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Originally published Sunday, June 7, 2009 at 12:00 AM

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Groups help older travelers get going

For travelers who are young at heart, but not in years, many organizations are dedicated to keeping them on the road.

For travelers who are young at heart, but not in years, many organizations are dedicated to keeping them on the road. A sampling: • Eldertreks creates trips for travelers 50 and older who want a wild ride. The active adventures cover the map: Bhutan, Madagascar, even Iran. 800-741-7956 or www.eldertreks.com

• 50plus Expeditions organizes trips for those 50-plus with stamina. Choose from small-group adventures, expedition cruises and independent trips to faraway places. 866-318-5050 or www.50plusexpeditions.com

• Over 50 and Overseas, run by a Peace Corps veteran who now lives in Port Townsend, gives seniors a hand on volunteering overseas. www.over50andoverseas.com • Grand Circle Travel (800-959-0405, www.gct.com) and its sister company, Overseas Adventure Travel (800-493-6824, www.oattravel.com), specialize in river cruises and escorted small-group trips for those older than 50, covering all seven continents. • Elderhostel is a nonprofit that runs "learning adventures" in more than 90 countries for travelers 55 and older; 800-454-5768 or www.elderhostel.org The associated Road Scholar program (800-466-7762, www.roadscholar.org) offers learning-focused, higher-end trips.

• AARP, an advocacy group for the over-50 set, has travel-specific information online at www.aarpmagazine.org/travel. Members ($12.50 annual fee) can get hotel discounts and other travel deals: 888-687-2277 or www.aarp.org/travel

Washington Post and Seattle Times staff

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