Motorcoach and Bus Tours Were Made For You

By: Jody Smith

Don't like to drive? Or maybe your driver's license is a thing of the past. That doesn't mean you have to be stuck at home.

Have you ever thought about going on a bus tour? Even if you've never been a joiner, the benefits might be hefty enough to travel in a group.

Traveling with a group is less expensive than going it alone. It can be less stressful while you sit back and leave the driving to the professionals.

No more craning your neck darting through traffic, fighting with a map or trying to work your GPS. You don't have to know the route or identify the landmarks, the bus driver does this for a living.

When all you have to do is enjoy your passenger seat, you'll have time to talk to fellow travelers.

Bus tours that are strictly for seniors means there are no tired cranky children or noisy teens to try to tune out. The schedule will be set at a more leisurely pace, so seniors have time to catch their breath and walk at a comfortable speed.

If you're in the hometown of a celebrity or a big city with lots of hot spots and history, tour guides can tell you stories and point out elements of interest. You'd hate to go all that way and miss any of it.

Interested? Wondering where to find out more? A travel agent can be a great source of information. Word of mouth, through friends and family can also yield some leads.

What's your stamina like? How long do you want to be around a group of people and away from home?

If your window of sociability is not too wide, you might be most interested in a one-day tour for seniors. You'd be surprised how wide an area a one-day round trip can offer up.

Traveling for a few hours can take you into an area far removed from your own stomping grounds. Maybe take in a play somewhere, or visit some place scenic. Then it's back on the bus to rest while somebody else handles the driving.

If you're feeling more adventurous or sociable, and like the idea of being in a group for more than a day, your options increase considerably. Motorcoach tours for seniors can last one to two weeks depending on the package you want.

The further you are traveling, the more the benefit you may find in not being responsible for driving and having a vehicle in good repair. A tour guide will usually be part of the package, orchestrating a full and satisfying adventure for you.

If a walker or wheelchair is part of your travel needs, make arrangements ahead of time. Find out if wheelchair lifts are available and what, if any, assistance is offered for disabled seniors.

Jody Smith is a freelance writer for EmpowHER.com.

Sources:

Senior Group Travel is Hot for 2012

http://www.seniorcitizenjournal.com/travel-articles/senior-group-travel-ideas/

Bus and Motorcoach Travel 101

http://seniortravel.about.com/od/transportationoptions/qt/bustours101.htm

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