Dubai: Underwater Luxury Hotel Planned

The Middle Eastern United Arab Emirate city of Dubai, awash in oil riches, is becoming what may eventually be a combination of Las Vegas and a Disney theme park. It’s already full of luxury casino hotels and can boast of the skyscraper Bruj Khalifa, the planet’s tallest building.

Dubai also features “The World”, an island chain of beach resorts that resembles a map of the earth as seen from space. Now in the plans is an extensive hotel that will be partially 30 feet under the ocean water. Because of its proposed flying saucer spaceship shape, it’s will be known as Water Discus Hotel. 

With personal video cameras and the hotel’s advanced graphic technologies, hotel guests will be surrounded by both real and virtual sea creatures of the Persian Gulf. For more information about plans and progress of the hotel project, go to dubai.com.

Tokyo, Japan: Helpful Robots Roam Haneda Airport PDF Print E-mail

It’s about three feet tall and rolls around through the busy Tokyo Haneda International Airport. It provides security duties, as well as give info and answers questions in English, Japanese and Chinese. It has some nearby relatives, Cyberdyne Cleaning Robots. They can be seen day and night, mopping and sweeping, keeping Haneda spotless.

So, if your senior travels take you to that popular destination, make sure you know the difference between the two robot services. One will politely give you directions to your boarding gate, while the other may just get mad and clean your clock.

Las Vegas NV: Savvy Seniors Do It On The Cheap PDF Print E-mail

Las Vegas is the easiest vacation spot anywhere to plan and implement a budget vacation. The reason, of course, is that the business of Sin City is gambling. Resorts there expect gamblers to come, and further, to lose. To entice gamblers, Vegas hotels offer bargains in rooms, food, entertainment and in many other ways.

Budget-minded visitors, especially those who are modest or non-gamblers, can take advantage of those benefits. For instance, while an upscale resort hotel in New York, Paris, London, San Francisco or Singapore may charge $500 a night for a basic room, the most luxurious Vegas resorts may offer a suite for $150, and throw in a free buffet meal or two.

Labor Day: Nearly 16 Million Will Fly Thru The Weekend PDF Print E-mail

According to latest reports from A4A (Airlines for America), travelers can expect to contend with the huge number of fellow flight passengers during the summer-ending holiday.

And of course, if you plan to travel by air during that busy time, it may seem most of the millions will be in line ahead of you at the security check-in desk. Not much you can do about it except pack light, get to the airport early and attempt the senior traveler's virtue of endless patience. Happy landings!

Easing The Way For Group Travel With Friends PDF Print E-mail

The secret is compatibility. If that doesn't happen before the trip and maintained throughout, no one will enjoy the time together. And if it gets too contentious, that troubled journey may be the first and last for what will become former pals.

Before departure, sit down together to determine how decisions will be made and who's in charge. When a group sets out on a trip, forget about democracy. One person should be responsible for planning the entire enterprise, mapping out the general schedule and then call all the shots throughout the trip.

Marseille, France: Visit The Inspirational Mediterranean Port PDF Print E-mail

As a kid, your travel4seniors.com editor spent ten years in an orphanage founded by a French immigrant who got rich in 19th Century America. We frequently started musical sessions by singing La Marseillaise, the French national anthem. The lyrics were based on fighting in the Mediterranean port during the French Revolution of the 1790s.

Marseille is the oldest city in France and the country's second largest, after Paris. The port was first an ancient Greek and then Roman outpost, founded over 2,500 years ago.


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