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Shy Senior's Shipboard Story: Should I Resume The Romance? PDF Print E-mail

Q: I know TRAVEL55PLUS.COM offers all kinds of solutions to travel problems, so maybe you can suggest a personal one for me. I’m divorced, in my mid-50s. He said he was 59 and widowed. We met on a Norwegian Cruise Line trip two months ago, and hit it off very well. In fact, by the end of the week, we were in love. At least that’s what I thought.

At the time the cruise ship docked, we exchanged email addresses and he left for Baltimore and I went home to Washington DC. There were all kinds of promises to see each other again, but that’s the last I’ve heard from him since. I’m old-fashioned and believe he should be the first to make contact. What do you suggest?

Big Seniors Flying Economy Deal With Seat & Wallet Squeezes PDF Print E-mail

Q: I’m six feet four, and since I always have to pay my own way, I fly economy. I’m often a bit cramped, but it’s OK with me and save money. Now the airlines, always greedy for squeezing more dough out of us, have introduced more leg room for more money. What do you think about this new rip-off?

Can My Elderly Cat Fly With Me? PDF Print E-mail

Q: Mems is 15 yrs old, and except for needing daily medication, he’s in good health. However, recently, whenever I’m away from the house for even one day, he won’t eat until he sees me again. I need to spend a week with family in a city 500 miles away, and I want to take Mems with me. I’d never put him in baggage, but I understand some kind of cage is required if he rides with me. What are the rules and costs?

Is it OK to Travel With an Alzheimer's Patient? PDF Print E-mail

Q: My 83-year-old husband has been diagnosed with early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. He’s otherwise healthy so far, but after years of jogging every morning, he’s become confused several times, and kindly neighbors have escorted him home. We’ve been invited to spend a week in Palm Springs with friends who own a two-bedroom timeshare with a community pool. After one of the coldest winters on record here in Minnesota, I know we’d both love the warm desert climate. However, I’m afraid if he insists on jogging there, he may get lost or worse. On the other hand, I can’t leave him home without someone to be with him 24 hours a day for the week.

Can Travel55Plus & Elderhostel Cure a Lonely Heart? PDF Print E-mail

Q: I know you’re a travel website, not a lonely hearts club, but I have a problem that could involve both. I’m a 56-year-old male university prof and have been widowed for five years. There’s a woman prof in our department who's divorced. She’s been a great friend and colleague for a long time, but now I’d like to establish a deeper relationship.

She’s a fan of Elderhostel programs, and takes one or two every summer. Here’s my idea. If I invite myself to join her on a trip this year, or suggest one we can take together, do you think it can help us get closer?

Lonesome Prof, Boston, MA:


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