2015-12-03 / Senior Savvy

Bus Trips Offer Entertaining Excursions

By Florence Archambault

Florence Archambault, of Newport, is 84 years young and well-known for her community volunteerism and teaching and writing family history. Florence Archambault, of Newport, is 84 years young and well-known for her community volunteerism and teaching and writing family history. There comes a time in some seniors’ lives when they must make the decision either to curtail their driving or give it up entirely. This loss of independence can be very traumatic.

If you find yourself in this situation, there are some ways you can compensate and still satisfy your travel bug. One is to take advantage of the various bus trips offered by our local senior centers and churches. The Newport chapter of the AARP (based out of the Edward King Hosue) offers some wonderful trips, ranging from day outings to longer excursions, both stateside and overseas.

For the holiday season, if you have ever wanted to see the Christmas Festival of Lights at the LaSalette Shrine in Attleboro, you could take the trip planned for Friday, Dec. 11. The bus departs Newport at 10 a.m.; the trip includes a fullcourse luncheon at Wright’s Farm Restaurant before continuing on toa4p.m.arrivalattheLaSalette Shrine and LaSalette’s Father Pat (the “Troubador Priest”) performing his daily Christmas Choral Concert. At 5 p.m., more than 400,000 lights will be turned on. You’ll return home at 7 p.m. Cost is $65 per person. This would be a nice way to get into the holiday spirit. For information and to register, call the Edward King House at 401-846-7426.

AARP events on the 2016 calendar include trips to the award-winning Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn., for three popular musicals: “Anything Goes” on May 12, “Bye Bye Birdie” on July 28, and “Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz” on Oct. 20. These trips include lunch.

Other 2016 AARP trips include performances at PPAC and the Boston Pops. In July, AARP will sponsor an eight-day trip to Canada and, in November, a 12-day trip to Sicily and Southern Italy. For information on AARP trips, contact Shirley Ripa at 401-849-7087.

There are many perks to taking advantage of these bus trips. It is usually a comfortable ride, you can leave the driving to the bus driver and watch the scenery rolling by, get dropped off at the door, and not have to worry about finding a parking space.

On overseas trips a representative from the tour company shepherds you through the airport and customs and provides assistance if needed. Once you arrive at your destination a local tour guide joins you and travels with you. Everything is taken care of and you can relax and enjoy your adventure.

Many churches and social organizations and other senior centers also offer bus trips, both one day and longer. Check around. I’m sure you can find one that appeals to you. It beats sitting around the house watching TV.

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