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AARP, Google Maps team up to make affordable travel easier

March 28, 2013

Many seniors use retirement as a time to travel, and technology has made it easier than ever for them to get where they're going. While GPS devices help you get from place to place, a new program offered by AARP provides much more than that. A partnership between Google Maps and AARP will not only help you reach your destination, it will show you where you can take advantage of discounts along the way, USA Today reports.

This unique joint venture offers a number of benefits. Perhaps most significantly, it can direct you to hotels, restaurants and attractions that offer discounts to AARP members. Many of the deals are substantial, with some discounts ranging from 10 to 20 percent. The tool doesn't just let you know where each location is, either. Thanks to the partnership you can find a route there using Google Maps and have your itinerary planned in minutes.

The new tool will certainly come in handy if you're looking to make traveling part of senior living, and experts say there are several burgeoning trends you may want follow. For instance, educational travel, which offers seniors the chance to indulge their intellectual curiosity on foreign soil is particularly popular, notes The Huffington Post.