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Come, Josephine, In My Pilotless Flying Machine..


EHang, a Chinese tech developer may soon fly a passenger aircraft that is totally automated. So far, negotiations with the state of Nevada are ongoing for test flights near Las Vegas of what is called the EHang 184 Autonomous Aerial Vehicle.

Of course, before any scheduled passenger flights, every possible problem will be eliminated. Therefore, on future journeys, as you sit in your seat when the plane descends, you’ll hear the automatic pilot assure of a safe landing. “Please fasten your seat belts as the aircraft performs a (blonk) per (bloop) fect (blurp) land (blinch) ing (crunch) in Las Veg...(smooosh).

Brave Wanderer, Check Out Desperate Travel Bargains PDF Print E-mail


To fight against the financial losses caused by the international scare due to coronavirus, many travel-related businesses are making drastic price cuts. First, because of lots of flights taking to the sky with empty seats, airlines are offering prices such as $99 each way from New York Kennedy to London Heathrow.

Also between Australia’s Melbourne and Los Angeles round  trip with United Airlines from $772 per person. Check out a bargain $118 a night at the four-star Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan, 31% below the usual price. If you’re brave enough to take that vacation or business journey at bargain rates in this time of mass hysteria, go for it! www.wsj.com/articles/hotels-turn-to-layoffs-room-rate-cuts-as-business-staggers

 
Cruise Lines Cancel Sailings To And From U.S. Ports PDF Print E-mail


Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, and Celebrity have halted all cruises to and from U.S. ports for 30 days. Viking and Princess and Disney announced similar suspensions last week.

For more info, individual cancellations and refunds, contact the cruise line website and/or your travel agent.

 
Vegas Resort Fees Racket Adds More To Room Costs PDF Print E-mail


Along with all the reduced customers, scared away by the coronavirus, Sin City decided to find another way to rob you. Resort fees at Bally’s, Flamingo, The LINQ Hotel and Harrah’s Las Vegas have been increased from $35 to $37 per night.

With resort tax, that extra nightly charge tops $41.95. It means that all the ads touting rooms at $99.99 will actually set you back at least $141.94 per night. And with coronavirus causing many of the famed Vegas buffets to close, you’ll need to search the Strip for any of the bargain buffets still open.
www.usatoday.com/story/travel/hotels/2020/03/05/las-vegas-hotel-resort-fees-going-up-harrahs-caesars-properties

 
Coronavirus No No: U.S. Bans Visitors From Affected Nations PDF Print E-mail


It’s in effect from unlucky Friday, the 13th of March for at least the next 30 days. Anyone who has been in the 26 announced forbidden countries during the previous 14 days can’t come to the United States.

The banned countries are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

So far, visitors from the United Kingdom have not been listed. The ban will continue in effect until Washington issues a formal announcement ending the restrictions. For more detailed info, go to  www.theguardian.com/travel/2020/feb/28/which-countries-have-coronavirus-travel-restrictions-in-place

 
Try Traditional Singalong On A Long Road Trip With Kids PDF Print E-mail


Because of the worldwide coronavirus scare, many travelers will opt for springtime auto journeys. If that’s your plan, fight the boredom of hours of long highway stretches by a singalong. Do it with old familiar songs, and lure the passengers away from today’s so-called music. No need for screaming discordant loud rock they must endure on TV, radio and thru smartphones.

For example, consider some oldie goodies with easy lyrics: You Are My Sunshine, Man On The Flying Trapeze, Four Leaf Clover, There’s A Tavern In The Town, The Gang’s All Here and others. You can find the lyrics online, then print sheets to hand out to riders in your car. You and your passengers will be happily surprised, especially young ones, at what time-passing roadie fun it can b

 
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