Vacation Hotels: Best For Family Visits

USAToday and TripAdvisor named their choices for the top ten hotels and resorts for family travelers in the U.S. We note with agreement with voters that six of them are on or near Disney parks. Five for Walt Disney World and one at Disneyland.

Those listed include Disney's Wilderness Lodge, WorldQuest Orlando Resort, Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa, Marriott's Harbour Lake and Floridays Resort, all in Orlando. The Homewood Suites by Hilton Anaheim-Main Gate Area in Garden Grove CA are near Disneyland.

Air tips: How to make security check easier PDF Print E-mail

Run through airport

Going through airport security can be the most unpleasant part of traveling by air. Until all the raghead terrorists are put out of action, we can expect the ordeal to continue. There’s no way to avoid it, but there are ways to make it a bit easier and quicker.

1. If you’re slowed down by years or handicapped in any way, whether in a wheelchair or not, get a note from your doctor asking that you be permitted to board early. First, when you get to security check-in, show the note, and you may be permitted to go quickly through a separate, shorter line. Do the same at the check-in desk. It’s especially helpful when you fly Southwest or other no-reserved-seating airline.

Q: Last minute cruises: Are they really bargains? PDF Print E-mail

Last-minute cruise

A: In most cases, they are. To take advantage of them, you must be ready with your bags packed, passport in hand and ready to head for the port or airport within a few hours’ notice. That means retirees are usually in the best situation to take advantage of them.

Also, you need a sense of what-the-hell adventure, because the cruise with the best last-minute bargain at any moment may be sailing out of Fort Lauderdale to the Bahamas, or from San Diego to the Mexican Riviera. If you’re in that situation, do your homework every day, maybe several times a day. You could find cruises at better than 50% less than advertised retail prices, and/or free upgrades of lower-deck cabins to balcony suites.

Humor: Problems traveling with your pet? PDF Print E-mail

Trainer with tiger

I'd do ANYTHING to avoid making my cat fly in baggage!

(Circus animal trainer, 1940s)

Swimmers enjoy beach at Tel Aviv, Israel PDF Print E-mail

Beach scene, Tel Aviv, Israel

Tips: Travel light, travel smart, travel safe PDF Print E-mail

Great Wall of China

Tourist destination: The Great Wall of China

If travel to Europe, the Orient or other parts of the world is in this season’s itinerary for you, some simple rules can help make your trip safe and more enjoyable. Here are a few suggestions from experienced senior travelers:

1. Don’t make yourself a clueless tourist. The obvious one makes big ceremonies of showing money and loudly ordering everyone to do his/her royal bidding. Carry just enough money for that day’s activities, and for convenience and courtesy, make it the money of the country you’re visiting.


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