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Caution: Scamming Via Internet Is Big Business PDF Print E-mail


And it gets bigger all the time as suckers continue to fall for increasingly more sophisticated rip-offs. Of course, there is considerable dishonesty in the travel business. For example, many of today’s legit ads on TV and internet are also untrue, i.e. $99.99 flights, cash-back car sales, lawyers and miracle drugs.

However, the worst of them simply steal your money, and many seniors fall for the scam. When you receive a phone call or an email about winning a sweepstakes offering an all-expenses-paid vacation package, it’s always phony. Promising you free trip to Las Vegas, Hawaii or cruising the Caribbean sounds fantastic. But, before you respond, do some reality thinking. How could you win a sweepstakes you didn’t enter?

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Los Angeles Freeways: Most Dangerous US Roads PDF Print E-mail


Most travel experts agree about those super-busy Southern California routes, where the annual death toll is often more than 200. If your schedule includes using the complicated LA freeway system, consider some safety tips:

1. Don’t drive during the busiest hours. Between 6 am and 9 am, and from 4 pm to 6 pm on weekdays, the LA freeways are jam packed. Also, those hours are when most of the serious accidents happen. Not only are the roads dangerous, but the tie-ups can strand you for hours.

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Humor: You’ve Booked A Real Cheap Flight When... PDF Print E-mail


With ticket prices ever rising, senior travelers look for ways to beat the high cost of flying. So, we click on Priceline, Expedia and airline ads, hoping to find the best deals. However, we should be very careful that we don’t choose the really cheapest airline. Here are ways to know when that happens:

Seated just before take-off, out your window you can see a mechanic kick an aircraft tire, then burst into tears and kneel in prayer.
The flight attendants are busy asking: coffee, tea or farewell last wishes to your family.
The pilot intercom asks, “Anyone aboard know how to fix an engine doohickie?
When the aircraft is at cruising altitude, the intercom announces: You are now free to run up and down the aisles while screaming in panic.
The only books aboard are about doomed crashes: “The Hindenburg Story”, “Tale of the Titanic” and “Hillary’s Run For President”.

 
New Orleans LA: Ride A World War II Navy PT Boat PDF Print E-mail


Fond memories among history buffs and seniors still linger about John F. Kennedy as skipper of PT-109. They recall how his combat heroics started him on the path to the presidency. Now, you can experience a ride in a similar vintage boat on the city’s Lake Pontchartrain.

PT-305, commissioned in 1943 and a veteran of the war in Europe, has been completely restored for the National World War II Museum. These days it takes regular sailings on the lake with passengers aboard. For fees, schedules and other info, go to pt305.org

 
Dublin, Ireland: Sure & Begorrah, We’d Go Tomorrow PDF Print E-mail


Guest Senior Traveler MLO’S, Pittsfield MA:
After retirement a decade ago, my spouse and I traveled the world. Dublin is my favorite international city, offering the best in food, people, art and history. For a start, while flying into Dublin, you’ll be amazed at the deep green of the land and fields of the Emerald Isle.

To get from the airport to the city, we took the Aircoach bus, which offers quick service to the center of Dublin, as well as all the main tourist hotels in the area. Fares are reasonable, at about $20 round trip.

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