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My Digital Travel for Seniors

My Digital Travel for Seniors

Jason Rich

Mar 2017, Paperback, 400 pages
ISBN13: 9780789757951
ISBN10: 0789757958
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My Digital Travel for Seniors

Easy, clear, readable, and focused on what you want to do.

Step-by-step instructions for the tasks you care about most

Large, full-color, close-up photos show you exactly what to do

Common-sense help whenever you run into problems

Tips and notes to help you along the way

Take advantage of proven strategies that make travel more affordable, less stressful, and easier to manage with the use of technology that’s readily available to you.

· Learn how to use the discounts you’re entitled to from AARP, AAA, and other organizations when booking any type of travel using your Internet-connected computer, smartphone, or tablet.

· Find and book the lowest airfares using popular travel-related websites and mobile apps.

· Book the best possible accommodations, at the lowest available prices.

· Learn tips for saving money when renting a car, plus how to use other ground transportation options whenever you travel.

· Find and book vacation packages, travel bundles, or all-inclusive vacations without overpaying.

· Book and plan cruise vacations and discounted shore excursions using your computer or mobile device.

· Find low-cost options to accessing the Internet and making calls while traveling abroad, without paying overpriced international roaming charges.


Access Chapter 15, “Sharing Your Vacation Experiences,” at

Chapter 1 Using Technology for Planning Travel

Don’t Be Afraid of Technology

What You Need to Get Started

Find, Download, and Install a Mobile App

Working with a Desktop or Notebook Computer

Putting Travel Technology to Work

Travel-Related Websites, Online Services, and Mobile Apps

Using Technology to Become Your Own Travel Agent

Chapter 2 Researching Travel Opportunities

Making the Important Decisions

Using Your Devices to Conduct Pre-Trip Research

Digital Editions of Travel Magazines

Interactive Travel Guides

Popular Online Travel Services and Websites

Websites Operated by Individual Departments of Tourism

Map Apps on Your Smartphone or Tablet

Using AARP Travel to Conduct Research

Use AARP Travel to Choose a Destination

Using the Travelzoo Website and Mobile App

Use the Travelzoo Website

Use the Travelzoo Mobile App

Getting Advice from Fellow Travelers

Use TripAdvisor on Your Computer

Use the TripAdvisor App

Chapter 3 Getting to Know Some Popular Travel Tools

Before You Book a Trip


Use the Airbnb Website or Mobile App

Use the Service

Cruise Ship Mate


FlightTrack 5




Use Priceline to Make a Booking



Chapter 4 Using Travel Provider Websites and Mobile Apps

Airline Websites and Mobile Apps

Finding and Making an Airline Reservation

Check In for Your Flight and Create Boarding Passes

Managing Your Itinerary from an Airline’s Website

Accommodation Websites and Mobile Apps

Make a Reservation Using a Hotel’s Website

Using a Rental Car Company’s Website or Mobile App

Chapter 5 Finding and Booking the Best Airfares

Calculating Added Costs Associated with Air Travel

Understanding Baggage Allowances

Minimizing Your Packing

Determining the Type of Airline Ticket You Want

Choosing Your Travel Class

Choosing Your Flight

Five Tips for Finding the Lowest Possible Airfares

Research the “Discount” Airlines Separately

Check Three or More Services

Look for Package Deals or Travel Bundles

Set Up Free Price Alerts and Take Advantage of Price Match Guarantees

Additional Considerations for International Travel

Applying For or Renewing Your U.S. Passport

Understanding Travel Visas and Travel Warnings

Chapter 6 Finding Ground Transportation

Considerations for Selecting a Rental Car Company

Planning for Extra Charges

Finding and Renting a Car

Use a Travel Service’s Website

Using a Specific Rental Car Company Website

Tips for Saving Money on Rental Cars

Avoid Unnecessary Upgrades

Choose the Right Type of Insurance Coverage

Select the Correct Pick-Up and Drop-Off Dates and Times

Take Advantage of Discounts

Understanding Your Rental Car Insurance Options

Exploring Ground Transportation Alternatives

Navigating Using Your Mobile Device

Using Maps and Google Maps

