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Warning: Electric Scooters Everywhere in Southern California


From San Diego thru Los Angeles, you’ll see them scooting day and night on highways, city streets and sidewalks. Because they’re rented and controlled by computer and smartphone, they’re easily picked up and dropped off virtually everywhere.

If your travels include those areas and elsewhere the growing number of scooters roam, be sure whether driving or walking to be aware of potential dangers. Be extra careful, especially if you have age-related physical limits.

As the travel4seniors.com editor’s photo indicates, scooter riders are subject to the same traffic laws as all other drivers. However, that may not protect you when one suddenly disobeys a red light, crowds you off a sidewalk or collides with you as you try to cross a street.

Air Travel: Positive Politeness Always Helps PDF Print E-mail


Of course, during the busy holiday and vacation seasons, everything about airports and aircraft boarding can be confusing to seniors. When unexpected delays happen, frustration and anger too often lead to yelling at the nearest airline people.

A bit of advice voiced by your travel4seniors.com editor and frequent flyer may help the next time, and it will, happen to you. No matter the problem, keep calm and respectful to the airport staff. I do and it paid off recently to me while hanging around hoping to board a flight. I was at the end of the long line of other people waiting impatiently for a possible cancellation. Suddenly my name was called, and this quietly respectful flyer was then seated as the last passenger before take-off. So, always remember: Politeness pays off!

 
London Underground Offers First-Class Carriages PDF Print E-mail


If your travels take you to the busy British capital city, an efficient way to get around is via its traditional subway system. However, especially at crowded holiday times it involves rubbing shoulders and other body parts with unwashed fellow riders whose odors and crowded proximity could be offensive.

The London Undergound management recently installed exclusive upscale passenger cars on the regular commuter line that offer clean seating, booze bars and personal comfort. Of course, riders of those luxury cars will have to pay a bit more pounds and pence for the privilege of the regal service. www.suffolkgazette.com/news/london-underground-introduces-first-class-carriages

 
Las Vegas NV: See Sin City From High In The Sky PDF Print E-mail


Take a daytime, dusk or after-dark helicopter ride to experience the famed city, mighty Hoover Dam and surrounding desert sights below. Cost of one local chopper provider is $124 per person, and includes complimentary champagne. For more info, go to maverickhelicopter.com

 
Senior Sailors Beware: Avoid Cruise Ship Tragedies PDF Print E-mail


For seniors on ocean voyages, it’s a fun adventure with scenic waters, interesting port visits, onboard entertainment, great dining and much more. However, you’re also sailing into challenges aboard a large, mostly metal vehicle that can be much more physically dangerous than what older people normally face on dry land.

First, there’s boarding as you make your way up a steep ramp. You pass many outside railings as you walk through the ship, and during rough seas, you must be careful of falling at all times. Additionally, although the rules forbid it, some passengers climb on rails to shoot selfies and otherwise take chances that may cause injury or worse,

Recently a young father died after he fell four stories from a balcony to a lower deck on a Carnival cruise ship. The accident follows the death of an 18-month-old Indiana girl. who was dropped accidentally out of a mid-ship porthole by her grandfather.

For cruising seniors, be sure you know all the safety rules, and while aboard follow them intelligently to prevent such tragic accidents.

 
When Flying Economy, Sit Up Straight, Cheapskate! PDF Print E-mail


After waiting in the jammed airport boarding line, once in your cheap seat there's no space to lean back and recline. Just isn’t much leg stretching room either. At holiday times and beyond, airlines are squeezing more cheap passengers aboard to make added money. Before airline deregulation, many economy class seats had a generous 36 inches in width and comfy legroom. Today, some have as little as 28 inches. So, while flying in your bargain seat, just sit back, squeeze your knees and try to relax.

 
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