand Prismatic Pool, then see if you can spot the park’s famous bison herds… from a safe distance, of course.
Marvel at artwork by world-renowned artists as you take in over 4000 years of wildlife history at the National Museum of Wildlife Art.
Is this trip right for you?
Day 1: Jackson
Day 2: Grand Teton National Park
Day 3: Jackson
Day 4, 5: Yellowstone National Park
Day 6: Yellowstone to Jackson
3 breakfasts, 1 dinner
Grand Teton National Park
Jackson - National Museum of Wildlife Art
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone - Wolf Viewing Experience
You are expected to arrive back in Jackson on the last day around 5 pm at the same location as the joining point. There is no accommodation included on the last day in Jackson.
If you wish to spend more time in the city we'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).
Explore Alaska from Anchorage through the Alaska Range and down the Kenai Peninsula
Prepare to discover the captivating beauty of Alaska on this 10-day journey through its icy heart. Travel from Anchorage through forests, around mountain ranges, and down the spectacular coast to the Kenai Peninsula. Explore the unspoiled woodlands of the Denali National Park, learn about the iconic Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, and keep your eyes open for grizzlies, caribou, and moose. Cruise past icebergs and glaciers in Valdez, and experience the quiet, majestic calm of this vast wilderness of unique wildlife and striking landscapes.
Why you'll love this trip:
Experience the rugged scenery of Alaska by land from the most populous city of Anchorage, through quaint towns like Palmer, all the way to the untouched backcountry.
- Head out on an Alaskan safari for a unique chance to see moose, caribou, grizzly bears, Dall sheep, and wolves in their natural habitat in Denali National Park.
- Witness the land mammals of Denali before getting up close to sea otters, puffins, and humpback whales on a boat trip among glaciers in Valdez.
- Discover Seward, one of Alaska's oldest and most scenic communities, which offers a bustling harbor, quaint shops, and galleries, and is a great base from which to explore Kenai Fjords National Park.
- Sit back and take in stunning views along the dramatic coastlines of the Turnagain Arm from Seward to Anchorage, while someone else does the driving.
Is this trip right for you?
As Alaska is a huge state with long distances between towns and cities, be prepared to spend a lot of your time in the car. Some journeys can take up to eight or nine hours, but there will be breaks along the way. This is all part of the adventure and a great way to see a variety of Alaskan landscapes.
There are far more optional activities available on this trip than included activities. As not all of them are suitable for all budgets and activity levels, we prefer to leave the choice up to you.
The summer months in Alaska see very long daylight hours, with the sun not completely setting until after midnight. As most people are likely to sleep before midnight, you might want to bring an eye mask to block out the light.
Day 1: Anchorage
Day 2, 3: Denali National Park
Day 4: Denali to Valdez
Day 5: Valdez
Day 6: Palmer Area
Day 7: Seward, Kenai Peninsula
Day 8: Seward
Day 9: Seward to Anchorage
Day 10: Anchorage
9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
Private Van, Boat
Denali National Park - Entrance Fee
Denali National Park - Visitor Centre
Denali - Scenic bus tour
Prince Willam Ferry
Investment - $6535.00 per person, double occupancy
Airfare is additional - CHEAP AIR link
Experience the warm welcome of the Land of Smiles.
On this custom tour, you'll travel from bustling Bangkok to ancient ruined capitals, local villages, mountaintop temples, and paradise islands to investigate all sides of this vibrant country of contrasts. The spice and rice will nourish your body; the scenery and history will nourish your soul.
Your tour package would include:
10 nights from a selection of handpicked hotels
3 dinners with beer or wine
1 cooking class
Temple of the Reclining Buddha
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Rice paddy farm visit
Start planning today
An expert specializing in tours of Thailand is available to help.
Day 1: Travel day
Board your overnight flight to Bangkok today.
Bangkok: 3 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Bangkok
Welcome to Thailand! Settle into your hotel tonight.
Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Bangkok
This morning, join your Tour Director on a sightseeing tour of Bangkok.
