Best Jewish Travel Ideas for Senior Travelers

Being retired means you have all the time in the world to do what you want-like traveling! But which places make for an unforgettable Jewish vacation? Let’s take a look:

Heritage Tour in Asia

Asia is full of diverse cultures, and there are even Jewish heritage sites in places you’d least expect. There are tours are led by rabbis that can provide in depth discussions on them. If you want, there is a 15-day tour take takes you to Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and Burma.

Here are some notable places you must visit:

Singapore: Maegan Aboth- this synagogue offers Mikveh and serves as a school for more than a hundred students. They have kosher restaurants and serve Shabbat meals and catering services as well.

Myanmar: Musmeah Synagogue – this synagogue is the only and last standing synagogue in Burma which is also home to more than 120 Torah scrolls.

Thailand: Chiang Mai Temples – If you are into temples, then Chiang Mai is a place to visit. Home to over 300 temples, this city has temples dating 13th and 18th century old. The most famous is the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.

Senior Volunteering in Israel

Volunteering is not only for young people who want exposure. It is great for retirees too! If you want to have a meaningful vacation without worrying about lodging and accommodation, then volunteering abroad is for you.

Aside from having a unique experience, you can also apply your skills here too. Many organizations are always in need of doctors, social workers, lawyers, etc.

Here are some organizations that are looking for volunteers:

Pantry Packers – This is great for tourists who are in the country for a short time. Pantry Packers distributes foods to families and senior citizens in Israel that belong to poor communities.

Skilled volunteers for Israel – This is perfect for retirees who still want to put their skills to good use. Skilled volunteers for Israel invites professional North American and British Jews to volunteer in Israel in a limited-term volunteer engagement.

Kosher River Cruise in Europe

Europe is a known destination for Jewish travel tours, including kosher river cruises. Many of these are all-inclusive luxury cruises that even have synagogues on board. Moreover, their programs include educational heritage tours. They also have well-known rabbis and scholars on board that hold lectures and discussions

The glatt kosher meals being served are also strictly supervised. This is perfect for those who want to keep kosher on their travels.

Going on a vacation is sure a lot of fun, but it would better if you also gain unique and memorable experiences, and. And since you have the luxury of time, you can have a more carefree and relaxed trip.

5 Ideas For Cheap Cruise Travel Deals

Everyone wants to travel the world, right? How does a luxury cruise sound? Warm beaches, exotic ports of call, fine dining, 5 star service, hammocks and fruity umbrella drinks. Who could resist?

Course there is one small issue – the outrageous prices that put the dream of a cruise vacation out of reach for 90% of people. But there is hope. I am here to help you find the absolute best cruise travel deals. Wholesale prices, incentive cruises, and even the occasional F.R.E.E voyage are in the bag of tricks. My goal is to show you how to plan, find, book, and enjoy the cruise vacation of a lifetime on a shoestring budget whether it is your first cruise or your tenth.

Be sure to check out this month’s top hints, insider secrets, and tricks the travel industry does not want you to know about how to get a fantastic cruise travel deal.

Here are 5 ideas to get you started on finding the cheapest cruise bargains:

1) Go Off-Season

Everyone and their brother is planning a cruise in the spring or early summer. Think spring break and that’s where you will find the crowds. The cruise industry is not going to offer any good cruise travel deals during their busy season because they simply don’t have to. Expect a 20-30% cheaper fare for off-season cruises.

BONUS: Airfares will also be cheaper during the less-traveled months saving you an additional chunk of money.

2) Consider Repositioning

These cruises are heavily discounted because the cruise line is simply moving the boat from one home port to another. They have to take that trip regardless of how many passengers sign up. You will get a few less ports – but if you are true cruise lover, the extra days at sea will be no great burden. You can expect to save 40-60% on a price per day basis over regular cruises.

3) Skip the Flight

Most cruises in the US originate from Florida and California, but did you know that dozens of other ports of embarkation (where you leave from) are available? Unexpected places like New Orleans, Houston, Seattle, New Jersey, and even Mobile, AL offer a few cruise itineraries a year. If you can hitch a ride from somewhere within easy driving distance, how much will you save? Anticipate travel to and from the embarkation port costs to drop easily $1000 for a family of 4.

BONUS: Also, you will not have to worry about hotel on either side of the cruise in this scenario.

4) Last Minute Savings

Often if your schedule is flexible, good cruise travel deals can be had in the last 2 months leading up to departure. Think about it – the boat is going, overhead is relatively fixed, so empty staterooms cost the cruise lines big bucks that can never be recovered. Sign up for email newsletters (cheapcruises.com, vacationstogo.com, and travelzoo.com are my favorites) so you will get priority notification of cruise travel deals.

5) Speak and Cruise

If you’ve ever been on a cruise, you know there is a an endless array of entertainment and educational opportunities on board. Everything from underwater basket weaving, to painting classes, to seminars on wine tasting. Did you know that each of those presenters AND their family get a complimentary cruise in exchange for a couple of 1 hour work sessions? Would you work for 2 hours to get a free cruise?