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Buffalo NY: Now A Doggone Friendly Airport


New York State’s Erie County SPCA has started a program of providing a free service to travelers at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. Aptly named Paws For Love (PFL), it consists of  well-trained dogs that are guided through the airport waiting areas to visit with harried passengers. The canines provide relaxation and friendly companionship while people wait for their flights.

The SPCA PFL airport services is an extension of its traditional programs of sending volunteers and dogs on visits to hospitals, nursing homes and other institutions. The PFL is also operating at other U.S. airports, including San Jose CA, Ft. Lauderdale FL, San Antonio TX, Grand Rapids MI, Los Angeles CA and Miami FL. For more info, go to www.pawsforlove.info

Las Vegas NV: Enjoy Wet’n’Wild Christmas Town PDF Print E-mail


If you’ll be in Sin City this festive month, be sure to spend a day at a fabulous fun spot, an actual winter park in the Nevada desert town. There are events for visitors of all ages, including ice skating, a holiday train ride and a 100-foot snow slide.

Of course, Santa is there to help you enjoy the fun, and just maybe listen to your wishes for holiday presents. Open through December 31, except December 24 and 25. Tickets are $20. For more info, go to wildlasvegas.com

 
Do Online Consumer Travel Sites Give Honest Reviews? PDF Print E-mail


A recent USA Today report says TripAdvisor is under scrutiny by the Federal Trade Commission for alleged false practices. The response was to complaints that the website publishes only positive reviews for client travel businesses.

Of course, TripAdviser earns its income from client airlines, hotel chains, restaurants, cruises and others. The implication is that the well-known site won’t show any negative complaints against their clients from consumers. There are accusations that many of the positive comments are fake.

Savvy senior travelers who are familiar with the good and bad aspects of internet consumer comments, whether negative or positive, pay little attention to them. When making plans for your next trip, don’t rely on internet comments. Check with your hometown travel agent and unbiased, non-profit consumer organizations, as well as friends and family who travel frequently.

 
Uber And NASA To Introduce Driverless Air Taxi Service PDF Print E-mail


The quickie city ride and aerospace companies are joining together to offer the most futuristic ride service ever! You’ll be able to hail a cab and be whisked into the wide blue yonder to get to your destination pronto! No heavy street traffic, pedestrians, honking horns nor cursing drivers. Just you in your own private vehicle all relaxed as you sail along.

For upcoming plans and other info, go to money.cnn.com/2017/11/08/technology/uber-web-summit-uberair/index

 
Bologna, Italy: FICO Eataly World Features Everything Italian PDF Print E-mail


The historic city is in Central Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region, 80 miles from Florence. Bologna boasts one of the most complete food experiences anywhere. Over its 20 acres, visitors will find markets, restaurants, wine shops and classes in food preparation. All are surrounded by lush fields and farms that grow the ingredients for making Italian food the delight it is.

If your travels take you to Italy during the holidays and at any other time, schedule at least a day to visit FICO Eataly World in Bologna. For more info, go to www.eataly.com/us_en/magazine/eataly-stories/fico-eataly-world

 
Brigantine NJ: Marine Mammal Stranding Center Saves Sea Critters PDF Print E-mail


For the past 40 years, this benevolent oceanic organization has rescued thousands of dolphins, whales, seals, turtles and other sea denizens. Volunteers respond when the animals are stranded along the New Jersey coastline near Atlantic City.

Take the free tour of the center’s emergency equipment, pool house and 1,000-gallon observation tank. If you happen to be there on a busy rescue day, you can see the volunteers at their lifesaving efforts. For more info about the Marine Mammal Stranding Center, go to www.visitnj.org/nj-attractions/marine-mammal-stranding-center-museum

 
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