Mention the fact that you're a senior when you first make your travel reservations. Many Swedish hotels offer discounts for seniors. Visitors over age 65 can also obtain 30% off first- and second-class train travel (except Fri and Sun) on the Swedish State Railways. Seniors get discounts on the ferries crossing from Denmark to Sweden, and on certain attractions and performances. However, you may have to belong to a seniors' organization to qualify for certain discounts. In Stockholm, there are discounts on transportation, concert, theater, and opera tickets.
Members of AARP (formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons), 601 E St. NW, Washington, DC 20049 (tel. 888/687-2277; 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.
Many reliable agencies and organizations target the 50-plus market. Elderhostel (tel. 800/454-5768; www.elderhostel.org) arranges study programs for those ages 55 and older (and a spouse or companion of any age) in the U.S. and in more than 80 countries around the world, including Austria. Most courses last 2 to 4 weeks and many include airfare, accommodations in university dormitories or modest inns, meals, and tuition.
Recommended publications offering travel resources and discounts for seniors include: the quarterly magazine Travel 50 & Beyond; Travel Unlimited: Uncommon Adventures for the Mature Traveler; and Unbelievably Good Deals and Great Adventures That You Absolutely Can't Get Unless You're Over 50, by Joann Rattner Heilman.