Las Vegas NV: Expedia Lists Top In-Demand Hotels

Huh? Some regular seasoned visitors may not quite agree, but the popular internet travel site lists Circus Circus as the top hotel in town.

Of course, in-demand first place doesn’t mean best for quality, service and cleanliness. According to Expedia, the list is for the 20 most booked hotels. In second place is Excalibur another vintage Vegas hotel that has seen better days and nights.

Luxor is 3rd, Treasure Island 4th and Stratosphere 5th. Mandalay Bay, one of the most luxurious in town, managed to earn 10th place, and ARIA, a newer posh hotel, was 16th.

Supersonic Flights: New York-London In Just Three Hours! PDF Print E-mail

It may take another decade or two, but the age of super fast air travel is almost here. It will also happen from the West Coast. Imagine taking off from San Francisco at 9 am and lunching in Tokyo at noon.

You’ll also be able to fly from Los Angeles to Singapore at 5 pm to sit down with your Singapore Sling at 8 pm. If you plan to stay for dinner and next-day breakfast and touring, make sure your bag doesn’t take a three-hour trip to Buenos Aires.

Valletta, Malta: Europe’s Capital of Culture For 2018 PDF Print E-mail

The beautiful island is in the Mediterranean Sea between Italy and Tunisia in Africa. February temperatures on its sandy beaches and city streets average mid-60s days and mid-50s nights.

Valletta is known for its historic sites, including St. John’s Co-Cathedral, the 500-year-old site where the Knights of Malta were established. Remember the Bogart movie, "The Maltese Falcon"? It was just one artifact among thousands from the island's rich history

In addition to its medieval themes, the city also offers museums, comfy hotels, quaint cafés, international dining, gardens and a lively entertainment scene. For more info, go to cityofvalletta.org

Holy WOW! $89 One-Way Flight NYC To Iceland PDF Print E-mail

It’s a fantastic price for an overseas flight on WOW Airlines, but if it appeals to you, be sure to check all the ifs and buts when booking. The price is for a limited time, and the number of available seats per flight is also limited. Figure in extras, such as taxes and baggage fees.

Also, check cost of connecting flights from Iceland to other European destinations, as well as return flight schedules and prices. For more info, go to wow.air and www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/todayinthesky/2018/01/16/sale-wow-air-rolls-out-89-one-way-fare-europe-whats-catch

Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada: Just An Hour From Las Vegas PDF Print E-mail

Many senior tourists who visit Las Vegas choose the Grand Canyon for a side trip. However, it’s 270 miles away, requiring five hours to drive or expensive helicopter trip. You can see similar brilliant sights at the Valley of Fire, just an hour’s drive from Sin City.

Nevada’s largest state park, the Valley of Fire offers hiking, nature-sculpted brilliant rock art and desert wildlife. With the spring season starting just about now, you’ll be surrounded by miles and miles of colorful wildflowers in bloom. Be sure to be ready to record all the glory on your smartphone, camera or Baby Brownie.

Erie PA: Who Let The Cat Out Of The Bag? PDF Print E-mail

At the local airport, a TSA security inspector actually did let a cat out of a bag. The owners had packed her in a checked suitcase for a two-hour flight. Fortunately, the cat survived after treatment at a local SPCA.

A reminder of when you fly with a pet. Check with your airline first for instructions. Always keep your pet on a leash. The busy airport is often very busy with sudden noises that could cause the animal to panic and run away.

Carry your small pet through the metal detector or walk the larger one on a leash. If your pet triggers an alarm, an officer will require a closer look. Pets are not screened with the body scanners. If your pet is traveling in a portable kennel, a TSA inspector will screen it for prohibited items.


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