Far Horizons

In this issue, we continue our series of reader-submitted On-the-Road Travel Tips (each followed by my own comments) that make the travel experience work better for you while actually traveling. Have one to share? Write it up in no more than 125 words (OK, the rules can be broken once in a while) and send it in. See the end of this column for where to write.

Janice Schock (Bend, OR) — For my trips, I put my pills in small plastic bags, one for each day. I bought a pack...

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Randy Keck (at right) enjoying the good life with a fellow passenger from Australia, barging on the Canal du Midi in southwest France in spring 2015.

In presenting part six (!) in this series on On-the-Road Travel Tips, I find it heartening that so many readers have taken a moment to share bits of advice that may be helpful to other travelers. (I’ve added my own comments after each.) ITN readers will have a lot of tips to try out when these times of pandemic-dictated virtual travel are over!

If you know of anything that makes the travel experience work better for you while actually traveling, tell us about it in no more than...

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The magnificent Havana Cathedral (La Catedral de la Virgen María de la Concepción Inmaculada de La Habana) in Cathedral Square — Cuba. Photo by Randy Keck

When hatching the idea of asking readers to submit On-the-Road Travel Tips — which apply to anything that makes your travel experience work better for you while actually traveling — little did I realize that we would shortly be thrust into the reality of a pandemic. Hopefully, it won’t be long before conditions will have progressed toward normalization on most fronts, including travel. Meanwhile, we all have learned new lessons about the value of sharing experiences without...

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The alluring Frederiksborg Palace outside of Copenhagen, Denmark, back when free-range exploration was in flower, sans social distancing. Photo by Randy Keck

Even in this period of pandemic and travel restrictions, I’m happy to keep sharing travelers’ contributions (with my own comments added, where appropriate) in this series on On-the-Road Travel Tips. So please continue to send in wise, creative or unusual tips on anything that makes your travel experience work better for you while actually traveling. (Write no more than 125 words per submission; see the end of this column for where to write to.)

 

Mel Rabinowitz...

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The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes — architectural splendor on high in Lourdes, France. Photo by Randy Keck

It is truly heartening to have such an enthusiastic response to my request for readers’ favorite On-the-Road Travel Tips. This is the third part of this series. Keep those travel tips coming (limit, 125 words per submission; see contact info below), and we will print as many as possible (with my own comments added, where appropriate).

Lyndall Urquhart (Pembroke Pines, FL) — My travel tip is that I discarded my backpack for an across-the-body handbag. I still have both...

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Last month, I presented the first batch of the On-the-Road Travel Tips (and my own comments, where appropriate) from readers responding to a request in my January 2020 column. In the spirit of continued sharing of travel wisdom, I invite you to keep them coming.

Applying to anything that makes your travel experience work better for you while actually traveling, your travel tip (in 125 words or fewer) can involve luggage, clothing, electronic devices, transportation, accommodation,...

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In my January 2020 column, I invited readers to send me their favorite On-the-Road Travel Tips, applying to anything that makes your travel experience work better for you while actually traveling.

The response has been excellent, and the first selection of tips is presented below (with my own comments added where appropriate). Hopefully, you will find some of the offerings in this series to be applicable to your own travels.

Karen Gifford (Raleigh, NC) — After arriving in...

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Uluru, aka Ayers Rock, a sandstone monolith in Australia’s Northern Territory, draws many a tour group. Photo by Gail Keck

In these precarious times, many senior ITN readers are finally considering traveling on group tours or are traveling more on these tours than they have in the past. There are many reasons for this trend.

First, the matter of personal safety and security is an increasing concern, especially at certain travel destinations. There is an undeniable element of safety in numbers, particularly on well-organized group tours.

Second, many globetrotting seniors, for a variety of reasons,...

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