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Phoenix Travel Companion Notes That Shoes May Soon Be Left On At Airport TSA Screening

Airport Check-in: Scanner would let fliers keep shoes on at security

Removing shoes at and airport security check point has gotten routine for the regular travelers, but remains a hustle for elder travelers. When traveling with an Elder Travel Companion, removing shoes may not be such a big deal as traveling alone.

New shoe scanners may eliminate the need to remove shoes altogether, Yea!

Now your Travel Companion Caregiver can help you with all the other items being searched.

By Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY

From USA TODAY’s Airport Check-in column: A company vying to sell airport shoe scanners has finished its "trial" at Indianapolis International, collecting results from 3,000 travelers who volunteered to try its machine in the lobby.

Morpho Detection says its data-collection experiment, which ended in late July, showed its scanner can process more than 300 customers an hour. Travelers still had to remove their shoes at the airport’s security checkpoints.

Morpho says it’ll use the data to fine-tune machines and submit it to the Transportation Security Administration.

TSA wants to revive the idea of allowing travelers to keep their shoes on at checkpoints and has announced its plans to buy 100 shoe scanners by next year. About a dozen companies hope to bid for the business. — Roger Yu

 

When you could use some assistance while traveling, try a Travel Companion from Care-To-Go.  In Home CareGivers are also available from Care-To-Go in the Phoenix area.

Phoenix Travel Companion Reunites A Brother And Sister After Years Apart

Travel Companion Makes Family Reunion Possible

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Phoenix Travel Companion Reunites A Brother And Sister After Years Apart

It was a picturesque spring day in April when Evelyn and her personal Travel Companion and CareGiver headed for the airport shuttle going from Burbank California connecting to John Day Oregon.  This should be a trip to remember.  Evelyn 95 was on her way to reunite with her brother Howard now 93 in Oregon.

Evelyn and Howard are the only ones remaining of five siblings who grew up on a little farm in Missouri then moved to California and Oregon in the mid 1940s.  It had been several years since the two of them had spent time together.

The trip to Boise ID went smoothly because Evelyn’s Travel Companion had scheduled an easy connection and had scheduled a wheel chair and pre-boarding for all the flight segments.  Evelyn’s Travel Companion Pam handled the bags and arranged for transportation from Boise airport to John Day OR, about a 3 hour ride.  Once checked into their hotel in John Day, Pam and Evelyn went to the ranch to reunite with Howard.

Ron, Gary, Brian, along with Donna also come to join in the get-together.  Evelyn and Howard were so excited to see each other and they lost no time in catching up.  Donna, Pam and Ron made dinner “Missouri” style which set the stage for several hours of conversation about the old days. 

During the next three days, The seniors reminisced for endless hours, never running out of stories.  They reminisced, went fishing (Evelyn caught the most fish for the dinner), looked at the scrap books, enjoyed Howard’s birthday celebration and just enjoyed their time all together.

Evelyn’s Travel Companion Pam, not only helped all the way making the trip possible, but she put forth the extra effort insuring that Evelyn was well taken care of and cared for.  Besides the trip, Pam helped with meals, baited hooks for fishing, helped organize scrapbooks and took some family pictures.  Pam roomed with Evelyn in the lodge to be certain she was well cared for and secure.

When it was time for the flight home, Evelyn and her travel companion boarded Southwest flight 405 to Oakland CA to connect to Burbank California.  The standard wheel chair and perboarding were set and the boarding in Boise went fine. 

After 30 minutes in the air, the pilot said that there was a warning light in the cockpit and we needed to return to Boise and have it fixed.  When it was discovered that the delay could be lengthly, the gate agents had everyone to get off and wait for another aircraft.  Evelyn was assisted from the plane and the circumstances was explained to her.  Pam, the Travel Companion continued to handle everything; explaining the circumstances to Evelyn, re-booking the flight connection to Oakland, assuring priority boarding once more, and handling snacks and drinks.  Thankfully the flights home were uneventful and went smoothly.

We are reminded constantly how precious family and friends can be to our well being.  Our seniors regularly let life close in on them because retaining contact with loved ones who live far away becomes too difficult.  Unfortunately, travel is one of the first things that drops out of the life of  an aging senior.  Travel Companions are a way for seniors to keep the lifestyle they love and maintain contact with friends and family.

Evelyn and Howard had a few wonderful days together and they now have more memories to last a life time.  At the last dinner in Oregon, plans were already started to schedule the next family reunion.

One company specializing in Travel Companions is Care-To-Go. For information on scheduling your Travel Companion visit CareToGoTravel.com

Seniors Connect With The Grand Children – Travel Ideas For Seniors

Seniors Connect With The Grand Children – Travel Ideas For Seniors

In the Golden Years, a lot of seniors enjoy their free time by vacationing. This is a way

to see many of the places that couldn’t be gotten to because of busy schedules. But

not all the seniors are getting away by themselves. Some senior citizens are going with

their grandkids minus their parents with them in what is now known as GrandTravel.

Approximately 80% of elders surveyed reported that they liked taking their grandkids

along with them on their vacations while their parents stayed at home. The increase in

popularity of taking grand children may be credited to a number of factors. The first is

that the grandparents are able to spend much more time with the grand children versus

only seeing them whenever their parents bring them around. The second is that the

grandkids parents get a break in to spend quality time together. The last is that the

grandparents can do what they do best – spoil the grandkids without the parents there.