- Explore the sprawling Grand Palace complex, built-in 1782 for the King of Siam
- Pass by the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)
- Visit the nearby flower market before taking a walking tour of the Chinatown neighborhood
- Enjoy an included welcome lunch
- Tour the city’s canals, called klongs, on a speedboat and converted rice barge as you sample local fruits
Day 4: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Maeklong Railway Market & organic farm
- Explore the area on a series of stops at local cultural sites.
- Ride through canals and villages on a long-tail boat to arrive at the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
- See the varied stalls, where locals sell food and goods, before sampling a local specialty
-Explore the Maeklong Railway Market, which is built along an active train line
- Walkthrough an organic farm to learn about the eco-friendly practices
- Sample fruit and a refreshing coconut drink, before taking part in a hands-on planting workshop
Day 5: Phitsanulok via Ayutthaya & rice paddy
Phitsanulok - 1 night
- Journey to Ayutthaya, Thailand’s capital from 1350 to 1767.
- Take a tour of the UNESCO-listed Ayutthaya Historical Park
- Learn about Ayutthaya’s role as the second capital of the Siam Kingdom
- Tour the ruins, decorated with beautiful images of the Buddha draped in saffron robes, just like living monks
- Continue to the central Thai city of Phitsanulok making stops along the way.
- Enjoy an included lunch at a local restaurant
- Meet a local farmer at a rice paddy to learn how rice is grown
- Sit down for an included dinner.
- Then, enjoy a free evening or enjoy a Rickshaw Ride to the Night Market.
Day 6: Sukhothai Historical Park & transfer to Chiang Rai via pineapple farm
Chiang Rai - 2 nights
- This morning, join your Tour Director on a bike or tram tour of Sukhothai Historical Park.
- Hop aboard a bike or take a walk tram tour and explore the UNESCO World Heritage site on two wheels
- See classical Buddha statues and temple ruins, including the monument to King Rama
- Travel to the Lampang region where you’ll enjoy an included family-style lunch.
- Then, tour a pineapple farm and sample the fresh fruit as you learn how it’s produced before continuing to Chiang Rai.
Day 7: Mekong & oolong tea plantation
- Spend today exploring the waterways, villages, and markets outside of Chiang Rai.
- Board a long-tail boat and venture along the Mekong River
- Visit the Golden Triangle, where the three countries of Burma, Thailand, and Laos meet on the Mekong River
- Enjoy an included lunch overlooking the Mekong River
- Head to an oolong tea plantation in Mae Salong for a tour
- Sample three different kinds of local tea at the Choui Fong Tea shop while admiring views of the lush, terraced tea plantation
Day 8: Chiang Mai via Wat Rong Khun & Doi Suthep
Chiang Mai - 3 nights
- Enjoy the stunning scenery as you stop at some of the region’s most impressive temples and historic sites on your way to Chiang Mai.
- Stop at Wat Rong Khun, the otherwordly “White Temple"
- Discover Doi Suthep, the regal mountain overlooking the city from the northwest and home to some of the most deeply loved symbols in the Kingdom
- Take a cable car to Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, a major temple and pilgrimage destination during the important Buddhist holidays of Makha Buja and Visak
- Opt to take a one-hour hike down a well-marked trail with many stairs or ride the cable car back to the base of the mountain
- Continue to Chiang Mai and prepare four Thai dishes with culinary chefs in a secluded village known for its stunning rice fields
- Enjoy the meal you cooked for dinner
Day 9: Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
- Mae Kampong Hill Tribe - Village Visit & Hike
- Spend a 1/2 of a free afternoon in Chiang Mai or sample local cuisine and enjoy free time to shop as you explore the Bazaar with your Tour Director.
Day 10: ChangChill elephant sanctuary visit & Lanna Family Home-Hosted Dinner
- Drive through the countryside and visit ChangChill, an organization at the forefront of elephant welfare and responsible tourism in Chiang Mai.
