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New York NY: Hotel Rooms Get Smaller


Hotel costs continue to reach for the sky in popular travel destinations such as Manhattan, Boston, London, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Paris. Meanwhile, back at HQs, brilliant hotel chain beancounters have come up with an even more money-grabbing plan.

Instead of charging $400 a night for a regular-sized hotel room, cut them in half and rent each as $300 bargains. Result: claustrophobic sardine-canned travelers equal added hotel profits.

Imagine a senior wanderer asking the hotel clerk: Does my $300 room have a closet? Response: Your room IS a closet. For more info on the teenier hotel-room trend, go to www.usatoday.com/story/travel/hotels/2015/09/18/microhotels-tiny-hotel-rooms-expand-across-country/72265080

Safety Tips: With Grandkids At Amusement Parks PDF Print E-mail


A recent sad news item reported that an 11-year-old girl fell from a Ferris wheel seat and was killed. According to park officials, it was the first accident in the ride’s 25-year history.

Unfortunately for the family, statistics didn’t matter. They lost their young child. All safety requirements were met, and riders were securely strapped in at the start. However, the girl either had a faulty strap or managed to loosen it to cause the tragic fall. Some safety tips could avoid such terrible accidents.

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Mark Twain: Why Travel Is So Important PDF Print E-mail

Travel costs seem to be rising all the time, and physical challenges, as well as potential dangers, always lurk around the globe. These factors are causing many seasoned citizens have decided to cut back on their wanderings. Or just stay home.

We heartily disagree. Senior travel is invigorating, enjoyable and an excellent way to keep body and mind functioning. Mark Twain wrote about it a century ago, and it certainly still applies today, especially for seniors:

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, Sail away from the safe harbor, Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

 

 
New Taiwan Hotel Rooms Are Miniature Casinos PDF Print E-mail


Gone are the days of the one-armed bandit and other coin-operated mechanical machines. Today’s casinos feature all kinds of electronic slots that give you colorful displays while taking in many of your paper dollars. However, things they are a’changing!

The newly opened, five-star i-Hotel  in Taouan claims to be the world’s first total e-gambling mecca. Each guest room is equipped as a mini-casino, with two multi-purpose computers featuring electronic versions of the traditional casino slot machines, as well as fun computer games, movies and regular TV programs.

There are also computerized gambling machines in the super-modern hotel lobby and other areas of the luxury destination. Quoted room rates are listed from about $50 a night.

 
More Scalpers On Broadway Than At Little Big Horn PDF Print E-mail


If your travels take you to New York, and you want to enjoy the traditional theater experience, be aware. Tickets to Bruce Springsteen concerts and other popular Broadway shows are beyond insane prices. According to BloombergMarkets, some scalpers sell them for as high as $10,000.

No one, except maybe a grossly-overpaid NFL kneeler, politician or phony pro boxer, can afford to pay that price. This expensive ticket offers about 60 minutes of a scruffy, aging millionaire on stage howling and strumming his guitar. Included at no extra cost are probably some sincere protest lyrics about how evil rich people exploit the downtrodden poor.

To avoid the grossly inflated scalper prices online, get your tickets as far in advance as possible from legitimate theater sources. They’ll still be high-priced compared to what you paid a dozen or so years ago, but unlike General Custer, you may avoid being scalped.

 
New U.S. Travel Restrictions Apply To Nine Countries PDF Print E-mail


For many reasons, including personal danger to American travelers, don’t plan to visit Libya, Chad, Iran, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen and North Korea. There’s no info about when the restrictions will be lifted on any of the countries listed.

There’s a rumor that after President Trump issued the orders, dozens of angry NFL football jocks immediately got off their knees and signed up to visit all nine countries. OK, just a lame joke, but senior travelers, except for almost 60-year-old Dennis Rodman, are urged to take the restrictions very seriously.

 
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