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Be Aware Of National Parks Problems Due To Politics PDF Print E-mail

If your winter and spring travel plans include visits to national parks, be aware of how the government shutdown has affected visitor services. As of early January, park employees have not been paid since the political stalemate started in December.

Although they’ve been promised all back wages, many are not on the job as the Washington DC political fight continues. For example, at Joshua Tree National Park in California's Mojave Desert, there are visitor complaints. Reports are that toilets are overflowing, trash isn’t being collected and other service problems. Keep in daily touch with National Parks websites, so you may determine whether to visit or postpone until the shutdown is resolved.

Look For Lowest Airline Ticket Price Times To Fly In 2019 PDF Print E-mail

Expert Rick Seaney of FareCompare.com lists the most favorable times of the year to book your flights. For example, during this month, he suggests U.S. flights from Tuesday, January 22 to Wednesday, January 30, Trans-Atlantic on Wednesday, January 30 and worldwide on Tuesday, January 29. Of course, other factors figure in how much you’ll pay, including time of flight, special ad deals and airline loyalty promotions. For more, go to www.usatoday.com/story/travel/columnist/seaney/2019/01/01/cheapest-days-fly-2019

Hollywood CA: Musso & Frank’s Grill Marks 100th Birthday PDF Print E-mail

If your travels take you to Hollywood Boulevard, consider having brunch, lunch or dinner in the classic restaurant at number 6667 on the famous Walk of the Stars. There Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr and other classic celebs often dined. You may even find yourself in the booth favored by Bogart and Bacall. The menu today still includes many of the favorite American, Italian and Continental dishes from the past century.

Of course, prices have changed just a bit since then. Order a grilled prime beef of rib platter today costing $44, along with a martini at $8.50 and ice cream sundae for $10. In 1919, when Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford were favorite customers, the prices were $4.00, 50¢ and 15¢.

United Airlines Offers Cheap Basic Economy European Flights PDF Print E-mail

Remember those Iron Maiden torture chambers from the Middle Ages? It seems United has installed today’s versions of the ancient racks. The most crowded seats offer very basic comforts to go with the airline’s lowest cost fares. However, so far there’s no announcement that those flyers will be served only bread and water on their journey. OK, your travel4seniors.com editor is kidding, but if you go, prepare to be squeezed.

Australia: Visit Great Barrier Reef Before It Disappears PDF Print E-mail

Tragically, virtually half of it is dead. For visiting wildlife lovers and serious scuba divers, it could get worse unless drastic changes are made. So make 2019 the year you visit, and marvel at the world's most extraordinary coral ecosystem before it’s gone. Check the internet for scheduled trips to Australia that include visiting the beautiful work of nature.


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