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Know All The Rules On Flying With Animals PDF Print E-mail


Before you take faithful Rover or Tabby to sit with you on your next air journey, be sure to have all the required documents. They’re especially necessary if your companion is a medically-required or certified comfort animal.

Airline security is always on the look-out for people attempting to fly with animals in passenger seats. Recently, a passenger on Singapore Air tried to go aboard with four kittens hidden in his pants, but the meows gave him away. Often it could cost passengers with illegal pets fines and/or imprisonment. Importation of animals into Singapore without a license is illegal and carries a maximum penalty of a $10,000 fine, jail for up to a year, or both. Similar legal actions against offenders are in effect in other world airports.

 
In Some Cities, Selfies With Locals Are Not Permitted PDF Print E-mail


Just about every senior traveler today has a smartphone, and instinctively points it at everything in sight. Including grabbing colorfully-clad locals and monuments to be with them while shooting selfies.

The rules are simple. Before pointing your lens, be sure local laws allow you to shoot, including or excluding selfies. When you want to pose legally with a local, always first ask permission. And respect no for the answer. In some cities where selfies have been a problem, the practice may be totally forbidden, and violators could be arrested and fined. www.cnn.com/travel/article/kyoto-gion-photo-ban

 
Use The Airport Restroom Before Boarding Your Flight PDF Print E-mail


Get to the airport early enough so your innards will be ok when it’s time to board. On a short flight, you won’t have to visit the teeny airplane john. Also, during a longer flight, you won’t need to hop up and down in the aisle while six people wait in line ahead of you at the onboard toilet.

 
Beware Of Free Cruise Scams By Phone And/Or Internet PDF Print E-mail


The old adage about there’s no such thing as a free lunch applies to crooked travel offers. You get a message saying you have “won” or “been selected for” a free cruise. What it really involves are costs including piled on charges and taxes you must pay while aboard. Plus you must sit through a high-pressure timeshare pitch meeting of four to five hours.

If you accept the so-called free cruise, when you go aboard, you’ll find you’re on an creaky old ship heading for a dingy little island port. Meanwhile, the pitch is still pushed to upgrade and pay more as you sail for food, drinks, shore excursions and other costly features. Just ignore the original pitch and book your cruise through a trusted travel agent and/or upscale cruise line.

 
Q: How Do I Find The Lowest Airline Fares? PDF Print E-mail


I know Southwest frequently offers special deals, but it seems every time I need to book, there are no cheap SW flights in effect. TSF, Roanoke VA

A: Of course, the first rule for best fares is not to book to fly on busy weekends, and never on holidays, when airports are jammed. And be willing to fly late night, so-called red eye flights. Before booking, always comparison shop online and/or with a trusted travel agent. Airlines routinely match one another's fares on competing routes, and you’ll find Southwest isn't always the cheapest.

There may be a better deal or flight schedule on another airline, or snag a Southwest deal one way and a deal on the return on a different airline. Search on airline websites, travel search sites like Google Flights and online travel agencies like Priceline and Expedia. Southwest tickets can only be booked on its website, or through its reservations center (800-435-9792).

 
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