Winter Travel Crowds Bring Flu Dangers To Avoid PDF Print E-mail

Before you hit the road or sky, get a flu vaccine shot. With store and airport holiday crowds jammed together, your chances of mixing with sick people are highest of the year. Also take supplies of antibiotic medicines with you, as well as a kit with tissues, soap and other disposable heath products.

To avoid contamination, try to stay away from obviously ill coughers and sneezers. And always wash your hands before and after meals, as well as when using public restrooms. If you’re susceptible to catching colds or flu when in crowded travel situations, it’s a good idea to wear disposable medical face masks.

Treat All Travel-Related Unsolicited And Robo Calls As Scams PDF Print E-mail

When you pick up the phone, there’s a friendly voice, and it frequently begins with: How are you today? For your travel4seniors.com editor, the immediate reply is a loud curse and quick slam of the phone. That’s the safest way to protect yourself from being robbed.

However, if you cluelessly decide to listen, as millions of senior suckers do, the voice offers all kinds of goodies, often including that you’ve just won a free cruise. Of course, you should then realize the wise old saying: there’s no such thing as a free ocean ride.

The next step in the scam is requiring you to send in your credit card and other personal info. That’s when you’ve foolishly set yourself up for online robbery. Whenever you plan a voyage, always deal directly with the cruise line or a trusted travel agency.

New York NY: Times Square: Avoid Many December Dangers There PDF Print E-mail

During holiday season and the traditional New Year’s Eve ceremony, this city landmark is more popular for wandering tourists. However, before you put it on your itinerary during a Manhattan visit this month, consider some not so nice facts about it.

During the day, Times Square is full of money-grabbing con artists and phony costumed characters. As you walk by, they hound you for money, especially if you pause for a moment to watch their scam routines. Or worse, if you dare to point a camera or smartphone at any of them without handing out money.

At night, Times Square can be dangerous, especially for physically vulnerable seniors. While NYC police do their best to make the area safe, they can’t be everywhere. Pickpockets, phone swiping, soliciting and other street crimes abound, especially if you wander into dimly lit areas.  

As for Times Square on New Year’s Eve to watch the midnight ball drop, concerns for elderly visitors are intensified. Besides the usual petty crimes, tight crowding and actions of celebrants make it dangerous to physically challenged seniors. So, if you'll be in Times Square during the holiday season and/or during New Year’s Eve activities, watch your step, as well as wallet, pocketbook, smartphone and personal safety.

Christmas In Las Vegas Features Exciting Seasonal Displays PDF Print E-mail

If your travels take you to Las Vegas this month, you'll find the hotels all gussied up for the season. Be sure to bring your camera and creative ideas to the Bellagio. The resort’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens are great to visit at any time of the year, but at holiday season it’s an experience not to be missed. And it’s free!

There’s a giant Christmas tree and colorful decorations on the permanent collection of exotic plants and trees. The theme is Majestic Holiday Magic, hosted by Santa and the lifelike image of Queen Bellisima. She rules her castle, flanked by costumed guardsmen and many friendly animal figures.

When In Rome, Do As The Romans Do: Behave Yourself! PDF Print E-mail

With the year-end holidays upon us, many seniors are planning December flights to historic cities, including the Italian capital. The Vatican, Roman museums and other local areas will offer Christmas and other celebrations.

If Rome is in your plans, be aware of tourist rules and obey them. Unless you want to pay large fines or find yourself in a Roman prigione, here are a few suggestions. Don’t fight imaginary gladiators in the Colosseum, bathe in the Trevi Fountain, jump around on the Spanish Steps nor drop in at the Vatican for a visit with the Pope.


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