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From A Galaxy Far, Far Away…Is It An Alien Spaceship?


Scientists say an interstellar object they named A/2017 U1, recently passed close enough to our planet to be seen on telescopes. It’s the first time ever such a large object from outside our solar system has been so clearly visible. What would our scientists see if they could get a closer look at the strange vehicle?

We’d guess the aliens aboard would seem somewhat familiar. They’d be grey-haired, lounging on deck sunning themselves. Some would be playing shuffleboard, munching sandwiches and sipping drinks. The close-up scope could also see through the portholes, revealing others inside playing blackjack and video poker machines. The Earth scientists managed to interpret a sign in an alien language: ALL-INCLUSIVE SENIOR INTERSTELLAR CRUISE

Save Time & Money On Holiday Flights: Carry All With You PDF Print E-mail


If you’re dragging heavy luggage into the airport, expect higher baggage fees this year on major airlines. For a family, it could add hundreds of dollars to your travel costs.

Pack light, take soft-sided carry-ons and wear jackets with many inside and outside pockets for stuffing in everything possible. Check-in areas before your flight will be crowded, and much worse after you land. Jammed in with everyone else waiting,  you’ll spend long minutes for your bags to come down the chute. Unless, of course, you have no checked bags!

 
Ouch! Seat-Squashed Passenger Sues British Airways PDF Print E-mail


According to The Guardian, the angry guy claims his seatmate weighed more than 300 pounds. Throughout the long flight, the unlucky passenger was so uncomfortable with overflowing blubber pressing him, he says it caused him physical injuries.

The legal charges haven’t been processed yet, but many senior flyers can sympathize with the squeezed victim. It’s a well-known fact that airlines continue to reduce passenger cheap seat areas to be able to load more paying customers aboard.

When it happens to you, there may be a solution. If nearby cheap seats aren’t filled just before take-off and aircraft doors are being closed, immediately ask the flight attendant to move you to another seat in the same section. Or smile politely and suggest a higher-class area at no extra charge.

 
Travel + Leisure: Japan This Year’s Top Travel Destination PDF Print E-mail


What a coincidence! A bit of history. Your travel4seniors.com editor was just celebrating my 20th birthday way back in August 1945. My Navy troop ship was in Cavite, The Philippines, scheduled to travel to Japan. Our passenger list included 1,500 Marines who were armed and prepared to land in the Land of the Rising Sun.

Now, several generations later, Japan is named by T+L the best nation to visit in the world. Of course, much has happened since that time to change history. Actually, most senior travelers who’ve been to Japan since WW2 will agree the friendly nation is a great place to visit.

Think of cherry blossoms, fantastic ocean and mountain views, colorful celebrations, delicious foods, hot baths and much more. And don’t forget, senior tourist on your way to Japan: If you were a Marine way back then in WW2, be sure to leave your M1 Garand at home.

 
Northern California Suffers Worst Air Pollution In It’s History PDF Print E-mail


Travel can be hazardous in Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose and other areas near the enormous forest fires. They continue to burn and cause thick smoke in the skies. For seniors, especially those with breathing and other lung problems, the pollution may cause serious medical problems.

Until the fires are completely out and for weeks after while the air is clearing, reconsider your travel plans to the hazardous areas. Also, if you live there or must visit for the holidays, take all necessary precautions. Stay indoors as much as possible. When you need to go out, travel in closed, air-conditioned vehicles. When walking in smoky areas, wear a medicated face mask.

 
Miami FL: Haul Your Bare Butt Over To Haulover Beach PDF Print E-mail


With winter already taking over in much of the Eastern USA, and you plan to visit Miami to get away from it all, consider a nudist experience. The clothing optional state park in Miami boasts one of the most popular public nude beaches in the U.S.

The nude beach area was recently updated with new bathrooms and shower stalls. There are food trucks, as well as beach chairs and cabanas to rent. The nearest beachfront upscale hotel is the Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbor, about a 15-minute walk to Haulover.

 
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