- Hear how the organization works with World Animal Protection to create a safe living environment for the elephants and an educational experience for visitors
- Learn about Asian elephants as you watch them roam freely during a hands-off elephant exploration walk
- Help prepare medicine and food for the elephants
- Chat with the mahouts, or elephant caretakers, and enjoy an included vegetarian meal overlooking the elephants’ natural bathing spot
- Enjoy a free evening in Chiang Mai or add an excursion.
Day 11: Wat Suan Dok & flight to Koh Samui
Koh Samui - 3 nights
- Enjoy your first afternoon checking out your beachside bungalow, restaurant, bar, and grounds.
Dinner will be hosted by your Tour Director at an excellent Thai restaurant on the island.
Day 12 - There are several different Koh Samui tours you can pick from -
Important Note: Costs vary depending on selected tours.
1. Lay on the beach or next to the swimming pool - Have a Thai or American breakfast in your bungalow or on the beach. Enjoy a massage on the beach. Enjoy your favorite beverage. Have lunch at your bungalow or from one of the food stalls.
2. Big Game Fishing - Relax and go fishing in the crystal-clear water on the south side of Koh Samui. Plentiful marine life and secluded islands with white sand beaches. If you enjoy adventure, you'll love Big Game Fishing. With an experienced captain and crew, this tour will take you to the richest waters around Samui to where the big underwater game is. Live bait, great atmosphere, onboard lunch, and excitement guaranteed.
3. Snorkeling Tour to Four Islands - Koh See, Koh Haa, Koh Tan, and Koh Madsum by longtail boat is a beautiful, easy day trip from Koh Samui, combining good snorkeling with rest and relaxation time on a beautiful white sandy beach. Koh Tan & Koh Madsum are very close to Koh Samui and non-touristy, so they are easy to reach and are not crowded.
4. Golf at the Santiburi Samui Country Club - was Koh Samui’s first golf course and provides both challenge and charm with a lush tropical setting. The 18-hole championship golf course came to fame when it hosted the 2006 Bangkok Airways Open. Located on a hillside on Koh Samui’s north shore and amidst old coconut gardens, the golf course has a commanding scenic panoramic view of the Gulf of Thailand and Koh Phangan Island. Most holes have magnificent ocean and beach views. Waterfalls and creeks run through the land adding a lush, natural beauty with the hills providing a picturesque backdrop.
5. Relax on the beach and enjoy a massage - one of my favorite things to do.
Day 13 - Morning Iconic Sights Tour
- This 5-hour tour on Koh Samui is dedicated to those who have a passion for photography and want to be shown the iconic sights and have plenty of time to take photos. Spend an afternoon taking images of scenic island sights while your guide takes you to multiple destinations, such as the Golden Pagoda and Big Buddha. You'll be given all the time you like to enhance your photography skills and capture memories of Koh Samui's natural and cultural treasures on film. Don't forget to bring your camera and photograph the tropical sun setting over the 5 Islands.
- Fly back to Bangkok in the late afternoon. Check into the hotel. Free for dinner and time to do some shopping.
Day 14: Departure for home. Flight home.
Check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for your early morning flight home
From - $5385.00 per person - please note all inclusions including accommodation, meals, tours, and more.
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Online dating Web sites are designed for people to find romantic partners and friends. The industry is extremely popular. There are roughly 54 million single Americans, and 41 million people have tried online dating.
Ten percent of Americans—and 40% of single Americans—have used an online dating service. On dating sites, people create profiles for themselves. The personal information in these profiles is quite extensive.
Whether you are a widower, divorced, or never married, you may get a fresh start in the dating arena by checking out my 'Top 3 Dating Sites for Seniors'.
Thousands of older single adults, have found consolation, communication, and connection on dating platforms that serve seniors.
Check each of the three sites I have suggested and see if anyone of them connect with you.
