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Miami Airport Provides Therapy Dogs For Nervous Passengers


They’re called MIA Volunteer K-9 Ambassadors, and human handlers lead them around to stop for friendly visits with people waiting for flights. Similar programs are operated in Los Angeles, Denver and other airports.

Before you reach out to pet an airport therapy dog or any other strange animal, your travel4seniors.com editor has a story to tell. I’ve had furry pets and many encounters with trained working dogs, and never had a problem … until last year’s Halloween night. While attending a street parade, I approached a woman who said her big canine was in training to be a therapy dog.

I petted him, not realizing he was highly stressed from the loud music and crowds. Suddenly he snapped his jaws on my hand, making a large, deep bite. It resulted in an ambulance ride to the hospital and a dozen stitches to close the wound. Conclusion: Whether in an airport or anywhere else, be aware that even the most domesticated and trained dogs are animals. When they’re suddenly nervous or frightened, the attack instinct can take over with painful results.

Coronavirus Effect: Gas Prices May Keep Lowering PDF Print E-mail


Along with all the travel bad news, springtime drivers may experience some good news. The national average price of gas is $2.38, down 6 cents from a month ago, and continues to drop. That’s usually when gas prices go higher for warm weather travel season.

The worldwide disease is affecting the market because it is causing flights, cruises and other forms of travel to be drastically reduced. Therefore, if you can get thru all the bad news of spreading coronavirus disease and Wall Street stock market crash, hop in your car and hit the road!

 
Coronavirus Fears Cause Travel Cancelations & Lower Prices PDF Print E-mail


If you’re thinking of springtime travel, note that amusement parks, airlines, hotels, cruise lines and other businesses that depend on travelers are slashing prices as worldwide coronavirus concerns grow. The deals are because of losing customers with travel cancellations and fears causing low demand.

When booking for spring break and other seasonal events, be sure you’re aware of the areas where the epidemic illness has been most serious. Then, while traveling take all necessary precautions to protect yourself from the illness with personal cleanliness and medical advice.

For all trips, take prescribed medications, disposable tissues, mouthwash, first aid kit and other necessary anti-infection items. When you arrive at your destination in the U.S. and other world sites, familiarize yourself with local medical facilities in case you note serious illness symptoms that begin to affect your heath.

 
Spend Some Springtime Sunshine In The Sonoran Desert PDF Print E-mail


For example, vacation home booking site Vrbo suggests Scottsdale, Arizona. Lovely town with great restaurants, shops and surrounding desert landscapes. Daytime temperatures spike to 80 degrees in March and April. And one fun thing to do is attend pre-season San Francisco Giants' practice games at Scottsdale Stadium.

Budget tip: When planning, check the Experience Scottsdale tourism website for city attractions, including hiking among brilliant cactus blossoms and river rafting. If you’ll be there for several days, consider an Airbnb. A three-bedroom vacation rental home with a pool on Vrbo starts at $133/night.

 
WalletHub: Top U.S. Cities For Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day PDF Print E-mail


Named the best: #5. Tampa FL, #4. Pittsburgh PA, #3. Philadelphia PA, #2, Boston MA, #1.  Chicago IL. History: All of these cities experienced large arrivals of Irish immigrants during the 19th and early 20th Centuries. Their traditions are still practiced throughout the U.S.A.

WalletHub compared 200 of the largest cities across the nation, and found many traditional Irish pubs and restaurants, especially in the top five. If your travels take you to any of those destinations, you’ll find a variety of ways, including colorful parades and bright music, to celebrate in true Irish traditions. www.usatoday.com/picture-gallery/travel/airline-news/2020/03/04/best-cities-st-patricks-day-per-wallethub

 
USA Today: Why Do Airports Offer Chapels For Prayers? PDF Print E-mail


The story gives the 90-year history of how it began with Catholic requests for airline employees to have a place to pray and rest. Since then, all major airports offer multi-sectarian chapels for all to attend.

So, in this era of sudden impact by coronavirus panic, if you’re scheduled to fly, make time to spend some quiet moments in your airport’s chapel to contemplate. Pray that you don’t catch the dreaded disease during your journey!

 
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