Age, according to Mark Twain, is a question of mind over matter: If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. Mexico is a country where whole extended families, from babies to great-grandparents, live together. Elderly travelers will benefit from the respect and understanding Mexicans accord to older people. Besides these encouragements, consider the number of retirees already in havens in Puerto Vallarta, Guadalajara, Manzanillo, Oaxaca, and other regional centers.
Certain organizations support and sponsor senior travel. Leading the field is Elderhostel (11 Ave. de Lafayette, Boston, MA 02111-1746, toll-free tel. 800/454-5768, www.elderhostel.org). Request one of their Elderhostel U.S. and international catalogs of special tours, study, homestays, and people-to-people travel programs.
Some books also feature senior travel opportunities. One of the pithiest is Unbelievably Good Deals and Great Adventures You Can’t Have Unless You’re Over 50, by Joan Rattner Heilman, published by McGraw Hill (2003). Its 200 pages are packed with details of how to get bargains on cruises, tours, car rentals, lodgings, and much, much more.
For seniors with online access (as close as your neighborhood library these days) the Internet is a gold mine of senior-oriented travel information. For example, on the Google search engine (www.google.com) home page, I typed in “Senior Travel” and netted more than 90 million responses. Near the top of the list was the Transitions Abroad site (www.transitionsabroad.com), which offers a gold mine of a subsite (www.transitionsabroad.com/listings/travel/senior) with a load of useful resources, centering around senior traveling and living abroad.
© Bruce Whipperman from Moon Oaxaca, 5th edition