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Relationships: Friends, Dates, and Relationships
Match System: Browse by zip, age, appearance, more
Match is my favorite matchmaker for folks over 50. It identifies compatible dates who share a similar life experiences. Since 1995, Match has introduced mature singles to a world of romantic possibilities and facilitated more relationships and marriages than any other dating site or dating app in existence.
You do not have to be grandparent to be a member of Match.com. The dating site does cater to a mature and relationship based membership base. The in-depth profiles and personality based match features allows singles to find compatible dates that have similar values and experiences.
User Base - Gender Ratio
49% - Male
51% - Female
Popularity (Visits/Mo.) 39.7 Million
Relationships: Friendship, Casual Dates, Serious Relationships
Match System: Search by age, location, height, education, and religion
Silver Singles caters to relationship-minded singles over 50 with simple, safe, and effective dating tools.
Silver Singles dating platform ensures that you never run out of senior people to meet. It's basically built around developing friendships and developing some casual dates and can develop into senior relationships.
Geared towards older singles in their 50s, 60s and 70's, and it doesn't take much more than an e-mail address to sign up along with a profile picture.
User Base - Gender Ratio
41% - Male
59% - Female
Popularity (Visits/Mo.) 800,000
Relationships: Casual Dates, Deep Relationships
Match System: Personality test suggests matches
Founded in 2000, eharmony has grown into a trusted dating resource for people of all ages and backgrounds. I recommend it for seniors daters because of its effective matching tools are straightforward and easy to use.
According to Dan Ariely, the secret of eharmony's success is eliminating choice. Too many choices could be debilitating, which is why we need choice mediators. If you join any other computer dating service, like Match.com, you have to read hundreds and thousands of profiles of potential dates, and you have to decide whom you want to contact, and you have to decide whom you want to date. eHarmony eliminates all the debilitating choices for you.
Another thought. Perhaps eharmony is successful, not for its choice mediation (or elimination), but because of the extremely lengthy questionnaire that members have to complete before they can join. Anyone who wants to join eHarmony and receive their mediated choice of dates is required to spend 18 hours filling out their questionnaires about every single aspect of their life and personality. Anyone who is not too keen on finding a date or someone to marry – anyone less committed – would not go through all the ordeal of filling out their extensive questionnaire.
In other words, they select their members very carefully, and only admit those who are very committed.
User Base - Gender Ratio
48% - Male
52% - Female
Popularity (Visits/Mo.) 800,000
Match is not a seniors only dating platform, but it has the longest track record of success in the dating scene, so I'd say it's your best bet if you are serious about settling down with a long-term partner.
I'm confident that Match can work for you, but be sure to check out Silver Singles and eharmony's sites before making your final decision.
Lesson - The “plenty of fish in the sea” are still out there swimming, so be picky. Don’t feel like you are the only person over the age of 50 who is looking for love and that your choices are few and far between. The dating pool is not nearly as limited as you may think so you can afford to be selective. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2016, there were 19.5 million unmarried U.S. residents age 65 and older. These seniors made up 17.7 percent of all single people age 18 and older.
Lesson - Be honest in your profile, so you don’t waste time on unsuitable matches. Knowing what you are looking for before signing up for an online dating service and being honest in your profile goes a long way toward your happiness. Are you searching for a serious relationship where your first date could be your last one as well? If the answer is yes, let potential mates know up front that you’re not interested in casual relationships. Did you spend decades with the same person and you’ve found yourself single and wanting to see what else is out there? Be honest and come right out with it that you’re not looking for a forever match.
Make sure the dating site you’re considering has these important features before you sign up.
Making sure the dating site you use has these key elements will ensure you have a positive experience and keep you safe while your personal information is online.
I like guarantees when traveling. I like to think I got the best deal possible. I'm sure you do too.
by: Mark Burright
Overall Rating: 4.8
Good to Excellent
CheapAir is excellent for cheap airline tickets and last-minute deals. If you don't mind that fares are nonrefundable, you'll enjoy the wallet-friendly travel deals on its website.
Discounted fares and travel deals
Earn up to 2x points with the app
Nonrefundable tickets and fares
How does CheapAir work?
