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Airtreks and Air New Zealand

If you would like information on how to plan your senior round the world trip, Airtreks might be just the ticket.  You can fly ‘Round the World’ on Air New Zealand starting from Los Angeles or San Francisco. Visit the best of the UK, Asia and the Pacific Islands en-route to New Zealand.

Fly out one direction, and come back in the other.  Ride the London Eye, shop in Hong Kong and bungee jump in Auckland. Want to snorkel? You can stop off in the Cook Islands in the South Pacific. That’s a truly global experience for the senior traveler.

Cirpac and In Transit

Cirpac Travel is a licensed travel agency specializing in Business Class & First Class Flights for International, Circle-Pacific, & “Around-the-World” Travel since 1991.  Cirpac has negotiated Business Class & 1st Class discounts that are not available to the general public.

In Transit has a site dedicated to finding the best ticket fare . Save up to 60% on Business Class & 1st Class airfare to international destinations. Trailfinders (, a London-based travel agency with offices in Australia, offers tailor-made round-the-world routings for senior travelers.

Wikitravel Is Helpful, Seniors

Wikitravel is a great site for Round The World travel information.  It offers information on ticket types, conditions, airlines, as well as ‘helps’ for planning your trip.

It sounds complicated to me but if you’re willing to invest your time, the benefits you’ll receive from using these kinds of tickets can be significant.  Read on for an In-Depth Guide to Buying your ticket .  It is a time investment, seniors and you will find that it will take  some work to put together a round the world trip and you will need to enlist the help of a travel agency.

Just ask Chris Guillebeau who travels the world and is said to be a “master of clever air travel.”  This site can be very helpful for the novice traveler with a number of super suggestions to get the job done. You will discover that each airline alliance has its own rules for how the ticket works as Guillebeau points out.

Round The World Videos

Get Inspired with these eight amazing around the world videos. Pack that backpack, your passport, some cash and head on out to circumvent the globe folks. Just wave to me as you pass overhead on your way to Fiji.

I really enjoyed writing this blog and a RTW ticket is now on my “bucket list”. jeb


Seniors Consider Buying RTWs



A round-the-world ticket (also known as round-the-world fare or RTW ticket for short) is inviting seniors to fly around the world for a relatively low price.  An RTW is a special fare (or a series of point-to-point tickets) that allows you to fly to multiple cities and continents.

These tickets are sold through airline alliances and agencies that specialize in around-the-world travel, and they can help you save money and organize your itinerary. Read on for a run-down on where to buy tickets, how they work and the cost.

If you are interested, you will want to check out each one of these valuable  resources. Many times a Round the World ticket, especially in business and first class may cost less, than a round trip ticket to the more remote regions of the world.

Round-the-World fares are almost universally offered by airline alliances such as SkyTeam, Star Alliance and Oneworld.

Not Just For “The Other Folks” Anymore

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Round-the-world travel isn’t just for the young or independently wealthy. Students, senior citizens and even working folks with a few weeks of vacation time can take advantage of the convenient pricing and flexibility of round-the-world tickets.

You can travel around the world for nearly any length of time, from a few days to a few years. Your trip can involve a couple of brief stops or dozens of stopovers and side trips. Here’s a personal blog on the cost of a Trip Around the World and Airtreks assisted him with his ticket(s). Senior travelers can always learn from the experiences of others, especially on a “bucket list” trip like this one.


The Round the World fares start from $2264 to 85 destinations in 35 countries. A transatlantic crossing and a transpacific crossing must form part of a Round the World fare and can only occur once on the fare, with a side trip from Singapore to Asia permitted.

The Circle Pacific fares start from $1969 to 36 destinations in 13 countries. The Circle Pacific fare is a unique program permitting travel around the Pacific Rim in one general direction, usually flying a combination of two airlines for one all inclusive price. The fares are very similar to Round the World fares but travel is limited to destinations in the South Pacific and Asia although one pass does allow travel to limited destinations in South America.

Look for more information on my next blog…there was too much on this subject for just one shot here. jeb


This Senior Loves Corrientes

Why do a travel blog for seniors on Corrientes, Argentina?  Because I’ve been there.  A few years back my wife and I were a host family for our “Argentine Son”,  Alejandro from Corrientes.  Ale lived with us for almost two years, attended the high school  where I taught, and now is an international flight attendant. Ale’s family have been close friends for over 30 years.  After Ale graduated from high school, we traveled with him to his hometown, Corrientes, where we spent the month of July ( it is cold in July in Argentina).

