Dutch Treat: You’re Really Old When You...

Consider yourself a senior scholar and can name the world’s oldest, continuously-operating airline: Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij voor Nederland en Kolonien. If you can spell and pronounce it, consider yourself a genius.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines began operations in 1919, just one year after the end of World War I. The first American airline was Delta, which emerged from its crop dusting business to begin hauling passengers in 1924.

Women-Only Vacation Island Soon To Open In Finland PDF Print E-mail

While the world is recognizing and honoring women, this news goes along with the theme. To senior single women wanderers: Have you had enough of those creepy old guys who always ruin your cruise and other vacations? Called SuperShe Island, the no-men-allowed resort is scheduled to receive it’s first female-only guests in June.

The forested leisure retreat is located about 90 miles from Helsinki, the Finnish capital city. Because of its lush natural features, dining, sports and health programs, SuperShe could be considered super costly. According to news reports, an all-exclusive seven-night visit will start at $3,500. supersheisland.com

Don’t Fall For Phony Online Cruise, Hotel & Restaurant Reviews PDF Print E-mail

As the internet and smartphones get more sophisticated, so do greedy and needy advertisers use more ways to lure customers. For example, when you see so-called customer reviews that are very favorable, they’re most likely written by ad agencies, employees or freelance writers who get paid to post them. Remember old-time carnival barkers peddling their phony wares? 

Before taking a cruise, booking a hotel or planning to dine at a posh café, first you may opt to look up online ads and alleged customer praises. Take the info with a grain of salt, and then talk or email with friends and family who have actually experienced the destination.

Keukenhof Gardens: Where Springtime Explodes With Color PDF Print E-mail

Be there between March 22 and May 13 to experience the world’s greatest display of blossoming tulips and other spring flowers. Located about 30 miles from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, the garden was originally the property of royalty since the 15th Century.

Today it’s an enormous public park that welcomes visitors. For fees, special events and other info, go to keukenhof.nl/en/footer/about-keukenhof

Travel Behavior: Anger At Employees And Other Travelers PDF Print E-mail

In other words, when on a cruise, don’t be a royal pain on the Royal Caribbean. Actually, when you behave sensibly, you’ll not only make other travelers happy, you’re sure to better enjoy your trip.

Be prepared for the usual unexpected happenings. Your flight is delayed or cancelled due to bad weather. It won’t do you any good to complain to the check-in desk people, while other travelers pile up behind you with exactly the same problem. Airline employees can’t do anything about it, but would appreciate your courtesy. In fact, a considerate inquiry could get you quickly on another flight.

Merrimack, NH: Visit Anheuser-Busch’s Fantastic Brewery PDF Print E-mail

The impressive factory is located in the beautiful New England countryside. So, if you plan to visit in springtime, you’ll also experience the surrounding blossoming forests, fields and landscapes.

Of course, one of the most popular tourist attractions is where they produce the popular brand of beer. During your visit, you’ll watch Busch’s seven-step brewing process, and then complete your free tour by meeting the Budweiser Clydesdales in person and enjoying a bit of complimentary beer.


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