Signing up with CheapAir lets you manage your travel, check previous transactions and track flights directly from your account. Members also have the added perk of earning points on every $1 spent, resulting in discounts of up to 20% on flights and 55% on hotel bookings.
Members can also earn points by referring friends and family members or using the CheapAir credit card, which can earn points on everyday purchases, flights, hotels, and rental cars.
CheapAir lets you access inexpensive flight deals in more than 30,000 domestic and international locations through its online booking system. The company also partners with hotels, motels, and resorts to provide discounted stays. You can get additional savings with Enterprise, Alamo, and Budget through CheapAir.
The CheapAir app lets you access flights, hotels, car rentals, and exclusive deals from an iOS or Android device. Customers can manage their travel on the go, receive live updates on itinerary changes or notifications, and earn up to two times the amount of points by booking through the app.
What is CheapAir?
CheapAir partners with more than 400 carriers, including Air France, Jet Blue, Spirit Airlines, and United Airlines, to provide affordable, budget-friendly travel experiences. The online travel site makes it easy to compare flight, hotel, or cruise options and book them at your leisure.
CheapAir has a loyalty program, deeply discounted fares, and an easy booking system, and I recommend the company for budget-savvy travelers and customers looking for cheap flights. Even during COVID, we managed to rack up over 14,000 miles in the air. During the expected time, we would log many more miles.
In addition to managing your account online, the online travel site also provides accessible local guides and travel tips for destinations around the world.
I have over 35-years of domestic and international travel under my belt. I was flying nationally before there were mileage and award programs. For the past 25-years, my wife and I have traveled by air extensively. I have over 2 million miles in the air and have stayed at hotels all over the world. I'm spoiled by the airline and hotel award programs.
During the height of COVID-19, we had a family emergency in Thailand. Getting a flight was almost impossible. However, with CheapAir and the Thai Embassy's assistance, we booked a flight and a hotel in Bangkok to quarantine for 14-nights. All worked out in a difficult time.
CheapAir has an Award Program that provides for deeply discounted fares and a very user-friendly booking system that is good if you fly much, stay in motels / hotels, and rent cars from time to time.
The price guarantee is a very nice feature which ensures that you are getting the very best prices.
On the downside are CheapAir's cancellation and refund policies. Be sure that your plans are firm. Once you book the reservation and the money has been transferred, except for special situations, there are no refunds. If you are a planner, this policy should not be a problem, especially when you consider the saved money.
Blue Apron Review: How it Works, the good and bad, and more
Blue Apron is a popular meal kit service that delivers two to four recipes per week directly to your door, along with all of the ingredients you need to prepare them.
While Blue Apron is one of the least expensive meal kit delivery services, it’s still more expensive than grocery shopping in most cases and not necessarily a good fit for people with strict dietary needs. If you are on a strict diet check with your doctor before checking Blue Apron out.
I am going to discuss how Blue Apron works. The good and the bad
Convenient, requires less meal planning and grocery shopping
Caters to everyone, including vegetarians
Offers a variety of meals, such as WW-friendly or diabetes-friendly options
Uses non-GMO ingredients, hormone-free meats, and sustainably sourced seafood
One of the most reasonably priced meal kit delivery services
Offers lower per-serving prices and free shipping on larger orders
More expensive than grocery shopping
Not recommended for people with severe food allergies or intolerances
Doesn’t offer meals that are a fit for gluten-free, vegan, paleo, or keto diets
Smaller orders may be more expensive and include an extra shipping fee
What is Blue Apron?
Blue Apron is a meal kit service that delivers two to four recipes to your door each week, along with all of the pre-portioned ingredients you need to make the recipes. It’s one of the most well known and widely used meal kit delivery services.
Using a meal kit delivery service can also help you expand your cooking skills and give new foods and cooking methods a try.
Additionally, Blue Apron offers a healthier and less expensive alternative to dining out regularly for people who are too busy to plan means and shop for groceries each day of the week.
