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Being Comfortable When You Travel

Sometimes being comfortable is not only about money. Here is a list of things that could make the difference when you travel.

 
If you no longer want to deal with the hassles of traveling by plane or train or car, and faraway places are no longer on your bucket list, take a step back and look around you. Do you know your town well? Have you seen all there is to see?

I am the first one to admit that I am guilty of overlooking what is right in front of me. Realizing this fact, I have started to explore my city. Lectures and special tours, given by most museums, have brought new people into my life. Knowing about events that take place, such as concerts, discussions in the local library, and much more, makes me feel part of and connected to my surroundings in a comforting way.

Senior citizens make up most of the tourists traveling around the world today, and if you are not one of them, ask yourself why not. Isn’t it time to fulfill your dream to see the Eiffel Tower?!

A New Approach to Traveling Is Needed

The rules of traveling change when we get older. Before every trip my friend Peggy Anne makes, she says, “I want to be comfortable, and I don’t care about anything else.”

Yes, it is nice to travel in comfort, but it comes with a price. However, when you check the details and do your homework, it is possible to get a good deal. And sometimes being comfortable is not only about money—here is a list of things that could make the difference:

Weather:
You don’t want to be too hot or sightsee in the rain.

Prices:
There are certain times when you can find a real bargain—like hotels in London over the Christmas holidays—or if you book at the last minute, prices are greatly reduced because airlines don’t want empty seats.

Hotels:
Especially when you go with a tour, ask for the name of the hotels you will stay in, and check them out online. The class of the hotel and the look of the hotel will tell you a lot about the quality of the tour.

Hotel location:
You don’t want to take a bus or taxi to reach the center of town, and walking might not be an option, so make sure your hotels are centrally located.

Itinerary:
Read carefully, imagine yourself participating in an activity, and don’t miss the small print. Taking a hike into the rain forest might sound wonderful, but can you hike for four hours? Do you even want to? Always consider if something might be a bit too challenging.

Flights:
Take only direct flights. Flying is not a treat anymore (do you remember when you got dressed up to take a plane?), and hanging around for hours at an airport waiting for your connection is not a comfortable start for a vacation.

Upgrade your seat:
There is a huge difference in comfort between steerage, as I call tourist class, and business. But if you don’t want to spend the extra money, there is a way around it, as I found out recently while speaking to a booking agent of an airline. When you upgrade while checking in, the price of business class is reduced by 60 percent, meaning if the extra cost for business was $1,000, it is only $400 at check-in, which is much more affordable. As I said, airlines don’t like empty seats.

Luggage:
Never travel with more than you can move yourself. There is nothing more frustrating than being bogged down by too much baggage. When you pack, remember that you can wear a garment a few times, and every hotel has laundry service that returns items the same day.

Take a tour:
Let somebody take care of you. Let them drive you, guide you, feed you, and best of all, your suitcases will come and go as if traveling by themselves.

                                             BON VOYAGE AND BON RETOUR

About the Author:
Brigitte Nioche is the author of The Sensual Dresser, Dress to Impress, and What Turns Men On. Born in Germany, she lived in Australia and Europe before moving to the United States. She is a long-time resident of New York City and a proud mother and doting grandmother who plans to never “grow old.”

This article is an excerpt from author Brigitte Nioche’s recent novel Getting Over Growing Older.

Her site: Getting Over Growing Older

Photo: Timitrius