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Q&A: What’s The Difference Between Non-Stop & Direct Flights? PDF Print E-mail

Q: I’m confused and angry. I recently bought a direct flight ticket, thinking it would take me from Boston to Miami in one fast hop. We stopped in Philly, and were delayed for three hours before taking off for Miami, and I missed a family celebration. What did I do wrong? PHR, Newport RI

A: Your error may have been that you bought the cheapest ticket without reading the fine print. Next time, be aware of the difference between direct and non-stop. Direct flights may be cheaper than non-stops, but always have at least one scheduled landing at an in-between airport along the route. It may take just an hour to drop off and pick up passengers, or as with unfortunate you, get complicated by delays and other time-consuming factors.

Q&A: Advice Sites Fudge Truth By Xing Bad Reviews PDF Print E-mail

Q: Before we make travel plans, we check latest customer comments on travel advice websites. We won’t name them, but recently we’ve heard one refused to publish negative reviews and reports of physical dangers to travelers. Do the sites censor complaints because it means lost income to their client hotels, resorts, cruise lines and other travel businesses? Mrs. TLM, London UK

A: Of course, the main incentive for all in the travel industry is to keep tourists and cash coming in. Several years ago, your travel4seniors.com editor awoke after a night in a Las Vegas hotel to finding the bed infected by biting bedbugs.

Q&A: Senior New Year's Eve Trip To Broadway. Is It Safe? PDF Print E-mail

Q: Our church is planning a three-day visit to New York City, featuring two nights of dining out, Broadway plays and New Year's Eve celebration. We’d love to sign up, but because of our advanced age and limited mobility, we have fears. We see reports of violent robberies in the park, and street attacks on elderly tourists. Worst of all was the recent terrorist attack in Lower Manhattan. What do you recommend? PLW, Jenkintown PA

Q&A: Scared Senior Fears First Commercial Airline Flight PDF Print E-mail

Q: I retired after more than 30 Navy years. During my service I flew in all kinds of Navy, Marine and Air Force aircraft. I believed then that all military pilots were experts, and on most flights I managed to hide my fears.

Now that I’m a senior civilian and my adult kids and grandkids live many miles away, I need to get the courage to take commercial airline flights. How can I fight this nagging fear? JRMcK, San Diego CA

Q&A: Should I Sign Up For A Singles Cruise? PDF Print E-mail

Q: I was widowed more than a year ago. Family and friends keep urging me to get back into the social scene. At first, my reaction was very angry, because memories of my late husband were too fresh. However, with an empty nest and growing loneliness, maybe I should take the advice. Many suggest a singles cruise. Will that work for me? Mrs. LRMcM, Chester PA


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