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Q: With All The City Street Violence, Is It Safe To Travel? PDF Print E-mail

Hong Kong, Mexico, Venezuela, Israel, Lebanon, Syria and other world cities are seeing increasing street demonstrations. In past years we visited Jerusalem during the December holidays. Although we encountered some protests, they never interfered with our daily tourist activities and church attendance there. However, now it seems to be adding up to more dangers for senior world travelers. Should we visit Jerusalem this season? WLJ, Palm Beach FLA

A: Before booking, keep in close touch with conditions in the city, especially if there threatens to be violent demonstrations during your visit. If you believe it could be dangerous, make other holiday plans. Maybe visit peaceful Bethlehem PA, the Vatican in Rome, Barcelona, NYC’s Rockefeller Center or other cities that also offer attractive and safe holiday events.

Q: Should Our Seniors Club Make Plans To Visit Cuba? PDF Print E-mail

Many of our members recall those long-ago days before Castro, when Americans enjoyed visits to Havana for the great music, food and casinos. Is it possible to arrange a group tour this winter? LER, Tampa FL

A: The restrictions of no visits were eased recently, although still not totally lifted. After over 140 thousand Americans came by cruise ships in early 2019, the U.S. government put in new rules. A previous category for "people-to-people" travel, which accounted for many tourist visits, was eliminated. Before you begin making group plans to go to Cuba, probably now only allowed by air, check with a trusted travel agency on current rules and restrictions.

Q: We Were Considering A Winter Trip To Mexico, But…. PDF Print E-mail

The senseless killing of American children by drug cartel criminals has made us reconsider. What do you recommend? PJL, Baltimore MD

A: Of course, you can’t blame that horrible crime on the entire nation. Check out offers of some very attractive Mexican winter vacation locations. You should go, but as with any travel schedule, always be sensible about personal safety. As for the evil Mexican cartels, they wouldn’t exist if millions of stupid U.S. drug addicts would stop buying their products.

Q: What’s My Best Travel Way To Meet Other Singles? PDF Print E-mail

Widowed since last year, I need to get out socially now. Suggestions? MPJ, Cleveland OH

A: A good way to shake off the loneliness is do a cruise. One of the best lines for special sailings is Holland America. It caters to solo travelers via its Single Partners Program, featuring hosted events for onboard singles, and special singles-themed cocktail parties and games.

Holland America also groups singles together at meals and other shipboard schedules. On sailings of 40 days or longer, the line provides male hosts to accompany single women to dinner and social events. When booking, consider the roommate matching service with fellow solo travelers of the same sex. Two Holland America ships offer dedicated singles cabins: Koningsdam has 12, and Prinsendam has three.

Q: I’m 6’1”, 235 Lbs & Tired Of Airline Seat Gripes PDF Print E-mail

Just about every time I settle into my economy seat, passengers next to me gripe and demand I find another seat. Suggestions? LR, New Rochelle NY

A: First, if the attendant can’t make a change, try some consideration. Don’t take a center seat. Ask for one on the aisle, so you can stretch body and legs to allow more room for seatmates. Of course, you can consider buying a higher-priced ticket.

Before you make flight plans, check with airlines and your travel agent for special promotions where you get lower prices and wider seats in first class. www.usatoday.com/story/travel/advice/2019/10/10/tips-for-plus-sized-travelers-make-trip-better


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