age and travel

May 24th, 2007, 03:07 PM
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please!!! I need information-- about above statement--" can not rent car in Ireland over 70 yrs. of age" this just can't be true, my husband will have to drive. We have visited Ireland once. Thanks for all info.
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May 24th, 2007, 03:54 PM
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lsm8931 - this is from something called IrishCarRental .com:

Age Requirements - Restrictions*
....The minimum age to rent a vehicle is 21 years (maximum 75).

...... drivers 70 or over are subject to an insurance surcharge of 25 Euro per day. All drivers under 25 and all drivers 70 and over are liable for the first 1,500 Euro of damage to the car (excess). The surcharge is paid when collecting the car and is not included in the quoted price. All drivers must present their unendorsed full Licence at the Irish Car Rentals desk and must sign the rental contract.

Only named drivers may drive an Irish Car Rentals vehicle. The minimum age to be a named driver in a minivan, minibus or luxury car rental is 25 years.

The maximum age to be a named driver in a minivan, minibus or luxury car rental is 70 years."

Hope that helps.

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May 24th, 2007, 04:15 PM
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My grandma - other side of the family - was resistent to flying for ages. I am not sure why, but she just didn't want to do it. She and her husband would drive half way across the country in a heartbeat, but she didn't want to fly.

She got over her aversion though when one of my cousins had a baby and she HAD to go see the new baby. My uncle sent her a plane ticket, so she flew. My grandma uses a walker so skycaps wheeled her around the airport and she had help getting into the plane. She got tons of special attention from everybody.

Now she loves flying.

In the first 80 years of her life, I think she was in a plane twice. In the next 5 years, she took 5 or 6 trips - LOL.
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May 24th, 2007, 04:40 PM
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I have a 97-year-old aunt who still travels - from N.Y. to Eugene, Oregon is a real schlep, but she does it. At the (young) age of 89 she travelled to Borneo and spent time on the rivers there. I, on the other hand, am much much younger and can barely navigate the hilltop towns in Tuscany. But, darn it, I will travel as far afield as possible and leave the closer stuff for my old age and if my husband has to push me in a wheelchair, so be it!
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May 24th, 2007, 05:23 PM
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I imagine that all of us will suffer physical ailments that will change or curtail the way we travel if se live long enough. We try to do the physical activities now because we know something could change later and we won't be able to do them. We are saving that Alaskan cruise and the all inclusive resorts for when we no longer have the physical capacity to walk all over Venice or Paris or climb in the Alps. We thank God every time we are able to take another trip and try to enjoy each trip like it will be our last one.
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May 24th, 2007, 05:49 PM
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Please let's not worry, it's about genetics and life style. Some are not lucky to have both that are fruitful, so the secret is to eat better, exercise more if able, and more important, to enjoy your life and those who care about you.
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May 24th, 2007, 05:58 PM
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My grandfather died at 96 and traveled all his adult life. He had been just about everywhere I think. Europe, South America, all through the Middle East. I still have some metal sqewers he brought me from Iran. He lived and traveled alone for 20 years after my grandmother died and then met a woman on one of his trips, and they got married. In his later years he was just wearing out. He was quite frail and used a wheel chair but they still traveled, but they found that cruising was the best at that point in his life.
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May 24th, 2007, 06:50 PM
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Always remember the sage words of Satchel Paige(pitched in the big leagues when he was 50)---"Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don't mind--it don't matter!!"


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May 24th, 2007, 07:04 PM
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jinx, I agree with you much you have no idea.
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May 24th, 2007, 08:10 PM
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Bad news about extra charges for drivers over 70! I am rethinking the September trip to Ireland I had planned, as I'm 71 and will be close to 72 when I go--if I go. I'm not sure that I want to visit Ireland if it's too expensive to drive.

I really think age is often just a number, and at this stage of my life I think I am as alert as I ever was.

This situation reminds me of the time I heard a TV announcer report that an "elderly woman" had been stuck in an elevator for a couple of hours. I thought, "Oh,oh. I have a bad feeling about this." And sure enough, the woman was two years younger than I was.
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May 25th, 2007, 08:14 AM
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I just checked with an agency that rents for Hertz in Ireland. They have no added cost for drivers older than 70. I haven't as yet called other rental agencies, but the person at Hertz told me that some other agencies do charge more for older drivers.
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