Category Archives: Travel & Lodging

How to Stay Safe While Traveling Solo

Senior woman safely traveling alone

Top Tips for Going it Alone.

For many seniors and boomers, traveling is something to which they are looking forward when they finally retire and have more free time on their hands. Many have a bucket list that includes places they want to see and explore, and some have been saving for years to be able to afford the luxury.

According to the AARP, boomers were the most active travelers in 2016, taking an average of four to five trips per year for leisure. Forty-five percent of seniors and boomers traveled both domestically and internationally last year, and the trend is expected to continue into 2017. The AARP also reports that 62 percent of boomers traveling in 2016 were couples (married or living together) traveling internationally and 74 percent of those were traveling domestically.

But what about single men and women who wish to travel, but don’t have a companion to accompany them? This may pose more of a challenge to senior women than men, as women can face greater obstacles and safety concerns when traveling alone. If you are a single senior woman who wants to travel, there are ways to make your dream a reality. Continue reading


Don’t Just Look to the Friendly Skies

seniors who enjoy to travel by car

Top Three Reasons to Consider Driving on Your Next Trip.

Summer soon will be upon us, along with the peak of the travel season. While it is true that people travel for all sorts of reasons year-round, summertime is the peak season for those heading to vacation destinations. According to the U.S. Travel Association, a majority of Americans who take vacations do so during the summer months

When planning a getaway, the method of transportation is a huge factor in your vacation budget. If you are planning a trip that is of considerable distance – say Europe – then flying is really the only viable option for getting to your destination in a timely fashion. But for those individuals who are planning to vacation a little closer to home, driving may be a better option than flying for many reasons. Continue reading


Spring Into an Exciting Adventure

Senior couple enjoying outdoor activities

Top 5 Fun Activities for Seniors.

Now that the weather is warmer and Spring is in full bloom, the opportunity is ripe for seniors and boomers to brush off the doldrums of the long winter months and engage in some seasonal activities.

For many seniors and boomers, Springtime is a favorite season. There is nothing quite like the smell of fresh, spring air and the warmth of the sun to lighten the spirits. Seniors who may find it difficult to navigate through the harsh conditions associated with the winter months once again will be able to get outside, socialize and enjoy nature.

Springtime also inspires many seniors to become healthier and more active again, and the weather is more amiable to helping them achieve these goals in the spring than the winter.

The following top 10 fun activities can be enjoyed by all seniors and boomers, whether living in a senior retirement community, an assisted living community or with a family member or caregiver

#1 – Enjoy Nature

Springtime is unique in that many things are blooming. The feeling of life being renewed – of seeing the offspring of animals and trees and plants budding with new life – is a fantastic way to boost the spirits. Seniors who live in a retirement community may have convenient access to a walking trail or other outdoor area right on campus. Continue reading


One Wedding and A Funeral

Different emotions - downsizing revelation

An Eye-Opening Revelation on Downsizing.

Since 2011, Upside of Downsizing has been helping boomers and seniors gain freedom by downsizing. We have provided helpful ideas and insight about how to make the transition to a healthier and more manageable living environment both smooth and successful.

We impress upon the guests at our conferences the importance of taking the right steps from start to finish and receiving the necessary assistance from reputable professionals to successfully walk them through the process.  Those who have attended our conferences know that Jerry and I also have been through the downsizing process since we started the Upside of Downsizing.

Although we’ve been through the process ourselves, it wasn’t until a recent cross-country trip – perpetuated by the desire to attend a family wedding and ending with a change in plans and return route to attend a family funeral in Colorado – that we experienced an extreme version of the downsizing process. The experience was a real eye-opener for both of us in more ways than one. Continue reading


Building Bridges Between the Generations

Grandparents enjoying relationships with grandchildren

How to Enjoy Relationships in Multi-Generational Families.

Seniors and boomers have many goals for how to spend their retirement, especially once they’ve shed the immense responsibility that comes with owning a home through the downsizing process.

