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They have programs all over the world, and their prices include everything but what it costs to get to the location.


I find that once you add in the cost of getting to the location, Elderhostel becomes a very expensive way to travel.

I happened to receive a mailing from them the other day and there's a program in Texas which interests me. Program cost is $561 (+ single supplement of $125 - not sure if I'd pay that or just "take my chances"), but airfare from Mew York to Corpus Christi is $482 + the various fees which are now added to airline fares. Then I have to get from the airport to the program location so I either have to rent a car ($150-$250) for the week or take a taxi (figure $50 each way).

I'm getting close to $1400 for a 5 night trip -- which is really 4 full days. I consider that an expensive trip.

I try to keep my trips at $200 a day or less including airfare and most meals -- With that as a guideline I've recently been to Peru, Costa Rica, and Europe twice. My trip to China (which I cancelled b/c of SARS) would have fit into my price range, but my upcoming trip to Ecuador exceeds it (about $250/day) -- but I'll visit the Amazon, the Galapogos and the mountains.
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