AARP Predictions for 2016 Travel Trends

As travel continues to be the number one retirement activity that people look forward to, AARP is unveiling some of the popular travel trends for 2016 that I want to share.

In retirement we now have the time to travel! Let’s travel while we can.We are heading to Albuquerque in two weeks for our first 2016 trip and have several trips we are planning for.  Now is the time to plan for 2016 travel.  -Robert

Key Highlights of AARP Predictions for 2016 Travel Trends:

2016 will bring a travel boom for Boomers:

  • 99% of survey respondents said they are planning to travel in 2016
  • One in 10 said they booked their trip by September 2015, leaving opportunity to provide guidance on things to do, places to eat and other activities they can do once they arrive at their destination


Cost isn’t a factor:

  • 55% of survey respondents said cost was not a factor when planning their vacation. This is a sharp contrast to Millennials and Gen Xers, more than half of those respondents said cost was a barrier for leisure travel.
  • Baby Boomers control 70% of the nation’s disposable income, so in 2016 they plan to use this income to treat themselves to fun leisure trips. Survey respondents said the reason for these trips is to spend time with family and friends, relax and get away from normal everyday life.
  • However, 50+ survey respondents said they are still interested in getting great deals as they book their travel and want to get the most out of their dollars


Types of trips the 50+ will be embarking on in 2016:

  • Domestic: 95% said they will travel domestically this summer. These trips primarily include summer vacations, multi-generational trips and weekend getaways. Popular domestic destinations will be to places like Florida, Las Vegas, California, New York and Hawaii.
  • International: 32% said they will be embarking on an international once in a lifetime trip. International trips will be especially popular in the spring, with 29% travelling to other countries then. Also, England, the Caribbean and Mexico will be the top international destinations for these travelers.
  • Extended Family Trips: 26% of travelers 50+ will take at least one multi-generational domestic trip in 2016. While this is still a high percentage, it is down from 2015. In 2015 approximately 32% of 50+ travelers took a multi-generational trip.


What 50+ travels are looking for during these trips:

  • 43% of respondents said they must have free Wi-Fi in their hotel and 86% said they must have complimentary Wi-Fi in their vacation rental home.
  • 40% of respondents said they will stay at a hotel or motel. However, Airbnb and VRBO are gaining in popularity, with 9% of respondents saying they will be staying at one of these properties.

For more information visit and to plan y0ur 2016 travel, visit AARP Travel

10 Good Reasons to Attend AARP’s Life@50+ Event in Miami

AARP has two national events per year and for 2015 the Spring Life@50+ event will be at The Miami Beach Convention Center.

Mary Ann and I attended the Lifeat50+ AARP National Events in 2013 (Atlanta), 2014 (Boston) and now plan on being in Miami,  May 14-16, 2015 for this year’s event too. We are excited!

So we want to share some good reasons we like to attend the AARP Lifeat50+ Events, especially the one coming up in Miami.

10 Reasons to Attend Life@50+ Miami

1. Frankly it’s an exciting and fun thing to do.

So many new experiences  and things to see all at one place. See how much fun we had in Boston!

2. The price is only $35 for the whole event.

Yes that is correct. Very affordable.

3. Ideas@50+ Miami Speakers

The following celebrities and experts will be on stage to inform, entertain and engage with attendees at Ideas@50+ in Miami. Check back often … More speakers will be added soon!

James Brown

James Brown

Friday, May 15, 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

  • Emmy Award-winning broadcaster
  • Founding partner of the Washington Nationals
Samantha Brown, AARP Travel Expert

Samantha Brown

Friday, May 15, 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Robert Carter appearing at the AARP National Event & Expo.

Robert Carter

Saturday, May 16, 2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

  • Senior vice president of automotive operations for Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.
Jean Chatzky, AARP expert on money

Jean Chatzky

Friday, May 15, 4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Diego Chauca leading morning fitness at the Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Miami.

Diego Chauca

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

  • Certified group fitness and Zumba instructor
  • Health awareness promoter to corporations and nonprofits
Jeff Cole appearing at the Ideas@50+ National Event & Expo in San Diego.

Jeffrey Cole, Ph.D.

Saturday, May 16, 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

  • Expert in technology and emerging media
  • Founder of the World Internet Project
Adam Gazzaley will be a speaker during AARP's Life@50+ in Miami

Adam Gazzaley, M.D., Ph.D.

Saturday, May 16, 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

  • Neurologist specializing in how brains handle memory, attention and aging
  • University professor
Carla Hall appearing at the Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Miami.

Carla Hall

Friday, May 15, 2015, 4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

  • Co-host of ABC’s The Chew
  • Restaurateur, cookbook author and former competitor on Bravo’s Top Chef
Ingrid Hoffmann appearing at the Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Miami.

