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Will hotel clean air ever become a reality?

Remember back in the days before you got smart about puffing cigarettes while filling your lungs with killer smoke? All restaurants and bars were clouded with choking air. Even at work, you had to share the nicotine-loaded environment.

We go way back to the real early days, when movie houses, cars, buses, trains and planes allowed smoking. Most restaurants encouraged addicts to puff out clouds of poison as you tried to enjoy your meal. Girls in shorts clomped through bars, clubs and dining rooms cooing, “Cigars, cigarettes, cancer?”

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Q: Best Places To Find Other Single Seniors? PDF Print E-mail


Q: I’m a retired high school teacher and really tired of the local senior dating scene. All the single males here in my home town seem to be either too young, too old and/or too boring for me.

I need to get out of town. Now that I can travel whenever I want, tell me the best places to mingle with interesting senior single men?  Ms. LLA, Houston TX

A: First, surf the internet and/or check with your travel agent to explore the almost limitless choices. Start breaking away from hometown blues with a singles cruise. All offer many get-acquainted events in both day and evening activities.

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How To Keep A Tight Budget While Traveling PDF Print E-mail


Major Cities: Skip the expensive taxis and limos as often as possible by learning to use buses, subways and other economical public transportation. Of course, when you decide to walk, enjoy the exercise, sights and savings. Surprisingly, you’ll find mingling with locals can actually enhance your visit.

Travel After Labor Day: Timing is everything for thrifty seniors. Do your wanderings after summer, when hotels, entertainment and transportation prices dip. Fly midweek on red-eye schedules. In autumn, cruises get cheaper, too, especially if you can nail a last-minute sailing.

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TSA PreCheck: Less Fuss For A Few More Bucks PDF Print E-mail


When you get to the airport, you don’t have to be super wealthy or politically connected to go to the front of the check-in line. These are special lanes at airport security for people who’ve earned special TSA clearance.

Along with breezing through the line where you see the above sign, you can keep your shoes, belt and jacket on. Additionally, no suspicious eying of your laptop or purse. Best of all, you don’t have to surrender to an intrusive whole-body scanner.

You need to qualify for TSA PreCheck. It takes several weeks to complete the process, but worth the one-time $85 fee to qualify. First, you must call or go on line to make an appointment to visit one of 300 TSA airport office locations.

Before your appointment date, you’ll be told what documents and proof you’ll need to bring to prove you’re a U.S. citizen with no criminal record. Your info will be processed, and soon you’ll get a Known Traveler Number. Then, when you or your travel agent book your flights, you can breeze through the PreCheck lanes at the airport. For more info, go to www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck

 
3 Movies About Travel Gone Hilariously Wrong PDF Print E-mail


It can happen to any naive senior traveler who ventures into the world. Misdirected flights, grungy hotels, traffic nightmares, street hustlers, ptomaine restaurants and more.

Of course, if it happens to you, it’s not funny. But when portrayed in a tragi-comic movie, it can be hilarious. Here are just a few examples you may want to enjoy again on DVDs, classic movie websites or cable TV before venturing out into that big world again.

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013): Ben Stiller stars in this remake of the 1947 Danny Kaye movie. With both imaginary and real misadventures throughout the world, Mitty manages to survive and win the heroine.

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Selfie On The Road: Where In The World Am I? PDF Print E-mail


You get three guesses as to where your travel4seniors.com editor is while squinting at his camera. No, not Paris, Texas. No, not the Paris Resort in Las Vegas. OK, you have just one more guess.

 

 
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