San Diego CA: Fern Street Circus Brightens Airport

The unfunny political circuses are over in Cleveland and Philadelphia. So, if your travels take you to San Diego International during the next three months, you can enjoy some real circus fun.

While you’re stalled in a long security line before your flight, or waiting for your luggage after landing, relax and watch the show. Enjoy clowns, jugglers, acrobats and other performers as they make your anxious airport experience more pleasant.

Southwest Offers Ticket Deals For Flights Thru December PDF Print E-mail

Thinking of Christmas travel already? The fave domestic airline of many savvy senior wanderers, SW could get you aboard a bargain flight to fit your travel plans thru January 5, 2020.

In addition to lowered fares, if you book one or more nonrefundable flights now, and the ticket price goes down before you go, you can cancel and rebook without a ticket change fee. The airline issues a SW credit for any cost difference for the booked passenger.

Senior Summer Wandering Decision: Fly Or Drive? PDF Print E-mail

Flying these days can be a nightmare, especially in the busy, busy summer season. If your plans include a vacation to a destination no more than 400 miles away, consider driving. That will take you up to eight hours on the road to get there.

A flight to the same destination will involve just three hours in the air. However, consider actual time spent on the ground. An hour to drive to the airport, an hour to buy tickets,, two hours to wait for flight announcement, an hour waiting and boarding, a half-hour in destination airport to get luggage, and an hour taxi or bus drive from the airport.

That’s at least 8.5 hours for air travel, plus the ever-rising ticket prices, ground transport and other expenses. How about $20 or more to check your bags that can be stashed free in the back of your car. Of course, if your road trip involves a companion or two, driving costs are the same as for one person.  Oh, and did I mention car seats are much more comfortable than flying between two 400-pound air seatmates?

Q: Just Retired, Kids Gone & Sold Our Home. Let’s Travel! PDF Print E-mail

Now, while we’re still healthy, we want to celebrate by roaming beyond the US this summer. We’ve been to Italy, Ireland, England and France. We’re looking for other destinations, but not sure which countries are safe for US seniors. What do you recommend? JTL, St. Louis MO

A: OK, let’s start with the US State Department’s most recent warning of countries that are NOT safe. Here’s the official list of ten: Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Iraq, Libya, Mali, North Korea, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Our most current list of ten safe nations that welcome seniors: Australia, Canada, China, France, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Italy, Singapore and Sweden.

Of course, you could be run over by a taxi in safe Sweden and find friendly kindness in nasty North Korea. So, keep alert and play it safe everywhere in your world travels.

Honolulu, HI: Oahu Kailua Beach Named Best In USA PDF Print E-mail

Who wouldn’t agree that this fantastic Hawaiian destination is the very best? Looking way back as a kid on the streets of Philly, I considered summertime Atlantic City, just an hour away by bus, the best beach anywhere.

Not only the warm sand and white-capped surf, it also had top entertainment at the Steel Pier. Young Frank Sinatra with the Tommy Dorsey Band, Dean Martin, Benny Goodman, Guy Lombardo, Dinah Shore and many others. For teenagers, there were romantic trysts under the Boardwalk, salt water taffy and 5¢ hot dogs and burgers. What’s your best beach memory?

Beijing, China: Daxing International Airport To Open PDF Print E-mail

Scheduled to begin service in September, Beijing's Daxing is expected to become the largest and busiest in the world. It will boast seven runways, and move 100 million passengers and four million tons of cargo annually.

A suburb of the city, Daxing will provide high-speed rail and downtown-to-airport express trains. In less than an hour, they’ll all take passengers directly into the central terminal dome and check-in counters. The Chinese government is scheduled to build or expand 74 airports in the next several years, to serve 720 million passengers annually.


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