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USA TODAY: Beware Of Drinks With Deadly Alcohol


The U.S. State Department issued recent warnings about tourists being sickened or worse by poisonous whiskeys. Many are homemade liquors where deadly wood alcohol is used as a cheap substitute for safe commercial brands. 

This time the incidents were reported to be at small cafés in Mexican Riviera cities on the nation’s west coast. Savvy senior travelers should be aware of the potential dangers, and confine alcohol drinking to name brands served in upscale hotels and restaurants.

Montreal. Canada: Springtime With A Feeling Of France PDF Print E-mail


As the weather warms, so do the city’s outdoor events, and hopefully,  prices for airfare and nightly hotel rates are reasonable. If you explore online before booking, you may find bargain prices.

For example, Hotel Le Dauphin Montreal Centre-Ville offers rooms starting at $95 per night, including breakfast. Check out city history, restaurants and annual events, such as Notre Dame Cathedral, Montreal Botanical Garden butterfly release, the Croissant Festival and the microbrews at Beer Fest.

 
Q: Need A Quick Language Course Before Visiting France? PDF Print E-mail


My spouse says we’d be happier if we could speak some basic French. But I figured they’re taking my money, so they should know English. What do you think? PLJ, Newark NJ

A: Your travel4seniors.com editor studied French and Italian in high school many, many years ago. So, wandering in my post-retirement years in Europe is much more convenient after I brushed up on the languages. With so many free online sources of quick studies, it’s worthwhile to at least learn some basics before you go.

Consider getting teaching apps, such as babbel.com, memrise.com and rosettastone.com. Also, for those hours during that long flight or cruise to Europe, before you go, record some sessions on your smartphone and practice as you travel.

 
AA Canceling Up To 90 Scheduled Flights Daily PDF Print E-mail


American, the world’s largest airline, announced the drastic plans to cut their schedules until the end of April. The interruptions have been caused by the two recent disastrous crashes by Boeing 737 Max aircraft.

Airline officials say the cancellations will continue until the Federal Aviation Administration reports that the Boeing planes are safe to fly. AA officially reported that "Canceling in advance provides additional availability and rebooking.” If you have plans for upcoming AA flights, be sure to check daily with your travel agency and AA online information.

 
What To Do If You're In A Cruise Ship Emergency PDF Print E-mail


Recent news of the Norwegian Viking Skv going through very rough weather and causing passenger evacuation should be a warning for senior sailors. Fortunately, it didn’t become a Titanic disaster, but the problems offer lessons for future cruises.

When you first board your ship, pay close attention to all information that involves your safety. Attend the required lifeboat drills and understand exactly what to do if the need for lifeboats becomes reality. Also, whenever the ship rolls into heavy seas, especially when caused by weather, stay away from the outer decks, and seek out safe seats in your cabin and social compartments.

If it’s your first cruise when the decks and your stomach start heaving, be sure you’ve brought along seasick medication. And through it all, record the seagoing experience with selfies. Then. when safely back on shore, you and your family can get some well-earned laughs about the ordeal.

 
Visitor’s Guide To North Korea Published PDF Print E-mail


A French travel guru just issued info on how to enjoy a trip to one of the most dangerous destinations in the world. Your travel4seniors.com editor can attest to the reputation from experiences in the early 1950s as a member of a reactivated U.S. Navy Carrier Air Group during the Korean War.

They lethally hated Americans then and still do, as tragically proved recently when they imprisoned and tortured young student Otto Warmbier to death. Other jailed American travelers have suffered similar brutal treatment. Yet some, such as that clueless, bejeweled retired basketball pro, still go to North Korea despite U.S. State Department warnings to stay away.

Here’s a suggestion for seniors who insist on traveling to North Korea. When getting off your flight there, just turn around and kiss your butt goodbye.

 
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