Blue Apron is a meal kit delivery service that sends recipes and preportioned ingredients to your home each week.
How does Blue Apron Work?
Blue Apron offers three meal plans:
Signature: two, three, or four 2-serving meals per week
Vegetarian: two or three 2-serving, meatless meals per week
Signature for Four: two, three, or four 4-serving meals per week
Each meal plan has a rotating weekly menu from which you can choose your meals.
The Signature plan offers 10 recipes per week to choose from, the Signature for Four plan offers 7, and the Vegetarian plan typically offers 2–3 selections.
Blue Apron also offers you the convenience of skipping weeks or changing plans up to 5 weeks in advance, and as late as 5 days before your next order is processed.
Blue Apron offers a Signature plan for two or four people, or a Vegetarian plan for two people.
Packaging, cooking, and eating.
Blue Apron is delivered to your home in refrigerated boxes sealed with ice packs and insulated liners to ensure freshness during the delivery process.
All of the ingredients in Blue Apron meals are free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
Animal proteins are all fed a diet that’s free of animal byproducts, antibiotics, and hormones. Plus, they must meet Blue Apron’s animal welfare policy. All seafood is sustainably sourced, according to Seafood Watch, a nonprofit program.
Note: Blue Apron recommends that you don’t use the service if you have a severe food allergy.
Examples of menu offerings include:
New York strip steak and mole sauce
Turkey meatballs and bok choy
Zesty shrimp and bucatini pasta
Sheet pan Italian roast beef
Sweet and spicy chicken stir-fry
Recipe cards are included with all of the meals and are written in a beginner-friendly way. Most recipes take less than 45 minutes to cook and require 1–2 pots and pans for the entire recipe.
Blue Apron uses non-GMO ingredients, hormone-free meats, and sustainably sourced seafood. There is a risk of allergen cross contamination. Recipes feature a variety of flavors, regional cuisines, and cooking methods.
Will Blue Apron work with my diet?
Blue Apron may not be a great option for people with specific dietary needs or preferences, such as gluten-free, allergen-free, vegan, keto, or paleo.
Blue Apron offers some selections that may be a good fit for certain dietary needs, such as:
600 Calories or Less: reduced calorie, with 600 or fewer calories per serving
- Vegetarian: meat-free, but may include dairy, eggs, and honey
- Diabetes-Friendly: follows the guidelines of the American Diabetes Association (ADA)
- Carb-Conscious: contains 48 grams of net carbs (total carbs minus fiber) or less per serving
- Mediterranean Diet: inspired by the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet
- WW-Approved: emphasizes vegetables and lean proteins; WW (formerly Weight Watchers) points information is provided for these meals
Blue Apron doesn’t specifically cater to strict dietary needs, but each week it offers meals that fit specific needs.
How much does Blue Apron cost?
This table provides information about the per-serving price for each meal plan offered by Blue Apron:
Signature Vegetarian Signature for Four
2 recipes per week $9.99 per serving* $9.99 per serving* $9.99 per serving
3 recipes per week $9.99 per serving $9.99 per serving $7.99 per serving
4 recipes per week $9.99 per serving N/A $7.49 per serving
Blue Apron meals vary from $7.49–$9.99 per serving. Two-serving meals cost a flat $9.99 per serving, and four-serving meals are priced based on how many recipes you receive per week.
If you only order two recipes per week from the Signature or Vegetarian plan, you’ll be assessed an extra $7.99 shipping fee each week. This is notated in the table above with an asterisk.
Shipping is free for all Signature for Four plans, as well as if you order three or more recipes per week with a Signature or Vegetarian plan.
The Bottom Line
Blue Apron is a meal kit delivery service that offers a wide variety of appealing recipes. If you are a fan of the health benefits of the Mediterranean and MIND Diet's Blue Apron fits right in.
Compared with other meal kit delivery services, it’s one of the least expensive options. Click on the link below to take a closer look at Blue Apron.
