New York NY: Manhattan Restaurant World’s Best

The 50 Best Restaurants Academy declared Eleven Madison Park at the top of the list. Of course, it has no competition from Wendy’s or McDonald’s, but there are many restaurants in Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Tokyo and other locations that also boast great eateries.

If your next New York visit includes dining at Eleven Madison Park, be sure to try one of its yummy specialties, the delicious celery root cooked in a pig’s bladder. And, by the way, bring lots of money. The average price per meal is $145, plus tax, plus tip.

Keep Clean As You Wander This Dirty World PDF Print E-mail

Consider all the places you touch with bare hands when traveling, especially in this busy season. Doorways, railings, toilet seats, sinks, escalators, airport and store counters. In foreign countries, you expose yourself to new foods, cultures and experiences, but also to more species of germs.

On future journeys, bring sanitizing products, including disposable medicated wet wipes. Whether in airplane, train, store, public toilet or bus, first wipe down arm rests, tray tables, sinks and everything else with a couple of cleansing swipes.

Philadelphia PA: Exotic Zoo Residents To Visit PHL PDF Print E-mail

If your holiday travels take you through the Philly airport on Tuesday, December 17, from 1 pm to 3 pm, you’re in for a treat. You’ll visit the zoo without leaving the airport.

PHL and the Philadelphia Zoo welcome animal lovers. See Camilla, a three-banded armadillo, Shenandoah, a red-tailed hawk. gold macaws Machu and Picchu and other feathered and furry visitors at the Terminal B-C food court. The airport will also offer free trading cards profiling each animal guest from the zoo.

Senior Sailors Beware: Avoid Cruise Ship Tragedies PDF Print E-mail

For seniors on ocean voyages, it’s a fun adventure with scenic waters, interesting port visits, onboard entertainment, great dining and much more. However, you’re also sailing into challenges aboard a large, mostly metal vehicle that can be much more physically dangerous than what older people normally face on dry land.

First, there’s boarding as you make your way up a steep ramp. You pass many outside railings as you walk through the ship, and during rough seas, you must be careful of falling at all times. Additionally, although the rules forbid it, some passengers climb on rails to shoot selfies and otherwise take chances that may cause injury or worse,

Recently a young father died after he fell four stories from a balcony to a lower deck on a Carnival cruise ship. The accident follows the death of an 18-month-old Indiana girl. who was dropped accidentally out of a mid-ship porthole by her grandfather.

For cruising seniors, be sure you know all the safety rules, and while aboard follow them intelligently to prevent such tragic accidents.

US Airports Customs Wait Times After Inbound Flights PDF Print E-mail

In addition to the millions of Americans flying during this busy time of year, inbound international travelers can face bothersome delays. Airside Mobile’s Mobile Passport app ranked 25 major U.S. airports based on customs wait lines.

Least incoming delays happened at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). Average wait time for U.S. passengers is 4.9 minutes. Average maximum wait time is 18.7 minutes  The longest lines happen at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) where average wait time for arriving U.S. passengers is 13.8 minutes Average maximum wait time there is 44.4 minutes.

When Flying Economy, Sit Up Straight, Cheapskate! PDF Print E-mail

After waiting in the jammed airport boarding line, once in your cheap seat there's no space to lean back and recline. Just isn’t much leg stretching room either. At holiday times and beyond, airlines are squeezing more cheap passengers aboard to make added money. Before airline deregulation, many economy class seats had a generous 36 inches in width and comfy legroom. Today, some have as little as 28 inches. So, while flying in your bargain seat, just sit back, squeeze your knees and try to relax.


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