Disasters in Haiti and Peru

Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Haiti.  We urge donations to the Red Cross and other major agencies.   We also express our best wishes to the people of Peru, in Cusco and Aguas Calientes.  We traveled there in August 2008, and would have been stranded had we gone during the flooding last week.

Senior Wanderers: Keep Passport Secure In Your Hotel Safe PDF Print E-mail

In almost all situations when in a big foreign city, once you’ve checked into your hotel, you can then start roaming the streets without your passport. Be sure to lock it and other important legal documents in your hotel room safe or at the front desk safe, and leave it there until you check out. The number one way to ruin any travel experience is to lose your passport. You don’t need it on the street, and no one will steal nor pickpocket it from the hotel safe.

Los Angeles CA: Sky-High InterContinental LA Downtown PDF Print E-mail

The tallest hotel west of the Mississippi River reaches up 1,100 feet, with 73 stories. The structure contains business, conference and retail for the first 30 stories, with guest rooms and suites from the 31st to the penthouse 70th floor.

Inside are five restaurants and Spire 73, the tallest 360-view sky bar in all of the Americas. Located at 9oo Wilshire Boulevard in the city’s financial district, rooms at the InterContinental are priced from about $220 a night. www.intercontinental.com/LosAngeles/OfficialSite

State Dept.: Stay Away From Playa del Carmen, Mexico PDF Print E-mail

Recent terror incidents and other violence has forced the banning of visits and using local transportation by U.S. employees and families to the Mexican resort town. The American Consular Agency there is closed until further notice.

If you have plans or younger relatives are considering visits during Spring Break, you’re urged to heed the warning. Other popular Mexican tourist destinations and resort cities have no current warnings against them. They include Mexico City, Cancun and Los Cabos.

Women-Only Vacation Island Soon To Open In Finland PDF Print E-mail

While the world is recognizing and honoring women, this news goes along with the theme. To senior single women wanderers: Have you had enough of those creepy old guys who always ruin your cruise and other vacations? Called SuperShe Island, the no-men-allowed resort is scheduled to receive it’s first female-only guests in June.

The forested leisure retreat is located about 90 miles from Helsinki, the Finnish capital city. Because of its lush natural features, dining, sports and health programs, SuperShe could be considered super costly. According to news reports, an all-exclusive seven-night visit will start at $3,500. supersheisland.com

Don’t Fall For Phony Online Cruise, Hotel & Restaurant Reviews PDF Print E-mail

As the internet and smartphones get more sophisticated, so do greedy and needy advertisers use more ways to lure customers. For example, when you see so-called customer reviews that are very favorable, they’re most likely written by ad agencies, employees or freelance writers who get paid to post them. Remember old-time carnival barkers peddling their phony wares? 

Before taking a cruise, booking a hotel or planning to dine at a posh café, first you may opt to look up online ads and alleged customer praises. Take the info with a grain of salt, and then talk or email with friends and family who have actually experienced the destination.


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