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Q: OK For Retired Widower To Look For Travel Companion? PDF Print E-mail

Starting with Navy service, I’ve always enjoyed wandering the world. Unfortunately my wife passed away last year, and I need to hit the road again. What’s the best way to find a compatible person for the next trip? JLL, Tampa FL

A: If you’re looking for a male pal, check with familiar relatives and friends your age who may agree to join you. It’s more complicated with women companions because of commitment and other adult situations. You can try searching senior singles websites to see if you can match up for a journey together.

Another good way to get started is to sign with a single seniors trip or cruise. During that experience you’ll be able to spend time to observe potential companions for future journeys together. Good luck in your efforts!

Q: Former Military Woman, Is It OK For Me To Travel Alone? PDF Print E-mail

My 32 years in the Navy took me to all parts of the USA, but never overseas. Now retired, I want to see parts of the world that were only dreams before. South America, England, France, Italy. Family members say it just isn’t safe to do alone. What do you say? MTL, San Diego CA

A: We don’t want to exaggerate, but women are often at risk when they travel alone in other cultures where they’re considered fair game for robbery and physical attack. For that first venture abroad, we suggest you sign on for an interesting senior singles group trip or cruise. You’ll be safe and with compatible people. It will give you experience in travel to use later when ready to go it alone.

Question: Near Age 80 And Will Need Help When I Fly PDF Print E-mail

A frequent traveler, lately I’m beginning to have problems with sight, balance and other skills I once took for granted. How do I get started on assistance for future flights? Mrs. MJL, Memphis TN

A: Enlist a younger friend or family member to fly with you. And/or take along a trained helper dog. There are basically three types: service, emotional support and therapy. Before making a decision, check with your family physician to determine which type of trained and certified dog, as required by airlines, will be best for you. For more info, go to usdogregistry.org

Q: OK To Take Mom With Aging Problems On Our Cruise? PDF Print E-mail

My widowed mother recently retired after a lifetime of world travel. She was recently diagnosed with early stages of Alzheimer’s, but is otherwise physically OK. We’re planning a Caribbean cruise, and she has asked to go along. Ideas? BRL, Boston MA

A: First, check with mom’s doctor and ask that question. If OK, be sure she will be with another person, day and night, throughout the trip, and takes required meds correctly. When boarding flights and the cruise ship, let employees know about her condition, and ask for help when needed. For advice before you go, consult the Alzheimer’s Association 24-hour helpline at 800-272-3900.

Q: Where Can I Shoot Best Selfies In Las Vegas? PDF Print E-mail

Now retired and in my late 60s, I’ve become a world traveler and selfie freak. I’ve snapped photos and videos of me at the Eiffel Tower, Great Wall of China, Golden Gate Bridge and other famous spots. We’re heading to Vegas next month for the first time in many years. Where are the best spots there to continue my selfie photo obsession? JL, McLean TX

A: Get a lot of great selfies while wandering at night. Our choices are Fremont Street Experience, fountains at Bellagio, Eiffel Tower at Paris Resort, and do a selfie smile and a wave by the famed Las Vegas sign. For overhead scenes, invest in a ‘copter flight or ride the High Roller ferris wheel at the Linq


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