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Q: Our Church Group Plans A Trip To Russia? Do We Cancel? PDF Print E-mail


US and Russia are closing embassies and consulates. We may be drifting into another Cold War situation. So, what do you suggest? MRK, Philadelphia PA

A: You should be OK, but check frequently with your travel agent for changes that may happen before the trip. In some cities, such as St. Petersburg, the American consulate has been closed. This could be trouble if you need help while there. If it gets too complicated or dangerous, consider another destination for your group.

 
Q: Always Stayed At Hotels, But Friends Urge Us To Try Airbnb PDF Print E-mail


We’re frequent retiree travelers, and go to see the world about four times a year. We’ve been to France, Italy, Hong Kong and U.S. hotels, but every time we go, room rates are jumping higher. Now we’re told that Airbnbs are not only much cheaper, but more comfy, quiet and private than hotels. What’s your opinion? JLB, Naples FL

A: Over the past decade, the era of Airbnb has spread throughout the world, and now with many competitors. It keeps growing as travelers who prefer private homes increase. Of course, they’re most economical for travel groups of four or more.

When first considering booking a private home, discuss it with friends and family who’ve experienced it. Check carefully online about location, outdoor/outdoor facilities, neighborhood and other amenities.

 
Q&A: What About Single Senior Women Traveling Alone? PDF Print E-mail


Q: I’m a retired teacher and want to travel by myself. It gives me total independence and freedom to set my own pace. I’ve gone with groups, but gave up because of the restrictive schedules, boring companions and other bothers. What’s your opinion on a single, 67-year-old senior woman seeing the world by myself? Ms MML, Boston MA

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Q: Are Gay Marriages At Sea Available And Legally Accepted? PDF Print E-mail


My partner and I have been living together for several years, and now that it’s legal in our state, we want to enjoy a wedding ceremony. We believe the most romantic location would be aboard an ocean liner at sea. How can we do it? Janet P, Pasadena CA

A: Understand that many cruise ships are not U.S. territory, so when making plans be sure you’ll be in compliance with the applicable international and state laws where your ceremony takes place. And, of course, enjoy your wedded bliss and cruises for many, many years!

 
Q: What’s The Best Time Of Year To Visit Machu Picchu? PDF Print E-mail


Our senior group is planning a visit to the ancient ruins in Peru. We know it’s one of the most crowded destinations in the world. Please suggest how we plan our schedule. Ms. JBMcK, Sarasota FL

A: The historic mountain village often attracts over 5,000 tourists daily. There are government regulations now that attempt to control the crowds. They require visitors to buy tickets to take the morning Inca Trail session from 6 a.m. to noon, or afternoon from noon until 5.30 p.m.

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