Hollywood CA: Homelessness Continues To Grow PDF Print E-mail

Advice to senior travelers. In daily outings, your travel4seniors.com editor encounters more and more hopeless wanderers. The walks are along Hollywood’s busy Santa Monica Boulevard, the final miles of Route 66 before it ends at the beaches. Many tourists use the same streets, including the famed Hollywood Walk of Fame, and see similar sad sights.

Most street people have drinking, drug and/or mental problems. The inclination of many kind-hearted senior tourists is to give them money. Actually, you’d be doing them much more good to contribute those dollars instead to agencies established to help the unfortunates. Consider the Red Cross, Salvation Army, PATH and other effective organizations.

Safety First When Booking Taxi, Lyft or Uber Pick-Up PDF Print E-mail

A college student recently got into a private car thinking it was her Lyft ride. It tragically resulted in her murder. For your travel4seniors.com editor, there have been several occasions when ride bookings went wrong.

Back in the days of hailing cabs, we were sometimes overcharged, taken the long route and subjected to other rip-offs. However, it shouldn’t happen these days. Because of all the electronic communications and security advances, you can now assure your safety in taxis and other commercial rides.

When booking by cellphone, give all required information and ask for specific cost quote, time of arrival and name of the assigned driver. When the car or taxi arrives, exchange names and other ID info until you’re satisfied the driver is legitimate.

April In Paris May Not Be As Peaceful As The Song Lyrics PDF Print E-mail

Dinah Shore sang about the usually enjoyable springtime visit to the beautiful capital of France. However, if your plans take you there this season, be aware of potential dangers to tourists.

There have been recent street riots by people angered about various problems in immigration, taxes and growing inflation. Visitors could be confronted suddenly by unruly mobs, the homeless and/or armed soldiers.

If you see unrest happening, get away from it as soon as you can. Be extra cautious when near or at popular Paris landmarks, such as the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Louvre.

As with US immigration problems with Mexico, France is experiencing a significant influx of illegals from North Africa. Many, including children, are living on city streets in poverty and desperation. Be aware of your surroundings at all times, and keep valuables, purses and wallets secure in zipped or buttoned pockets.

What To Do If You're In A Cruise Ship Emergency PDF Print E-mail

Recent news of the Norwegian Viking Skv going through very rough weather and causing passenger evacuation should be a warning for senior sailors. Fortunately, it didn’t become a Titanic disaster, but the problems offer lessons for future cruises.

When you first board your ship, pay close attention to all information that involves your safety. Attend the required lifeboat drills and understand exactly what to do if the need for lifeboats becomes reality. Also, whenever the ship rolls into heavy seas, especially when caused by weather, stay away from the outer decks, and seek out safe seats in your cabin and social compartments.

If it’s your first cruise when the decks and your stomach start heaving, be sure you’ve brought along seasick medication. And through it all, record the seagoing experience with selfies. Then. when safely back on shore, you and your family can get some well-earned laughs about the ordeal.

STEP Keeps Family Informed While You Travel Overseas PDF Print E-mail

It happens to all senior wanders. No longer as smart and spry as we were in younger traveling days? If you want your family to know you’re okay while away, before your trip register with the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.

The application allows you to register travel schedules, check-in times and other plans. Then, in case you have an emergency, the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate will deal with your on-site problems and family contact.


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