100-Year-Old Guy Makes First Parachute Jump

A brave codger from Tennessee recently fulfilled a life-long bucket list wish. He hit the wild blue yonder like a WWII 101st Airborne paratrooper over Normandy, and landed safe and sound. Will your travel4seniors.com editor be brave enough to try the same thing in just 8 1/2 years?

I wore a parachute many times in my WWII and Korean War travels as a scared-spitless passenger in U.S. Navy aircraft. Fortunately, I never had to jump, and now sure I never will. However, here’s my own bucket list of seven first-time experiences I’d like to try when I hit 100:

Win millions of bucks on the lottery and in Vegas
Hike the Great Wall of China
Ride a mule down into the Grand Canyon
Dine in 2025 at the White House with President Whoever
Long talk with comic genius Mel Brooks, also hitting 100
Have funny dance with Julia Louis Dreyfus as Elaine
Scuba with the dolphins in Mexico’s Cabo San Lucas

Black Rock Desert NV: 2019 Burning Man Festival PDF Print E-mail

The event runs from Sunday, August 25 thru Monday, September 2. The location is about 100 miles northeast of Reno, with many options for transportation to the event. This year’s theme is Metamorphoses, as in Ovid’s “Omnia mutantur, nihil interit” (Everything changes, nothing perishes). To prepare for your visit, check festival websites with info on schedules, prices and personal on-site needs. burningman.org/event/brc

Venice, Italy: Big Cruise Ships Banned From City Docking PDF Print E-mail

A destination that has always totally depended on tourist moolah, it seems a bit strange that ungrateful locals are taking steps to limit cash-heavy visitors. In an industry where cruise ships are getting ever larger, turning them away seems arrogantly wrong.

If you’re booking a future cruise that includes visiting Venice, be sure to get all the facts about hopping off your ship right in the city. Or will you need to spend time and money getting to Venice by ground transportation from a port many miles away? www.cnn.com/travel/article/venice-cruise-ships-lagoon-scli-intl/index

Avignon, France, Voted World’s Best Cruise Destination PDF Print E-mail

The historic city on the banks of the Rhone River in France's Provence region, was top listed by Cruise Critic's fourth annual Cruisers' Choice destination awards. The city’s annual mild weather makes it popular with tourists from all over the world.

Some 140 miles southeast of Paris and 50 miles north of Marseille, the city’s early history includes serving as the home of Catholic popes during the Middle Ages when Rome was occupied by the Muslims. In addition to many popular historic sites, Avignon is famous for its restaurants, shops and fresh products brought in daily from nearby farms and orchards. www.cnn.com/travel/article/cruise-critic-destination-awards-2019/index

Never Give Personal Financial Info To Unfamiliar Travel Websites PDF Print E-mail

With the ever-increasing sophistication of computers, it’s now easier for crooks to imitate legitimate travel-related websites to raid individual credit cards and bank accounts .

When booking your trip with travel agencies, airlines, cruise lines, hotels and other travel websites, be absolutely sure you’re dealing with the real sources. Further, it makes good financial safety sense to totally ignore all unsolicited travel-related phone calls and online pitches. www.usatoday.com/story/travel/airline-news/2019/08/05/fake-travel-sites-scam-consumers

Long Layover Between Flights In Singapore? Take Free Tour PDF Print E-mail

Changi Airport in Singapore is considered one of the world’s most beautiful,  and an interesting place to wander. However, if you must be there for more than six hours, consider visiting the sparkling city.

The no-cost tour includes city sights, such as Chinatown, Little India, Marina Bay Financial Center and the Singapore Flyer Ferris Wheel. When your expected or unexpected schedule may require that long airport waiting time for connecting flights, check out Singapore tour details on changairport.com


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