GrandKids Come First
Studies about Grandtravel show is that seniors are much more democratic when it

comes to making decisions with their grandkids. They include the grand children in

decisions about where to eat and what to do on their vacation, and will often do

whatever the grandkids want to do..
Deciding at what age a child should be allowed to go on a trip alone with grandma and

grandpa can be tough and really depends on the maturity of the child. Generally,

studies on Grandtravel have shown that 12 or 13 is the average age for a child to go.

And in cases where there are multiple grandchildren around the same age, many seniors

will opt to take one grandchild each summer so that each kid gets the right amount of

attention, and the grandparents aren’t driven completely crazy.

Where to Go
While there’s no scarcity of destinations to take the grandkids, some good places are

Disney Land, Washington D.C., New York City and theme parks. Outdoor activities like

hiking, fishing, or the beach are good choices too.  Places with natural wonders also

rank high like Yellowstone, Yosemite or the Grand Canyon.

Let the Grandchildren Plan The Trip
I heard from a pilot I know that he would let the Grand Children plan their trip each

year for their birthday.  This is a chance to spend months of quality time planning a

special trip with each Grand Child.  They can choose a trip to a place that really interests

them, making the trip very special for the GrandKids.

To maintain independence at home in the Phoenix area visit www.care-to-go.com

For a Travel Companion anywhere contact WWW.CareToGoTravel.com

Phoenix Area Caregiver Reports A Good Way To Reserve Cheap Cruises Now

Travel Companion Phoenix Area Caregiver Reports A Good Way To Reserve Cheap Cruises Now

Cruise Ships are usually a favorite tour for Senior Citizens. 

Beautiful scenery, warm beaches, steel drum music,; what’s not to like?

Apart from the great setting in the Caribbean, Bahamas or Mexico, there

are a number of factors in picking a cruise trip over other types of

escape for Elders.  First, It truly is a place totally set up for all

the seniors desires including food, activities, house cleaning and

medical services.  It is so good to unpack just once and then just

watch the world pass by.

We all know that vacation tour rates including Cruises differ a lot. 

If you book through a travel agent, the Cruise Company, Orbits or a

bulk Cruise buyer, the cost varies greatly.  While you use a Paid

Travel Companion  the charges can be compared and you can choose the appropriate price for you.

Speaking of a Professional Travel Companion , you can now take a

personal travel assistant with you to be sure that the trip goes

easily.  Your personal travel companion  can go with you all the

way from your door and back home again.  How good would it be to have

professional assistance through the airport and flight, on the cruise

and back again.  One company providing Personal Travel Companions can

be found at <http://www.care-to-go.com>

Click Here for an article explaining more about booking discount

Cruises  as reported by AARP

Travel Companion Reunites A Brother And Sister After Years Apart

 Phoenix Travel Companion

It was a picturesque spring day in April when Evelyn and her personal Travel Companion headed for the airport shuttle going from Burbank California connecting to John Day Oregon.  This should be a trip to remember.  Evelyn 95 was on her way to reunite with her brother Howard now 93 in Oregon.

Evelyn and Howard are the only ones remaining of five siblings who grew up on a little farm in Missouri then moved to California and Oregon in the mid 1940s.  It had been several years since the two of them had spent time together.

The trip to Boise ID went smoothly because Evelyn’s Travel Companion had scheduled an easy connection and had scheduled a wheel chair and pre-boarding for all the flight segments.  Evelyn’s Travel Companion Pam handled the bags and arranged for transportation from Boise airport to John Day OR, about a 3 hour ride.  Once checked into their hotel in John Day, Pam and Evelyn went to the ranch to reunite with Howard.

Ron, Gary, Brian, along with Donna also come to join in the get-together.  Evelyn and Howard were so excited to see each other and they lost no time in catching up.  Donna, Pam and Ron made dinner “Missouri” style which set the stage for several hours of conversation about the old days. 

During the next three days, The seniors reminisced for endless hours, never running out of stories.  They reminisced, went fishing (Evelyn caught the most fish for the dinner), looked at the scrap books, enjoyed Howard’s birthday celebration and just enjoyed their time all together.

Evelyn’s Travel Companion Pam, not only helped all the way making the trip possible, but she put forth the extra effort insuring that Evelyn was well taken care of and cared for.  Besides the trip, Pam helped with meals, baited hooks for fishing, helped organize scrapbooks and took some family pictures.  Pam roomed with Evelyn in the lodge to be certain she was well cared for and secure.

When it was time for the flight home, Evelyn and her travel companion boarded Southwest flight 405 to Oakland CA to connect to Burbank California.  The standard wheel chair and preboarding were set and the boarding in Boise went fine. 

After 30 minutes in the air, the pilot said that there was a warning light in the cockpit and we needed to return to Boise and have it fixed.  When it was discovered that the delay could be lengthly, the gate agents had everyone to get off and wait for another aircraft.  Evelyn was assisted from the plane and the circumstances was explained to her.  Pam, the Travel Companion continued to handle everything; explaining the circumstances to Evelyn, re-booking the flight connection to Oakland, assuring priority boarding once more, and handling snacks and drinks.  Thankfully the flights home were uneventful and went smoothly.

We are reminded constantly how precious family and friends can be to our well being.  Our seniors regularly let life close in on them because retaining contact with loved ones who live far away becomes too difficult.  Unfortunately, travel is one of the first things that drops out of the life of  an aging senior.  Travel Companions are a way for seniors to keep the lifestyle they love and maintain contact with friends and family.

Evelyn and Howard had a few wonderful days together and they now have more memories to last a life time.  At the last dinner in Oregon, plans were already started to schedule the next family reunion.

 

One company specializing in Travel Companions is Care-To-Go. For information on scheduling your Travel Companion visit www.CareToGoTravel.com