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Be A Pro Photographer & Bring Home Professional Memories PDF Print E-mail


Q: Our seniors church group is taking a trip to Italy, and the itinerary includes Venice, Florence and Rome. We all have cellphones that can take pictures and video. However, we’d like to shoot some quality scenes in the Vatican and other historic sites. Is it possible to hire a local professional to work with us? Mrs. PLV, Pittsburgh PA

A: You can check with the tour company or online sites that provide such services. Consider www.flytographer.com and locallens.com. It could cost several hundred dollars, but worth it if you bring home quality results you can frame and proudly display at home or local art gallery.

 
Hey, Casino Gambler: Consider How Inflation Affects Plans PDF Print E-mail


During your travel4seniors.com editor’s decade after retirement in the 1990s, I did Las Vegas four or five times a year. Hotel rooms were cheap or free, buffets cheap or free, entertainment cheap or free and round-trip flights cheap. That was then. This is now.

While my retirement income has gone up a total of only 10% in two decades, Las Vegas costs have increased considerably. Hotel rooms were $35, now $350. Buffets were $7, now $40. Shows were $25, now $200. Airfare to Las Vegas was $70, now $200.

Current tips, local taxes and other piled-on expenses greatly increase the already high cost of doing a Vegas vacation today. If you plan to gamble away your kids’ inheritances there, be prepared to pay a lot more. Or consider a day at a nearby Native American casino without all the inflated costs.

 
Digital Face Recognition To Speed Up Hotel Check-In Times PDF Print E-mail


The process is being introduced at check-in for Marriott International hotels in Hong Kong and Shanghai. The usual minutes-long process at the front desk may be cut down to a few digital seconds. It’s not only more convenient for arriving guests, it also enhances the hotel’s security and safety systems. Of course, what hotel clerk wouldn’t be thrilled to see this handsome senior traveler face checking in?

 
San Francisco CA: Today’s High Prices And Low Opinions PDF Print E-mail


Your travel4seniors.com editor’s memories of the City By The Bay go way, way back to even before Tony Bennett memorialized it in song. During my WW2 Navy days, I roamed the beautiful streets while on troopship duty in the Pacific campaigns. It was a fantastic experience in every way.

However, these days we get frequent complaints from senior travelers that the city is now a dangerous and dirty place. Additionally, because of runaway inflation, prices for hotels, restaurants and everything else in town are insanely high. Worse, San Francisco’s formerly beautiful sidewalks are now crowded with squatting homeless people, along with their trash, pee and poop.

If your travel plans include this and any other big city, be aware of the conditions, and take steps to assure your personal safety and sanitary health.

 
Salt Water Taffy: Good & Bad Memories Of Jersey Shore Candy PDF Print E-mail


If your summer travels take you to Atlantic City or nearby beach towns, be sure to try the classic sweet. The tooth-tugging gummy candy has been around for at least the past 130 years. As a kid, I can remember buying them at Boardwalk stores for a penny each.

Later, while with an advanced Navy unit in the Philippines during World War 2, I remember my Atlantic City aunt sent me a package with a supply of salt water taffy in it. With drooling anticipation for the sweet chew, I unwrapped a piece, only to find it tasted like soap. She had packed bar soap and other toiletries in with the candy. The three-week trip in the cargo hold of a Navy supply ship had blended the heavy soap odor with everything else in the package.

 
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