Spending time alone with personal interests, volunteering and giving back to the community and pursuing a new (or old) hobby are among the top ways retirees said they hoped to spend their new leisure time.

According to the TIAA Voices of Experience 2016 survey, 80 percent of women and 67 percent of men listed connecting with and spending time with family as a top priority for their retirement years. It’s hardly a surprise that, in retirement, seniors and boomers would like to reconnect with their loved ones in this way. During our professional careers, we often are preoccupied with our jobs. It can be easy to neglect family and other important relationships when we make our jobs the top priority in our lives. Continue reading


Wear Out Your Smiles, Not Your Welcome

senior man chatting with houseguest

How to be a Good Houseguest, not a Nuisance.

One of the biggest benefits to downsizing in your senior years is that you will have more time for the fun things in life. This includes finding more time to travel to places you’ve always wanted to see, or visiting friends and family members you haven’t seen for years.

While some people prefer to stay in hotels or other public accommodations while traveling, there are times when it is appropriate to stay with friends or relatives. Some friends and family members may even be offended if they extend an invitation to stay with them and you do not accept. Sure, it can be awkward to stay in someone else’s home – even someone you know well – but there are things you can do to be a good houseguest and not a nuisance. Follow these simple rules and guidelines, and the only thing you will wear out during your visit is your smile, not your welcome! Continue reading


Ditch the Travel Hassles

Loading a car for travel

Think Outside the Box to Prepare for Extended Travel.

Summertime is prime travel season for many. And with the price of oil lower than it was during the same time period last year, more vacationers are choosing to drive to their destinations than ever before.

For those who own or have the ability to rent an RV, extended travel can be a pleasant experience. Equipped with beds, kitchens and even mini bathrooms, most RVs are mini homes away from your real home. However, they can be a bit pricey to operate due to their low fuel mileage capability, which can be a real drain on the vacation budget.

There are ways to travel comfortably that don’t involve an RV and the expense associated with them. Thinking creatively can go a long way toward making long trips fun, relaxing and easier on the bank account. Continue reading


Sail Smoothly Into Retirement

Senior couple enjoying retirement cruise

Retire to a Life on the High Seas!

In several of our previous blog posts, we have explored a variety of options for lifestyle choices once the downsizing process is complete.  There are retirement communities, retirement condominiums and even the possibility of life on the road when downsizing to a Recreational Vehicle (RV).

But what about life on the high seas?

For many retirees, the option exists to live anywhere in the world. You’ve worked hard your entire life, and want to enjoy the Golden Years. We discussed how living full time in an RV is a great option for retirees who want to see the country and who do not feel the need to tie themselves down to any particular location for a long period of time. A similar adventure can be had on the water, sailing from port to port, experiencing a variety of cultures and places. Continue reading


When Downsizing, One Size Does Not Fit All

Man pleased with downsizing to a motorhome

Put Your Downsizing Dream on Wheels.

There is little doubt that downsizing from a large home to an apartment or senior living community can be a challenge, especially when it comes to reducing the amount of belongings we own in order to successfully make the move. For some people, the bigger the home, the more items they have to recycle, donate or discard as part of the process.

It can be even more challenging to downsize when the choice being made for your future living quarters is even smaller than the typical senior apartment. But for some people, the dream of selling most of what they own and moving into a recreational vehicle (RV) is part of the downsizing process.

While it’s not a traditional choice when downsizing, the most recent U.S. Census estimates place the number of U.S. residents living full-time in an RV at 1 million. A total of 8 million Americans reported owning an RV. Continue reading


Think Summer is the Best Time to Travel?

Happy senior couple enjoying a winter getaway

When summertime rolls around each year, it seems everyone is planning a vacation. According to the U.S. Travel Association, the majority of Americans who take a vacation do so during the summer months. But for people who live in a climate where snow and relentless cold are part of the equation, planning a winter getaway may actually be a better alternative.

Seniors – even those living on a fixed income – are able to enjoy a winter getaway if they choose the right location. Continue reading