Vital Choice Review: The Good and Bad
My wife and I started buying seafood from Vital Choice over ten years ago. They are a producer of wild seafood and marine-based supplements who also have a selection of seafood subscription boxes for seafood lovers.
Founded in 2001, Vital Choice strives to deliver quality, sustainable seafood to consumers. The founders believe that that wild salmon is one of nature’s most perfect foods.
After selling nutrient-rich seafood, they eventually transitioned to offer additional products like marine-based supplements, pastured proteins, seafood subscription boxes, and organic foods. They are based in Bellingham, Washington, and operate with a small team.
Vital Choice operates with six different pillars of value: health food, wild not farmed, sustainable seafood, ethical sourcing, environmental stewardship, and special diets. All of these signifying their commitment to providing high-quality seafood while maintaining an eco-conscious business model.
How Does Vital Choice Get Their Seafood?
All of the fish that Vital Choice produces is wild-caught. By only selling wild-caught fish, they are not sacrificing nutrients and there are no GMO feeds involved in their process. This ensures seafood that is free of antibiotics and pesticides.
Vital Choice Products?
Vital Choice does not only provide seafood subscription boxes, as marine-based supplements and fresh fish are the focus.
Subscription Boxes - Vital Choice has three different options to choose from:
1. Wild salmon box
The Salmon box comes with salmon portions and a rotating stock of lox, sockeye burgers, salmon bacon, and salmon sausage. It touts 2-3 products a month that equal 10-14 servings.
2. Wild fish box
The wild fish box comes with salmon, white fish, and tuna with a possibility of including more than 12 other wild fish species. For the variety, it comes with 4-5 different fish that amounts to 14-16 servings.
3. Wild seafood box
It comes with similar offerings to the wild fish box (tuna, salmon, and whitefish) in addition to shrimp, prawns, scallops, and calamari. As this is the largest box, it comes with 6-7 varieties and equals a whopping 18-22 servings.
How Much Does Vital Choice’s Vital Box Cost?
The salmon box costs $129 a month, the wild fish box costs $169 a month, and the wild seafood box which will cost the most at $199 a month.
Vital Choice products offer a number of options for fit almost any budget.
A wide selection of seafood like tuna and cod to scallops and crab are available ranging in price from $9.00 to $269.00.
Delivery, Shipping, and Ordering Options
Vital Choice ships the boxes so that it will arrive the second week of each month. For a shipping service, they use UPS Ground Service. If you wish to skip your box delivery for a month, they do offer an option to do so.
Good & Bad of Vital Choice
Has a wide variety of fish and seafood options
Has more than just seafood, like supplements and meat protiens
You have to confirm each month you still want a box, leading to fewer accidental charges
Wide-ranging prices for almost any budget
Lacks customization options
Limited box choices
You are required to register on Vital Choice's website to order
The Bottom Line
WHAT IS US WELLNESS MEATS? The Good & the Bad
US Wellness Meats is a meat delivery service focused on grass-fed and grass-finished beef, pasture-raised heirloom pork, free-range poultry, and other clean options for you to try. You can choose from a wide range of products, including the best beef, bison, lamb, pork, chicken, and wild caught seafood.
All of these meats are developed on family farms using organic principles and the right sustainable farming practices. US Wellness Meats claims that none of their animals are given hormones or antibiotics, nor is their cattle grain-finished as with many other grass fed meat operations.
Meat delivery services
Wide variety of products
Suitable for special diets such as Paleo
Easy to reach customer service
Long delivery times
Handling fees on top of the regular price
US WELLNESS MEATS SOURCING PRACTICES
According to the company's website, grasslandbeef.com, US Wellness meat and other products are sourced from a list of four small farms using sustainable practices. The farms are located in northeast Missouri and across western Illinois. They also work with a single farmer in Tasmania near Australia. In fact, the farmers that raise their beef are the actual owners of US Wellness Meats. The managing partner visits the farm every single day.