The Maps Apps Offer Multiple Viewing Perspectives

Use the iOS 9 Edition of the Maps App

Use the iOS 10.1 Edition of the Maps App

Use the Google Maps App

Chapter 7 Finding and Booking Accommodations

Define Your Accommodation Wants, Needs, and Budget

Considering the Extra Fees

Understanding Payment Terms

Understanding the Accommodation Ratings

Using the Reviews

Selecting the Right Location

Choosing Amenities

Understanding Vacation Home Rentals

Considering Renting a Timeshare Unit

Considering B&Bs

Finding and Booking Traditional Hotel or Motel Accommodations

Find and Book Accommodations

Chapter 8 Finding and Booking a Cruise

Getting to Know the Popular Cruise Lines

Understanding Cruise Pricing

Doing Research


Shopping for a Cruise



Mobile Apps That Enhance Your Cruise Experience

The Ship Mate Mobile App

Apps for Shore Excursions

Apps for Cruise Lines

Chapter 9 Finding All-Inclusive Vacations and Vacation Package Deals

Understanding the Drawbacks of All-Inclusive Vacations and Travel Packages

Finding and Booking All-Inclusive Vacations

Use Expedia to Book an All-Inclusive Vacation

Finding and Booking Vacation Packages

Vacation Packages Through Airlines

Find a Vacation Package Using Kayak

Creating Your Own Travel Bundles

Use AARP Travel

Chapter 10 Mobile Apps to Use at Your Destination

Where You’ll Find These Apps

Apps to Help You Get Where You’re Going

Airline, Hotel, and Rental Car Company Apps

Navigation Apps

Finding Restaurants and Making Dining Reservations

Use the Yelp! App

Use the OpenTable App

Using Food Delivery Apps

Locating Attractions, Stores, Businesses, or Services

More Ways to Use Your Mobile Device While Traveling

Apps That Save You Money

Use the AAA Mobile App to Save Money

Use the AARP Member Advantages App to Save Money

Chapter 11 Online Travel Discounts By Association

AARP Travel-Related Resources Beyond AARP Travel

Get Recommendations from AARP and Expedia

Finding Discounts Offered to AAA Members

Use the AAA Website to Find Discounts

Discovering City-Specific Discounts

Use Groupon and Living Social to Find Discounts

Getting Perks from Your Credit Card

Find Travel-Related Discounts Offered By AmEx

Chapter 12 Finding and Purchasing Travel Insurance

When You Travel, Things Can Go Wrong, So Be Prepared!

Travel Insurance Coverage

Shopping for Travel Insurance

Purchase Travel Insurance Online

Filing a Claim Online

Chapter 13 Services for Managing Travel Itineraries

Mobile Apps for Managing Your Travel Itineraries



FlightTrack 5

Sygic Travel: Trip Planner

Trip Boss Travel Manager


Travel Itinerary Management Options for Your Computer



Ways to Meet Fellow Solo Travelers

Chapter 14 Connecting Your Computer, Smartphone, or Tablet While Traveling

Cellular Data Versus Wi-Fi from Your Mobile Device

Ways to Avoid International Roaming Charges

International Roaming

Prepaid Sim Chips

Wi-Fi Options for Making and Receiving Calls

Wi-Fi Hotspots

Taking Advantage of a Personal Wi-Fi Hotspot

Create a Personal Wi-Fi Hotspot Using Your iPhone or iPad

Create a Personal Wi-Fi Hotspot Using Your Android Device

Purchase a Personal Wi-Fi Hotspot Device


ONLINE ONLY: Chapter 15 Chronicle and Share Your Experiences

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Jason R. Rich ( is an accomplished author, journalist, and photographer, as well as an avid world traveler. Some of his recently published books include My Digital Photography for Seniors, My Digital Entertainment for Seniors, and iPad and iPhone Tips and Tricks, Fifth and Sixth Editions (all from Que Publishing).

Jason’s photographic work ( appears with his articles published in major daily newspapers, national magazines, and online, as well as in his various books. He also works with professional actors, models, and recording artists to develop their portfolios and take their headshots. Jason also pursues opportunities in travel and animal photography.

Through his work as an enrichment lecturer, he often offers workshops and classes about digital photography, the Internet, and consumer technology aboard cruise ships operated by Celebrity Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises Lines, and Royal Caribbean, as well as through adult education programs in the New England area. Please follow Jason R. Rich on Twitter (@JasonRich7) and Instagram (@JasonRich7).