Traveling on a budget is a smart approach for anyone who wants to explore the world without breaking the bank. Here are some money-saving tips:

  • Off-Peak Travel: Consider traveling during the shoulder or off-peak seasons, which is almost always my preference. Accommodation and flight prices are often significantly lower, tourist attractions are less crowded, guides are typically more available, and the weather should still be good.
  • Loyalty Programs: Join airline and hotel loyalty programs to accumulate points and enjoy discounts, free nights, or upgrades on future trips.
  • Flexible Dates: If possible, be flexible with your travel dates. Use fare comparison websites to find the cheapest days to fly, and book well in advance to secure lower fares.
  • Local Cuisine: Explore local food markets and eateries rather than dining at touristy restaurants. You’ll enjoy authentic cuisine at a small fraction of the price and you’ll likely have a much more authentic experience. 

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  • Public Transportation: Use public transportation whenever possible. It’s often more cost-effective than taxis or rental cars and provides an opportunity to experience local life, save money, and avoid traffic if using the metro or “L”.
  • Senior Discounts: Take advantage of senior discounts available at many museums, attractions, and transportation services. Carry proof of your age, such as a driver’s license or ID, and perhaps even cards like AARP, AAA, proof of military service, etc.
  • Travel Light: Avoid excess baggage fees by Packing efficiently and adhering to weight limits. Traveling with carry-on luggage can save you money on checked bags (and allow you to avoid lost bags altogether).
  • Free Attractions: Research free or low-cost attractions and activities at your destination. Many cities offer museums, parks, and cultural sites with no admission fees on certain days of the week.

By adopting these budget-friendly practices, Baby Boomers can stretch their travel budgets and explore more destinations.

At Continental DRIFTER® Experiences we try to take all of these tips into account when planning your time with us.

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For more than 15 years, I've been organizing and leading small-group cultural tours around the world. These trips are specifically designed for active Baby Boomers and have all been 5-star rated and reviewed by my past clients.

Just some of the locations I continue to lead trips to include Antarctica, Cuba, Mexico's Copper Canyon, Cambodia, India, Vietnam, and throughout the Mediterranean (Spain, Italy, France, Portugal) and others (Armenia & Georgia and Finnish & Swedish Lapland).

During these trips, I love to share off-the-beaten-path locations and unique experiences, such as olive oil and caviar tastings, wine and spirit tastings, foodie tours and market walks, cooking classes and demonstrations, and when possible, I always introduce my clients to the local people, often getting into their homes and places of business to see how they live and work. We use expert local guides to be our interpreters, offer local history, answer questions, and provide us with insights into the local customs and more.

My YouTube channel, The Continental DRIFTER® ( is where I share travel and photography tips with a large list of mature travelers who have remained loyal to my brand throughout the years.

I always say, "Life's too short not to travel!"