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Munich, Germany: Oktoberfest Starts Early This Year PDF Print E-mail

The traditional beer and bratwurst celebration begins on September 22 and ends October 7. So, if you have plans to be part of where it all began in the picturesque Bavarian city, make your travel reservations now!

Germany’s third largest metropolis offers much more than food and suds. It also boasts beautiful parks, museums, entertainment, restaurants, as well as historic buildings, including the Residenz and Nymphenburg Palaces. Check with airlines and travel agencies for schedules and package deals. For more info, go to www.oktoberfest.de/en

Beware: Now Is The Season For Air Traveling Viruses PDF Print E-mail

According to the Guardian, some of the most disease-infested surfaces are the trays on airport moving belts. When checking in, passengers dump unclean personal bags and other items on them. Especially in autumn and winter, they’re breeding areas for germs, especially those that cause colds and more severe pneumonia-related diseases.

Avoid the worst of the dangers by keeping yourself as clean as possible during the check-in and on-board seating processes. Carry throw-away medicated wipes with you, and use them on your hands and face as often as necessary. That includes when in airport and on-board toilets, getting seated on your flight, seatmate sneezers and touching busy areas and surfaces.   


US Says It’s OK Again To Travel To Cuba PDF Print E-mail

After suspicious poisonings of American reps in Havana, travelers to the island nation were warned about dangers there. Now, that warning has been lifted and there are no restrictions. Of course, seniors who order Cuba Libra boozes at Havana bars should limit themselves to four or five per evening, or future sobriety could be threatened.

No More Companion Pets On Royal Caribbean Cruises PDF Print E-mail

The new rule restricts animal companions to qualified service dogs with blind and otherwise handicapped passengers. This rule specifically bans so-called emotional support animals. There have been complaints and problems for airlines and cruise ships when people bring aboard untrained cats, birds, hamsters and other animals that cause troubles for other passengers. So, if you’re thinking of bringing Fluffy and/or Fido with you on your next journey, first check the latest restrictions and how they may apply to your plans.

Alaska Airlines Ends Pre-Flight Booze, But Soon To Offer Wine PDF Print E-mail

Of course, only first class passengers on many airlines expect to be welcomed aboard with free alcoholic drinks. It still happens, but on Alaska, now combined with the former Virgin America, the no booze applies. However, as of November 1, Alaska and Virgin first class flyers will get complimentary sparkling wine. American, Delta and United continue to offer free preflight cocktails to first-class passengers.


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