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THE KALONA NEWS, THURSDAY, MAY 4, 2017 SENIOR LIVING PAGE 3C I Research indicates that trav- eling is at the top of the List of interests motivating today's men and women over the age of 50. Seniors are perhaps the most likely demographic to indulge their love of traveling. Retire- ment Leaves lots of time for recreation, and many choose to spend that time on the' road. Travel also can improve adult longevity, says geriatricians at the University of Arkansas. Those in the travel indus- try understand that men and women over 50 comprise a large percentage of their cus- tomers and have catered many travel packages toward this in- fluential demographic. The foL- lowing is a Look at some of the more popular travel opportuni- ties for men and women over 50. Genealogical tourism: This is one of the fastest-growing markets in vacation travel Ge- neatogica[ tourism involve in- dividuals traveling to areas of historical significance for their families, such as churches where past relatives may have married and viLLages where grandparents or cousins once resided or were employed. This can create a tangible Link to one's past and open up more opportunities to Learn the var- Led geneaLogicaL his.tory that has shaped a family, and even one's personaL identity. Extended vacations: Se- niors may have the capacity to devote more time to travel and not be caged in by strict time constraints. That makes them eLigibLe for extended vacations. These can include Long-term. rentals in tropical LocaLes, severaL-week sight- seeing cruises or guided tours overseas that touch on several different countries or cities during the trip. Off the beaten path: Ad- venturous travelers may not be content to stick to the resort LifestyLe or standard vacation options. Active men and women over 50 are charting their own vacation courses with bucket List-styLe vacations that may be off the beaten path. Travel- ers who have always aspired to climb a mountain or see a rain forest may be inclined to realize these goals as they get oLder. NontraditionaL tours can include living Like indigenous peoples or foLLowing the foot- steps of early expLorers. ALL-incLusive tours: ALl- incLusive packages remain a popular option for travelers of aLL ages. These vacation pack- ages charge one price for ac- commodations, entertainment, sightseeing, food, and many other amenities. ALL-incLusive vacations remove some of the headaches associated with or- ganizing various components of travel so that a person can focus on relaxation and having fun. Singles meets: Sing[e va- cationers over 5o may want to meet other men or women in their age bracket in the hopes of finding romance. These va- cations double as reLation- ship mixers and give men and women the opportunity to min- gle with others in similar situ- ations without the pressure of traditional dating. Travel is a way to see the world, meet new people and experience various cultures. Seniors increasingly embrace travel because they have both the time and the means to take vacations. Men and women often dream of jetsetting around the world when they retire. Traveling the globe without worrying about timetine, or what's going on back at the office is something many retirees reward them- selves with aftera life of hard work. As Liberating as world travel can be, retirees still must ex- ercise caution when traveling abroad. The following are a few safety tips for retirees who are ready to make their dream re- tirements a reality by setting off for parts unknown. * Stay in touch. Escapism is a big part of the attraction of travel for travelers young and old. But while you may want to avoid contact with the outside world on your travels, it's still necessary to stay in touch with your loved ones. Retirees who plan to take extended trips overseas should purchase an international mobile phone plan that allows them to use their phones regardless of what country they happen to be in. A quick text message to a son or daughter back home is all it takes to let your fam- ily know you are safe and hav- ing the time of your life. Work out a communication plan with your Loved ones back home before departing, agreeing to contact them via phone caLL emaiL or Skype at Least once per week for the duration of your trip. This is a good way to share YOUr experiences and help your relatives rest easy knowing that you are safe. * Don't store all of your im- portant documents in one i !i! 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WhiLe such jaunts can add an element of spontane- ity to a trip, they also can be quite dangerous if travelers have not done their homework ona particular destination. You do not want to end up in a place where tourists are not weLcome or frequent targets of criminals. In addition, you don't want to visit a city or town and know nothing of its customs or etiquette. For example, Locals may react negatively to visitors who have ignored accepted Local standards for attire. You can stiLL make spontaneous trips, but make sure you gather some background information, be it from the Interne[, Locals where you are currently stay- ing or the hotel concierge, on a given LocaLe and its customs before visiting. * Make sure your health will not be compromised. Re- tirees cannot travel in the same manner they did in the carefree days of their youth. At this time of uncertainty and change you may not know where to begin, what to expect, or how you are going to cope... 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The quality of medical care varies greatly across the globe, so you must prioritize your health whenever Leaving the country and avoid anything that might put your health in jeopardy. * Travel with friends or family if possible. If you have friends or family who also are retir- ees with time on their hands, organize a group trip abroad. Groups are Less likely to be tar- geted by criminals. Medicare doesn't cover it all = i ~iiiiiii Medicare supplement insurance can help you pay for many of the medical expenses Medicare doesn't cover, and see to it you have your cake and eat it, too. Contact your Everence representative today. 301 5th St., Kalona (319) 656-4242 (877) 656-4242 Medicare supplement in,surance pl,:;ns offered bY Everence Association Inc., a [raterna/ benefit sociel~; are not connected with or end(n~ed by the U,S. government or Medicare. 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