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Q: What’s My Best Travel Way To Meet Other Singles? PDF Print E-mail


Widowed since last year, I need to get out socially now. Suggestions? MPJ, Cleveland OH

A: A good way to shake off the loneliness is do a cruise. One of the best lines for special sailings is Holland America. It caters to solo travelers via its Single Partners Program, featuring hosted events for onboard singles, and special singles-themed cocktail parties and games.

Holland America also groups singles together at meals and other shipboard schedules. On sailings of 40 days or longer, the line provides male hosts to accompany single women to dinner and social events. When booking, consider the roommate matching service with fellow solo travelers of the same sex. Two Holland America ships offer dedicated singles cabins: Koningsdam has 12, and Prinsendam has three.

 
Q: I’m 6’1”, 235 Lbs & Tired Of Airline Seat Gripes PDF Print E-mail


Just about every time I settle into my economy seat, passengers next to me gripe and demand I find another seat. Suggestions? LR, New Rochelle NY

A: First, if the attendant can’t make a change, try some consideration. Don’t take a center seat. Ask for one on the aisle, so you can stretch body and legs to allow more room for seatmates. Of course, you can consider buying a higher-priced ticket.

Before you make flight plans, check with airlines and your travel agent for special promotions where you get lower prices and wider seats in first class. www.usatoday.com/story/travel/advice/2019/10/10/tips-for-plus-sized-travelers-make-trip-better

 
Q: Why Do My Feet Always Swell Up & Hurt When I Fly? PDF Print E-mail


I know I’m not the athlete I once was, but flying is getting more painful. How can I prevent it? PJL, Evanston IL

A: Leg, ankle and foot swelling happens to many passengers during long flights. When sitting in the same position for hours, blood flow slows down and blood pools in leg veins. The continued pressure leads to pain and swelling. Get up at least once an hour and walk around the aisle. Also, on long flights dress in loose clothing and footwear.

 
What To Do About Your Aaah-Chooo When In Flight PDF Print E-mail


Q: Several times I’ve found myself seated next to a passenger with a very furry support dog or cat. I try to not make a fuss, but it makes me sneeze. Should I just grin and bear it or complain to get another seat? PJR, Atlanta GA

A: Save a lot of trouble by asking the flight attendant to switch seats. Do it when you first board, when changing is easier to do. Of course, in busy, crowded flights, other passengers can’t or won’t comply, so keep your hanky handy Also, earlier check with your family physician for suggested meds you can take when traveling.

 
Q: Tired Of Flying NYC To DC. How About Taking The Train? PDF Print E-mail


I regularly go between the two cities on business and to visit family. Getting fed up with the ever-rising air ticket prices, security lines and flight delays. Do you think train service is just as efficient, cost-effective or even better? PJL, Long Island NY

A: Before you make your next travel plans, check online sources for the latest in Amtrak service between those cities. For example, a recent inquiry about a round-trip ticket by train was $70, while a flight was $240. Of course, there are other costs. Getting from your Long Island home to Penn Station by taxi, bus or local train costs an additional $50, and about the same to JFK airport.

Actually, whatever your choice, it takes a total of about four hours each way from home to destination on either train or flight. And usually costs more than twice as much to fly.

 
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