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Soar As A Space Tourist If You Have The Nerve And Dough PDF Print E-mail


The Gateway Foundation hopes to create a commercial space station with passenger suites, orbiting the Earth. The California company is planning a cruise ship-style hotel floating among the stars.

The aim is to start test runs by 2025 and open for business in 2027. When space tourism happens, it will be only for the very daring and very rich. Concurrently, Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic also plans to launch sub-orbital space stations in the near future, costing $250,000 per person, per trip. Of course, it includes all meals and booze. And maybe some spectacular sightseeing. www.cnn.com/travel/article/space-hotel-designs-von-braun-station-scn

 
Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Grabs More Tourist Money PDF Print E-mail


Will it be Double Dutch? Next time you visit this favorite foreign city of your travel4seniors.com editor, be aware. Politicians there will be taking more cash out of your travel pocket.

The charming city already has the highest hotel tax rates in Europe. And they will go higher. Of course, as in many world cities, that’s just the tip of the extra charges. So, when you see ads touting hotels for $99.99 a night, whether in the Dutch or other tourist city, that’s just the start of the real cost. With add-ons of local taxes, resort fees and other hits, consider your advertised room rate may be actually only about half of what you’ll really have to pay. www.cnn.com/travel/article/amsterdam-tourist-tax-increase

 
Los Angeles CA: Busiest Airport’s Arrivals Are Now Busier PDF Print E-mail


When you dash out the door at LAX, you won’t get immediate taxi or ride share pick-ups curbside. You’ll have to take shuttles to designated holding lots. Shuttles are every five minutes, adding another 15 minutes to your journey.

You can walk yourself and bags to a lot in about 20 minutes. Before you plan a flight that ends at LAX, contact your travel agent or airline for the best way to get a ride to your final ground destination.

 
Saudia Arabia Is Now Encouraging Tourists PDF Print E-mail


There are restrictions. Visiting women must wear schmattas. No drugs, no bikinis and no booze. In restaurants, no borsht, matzo ball soup nor chopped liver on bagels.

Visas will be available online for around $70, with no restrictions for unaccompanied women, previously the law. Access to the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina will be restricted. Sadly, you can’t find the Arabian theme any more in Las Vegas. The Aladdin and Algiers Hotels have been closed for years.

 
West Hollywood CA: Cannabis Café Welcomes Puffers & Diners PDF Print E-mail


If your travels take you to movie star city, you’ll want to stroll the Walk of Fame, cruise trendy Beverly Hills and bask among the palm trees. With pot now legal in California, you may also opt to relax with a marijuana cigarette and enjoy lunch at the nearby newly-opened Lowell Café on North LaBrea Avenue.

A friendly staff of budtenders greet customers with menu selections of buds, joints, and other cannabis products. There’s also a tasty menu of delicious foods and scheduled entertainment. Enjoy the Lowell Café rooftop lounge. And always remember that it’s only legal to smoke marijuana in enclosed areas. www.lamag.com/digestblog/lowell-farms-cannabis-cafe

 
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