One of the benefits of age is that travel often costs less. New York subway and bus fares are half price (75¢) for people 65 and older. Many museums and sights (and some theaters and performance halls) offer discounted entrance and tickets to seniors, so dont be shy about asking. Always bring an ID card, especially if youve kept your youthful glow.
Also mention the fact that youre a senior when you first make your travel reservations. Both Amtrak (tel. 800/USA-RAIL; www.amtrak.com) and Greyhound (tel. 800/231-2222; www.greyhound.com) offer discounts to persons over 62, and most of the major domestic airlines offer discount programs for senior travelers.
Many hotels offer senior discounts; Choice Hotels, for example, gives 30% off their published rates to anyone over 50, provided you book your room through their nationwide toll-free reservations number (that is, not directly with the hotels or through a travel agent). For a complete list of Choice Hotels, visit www.hotelchoice.com.
Members of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), 601 E St. NW, Washington, DC 20049 (tel. 800/424-3410; www.aarp.org), get discounts on hotels, airfares, and car rentals. AARP offers members a wide range of special benefits, including Modern Maturity magazine and a monthly newsletter. If youre not already a member, do yourself a favor and join.
Some thugs and unscrupulous tricksters try to take advantage of seniors. Be as skeptical as a New Yorker whenever youre approached, especially by someone who has a long story that promises to give you something for nothing.