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Welcome Springtime And Annual Gas Price Robbery PDF Print E-mail


As usual, it starts with the same old tactics of pleading need for more money to dig for oil. Of course, the plan is to dig their dirty claws deeper into your pocket. You can expect all the crooks, including foreign oil barons, American oil companies and your friendly neighborhood gas station owner, to do the annual thievery.

It began back in the 1970s when they discovered they could fake artificial shortages and hike prices sky high to grab more loot. They also started the ever-rising inflation in our entire economy that still plagues us today.

What can senior travelers do about the current scam? Not much on the prices, but we can try personal savings actions. Walk more, share rides with neighbors, use public transportation and/or car hailing services. When it’s time to buy a new car, go partially or totally electric. And finally, although it won’t save you money, when filling up, let the greedy station owner know your anger at being robbed.

 
Sniffing Beagle Brigade Police The Busiest U.S. Airports PDF Print E-mail


Waiting for your flight, you may see them nosing about on duty. They’re now performing their skills at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson and Chicago's O’Hare, but soon may go to work at other airports. With their sensitive noses, the trained Beagles sniff out grains and meats in passenger luggage that could bring in serious diseases and insects.

 
Seeking Best Low-Cost European Springtime Destination? PDF Print E-mail


CNN Travel quotes London experts who list their annual City Costs Barometer. The most economical is Vilnius, Lithuania. The nation’s capital boasts medieval architecture, art galleries, lively music, celebrations, quaint eateries and centuries of vivid history at bargain rates.

The dad of your travel4seniors.com editor came to America from there as a teen more than a century ago. And except for endless wars and religious persecution, he had fond memories. In Lithuania’s capital today you can get to or from the city airport for less than $3, and a night in a three-star hotel for two adults at $50. A delicious native Vilnius meal is $12.

According to the experts, the most expensive European visit is not to Paris nor London, but Reykjavik, Iceland. There you’ll need to shell out about $300 a night and $50 for airport rides. And if you have to ask the price of dinner, you can’t afford it.

 
Orange County CA: Rainy Year Brings Flying Painted Ladies PDF Print E-mail


Way back a century or two ago, when the West was rootin’ and tootin’, painted ladies were not high society. However, there’s a breed of butterflies today with the same name. And they’re just as pretty as their historic human counterparts, and maybe a bit more flighty.

Because of the region’s unusually wet season this year, millions of the colorful insects now swarm over meadows, gardens, parks and deserts of Southern California. If your travels take you to destinations in Orange County and nearby, be sure to bring your camera and smartphone for capturing great selfies and other creative images.

 
Amsterdam, Holland: Mayor Says Respect Hookers PDF Print E-mail


The woman leader of the city recently called for tourists to cool it in the famous red-light district. She insists the gawkers make it "unpalatable" and "humiliating" for the so-called sex workers. Over 20 million visitors now come to Amsterdam annually, compared to just 10 million in 2000.

Of course, the ladies of the night pose in their brightly-lit shop windows to hustle up business, and in Amsterdam are as legal as any other. And if they are as attractive to gawking, selfie tourists as the Mona Lisa and Girl With The Pearl Earring, so be it.

 
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