Casino Bus: Be Sure It's Safe Or Find Alternative

With several casino bus accidents within just the past few days in California, there are growing concerns about their safety. CNN recently revealed info about the U.S. Department of Transportation shutting down over 50 unsafe private bus companies nationwide.

With more casinos opening throughout the country all the time, seniors who like to gamble often go aboard those types of buses.The bus companies are paid by the casinos, so usually the come-on is a free round-trip ride, plus free gambling money of $10 and up. 

If you’re planning a casino bus ride, before you sign on, make sure the company has established currently updated and clear safety records. Also consider alternatives. For example, contact a local limo service.

What To Do When A Nearby Air Passenger Gets Violent PDF Print E-mail

It seems to happen more frequently as airline schedules and people get tighter. A recent incident on an Australian flight involved a woman screaming and hitting other passengers with a Bible. How should a senior traveler respond to such incidents?

First, try to keep calm. If the disruptive person is close to you, especially if you’re elderly, don’t attempt physical restraint nor argument. That may make the situation worse. Carefully get up from your seat and move to safety. When help arrives, describe what happened, and stay safe while trained attendants cope with the disruption.

Hey, Seniors: Summertime And The World Await You! PDF Print E-mail

Let’s get real! Your best travel opportunities are now, even if your energy ain’t what it used to be. You still have the strength to turn off the boob tube, get up and out of that armchair and roam the world. Frank Sinatra said it all:

And now, the end is near,
And so I face the final curtain.
My friend, I'll say it clear,
I'll state my case, of which I'm certain.
I've lived a life that's full,
I traveled each and ev'ry highway.
And more, much more than this,
I did it my way.

Q: Where In Airports Are Seniors Vulnerable To Thieves? PDF Print E-mail

We don’t fly often, but every time we plan to go, younger family members keep warning us about getting stuff stolen. Suggestions? MTL, Troy NY

A: It could happen just about everywhere in the airport, especially hand-held items and carry-on bags. When walking and sitting in the waiting area, make sure bags are strapped to an arm. At check in, when open carry-on bags are on the conveyer belt, keep your eyes constantly on them. After landing and waiting for checked bags, follow all arriving bags on the carousel to take yours quickly on the first turn. Best advice: Travel light with just a carry-on, and wear a jacket with many pockets.

Savvy Speak-Up Seniors Get Better Deals At Check-In PDF Print E-mail

As you arrive at the hotel’s front desk, you’ve already been informed what price your reservation states. So, do you just accept that it’ll be $199.99 plus local taxes and the usual add-ons per night?

Hell, no! There are many ways to cut that price, as well as get extra goodies, such as dining credits at hotel restaurants. All ya gotta do is politely, but firmly ask. First, of course, you tell the clerk you’re a senior, and ask if that gives you a discount.

Another way, working your senior charm, is to say that you and your companion are celebrating an anniversary, such as 50 years of wedded bliss. Or marking retirement after 25 years in the U.S. Navy, or 30 years as a math teacher. With a convincing story, you may get an upgraded room, plus a nice percentage knocked off that original quote.

FlixBus: From Los Angeles-Las Vegas As Low As 99¢ One Way! PDF Print E-mail

That’s what USA Today reports, and it goes from the UCLA campus 270 miles to Caesars Palace on the Vegas Strip. The low price offer, starting May 31,  is only for a limited time. Other routes are available from $2.99. So, if you have plans for a Sin City visit or other FlixBus destination, make your reservations ASAP! For more info, go to usatoday.com/story/travel/2018/05/22/new-bus-service-launches-u-s-west-coast


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