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New York NY: World Trade Center Observatory

After 14 years since the 9/11/01 disaster, visitors may once again view the dramatic Manhattan skyline from nearly a quarter-mile high at the World Trade Center. The new observatory is on Floors 100 to 102 at One World Trade Center, and is scheduled to open to the public on Friday, May 29.

The observatory includes three restaurants, bar, shops, historical artifacts and glass floor scenes. While rising in the elevator, guests can watch video of 500 years of Manhattan history. Tickets: adult $32, senior $30, child $26. For more info, go to www.oneworldobservatory.com

If Travel Deal Seems Too Good to Be True, It Ain't! PDF Print E-mail


There’s an old cliché that seniors are the most vulnerable to scams, because we’re more trusting than younger people. However, one of the biggest scams in history, Bernie Madoff’s $50 billion Ponzi scheme bilked millions from supposedly aware younger people. They included actor Kevin Bacon, producers Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katsenberg, as well as other wealthy and supposedly savvy young victims.

They put misguided trust in the sleazy carnival pitchman because they believed his wild promises of big returns on their investments. Of course, it’s easy to ridicule those investors for being so vulnerable as to entrust billions to this con artist. However, every day, both rich and poor, young and old, fall for scams they should know to avoid.

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Tokyo, Japan: Helpful Robots Roam Haneda Airport PDF Print E-mail


It’s about three feet tall and rolls around through the busy Tokyo Haneda International Airport. It provides security duties, as well as give info and answers questions in English, Japanese and Chinese. It has some nearby relatives, Cyberdyne Cleaning Robots. They can be seen day and night, mopping and sweeping, keeping Haneda spotless.

So, if your senior travels take you to that popular destination, make sure you know the difference between the two robot services. One will politely give you directions to your boarding gate, while the other may just get mad and clean your clock.

 
Las Vegas NV: Savvy Seniors Do It On The Cheap PDF Print E-mail


Las Vegas is the easiest vacation spot anywhere to plan and implement a budget vacation. The reason, of course, is that the business of Sin City is gambling. Resorts there expect gamblers to come, and further, to lose. To entice gamblers, Vegas hotels offer bargains in rooms, food, entertainment and in many other ways.

Budget-minded visitors, especially those who are modest or non-gamblers, can take advantage of those benefits. For instance, while an upscale resort hotel in New York, Paris, London, San Francisco or Singapore may charge $500 a night for a basic room, the most luxurious Vegas resorts may offer a suite for $150, and throw in a free buffet meal or two.

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Labor Day: Nearly 16 Million Will Fly Thru The Weekend PDF Print E-mail


According to latest reports from A4A (Airlines for America), travelers can expect to contend with the huge number of fellow flight passengers during the summer-ending holiday.

And of course, if you plan to travel by air during that busy time, it may seem most of the millions will be in line ahead of you at the security check-in desk. Not much you can do about it except pack light, get to the airport early and attempt the senior traveler's virtue of endless patience. Happy landings!

 
Easing The Way For Group Travel With Friends PDF Print E-mail


The secret is compatibility. If that doesn't happen before the trip and maintained throughout, no one will enjoy the time together. And if it gets too contentious, that troubled journey may be the first and last for what will become former pals.

Before departure, sit down together to determine how decisions will be made and who's in charge. When a group sets out on a trip, forget about democracy. One person should be responsible for planning the entire enterprise, mapping out the general schedule and then call all the shots throughout the trip.

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