Huh? Yahoo Suggests Vacation In Lovely Iran!

In a recent article, the website pondered the idea of vacationing in the beautiful land of Iran. Of course, as soon as your flight lands, the first thing you should ask is where’s the nearest kosher restaurant.

Also, while donning your required burka head covering, you may enjoy watching the latest death to America march and flag-burning ceremony in downtown Tehran. If visiting Iran isn’t in your plans, how about booking some time in the deliriously happy land of North Korea.

Las Vegas fun: Look, Ma, I can fly! PDF Print E-mail

Indoor skydiver

If you’re vacationing in Sin City and getting tired of the gambling tables and machines, and need a bit of relief from all the buffets, try Vegas Indoor Skydiving. You need to be in good physical shape and there are health restrictions, but no age limits. People in their 80s have enjoyed the ride and happily returned for more.

For $75, they’ll put you in a puffy flight suit, given some basic flying instructions and guided into the indoor wind tunnel. For about 20 minutes, you’ll have the wonderful sensation of being one of the three flying P’s: Harry Potter, Peter Pan or Mary Poppins. For more information, ask at your hotel front desk or go to www.vegasindoorskydiving.com

Cruise ship auctions: Honest or rip-offs? PDF Print E-mail

Mona Lisa w/sunglasses

Q: On several recent sailings we’ve wandered into the scheduled art auctions that seem to be a feature of every cruise. The art displayed is usually very colorful and splashy, often obvious copies of the styles of Picasso, Van Gogh, Matisse and other impressionists. From education (BFA, Philly Museum College of Art) and experience, we’re a bit suspicious of the deals. Are those shipboard auctions OK or a bad deal?

Las Vegas swim pools: Must you bare it all? PDF Print E-mail

Venus di Milo

We’ve been asked by some of our more modest senior travelers about nude and topless bathing in Las Vegas swimming pools. They don’t want to show up for a sun and swim and be shown up by a bunch of younger, firmer people who are proud to bare it all.

This just seems to be a complaint here in the U.S. Although nudity never seems to bother seniors who are familiar with bare-it-all beaches in France, the Caribbean and elsewhere, but nude hotel poolsides in Vegas may bother them.

Yes, there are a few Vegas resorts that allow topless bathing in certain private, screened-off pool areas. Don’t worry about doing your more covered-up sunning, because in all hotels and resorts, you’ll find the major pool areas occupied by fully-swimsuited adults and kids.

Suggestion: If you haven’t selected the resort or hotel yet for your Vegas visit, check the bare facts with your online or hometown travel agency about where the topless pools are located. Then, you can make your plans accordingly. But, always remember, Vegas isn’t called Sin City for nothing.

Are frequent flyer seats a thing of the past? PDF Print E-mail

Empty airline seats

Q: I travel for business and add up lots of frequent flyer points. However, lately when I try to get the free flights the airlines promise all the time, it seems there are never any FF seats on the flight I want. What can I do about it?

A: Frankly, we wonder about that all the time. Sometimes we’ve been lucky to get the exact flight we want with our FF points for free. Other times, if we had to change our flight schedule on a free flight, we were charge $50 or so to get on another flight that day.

And the most frustrating times were when we were told that FF seats on a flight were a limited number and we couldn’t use our credits for a flight of our choice. Then, when we paid and boarded the flight, it was half full.

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Norway sailors greet cruise ship


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