Norwegian Cruises: No Doggy Bagging Aboard!

Many senior travelers are accustomed to sneaking leftovers from restaurants back to their hotel rooms for free late-night snacks. It also happens on cruise ships for moonlight bites on deck or munchees in their cabins.

However, Norwegian has now forbidden doggy bagging on its ships. The reason is that uncontrolled food spoilage may be a contributing factor to seaborne illnesses that spread quickly among passengers and crew. Because we too frequently see news of such unfortunate happenings at sea, we can understand the Norwegian policy.

Washington DC: Washington Monument Reopens PDF Print E-mail

Closed for three years and millions of bucks of upgrades and new security facilities, you can now visit the iconic structure. Of course, to get in you’ll have to pass thru all kinds of new bleeps and clicks.

You can now ride the upgraded elevators and/or hike the 897 steps to the top at 555 feet. Starting October 10, you can order free tickets for tours beginning October 19. The monument is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, and daily except December 25. For more info, www.npr.org/2019/09/19/761868410/our-long-3-year-wait-is-over-the-washington-monument-reopens

Orlando FL Named Most Dangerous City For Pedestrians PDF Print E-mail

Of course, any senior who has tried to cross Broadway and 42nd Street in New York City may disagree. However, according to the Orlando Sentinel and Smart Growth America, from a total of 2,000 pedestrian accidents, more than 650 unlucky victims have died on that Florida city’s streets in the past decade. 

Advice: Seniors, when enjoying Walt Disney World and Universal Studios with family, friends or alone, should always be alert in Orlando. These days on all city streets everywhere, you don’t only need to watch out for drunken drivers, taxis, Ubers, trucks and buses. You can also suffer sudden unwelcome encounters with bikes, joggers, skateboards and e-scooters racing down streets and sidewalks.

For Best Values & Comfort, Do Senior Trips In October PDF Print E-mail

If you’re retired, with no set work schedule, plan your traveling for the slow season, October to mid-November. Airports, cities, restaurants, shops, entertainment and all else are less crowded.

More than 32 million people visit Venice, Italy, every year. Less than 10% are there in the autumn months. France sees 82 million visitors annually, but only 14% show up in those uncrowded months. It’s the same in NYC’s Times Square. In addition to the extra freedom for roaming senior tourists, the prices for everything, including airline tickets, are much lower in autumn.

Hong Kong: Political Activists Negatively Affect Tourism PDF Print E-mail

Protesting mobs continue to disrupt everything in one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. Of course, the marchers may have legitimate reasons to protest, but their actions hurt local commerce more than the Chinese administration. If your future travel plans include Hong Kong, keep in daily touch with breaking news. Then consider changing or cancelling your visit.

Airbnb Quote Was Very Nice, But What’s The Actual Price? PDF Print E-mail

The discount private rentals vs hotels offer lower-priced overnight stays. However, with success and corporate greed taking over, senior travelers should be aware of unadvertised extra Airbnb costs.

Hotels, resorts, cruises and other travel businesses have long been infamous for advertising low rates. Then at check-out time they tack on another 20 to 50% for so-called resort fees, local taxes and other rip-offs. Now the Airbnb homeowners are getting into the add-on routine.

For example, to the advertised fee of $100 a night there will be added charges for cleaning, service fees, local taxes and other extras. It could make what comes out of your pocket $150 a night or more. So, when you’re making that great Airbnb deal, always ask and hope for an honest answer: Tell me the actual total of what I’ll have to pay.


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