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London on the cheap PDF Print E-mail

Q: We’re going to London next week on a free flight we earned as frequent flyers. We don’t have much money to spend. How can we make it stretch?
A: Are you kidding? That Blighty burg is one of the most expensive in the world. Last year, we booked a cheapo room on Ebury Street. It was an old converted town house, and our room was three flights up and so tiny we couldn’t move around it without standing on the bed. But it did have a nice tiny window view of the charming trash cans out back. Price 100 pounds, or about $180 U.S. bucks.

Where's the best gambling joint in the world? PDF Print E-mail

Q: We’ve been arguing. I say Monte Carlo is the most glamorous gambling city in the world. My spouse says there’s none better than Las Vegas. Who’s right?

A: Your one-and-only said it. Vegas, baby, Vegas, of course. Consider me an expert, because over the past 50 years, I've invested quite a bit of time and money in Sin City. Of course, the return on the investment in gambling has been minimal, but the experience has always been more than worth the cost. Seriously, Las Vegas has all you want just within quick taxi or walking distance on the famous Strip.

A charley horse can strike without warning PDF Print E-mail

Q: I get frequent very painful leg spasms on long flights. As a semi-pro baseball player in my teens and early 20s back in the 1950s, I got them often. They were charley horses, and we worked them out by jumping around and stamping our feet. Sometimes, if we caught the pain soon enough, they’d last only a few seconds, but if they happened when we were asleep or crammed into a tight space, we’d get the full spasm hit of from five to ten minutes.

They were painful as hell then, and the ones I get now on long flights are even more so because of my age. They’re worse if I’m in a five-across seat for eight hours. I’m six foot two, but is it my fault the seats are so close together? What can I do to prevent in-flight charley horses, or at least ease the pain?

Looking for old railroad museums in the Far West PDF Print E-mail

Q: We’re taking a driving trip through New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and California this summer. We’re nuts about old trains. Where do your recommend we visit some of them?

A: First of all, we hope you have good air conditioning in your car, because summer is hotter than hell in all of those states, except in the high mountains. Many of the exhibits are outside, so make sure you get there very early so you’ll miss the hottest part of the summer day, usually between 10 am and 6 pm. If there’s also part of the exhibit inside an air-conditioned building, duck in at least once every 15 minutes.

Should we go green on our next vacation trip? PDF Print E-mail

Q: We’ve been hearing a lot about ecotourism, where visitors to certain nature sites learn all about species preservation and pollution prevention. On our next trip we’d like to make it ecotourist. What do you suggestion?  

A: Good idea. Ecotourism promotes travel that is sensitive to the world’s very fragile ecosystem. Trips could include instructions and experience in one or more of the following important subjects: human habitat, animal life, rivers, oceans, forests, deserts, the North and South Poles and other critical subjects.


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