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New York NY: Attractive Airbnb Bargains In Mid-Manhattan


Just a few years ago, Airbnb rentals were confined in private homes, and few senior travelers knew or cared about them. We preferred the usual hotel stays, even as prices continued to rise.

For example, in just a decade or two, a hotel room in mid-Manhattan went from $50 a night to $500 in 2019. And with oil companies, airlines and other money-grabbers feeding national inflation, expensive hotel costs are likely to continue climbing higher.

In recent online ads, Airbnb offers centrally located Manhattan accommodations, including Rockefeller Center, for as little as $50 a night. For your next trip to the Big Apple to see the latest shows, shop on Fifth Avenue and dine at the best restaurants, consider an Airbnb within walking distance of it all. For prices, availability, location and other info, go to airbnb.com

Senior Travel Insurance More Necessary Than Ever PDF Print E-mail


With sudden spread of coronavirus and other potential world epidemics, be sure to anticipate your possible losses while roaming the world with effective insurance coverage.

Today you may need to cover trip cancellations, cruise delays, medical expenses, lost luggage and other unpleasant problems associated with travel. And because medical issues are more likely to happen to seniors, be sure to buy adequate travel insurance. Before embarking on your journey, check what your health insurance covers, especially when in foreign countries.

Some Medicare supplemental insurance plans are not in force outside the US. Now that the coronavirus and other worldwide medical problems are negatively affecting travel, additional insurance will assure you of more potentially necessary coverage.

 
Voluntourism: Help Others On Your Next Vacation PDF Print E-mail


Enjoy those senior travels by helping to repair housing in Africa, clearing a beachfront in Asia or many interesting ways to make your visit meaningful. The trips are not free, but they’ll reward you in other ways.

Many U.S. and international opportunities are always available. Consider some offers from REI Adventures, American Hiking Society, Discover Corps, Global Volunteers, Earth Watch and many others. After your next volunteer vacation, you may go home tired, but with the satisfaction that you’ve helped people to better lives.

 
Seniors: Try A Hostel To Enjoy Time With Young Travelers PDF Print E-mail


Book an inexpensive night or more in a hostel, to have informal chats among the bunks with those who can learn from you, a seasoned wanderer. They benefit from your travel and worldly knowledge, as well as feel free to ask questions. Then, when you’re on your way in the morning, you’ll be satisfied that you’ve passed on some of your mature thoughts and helpful suggestions to those who can profit from them.

 
Q: What To Do About Our Church Group Visit To China? PDF Print E-mail


We have paid a deposit on our planned trip to Beijing for early April. Now we have questions because of the virus problem, and some want to cancel. What should we do? Mrs. JKL, San Diego CA

A: At this confusing moment, your best option may be: when in doubt, get out! Recent news tells that popular tourist attractions, including Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China, are closed to visitors. Check immediately with your tour company for a refund of your deposit, or apply it to a later schedule when the emergency has ended.

 
Airport Nintendos Bring Back Pinball Machine Memories PDF Print E-mail


With some opening of game lounges at U.S. airports come memories of youthful years. Way back then we played for a nickel a game at the corner drugstore. Now it requires quarters and more to use the newest varieties, including The Legend of Zelda, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Super Mario Odyssey.

There are Nintendo Switch On The Go pop-up lounges at select U.S. airports, including Dulles, Tacoma, O’Hare and Dallas Love Field. www.usatoday.com/story/money/2020/02/13/nintendo-opens-game-lounges-at-us-airports\

 
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