Our names are Marianne and Warren and we are a recently retired couple living in Geelong, Australia. We are in our mid-fifties and early sixties, and are about to embark on our first retirement trip to the USA in March and April 2012. We have travelled overseas reasonably often, most recently to Europe in 2010/11(Marianne with our daughter) and Japan (Warren, skiing with friends, Feb 2012). When travelling in Europe we have stayed in private apartments often and love this way of accommodation when on a holiday. We appreciate that people make their homes available and always respect their properties, taking good care of them while in them and leaving them clean and tidy.