Las Vegas NV: Expedia Lists Top In-Demand Hotels

Huh? Some regular seasoned visitors may not quite agree, but the popular internet travel site lists Circus Circus as the top hotel in town.

Of course, in-demand first place doesn’t mean best for quality, service and cleanliness. According to Expedia, the list is for the 20 most booked hotels. In second place is Excalibur another vintage Vegas hotel that has seen better days and nights.

Luxor is 3rd, Treasure Island 4th and Stratosphere 5th. Mandalay Bay, one of the most luxurious in town, managed to earn 10th place, and ARIA, a newer posh hotel, was 16th.

How To Report Effectively When You Have Travel Problems PDF Print E-mail

The recent sudden shut-down of the Thomas Cook company left many thousands of travelers stranded in airports, hotels, cruise ships and other destinations throughout the world.

It has happened before and will happen again, sometimes involving airline employee strikes, city street riots, stalled cruise ships, hotel fire or other reason. Of course, your immediate task is to get to your destination or home by the most effective way possible.

As soon as convenient, report the problem to your travel agent and the most active authorities. For example, your state consumer protection office, The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and/or the local Better Business Bureau. www.usa.gov/travel-complaint

Trusted Travelers Use Global Entry and TSA PreCheck PDF Print E-mail

Too many world wanderers endure long waits to get through security these days. If you want to speed things up, consider joining Global Entry for an annual fee of $100 and TSA PreCheck for $85. You’re then labeled a Trusted Traveler, allowing you to avoid those long airport security lines at the airport. Go aboard flights without removing your shoes nor seeing your bag unzipped and contents flipped.

Q: Tired Of Flying NYC To DC. How About Taking The Train? PDF Print E-mail

I regularly go between the two cities on business and to visit family. Getting fed up with the ever-rising air ticket prices, security lines and flight delays. Do you think train service is just as efficient, cost-effective or even better? PJL, Long Island NY

A: Before you make your next travel plans, check online sources for the latest in Amtrak service between those cities. For example, a recent inquiry about a round-trip ticket by train was $70, while a flight was $240. Of course, there are other costs. Getting from your Long Island home to Penn Station by taxi, bus or local train costs an additional $50, and about the same to JFK airport.

Actually, whatever your choice, it takes a total of about four hours each way from home to destination on either train or flight. And usually costs more than twice as much to fly.

West Hollywood CA: Cannabis Café Welcomes Puffers & Diners PDF Print E-mail

If your travels take you to movie star city, you’ll want to stroll the Walk of Fame, cruise trendy Beverly Hills and bask among the palm trees. With pot now legal in California, you may also opt to relax with a marijuana cigarette and enjoy lunch at the nearby newly-opened Lowell Café on North LaBrea Avenue.

A friendly staff of budtenders greet customers with menu selections of buds, joints, and other cannabis products. There’s also a tasty menu of delicious foods and scheduled entertainment. Enjoy the Lowell Café rooftop lounge. And always remember that it’s only legal to smoke marijuana in enclosed areas. www.lamag.com/digestblog/lowell-farms-cannabis-cafe

East Rutherford NJ: American Dream Becomes Reality PDF Print E-mail

Located 20 miles west of the Bronx, it’s 3,000,000 square feet of fun, food, games, music and 450-shop mall. It’s scheduled to open Friday, October 25. Attractions include Nickelodeon Universe for kids from age one to 100, featuring the world's steepest roller coaster.

American Dream also boasts it offers the nation’s first indoor snow park, featuring ski and skate activities. For schedules, prices and more info, go to www.americandream.com


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