Trains, Planes & Automobiles for Age 50+ Travelers

Our main mode of transportation in the U.S. is our 2017 Toyota Prius. It’s been across country twice, and we're getting 60 mpg, or about 4.7 liters per 100 km's. That’s the trade off for having to travel with just absolute necessities! But its small size is also the reason we've left “stuff” with "framily" along the way. We will blog sometime in the future about how we got the car.

 

On the East Coast, we sometimes take Amtrak (trains); Pat is a Amtrak Guest Rewards member, so gets points when she rides, but so far she hasn't been able to accumulate enough for free or discounted travel. Amtrak has discounted fares for seniors, AAA members, students, the military and for booking two weeks or more in advance.

 

Flying is a different story. We are airline rewards members for all of our air travel so we are either getting or using points, which we have accumulated via our credit cards.

 

To research about flights, Kayak is our first go-to place to get an overview of what’s out there. But in searching for the best fares, other sites we use are: Skyscanner, Kiwi, Agoda, Expedia and Cheap Fares. Pat also receives daily email notices from Scott's Cheap Flights about discounted flights to and from places all over the world. Through them we found great fares from Los Angeles to Shanghai on a major U.S airline. In the U.S. Pat's go-to airline is Southwest, which you have to research separately, but they always seem to have inexpensive fares, including special prices for seniors and "wanna get away." 

Learning if the airlines we've found are legit is a key, and SKYTRAX is the place to go. It reviews all the airlines, with information on safety, cleanliness, seat comfort, food, staff service and value for money. 

A popular site which gives us helpful info about "how to get anywhere by plane, train, bus, ferry & car" is Rome2rio. And once we're in a place, we rely on Google Maps and Lonely Planet Guides on our phones. If we're in China, where Google is not permitted, we download a VPN to get Google maps; you can also use Bing as a browser and with an iPhone, use Apple Maps.

 

In Europe, we rent cars (AVIS). In India, we worked with Travel Spirit International and had a reasonably-priced driver wherever we went. In Southeast Asia, our Airbnb's and hotels arranged for taxis or tuk-tuks to get us from place-to-place. We also take buses and metros. And of course, we walk!