Hyperloop: Future Rail Travel May Hit 700 MPH

While even the latest jet passenger aircraft haven’t yet hit 600 miles an hour, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies claim their super-fast, air pressure tube trains will do much better. Experiments are now being conducted in the Nevada desert area near Las Vegas.

Imagine boarding a train in downtown Los Angeles and stepping off in downtown San Francisco only a half-hour later! Today we spend more time than that just looking for a parking spot in the airport garage.

Seniors: Are You Ready For A Peaceful Journey In Vietnam? PDF Print E-mail

Your travel4seniors.com editor served in World War 2 and Korea. Still a Navy Reservist in the mid-1970s, I received a call asking me to volunteer for  active duty for the Vietnam War. At age 40, I declined. Would I voluntarily go to Vietnam today as a tourist? Well, just maybe.

Would I enjoy the beautiful Hanoi city scenes, river cruises, exotic foods and other offerings? With the memories of John McCain and other POWs enjoying the luxuries of the Hanoi Hilton, some serious thoughts occur about America’s former enemy. Of course, after WW2 it didn’t take long for American travel to Italy and Germany to become fashionable. Why not Vietnam today?

So, if interested, check with sources such as Intrepid Travel on currently peaceful Vietnam visits. Enjoy a meal at a Buddhist nunnery, take an overnight boat trip on Halong Bay, and zoom on a motorbike tour through Hue on the Vietnam Express.

It all begins in Hanoi and ends in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). This 10-day trip is designed for single travelers. You’ll be with a roommate of the same sex unless you prefer a room by yourself at an extra fee. The tour, priced from $1,100 is available on select dates through November 2019. www.intrepidtravel.com/us/vietnam

Springtime In Paris: Buy An Exclu$$ive Tour At The Louvre PDF Print E-mail

One of the most popular museums in the world, the Louvre attracts more than ten million visitors every year, and charges an entry fee of about $15. However, next time you’re in the French capital, instead of being crammed in with other gapers in front of the Mona Lisa during regular visit hours, do it privately.

If you have the dough, it will cost a mere $34,000 for up to four people in your exclusively wealthy group. You’ll be escorted through the museum in the evening by experts for about two hours. Hmmm, so when the tour is over, do you tip the guides ten percent of your enormous entry fee? If you’re considering the tour and other Paris attractions, get more info at family-twist.com.

Eurostar Train: London To Amsterdam In 3 Hours! PDF Print E-mail

Starting April 4, travelers will be able to zoom from London’s St. Pancras Station over land, under the Channel and up again. After dashing through France and Belgium, they’ll arrive at the Dutch capital just in time for the annual tulip blossoming.

Two daily passenger trains will ride the cross-channel high-speed rails, with fares starting at $47 each way. Tickets go on sale February 20. For more info and reservations, go to www.eurostar.com

Disney Prices Climbing Higher Than Magic Mountain PDF Print E-mail

If you’re planning a family trip this season to one of the Disney parks, be prepared to spend a lot of money. Your travel4seniors.com editor’s memories of our very first trip to the Florida park in the mid 70s, just a few years after its debut.

An adult day pass then was $5, lunch $7, hotel room $30. With ever-rising prices, today’s visit would cost at least $100, $30 and $250. Also, ticket pricing and other charges vary according to expected crowds. It will be more expensive during heavy attendance dates, such as holidays, spring break and summer months.

When planning your visit, be sure to first scan internet offers from Disney and other travel sources. Look for the most economical times, special deals and other ways to reduce the ever-rising costs as much as possible.

Our Church Club Plans India Trip & I Worry About The Food PDF Print E-mail

Q: Because of stomach problems, our family doctor has me on a diet. No spicy or fried food, limited meats and other restrictions. The church senior club just announced a cruise and tour in India for early spring. I want to go with my friends, but fear getting sick from the strange foods. What do you suggest? LMMcB, Bronx NY

A: Cruise lines offer special diet food for passengers who require it.  As for Indian cuisine, most modern city hotels and restaurants in that country will meet your dietary needs. A good idea before you go, is to visit an Indian restaurant in your city to research and try safe items from the menu.


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