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Q: OK To Pin A Fake Helper Badge On My Traveling Dog? PDF Print E-mail


I know I’m supposed to register Millie as an official emotional support dog. For the past five years, she’s gone everywhere with me as a daily helper. Now we’re both invited on a sea cruise next month with my church group. We have to fly to the seaport, and I’m worried the airline will not let Millie on the flight with me. What should I do? PPK, Branson MO

A: Because lately there have been too many air passengers who fake all kinds of animals with them as legit companions, airlines are getting more strict. You’ll be able to take Millie, but make it legal. First, check with your doctor to get written proof of your needing help. Also there are all kinds of internet info on how to legally register Millie, including: www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/aug/12/fake-emotional-support-animals-service-dogs

 
Q: Should We Visit Hong Kong This Autumn? PDF Print E-mail


Since our retirement a decade ago, we’ve done a lot of traveling. France, Hawaii, Las Vegas and our favorite annual trip, Hong Kong. However, according to recent news, there’s a big street riot there almost every day and night. And they may to be getting more violent. What’s your opinion? LFMcN, Houston TX

A: Hong Kong has long been considered one of the world’s safest for visitors. However, since the mainland China government took over the city, there have been more and more street demonstrations. Visiting these days isn’t extra dangerous, except if you find yourself in the middle of a protest demonstration or march with police on the scene.

So, when you plan to venture out to eat, drink or shop, stay away from riot locations. Before you wander, ask hotel employees for up-to-date info on disturbance areas and when to avoid them.

 
Paris, France: Viewing Fire Damaged Notre Dame Cathedral PDF Print E-mail


Q: We’ll be in Paris later in the month and want to see all the famous sites, including Notre Dame. Of course, we know about the terrible fire, but even if we can’t go in, we’d like to visit the historic church. Mrs. PLB, Boston MA

A: You can wander on sidewalks near the cathedral, but the entire structure is surrounded by tall steel fences while extensive repairs are ongoing. It’s difficult to see much from close-up. If you want selfies and photos, the best way of viewing the entire cathedral is by going over to walkways on the other side of the River Seine. Sadly, it could take years for full restoration.

 
Q: Is Last Minute Booking Best Way to Get Travel Bargains? PDF Print E-mail


We just returned from a cruise where we thought we got a good price because it was billed as last minute. However, when we checked with other passengers, we learned we had paid as much as 50% more than those who booked early. What’s the best way to get lowest travel prices? PNJ, New London CT

A: Cruise lines often offer lower prices if you book within a week of departure, so they won’t sail with empty cabins. However, you’ll learn that the advertised low prices didn’t include taxes, service fees and other add-on charges. Before you book a cruise, thoroughly research daily cruise advice and price deal sites on the internet and/or by dealing with your experienced local travel agent.

 
Q: How Do I Get Fair Prices At Asian Souvenir Shops? PDF Print E-mail


Just retired, we’re taking our first trip to the Far East, with stops in Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai. We plan to buy presents to take home to our grandkids. And we’d like some advice on how to get best prices. RRO’L, Champagne IL

A: If you buy large presents in department stores, you’ll probably get best quality and convenient shipping, but not lowest prices. If you buy smaller gifts you can carry home with you, try the street markets. There you may be able to bargain down prices from original quotes.

 
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