Ingrid Hoffmann

Saturday, May 16, 1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

  • Host of Simply Delicioso on the Cooking Channel
  • Owner of Rocca in Miami
Michio Kaku appearing at the Ideas@50+ National Event & Expo in San Diego.

Michio Kaku, Ph.D.

Friday, May 15, 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

  • Renowned theoretical physicist
  • Best-selling author of The Future of the Mind
Rita Moreno performing at the Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Miami.

Rita Moreno

Saturday, May 16, 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 p.m.

  • Grammy, Emmy, Tony and Academy Award-winning performer
  • New York Times best-selling author
Alonzo Mourning appearing at the Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Miami.

Alonzo Mourning

Saturday, May 16, 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

  • NBA All-Star and hall of fame inductee
  • Founder of the Mourning Family Foundation
Tracy Mourning appearing at the Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Miami.

Tracy Mourning

Saturday, May 16, 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

  • Broadcast journalist, motivational speaker
  • Founder of the Honey Shine Mentoring Program
Robin Roberts appearing at the Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Miami.

Robin Roberts

Friday, May 15, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

  • Coanchor of ABC’s Good Morning America
  • Author of her memoir Everybody’s Got Something
Jon Secada performing at the Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Miami.

Jon Secada

Friday, May 15, 12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

  • 2-time Grammy Award-winning Cuban-American singer, songwriter and performer
  • Professor and mentor for young singers
Ernestine Shepherd leading morning fitness at the Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Miami.

Ernestine Shepherd

Friday, May 15, 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

  • Fitness guru and exercise coach
  • Honored by Guinness World Records as the “Oldest Living Bodybuilder”
Donnie Simpson appearing at the Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Miami.

Donnie Simpson

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

  • Detroit and Washington, D.C. radio disc jockey
  • BET video jockey
Ben Stein appearing at the Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Miami.

Ben Stein

Friday, May 15, 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

  • Economist and lawyer
  • Emmy-winning actor known for portraying the economics teacher in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Reed V. Tuckson, M.D. appearing at the Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Boston.

Reed Tuckson, M.D., FACP

Friday, May 15, 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

  • Author of The Doctor in the Mirror
  • Managing director of Tuckson Health Connections
Blair Underwood appearing at the Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Miami.

Blair Underwood

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

  • Award-winning actor, director and producer
  • Portrayed Jonathan Rollins on NBC’s L.A. Law

4. Community Day of Service.

AARP volunteers and Rebuilding Together helped renovate and improve the home of Leonard Edwards in San Diego.
AARP Lifeat50+ Volunteer

Life@50+ begins Thursday, May 14, with the Community Day of Service sponsored by AARP Credit Cards from Chase.  In the morning, volunteers will hear from community leaders, then volunteer groups will be brought into Miami neighborhoods to engage residents in projects that will improve their daily lives. Some activities will take place inside the Miami Beach Convention Center.

5. Movies For Grownups® Film Festival

Friday May 15th, 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.   We had been featuring AARP’s Moives For Grownups on our Baby Boomer Movies page and get to see their excellent recommendations and reviews. Here, in person, you will see a screening of a new movie and meet some of the stars in the movie.

6. Learning Tracks are truly mind expanding and life altering.

I came away so motivated by the knowledge I had been given. Mary Ann and I especially like the AARP TEK seminars. These “learning tracks” as I will call them are reason enough to attend Lifeat50+ in Miami.

AARP presents a way for you to learn, engage and interact with others who share the same interests and passions as you at Life@50+. Attendees will experience all that AARP has to offer and discover their real possibilities through five tracks:


Health & Wellness

From brain health to caregiving to simple steps to get fit, the Health & Wellness track will provide comprehensive information and ideas from top experts in the field.


Money & Work

Are you in need of smart advice about money? Looking for a career change? Maybe you’re interested in starting a business? Our Money & Work track can help guide you in the right direction.


Technology & Innovation

Whether you’re learning how to embrace the latest trends and exciting devices, staying connected to the people and passions in your life, or you’re already on the cutting edge and want to meet others like you, the Technology & Innovation track is right for you.


Travel & Lifestyle

Your journey begins here! Whether you are looking for inspiration for your next dream trip, digging for home and garden suggestions or want to find out about how you can play a larger role in your community, the Travel & Lifestyle track will be your road map for success!

Life@50+ Miami Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

The creative arts are a true outlet of human expression. Join with people from all disciplines to learn, connect and share in a brand new Life@50+ experience.

Crossing all tracks, Life Reimagined is designed for adapting to new aging challenges and possibilities. Today’s 50-plus Americans are living longer, healthier lives and, at the same time, are navigating economic, health, social and technological realities unlike any generation before them. We’ll help equip attendees to lead the type of life they imagine and prompt them to consider the most important questions they face.

