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Flight ban: Ecigarettes may become illegal

On some airlines, those new smokeless electronic cigarettes are permitted. Smokers can get their nicotine hit by puffing and breathing in a small cloud of chemicals. Allegedly they don’t bother people sitting next to them, although the jury is still out on that question.

Now, the Department of Transportation is considering a total ban on the Ecigarettes on all flights originating in the U.S. The Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association is objecting to the plan, claiming that the devices only emit water vapor and create nothing like second-hand smoke.

If the total ban goes into effect, Ecigarette users will just have to join regular smokers in those little rooms provided for them in airports. Then, whether their flights are for one or a dozen hours, they’ll have to refrain from their habit in the air, get a patch or chew some nicotine gum.

Sorry, smokers, but you may be in a losing battle. Amtrak now forbids Ecigarettes on trains, and the U.S. Navy won’t permit them on submerged submarines.

Looking For A Retirement Home? Italian Town Wants YOU! PDF Print E-mail


According to a CNN report, the charming little town of Candela, inland 50 miles  from Naples, has seen its population dwindle from 8,000 to 2,700 in the past decade. The mayor is now offering to pay newcomers as much as $2,350 to settle in Candela.

In addition to that incentive, because of the mass exodus by former residents, many vacant homes are available for low, low sale and rental prices. You’ll never find such cheap housing in grossly overpriced senior havens like Miami, Los Angeles or San Diego. Of course, as with all charming Italian towns, Candela has charming scenery, great restaurants, frequent festivals and friendly neighbors. They’ll welcome senior American travelers with lots of retirement money to spend.

 
Would You Bed And/Or Bet Down In A Space Casino Resort? PDF Print E-mail


Bigelow Aerospace, a Las Vegas tech company, says it may put a large inflated structure between Earth and the moon within the next decade. While orbiting the moon, it will have all the internal elements of a Sin City resort, including suites, entertainment stage, pub, restaurant, casino, spa, gym et al.

Of course, the advanced vehicle will be a luxury adventure, but what happens after a few drinks at the bar? Well, my dear, that was a nice space dinner and drinks. Now, let’s step outside for a few moments of fresh airrrrrrrrr……

 
Q&A: U.S. Movie Producers Aren’t The Only Sexual Predators PDF Print E-mail


Q: My friend and I plan a trip to Italy. We’re single, professional women in our 50s, and some of our past experiences concern us. On a trip to Rome several years ago, while visiting the Spanish Steps and Colosseum, we were harassed by aggressive male locals. The same thing happened in Venice and Pisa.

At first, we were flattered at the attention by young men to two middle-aged tourist women. However, we’re concerned that on our upcoming trip the advances could become personal attacks or robbery. That’s especially when we venture out of the hotel at night to go to restaurants. What do you recommend? Ms. LLB, Chicago IL

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Make Your Next Trip A Volunteer Help Experience PDF Print E-mail


It’s called voluntourism, involving signing up for a trip that combines the pleasure of travel with the satisfaction of helping people. With this year’s terrible record of hurricanes and forest fires, senior travelers can pitch in and help where most needed.

For example, combine a Caribbean cruise or vacation to stay and help rebuild homes in Puerto Rico, Haiti, South Florida and other areas devastated by the hurricanes. Also, with the continuing deadly forest fires in Northern California, volunteers are needed to help those left homeless and other necessary aid.

When making your travel plans, check with the Red Cross, Salvation Army, Intrepid Travel, your hometown travel agency and other organizations. They’ll provide continuously updated info on when and where you’ll be most needed on your next trip.

 
Q&A: Travel Concerns About Sexual Discrimination PDF Print E-mail


Q: My partner and I are a gay couple, and we’ve traveled extensively throughout the world. Because we don’t hide our relationship, we frequently have booking problems in countries with strict sex laws, such as China and Russia.

Now we’re planning to join a group trip with some destinations in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia and Egypt. How can we make this a trouble-free experience? PLJ, West Palm Beach FL

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