How you get to where you’re going can be just as crucial to the success of your trip as the destination itself.
And in some cases, the mode of transport is, in effect, the destination.
Ocean cruises are an obvious example of the latter.
When you choose to see the world by cruise ship, you’re committing yourself to spending most of your time at sea and limiting your sightseeing on land to ports or places that are within a few hours’ drive by tour bus, taxi, or rental car from the ports.
But ocean- and sea-going vessels come in many shapes and forms — from small sailing ships to floating behemoths — that can make for entirely different journeys themselves.
Or say you want to take the Trans-Siberian Express (train) from China to… Continue reading
The recent news that the Winnebago company — which makes motor homes — nearly doubled its profits in the 2013 spring quarter is just the latest indication that the baby boomer recreational vehicle boom is in full gear.
Winnebago motor home sales jumped more than 50 percent in the same quarter, while trailer sales jumped 10 percent.
Some 9 million U.S. households — 8.5 percent — now own RVs, and the number is growing rapidly. One out of every six U.S. households say they have future plans to buy an RV.
Baby boomers — the youngest of whom are now nearly 50 years old — are Winnebago’s and other RV manufacturers’ biggest customers. And with many of the oldest boomers (now 67) retiring or nearing retirement, they’re devoting more and more time to travel.
RV owners average more than a… Continue reading