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Erie PA: Who Let The Cat Out Of The Bag? PDF Print E-mail


At the local airport, a TSA security inspector actually did let a cat out of a bag. The owners had packed her in a checked suitcase for a two-hour flight. Fortunately, the cat survived after treatment at a local SPCA.

A reminder of when you fly with a pet. Check with your airline first for instructions. Always keep your pet on a leash. The busy airport is often very busy with sudden noises that could cause the animal to panic and run away.

Carry your small pet through the metal detector or walk the larger one on a leash. If your pet triggers an alarm, an officer will require a closer look. Pets are not screened with the body scanners. If your pet is traveling in a portable kennel, a TSA inspector will screen it for prohibited items.

 
Las Vegas NV: Save Money While Gambling It Away PDF Print E-mail


In many Sin City casinos and elsewhere around the world, gamblers at tables and slot machines are served free booze, snacks and other goodies. Of course, it isn’t that the casino bosses are kindhearted. They figure the more plastered you get, the less you’ll be able to make sensible bets.

So, when you see servers wandering in your area, ask for the free drinks and other items they’re handing out. Figure that if you take advantage of the offers five or six times a day, you can save $50 or more. Be sure to tip a buck per drink.

 
Some Strange Dining Rules From Around The World PDF Print E-mail


Dining in an American restaurant has few restrictions, as long as you don’t throw your food into the air nor spray your Coke in anger. Here are a few strange restrictions in other countries:

In some somewhat backward nations, you must use only your right hand to eat. That’s because you need your left hand for certain personal bathroom cleansing requirements. Hey, what about old baseball star pitcher, Lefty Grove?

In Chile, you must use knife, fork and spoons only to pick up your food while dining. Don’t even think of fingering that chicken leg and lobster tail!

Booze clues: When offered a glass of vodka in Russia, don’t insult your host by sinking an ice cube into it. Likewise, when you get a drink from a senior Korean bartender, take in both hands, bow and murmur a thank you. And in merry old England, always pass plates and pitchers to your port side … the left ... in Royal Navy tradition.

 
Tired Of Snowy January? Grab A Flight To Australia! PDF Print E-mail


As people in Boston, New York and Philly slosh through snow in 0º freeze, in Sydney, thermometers are bursting in record-breaking 117º heat. If you remember your geography lessons, it’s summer over there on the other side of the world.

There’s plenty to see and experience in the beautiful city and surroundings. Visit the super-modern Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens. Muogamarra Nature Reserve and, of course, Woolloomooloo Wharf.

For more info, check with your travel agent, airlines with Australia flight schedules and online travel sites.

 
For Creative Travel Photos, Try Composition & Juxtaposition PDF Print E-mail


On your next trip to a scenic area, whether crowded Times Square or lonely Sahara desert, get creative with your smartphone camera. Of course, when with family and friends, first take the usual selfie of everyone grinning in front of the White House, Kremlin and Eiffel Tower.

Then, to enrich your travels shoot some candid photos that show your artistic talent. Compose various elements, such as typical scenes you’ve always admired on other journeys. Capture the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, line up of boats in the Venice Canal, artists painting along the Seine River in Paris, tourists strolling the Great Wall of China.

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