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For Senior Travelers, March And April Are Worst Flu Season PDF Print E-mail


The Doctors Report Illness Tracker says this year’s spread of the disease will be one of the worst in many years. The report further lists big cities are where the heaviest outbreaks are happening. They include downtown areas in San Francisco, Washington DC, New York, Miami and Boston.

If winter and springtime travels take you to heavily-populated cities in the US and elsewhere around the world, take precautions to keep you off the sick list. Whenever possible this season, avoid spending less time in the most crowded locations.

They include busy airports, subway stations, city transportation, busy restaurants and large retail stores. Carry a kit with disposable dry and soapy wet wipes, face mask and cold medicines.

 
More Passenger Guns Show Up At Airport Check-Ins PDF Print E-mail


Remember the old TV series, Have Gun, Will Travel? It sees too many people are taking that too literally these days. According to a USA Today report, last year TSA agents in U.S. airports had to confiscate nearly 4,000 illegal guns from passenger check-in bags and clothing. And the numbers keep increasing every year.

Before you decide to pack heat on your next flight, it’s best not to do it. If you have a legit reason to take firearms, be absolutely sure you know the rules that apply and have the papers to prove it. And, while checking in you notice another passenger with an unauthorized weapon or other illegal item, to insure safety for everyone on the flight, report it immediately to the nearest airport security officer.

 
Get Easy Access Electronic National Park Passes PDF Print E-mail


Hopefully, the government shutdown mess has passed. This season’s visits to America’s wonderlands should be trouble free. And even more accessible for tourists to get in electronically.

When you’ve made your plans, buy a pass online for $35, print it out and store it on your smartphone. At your arrival, Rangers will scan the pass and you’re on your way into the park. For detailed instructions and other info, go to YourPassNow.com

 
Fooled By Phony Airport Wall Socket Stickers? PDF Print E-mail


Some nasty jokesters paste realistic-looking paper stickers of fake power outlets near waiting areas at airports. Then they giggle and grin nearby as people try to plug in their chargers before boarding flights. The sticker photos are so realistic, there’s often a never-ending line of passengers waiting their turn to be fooled.

If it happens to you, look around for a grinning creep nearby. Don’t do what you’d prefer to with your plug, but do flash an electric grimace and a few choice cuss words at him.

 
Seniors: Make Your Next Journey A Volunteer Vacation PDF Print E-mail


Consider combining travel with positive action where you’ll make a community better for those who need help. It could be teaching basic computer skills in Africa, making house repairs in Mexico or planting trees in flood-damaged California. 

For example, a venture with International Volunteer HQ in Italy. Start in Naples on a program for from two to 12 weeks. Teach English at a public school or after-class program. Another involves preserving UNESCO World Heritage Sites in other historic Italian cities, including archaeological ruins, protecting marine life and more. For locations, schedules, costs and other info, go to www.volunteerforever.com

 
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