We have many fond memories of our journey south and I wish to share some with you.  Besides Corrientes was a trip to Brazil where we experienced the world famous Iguazú Falls and then the remnants of a major Jesuit undertaking in Misiones Province.

Corrientes is the capital city of the province of Corrientes  located on the eastern shore of the Paraná River, about 1,000 km (621 mi) from Buenos Aires. It has a population of approximately 350,000, has a mix of colonial and modern architecture and is home to one of the biggest carnival celebrations in the country.

Don’t miss a walk along the river drive, which has natural balconies looking over the river, a visit to the zoo, to the museums or shopping along Junín pedestrian street.  Corrientes is a great city for senior strolling… safe, inviting, with historical monuments all over the city.  The city of Corrientes features beautiful buildings that were constructed in colonial times, with European influence and elegant architecture..

Then There is the Paraná River

The Paraná River, South America’s third largest river (after the Negro and Amazon Rivers), looks like a huge lake.   It ranks with the greatest rivers of the world: the Nile, the Amazon, the Yangtze and the Mississippi.  It’s muddy and full of fish. The bridge over the Paraná is awesome, built in the 1970s, connects Corrientes to its sister city, Resistencia, on the western bank of the river.

The name Paraná is an abbreviation of the phrase “para rehe onáva”, which comes from the Tupi language and means “like the sea” (that is, “as big as the sea”). Corrientes offers a tourist landscape where seniors can enjoy the sport fishing of dorado

There is Much for Seniors To See and Do

The world-famous Iguazú Falls are said to be the “most beautiful waterfalls in the world.”  We totally agree! The term “awesome” does not do the falls justice. It is simply “inspiring!“.

In Misiones Province, we visited the former Jesuit missionary site and walked through the ruins of this once magnificent structure.  It is a World Heritage site…that says it all. In the area are the very impressive ruins of five Jesuit missions, built in the land of the Guaranis during the 17th and 18th centuries.

Check into February when Corrientes dresses up to celebrate its unique carnivals.  This would be an ideal time for seniors to schedule a visit to Corrientes.  Enjoy the city and the environment as we did. jeb


Been to Charlottesville yet?

Charlottesville is centrally located in the eastern foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Central Virginia region. Charlottesville’s rich cultural, natural, and artistic history is showcased in a selection of first-rate museums, galleries, wineries, shops, and parks… a natural attraction to senior history buffs.

Home to Two Presidents

Charlottesville, an independent city, has an official population of approximately 44,000.  It is best known as the home to two U.S. Presidents: Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe.  While both these gentlemen lived in Charlottesville they traveled to and from the capitol (Richmond, Virginia) along the 71-mile historic Three Notch’d Road.

Nearby is the home of James Madison in Orange, as well as the home of the University of Virginia, which, along with Monticello is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Jefferson’s mountain-top home at Monticello, attracts approximately half a million tourists every year. Have you been there yet?  If not…it’s a “must see” and should be on your “bucket list.” It is a magnificent stop…the home, an architectural marvel, designed by Jefferson himself and the site, spilling over with historical interest.   While both these southern gentlemen lived in Charlottesville they traveled to and from the capitol (Richmond, Virginia) along the 71-mile historic Three Notch’d Road.

City Ranked #1 Place to Live in the Country

Frommer’s Cities Ranked and Rated has named Charlottesville the Best Place to Live in America!   Downtown with its historic streets and buildings, and a new pedestrian mall attracts many senior travelers.  Outdoor restaurants and cafés, concerts, street vendors, and impromptu theatrical events keep things lively in this quarter of the city.

A One-Stop Site

This URL has lots of information for first-time senior visitors to Charlottesville.  Myself, being a Master Gardener, I’d like all those orchards and vineyards.  And history… the second name for Charlottesville has to be “Historyville.” Many of the area’s familiar names today are references to its colonial-era past.

History and More Attracts Senior Visitors

Senior visitors are eager to see Thomas Jefferson’s home at Monticello and his lasting academic legacy at the University of Virginia.  And while it’s true that a walking tour of downtown Charlottesville offers a deep look into early-American history, the destination offers far more than just historic sites, Charlottesville musical scene lights up with legendary blues artists, rockstars and internationally acclaimed musicians.

Local Visitor Centers

The City’s Visitor Center provides many services including same-day hotel reservations, local and statewide travel information, brochures, guides and maps. For more information call: 434.293.6789 or toll free: 877.386.1103.  Check out this list of more things to see and do and add a few to your list of “must see and do” in Charlottesville. Seems like you just can’t miss on this one seniors.  jeb


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