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Children are cared for communally in the Fiji's extended family systems, and so are seniors. Most Fijians live with their families from birth to death. Consequently, the local governments don't provide extensive programs and other benefits for persons of retirement age. You won't find many senior discounts. Children get them; seniors don't.

Nevertheless, mention the fact that you're a senior when you first make your travel reservations. All major airlines and many chain hotels offer discounts for seniors.

Elderhostel, 75 Federal St., Boston, MA 02110-1941 (tel. 877/426-8056; www.elderhostel.org), occasionally has study programs to Fiji for those 55 and over (and a spouse or companion of any age) in the United States and in more than 80 countries. Most include airfare, accommodations in university dorms or modest inns, meals, and tuition.

Members of AARP, 601 E St. NW, Washington, DC 20049 (tel. 888/687-2277 or 202/434-2277; www.aarp.org), get discounts on hotels, airfares, and car rentals. AARP offers members a wide range of benefits, including AARP The Magazine and a monthly newsletter. Anyone over 50 can join.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.