7.  Health Innovation@50+

LivePitch Health Innovation@50+
LivePitch Health Innovation@50+

You will really like LivePitch for health technology and innovation for people 50 and over. In Miami, companies will be giving pitches about how they can improve lives in the 50+ community. Watching this live is truly fascinating. The Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch  is  Thursday May 14th 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

8. Meeting, sharing and socializing

Connect with other attendees from all over the country. They are excited to be there and we are too! There will be a number of activities each day that will bring us together with exciting activities planned for us.

9. Exhibitor Hall

Ideas@50+ exhibit floor at the San Diego Convention Center.Here is an opportunity to talk first hand with company representatives that provide the services you and I need. You learn about discounts you never knew about that will save you some money. They will answer your questions.

I like that many of the sponsors are companies I use having meet them via AARP, like United Healthcare where I have my Advantage plan. I am switching to Consumer Cellular this week and getting the AARP discount to save much $$s. This is information we can use..  Take a look at these Lifeat50+ sponsors listed by track.

10. Play tourist in Miami Beach!

One main thing I like is to travel to Miami and Miami Beach and enjoy the city, the Miami’s restaurants and the historical sites. It has been a few years since I was in Miami (except to catch a cruise). I wonder if Joe’s Stone Crab Shack in Miami Beach is still great? Maybe I will find out! Here is Miami Sightseeing Tours, Attractions & More! on

Did I say 10? Well here is one more for good measure.

11. Amazing concerts

Several things going on here.

Looking for the Next Singing Sensation – AARP Superstar 2015

Superstar Contest 2015The finale of the AARP Superstar 2015 Contest will be held Friday, May 15. Finalists will compete at Life@50+ in front of a live audience and a panel of celebrity judges. Don’t miss this fun and exciting night of music, and help crown the winner of AARP’s Superstar 2015! Tickets will go on sale soon.

Big Show on Saturday Night

This Just In

Gloria Estefan performing at the Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Miami.

Gloria Estefan

Rita Moreno and Jon Secada performing at the Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Miami.

Rita Moreno                      Jon Secada

Sweet Sounds in South Beach

International superstar and seven-time Grammy Award winner Gloria Estefan joins forces with Grammy, Emmy, Tony and Oscar-winning entertainment legend Rita Moreno and two-time Grammy Award winner Jon Secada on Saturday for a night of music that will have you dancing into the streets of South Beach.

Life@50+ Saturday Entertainment Packages* start at $35 and are on sale now. Don’t miss out on this epic event! Get Your Tickets Now!

Entertainment at Lifeat50+
Entertainment at Lifeat50+

Gloria Estefan will close out Ideas@50+ with a show on Saturday night, live in Miami. This is a don’t miss opportunity. Stay tuned to see who it is.

Just Do it!

Now is the time to plan your trip.  Here is Ideas@50+ Miami info including registration. You will be glad you did.

Robert and Mary Ann Fowler
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Retirement Travel Opportunity: Boston Lifeat50+

Retirement Travel Opportunity: Boston Lifeat50+

Note: this trip is over, but AARP has two events per year. The next one is IdeasAt50 San Diego in September 2014.

In 10 days Life@50+ will begin in Boston MA and you still have time to make it.  The days are May 8-10, 2014 and here is registration info. There are many good reasons to attend an Lifeat50+ event, which occurs twice each year.

Boston restaruants
Besides those good reasons to attend the Lifeat50+ events, there is another: it is a good travel opportunity. When I was working I used to occasionally travel for work and once or twice a year attend a conference or convention which gave me and often my wife Mary Ann a chance to travel to to the host city for a few days. We liked that very much as it was a mini vacation of sorts.

In retirement, job related conferences and conventions are not there but AARP has the Lifeat50+ events, which are comparable in that they allow us to travel to a city for 3 to 5 days of events, usually right in the city center.

Several people I talked with say a main reason they attend the Spring and Fall Lifeat50+ events is that it gives them the opportunity for some retirement travel, to experience the host city while enjoying all the great offerings at the event.

Boston will be great. We look forward to taking the trolley tour of Boston’s historic sites and once again visiting Faneuil Hall neighborhood restaurants & the world famous Quincy Market Food Colonnade to enjoy the great Boston seafood.  Looking over the Boston travel guide right now.  Of course during the event, the best travel bloggers anywhere will be there keeping everyone posted on what’s happening.

So in 10 days the Spring Lifeat50+ event is in Boston, then this Fall 2014 another Lifeat50+ event is in San Diego, a great place to visit.  Previous Lifeat50+ events were in Atlanta, Orlando, Las Vegas, New Orleans and Los Angeles, all great places to spend a few days.

Our historic Boston tour group from AARP's Lifeat50+
Our historic Boston tour group from AARP’s Lifeat50+

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