Who are the most obnoxious tourists?

According to a recent survey by the Living Social and Mandala Research organization, Americans are the planet's worst tourists. More than 5,000 people were asked, most of them Americans pointing accusing fingers at themselves.

Other voters: Irish people said British were the worst. The British, in turn, named the Germans. Everyone agreed that Chinese tourists are the most polite, except when they gather in casinos, where their gambling fascination makes them behave like Americans.

Southwest Air Tightens Rules On Flying Support Animals PDF Print E-mail

Senior travelers are familiar with the cheaters. Passengers who get fake IDs for Fido board first and grab the best seats. It happens on other airlines, as well as some cruise lines. Southwest has taken steps to make sure the helper animals are legitimate and not a bother to other passengers and crew. Now each must be on a leash throughout the flight and obey the rules.

Southwest's new policy, as of mid-September, requires travelers’ emotional support animal to wear a visible tag, and the owner must show a letter from an MD or licensed mental health pro. The only acceptable companions on SW flights are qualified dogs and cats.

Paris, France: It’s Oui Oui To Wee Wee At City Outdoor Privies PDF Print E-mail

The no-door urinals in many city areas where tourists pass by are called uritrottoirs. According to local officials they’re there on the sidewalks to cut back on roaming men who just stop anywhere to pee in public. When your travels take you to Paris, try not to be too horrified when you pass by busy outdoor uritrottoirs.

California Highway 1: Be Sure It’s Clear Before You Go PDF Print E-mail

Your travel4seniors.com editor has enjoyed the stretch of the beautiful 400-mile coastal road that runs between Los Angeles and San Francisco for many years. However, because of heavy mudslides around Carmel, Big Sur and other areas last year and this year’s forest fires, parts of the road have been closed off. According to local officials, U.S. 1 is now open again.

However, if your travel plans include the scenic coastal highway for the upcoming holiday weekend and beyond, keep in daily touch with official highway websites to be sure your journey will be safe and uninterrupted.

Manitoba, Canada: Visions Of Beluga Whales And Polar Bears PDF Print E-mail

The whales gathering along the Churchill River in late summer is the best time to watch the big belugas swim along to feed and give birth to baby belugas. Then, as the cool weather of September arrives, you can also see the big white bears roam and fish near Manitoba with their families. For info on tours and other activities, go to www.travelmanitoba.com

Q&A: Safety For Single Senior Woman Traveling Alone PDF Print E-mail

Q: I’m a retired teacher and want to travel by myself. It gives me total independence and freedom to set my own pace. I’ve gone with groups, but gave up due to restrictive schedules, boring companions and other bothers. What’s your opinion on a single, 67-year-old senior woman seeing the world by myself? Ms MML, Boston MA

A: We strongly suggest you travel with at least one healthy companion. This is necessary where current conditions may be dangerous. While planning, search online for crime rates, political unrest and other reasons to be cautious or stay away.

When checking in, ask the hotel host about current safety conditions. When in public, especially crowded areas, keep your purse safe under an elbow with shoulder strap. Secure phone or camera, and wrap the straps around a wrist. Obey safety rules, and keep your companion close at all times.


Page 1 of 462
Stay in-the-know about the latest Sports, Life, Money, Tech, and Travel stories. You'll get your first 2 months of USA TODAY for $25 (charged monthly). All print subscribers receive the e-Newspaper included with their subscription.