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Royal Caribbean: Join Volunteer Hikes At Sea


RCL offers passengers opportunities to contribute to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The organization sends kids with life-threatening medical conditions on free trips to Disneyland and other wonderfully wishful destinations.

On a day during many RCL cruises, volunteers can take An International Walk for Wishes. Participants pay $10 and up to hike around the ship's exercise deck for a specified period of time. It earns them a logo t-shirt and warm personal pride. Royal Caribbean and other cruise lines offer a variety of incentives to encourage passengers to contribute to worthy charities.

For more volunteer info, check with your cruise line or go to www.usatoday.com/experience/cruise/best-of-cruising/best-of-cruise-line-charities/13357099. For info about Make-A-Wish, go to www.wish.org

Q: My Spouse Insists I Tear Up My Driver’s License PDF Print E-mail


I just had my 80th birthday and starting plans for our annual road trip from home in Michigan. This year it would be driving to Arizona and the Grand Canyon. However, she says I’ve had it at the wheel. I’m fit, no accidents, go to the gym weekly and see clearly thru glasses. What’s your opinion? PLMcV, Detroit MI

A: If you still feel you can drive the long journey, prove it to your wife. Get a complete physical from your family doctor, and opinion on whether you should do the long road trip. If you get a medical OK, ask your wife to reconsider. If she still objects, for the sake of family harmony, don’t do the driving trip. Suggest a bus or airline package tour to the Grand Canyon.

 
San Luis Obispo, CA: Come Stay & Get A Hundred Bucks PDF Print E-mail


The city’s Chamber of Commerce will hand $100 to eligible winter travelers who visit through March 31. They can luxuriate on the Pacific Ocean beaches with average winter daily highs of low 70s and nights from mid-40s.

To get the dough, book a two-night stay at a local hotel on the city website, www.slocity.org. With your promotion confirmation number, show booking info and your hotel room key at the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center. Then it’s hello a hundred, San Luis Obispo!

 
Citizens & Tourists To Get Around Luxembourg City Free! PDF Print E-mail


Eat your hearts out, taxi, Lyft and Uber. The city-state officials were tired of the clogged, smoky, noisy and dangerous streets happening daily by thousands of private cars, as well as congestion caused by the pick-up and drop-off vehicles.

They needed a way to ease traffic, cut air pollution and make getting around more easily. Starting in March, the no-cost bus trips will go into effect. Hey, New York City, London, Rome and Paris. Are you listening? For more info, go to www.cnn.com/travel/article/luxembourg-free-public-transport

 
Winter Flying Tips To Make Your Trip Less Troubled PDF Print E-mail


For passengers, current airport experiences are often much more difficult than in previous years. One glaring example is the government shut-down that forces security employees to work without pay. As a result, more are calling in sick, causing longer check-in lines and other airport challenges.

Adding to the problems, this year’s winter weather has been particularly cold, wet and snowy, causing additional delays and cancellations. When you plan to fly, try to make your trip less hectic by following some simple rules.

First, in the 24 hours before your flight, keep in constant internet touch with your airline and airport to be aware of any current and upcoming problems that will affect schedules. If the situation worsens, postpone your trip. Or set up alternative plans and reservations that can make your schedule as smooth as possible.

 
Nate'n Al's: Memories Of LaLaLand’s Most Famous Deli PDF Print E-mail


Your travel4seniors.com editor came home from service in the Korean War in 1953 and got a job at the daily Beverly Hills Citizen, owned by Will Rogers, Jr. Though my $75 a week newspaper salary was less than my Navy pay, one advantage was often rubbing shoulders with famed movie stars of the time.

I covered stories about Frank Sinatra, Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Lucille Ball, Milton Berle and others. Groucho Marx lived just a few blocks from our office and often stopped by to chat. One of the city’s places that attracted many stars was Nate 'n Al’s Deli around the corner from the newspaper building, which opened in 1945. I lunched there, often among Hollywood stars, including Doris Day and Carol Channing. I still remember dining with a shy young unknown next to me at our table named Jerry Lewis.

Today, I live only 20 minutes away and go to the deli often. There are rumors now that the 80-year-old eatery will be closing soon. So, if your California travel plans include visiting Beverly Hills, be sure to dine at Nate ’n Al’s before the deli doors and corned beef aromas may close forever.

 
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