Though the products you'll get, like steaks, are not certified organic, they claim to adhere strictly to organic product farming principles. The first thing that caught our attention was that all of their beef is grass-fed, and their other meats are equal in quality (1). As an ingredient to your favorite recipes, expect lesser saturated fat.
3 PRIMARY MENU OPTIONS
My wife and I love the fact that all of the beef and bacon they sell are 100% grass-fed and grass-finished. It's important to make this distinction as many organic meat delivery companies and services that make the claim today are also grain-finished. This means they use the final stages to feed grain to fatten the cow further. US Wellness doesn't do this.
You can find over fifty different pork products on the US Wellness website ranging from traditional pork bacon with sea salt to short ribs, ribeye, and pork loin. The quality for pastured meats is higher than you could get at your grocery store, and the price range is also competitive.
All of the chicken they offer is free-range and pasture-raised. As with the other food package on the site, they are free of hormones and antibiotics. Other than chicken, you can purchase duck and turkey and similar items such as duck fat for cooking and other healthy animal fats or butter.
OUR FAVORITE SPECIALTY ITEMS
One of the things that makes US Wellness way different than similar websites is that they offer a variety of specialty items all geared around nutrients and health benefit for all. Aside from just healthy beef, chicken, and pork, you can also find things to share like:
Organ Meat (beef liver, beef heart, etc)
Grass Fed Lamb
Grass Fed Butter
HOW DOES THE PRICING COMPARE?
This is not a subscription service with a monthly box option and consistent pricing.
This is instead an online store that's even more similar to Whole Foods. So, items are all priced differently.
Regular Coupons & Discounts
One thing that makes US Wellness Meats a viable place to order from is their regular big discounts on products. They have a specific section for sales that regularly rotate each new week.
You don't need to worry about scouring the net for coupon codes for low prices as you would just add their sale items to the shopping cart.
The things on sale change every Saturday at 10 PM Central Standard Time.
HOW IS US WELLNESS MEAT DELIVERED?
US Wellness Meats ships to all 50 states, as well as Puerto Rico and Canada.
Monday through Wednesday delivery
Grass-fed beef shipped every 4 weeks
Trust Pilot Rating
US Wellness Meats has an average five-star rating on Trust Pilot from over 2,000 customers. Over 89% of the companies ratings are excellent, with less than 2% being poor or bad (2).
The Bottom Line
We like how it's easy to order from US Wellness, our favorite marketplace for high-quality and consistently fresh meat.
Check the website out by clicking on the link below and see what you think.
We Were Born to Play This Game
BOOM AGAIN - Boomer Trivia Game
by: Mark Burright
Overall Rating: 5.0
Excellent. Great Fun.
THE BOTTOM LINE
If you enjoy trivia or are looking to add some fun into your adventure time, BOOM AGAIN is worth checking out.
Price - $45.00
Baby Boomers shared the best time in history!
We grew up playing together. We all shared the same great experiences. We share the same memories.
Boom Again is specifically a “Boomer Culture” trivia game. It is a fun opportunity for Baby Boomers to play together again.
How is this different than other Trivia games?
We were pleasantly surprised! Other trivia games don’t get you singing theme songs or remembering your days on the playground or cultural events that happened during your teen years – all memorable and fun specific to the Boom Era.
Two to ten people can play.
The benefit of more people is additional memory-power. If you limit yourself to 2 because you are quarantining, they have devised a format for you to play with your friends on Zoom. We have not had a chance to check this out.
What is a BOOM ZOOM?
BOOM ZOOM is when players gather together using Zoom to play, as I mentioned earlier. There are several possibilities for family and friends with this feature.
This is a great game to play with friends and family. During COVID, one of the things that I have been more focused on is the great things of my childhood years. BOOM AGAIN has been a great way to reminisce with my wife. Her Boomer years were much different than mine. She is 70 and was born and raised in Thailand before coming to America in 1970. Her Boomer years were much different than mine. This is a cultural trivia game that you and your family and friends will enjoy.
Buy recommendation: If you enjoy games and trivia.