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Nude vacation: Should I go? PDF Print E-mail

*Q: My lady love, age 52, is asking me, age 61, to accompany her on a nude vacation in Denmark. It isn’t that I’m in bad shape ... I run five miles every morning ... but I feel uncomfortable about baring it all for all to see. What do you recommend?

A: We’ll say, “Go for it!”, although we were tempted to voice our approval with “let it all hang out”, but that’s a bit too raw. Seriously, there are many nude spas, beaches and other vacation destinations around the world. Some are very basic, while others, including cruises, are super luxurious.

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Should I accept a Sinatra-ish invite to "come fly with me"? PDF Print E-mail

Q: I’ve been widowed for five years, but I still don’t feel safe dating someone new. Last week, a man I’d just met asked me to fly to spend the weekend in Atlantic City as his guest. Should I accept? Jeanne B, Pittsburgh PA

A: Seniors should practice similar self-protective routines as people of all ages need to do when dating. In the ongoing battle of the sexes for any age, just use your common sense. Here are some tips to help seniors participate in the battle without suffering wounds of the heart or soul.

Before you agree to go anywhere, and especially if the situation is a first date, such as a stranger you've contacted on an internet dating service, arrange a brief meeting. Don’t agree to the weekend in Atlantic City until you get to know him better. First get together at a public place, such as a small cafe, for a lunch or snack.

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To be or not to be at a Shakespeare festival this summer PDF Print E-mail

Q: We love to attend plays by William Shakespeare and want to combine a festival with our summer travels. Where are the best Shakespeare events in the U.S.?

A: There are many, many excellent summer Shakespeare events, in both big cities and small communities throughout the country. If forced to choose examples, we recommend several below. For specific dates and schedules of plays and other events, contact the festivals by email:

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Bethlehem Steel has turned into Bethlehem Slots PDF Print E-mail

Q: I know you guys at www.travel55plus.com are all for travel, and love to promote Las Vegas. However, as a retired steelworker, I have very mixed feelings about what’s happened to the closed Bethlehem Steel Plant, the biggest employer in our area for a century. On the site now is the just opened Sands Bethlehem Casino.

On the positive side, the casino has hired more than 500 local people in a town that really needs jobs. And next year, when the hotel is built on the site, there will be at least 250 more jobs. Of course, when the steel plant was here during its heyday, there were 25,000 employees and the economy was booming. But that’s all gone now, and 750 jobs, even low-paying ones, are better than no jobs at all.

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To Cruise and Schmooze or not PDF Print E-mail

Q: I met a great guy on an LA-Mexico cruise. We hit it off immediately, and when when ashore for a sunset beach stroll, it was togetherness for the rest of the cruise. The problem is that I’m in the middle of a divorce, and I told him I was single. He wants to book us for another cruise in September, this time Fort Lauderdale-Bahamas. He says he’s single, too, has a great job and offered to pay my way on the Bahamas cruise. I’m not sure he’s telling the truth either. Should I take a chance and go for the new cruise?

Lovers on beach

A: What do we look like here on www.travel55plus.com, a lonely hearts club? We’re experts in travel, not romance. However, we can tell you that cruises always create an emotional wonderland, a temporary fantasy world that often masks reality. That’s why all the fibs and promises work on new romances at sea. Or at least delay the truth until we must face real life on shore.

Tell the romantic guy the truth. Give him an idea of when you’ll be completely free. Ask him to level with you, too. Then, when there are no spouses or other complications keeping you apart, accept the invitation for the Bahamas cruise. If you feel you can afford to pay your own way on this cruise, tell him so. He’ll respect your indepenence. Then, if you really enjoy each other’s ... er ... company, why not get together again. And again. And again.

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