Flu Epidemic More Dangerous For Elderly World Travelers PDF Print E-mail

According to many news reports, this season may be the worst of the disease in more than ten years. And it is especially hitting young children and the elderly, requiring some common senior sense to avoid being infected.

With springtime travel season about to begin, keep informed daily about where the flu is hitting the hardest. If it’s a crowded big city, such as New York or Beijing, consider changing your plans. If you do visit  and must mingle among many people on streets, in restaurants, shops and terminals, do as many Asian travelers do.

Latest Poop: Strange Bathroom Practices Around The World PDF Print E-mail

In our foreign travels, we've experienced some unfamiliar bathroom features. Several years ago, your travel4seniors.com editor toured the castle of Catherine the Great in St. Petersburg, Russia. Everything about the royal residence was magnificent. However, when visiting the rest room, we found it featured squat toilets. Instead of the expected US-styled seats and urinals, there were holes in the floor.

In some areas of Japan, there’s the usual plumbing and ceramic bowls, but they’re level with the floors. It takes balance and strength to get through the ordeal successfully. Also, some of the most modern toilets there have an array of buttons for controlling seats, flushing and shocking to those who push the wrong button and get a sudden spurt of upward cold water.

In Taiwan, used toilet paper is recycled. You must follow the rules by not flushing, but you push a control button to send the used paper on its way to be cleaned for another service to mankind.

Erie PA: Who Let The Cat Out Of The Bag? PDF Print E-mail

At the local airport, a TSA security inspector actually did let a cat out of a bag. The owners had packed her in a checked suitcase for a two-hour flight. Fortunately, the cat survived after treatment at a local SPCA.

A reminder of when you fly with a pet. Check with your airline first for instructions. Always keep your pet on a leash. The busy airport is often very busy with sudden noises that could cause the animal to panic and run away.

Carry your small pet through the metal detector or walk the larger one on a leash. If your pet triggers an alarm, an officer will require a closer look. Pets are not screened with the body scanners. If your pet is traveling in a portable kennel, a TSA inspector will screen it for prohibited items.

Las Vegas NV: Save Money While Gambling It Away PDF Print E-mail

In many Sin City casinos and elsewhere around the world, gamblers at tables and slot machines are served free booze, snacks and other goodies. Of course, it isn’t that the casino bosses are kindhearted. They figure the more plastered you get, the less you’ll be able to make sensible bets.

So, when you see servers wandering in your area, ask for the free drinks and other items they’re handing out. Figure that if you take advantage of the offers five or six times a day, you can save $50 or more. Be sure to tip a buck per drink.

Some Strange Dining Rules From Around The World PDF Print E-mail

Dining in an American restaurant has few restrictions, as long as you don’t throw your food into the air nor spray your Coke in anger. Here are a few strange restrictions in other countries:

In some somewhat backward nations, you must use only your right hand to eat. That’s because you need your left hand for certain personal bathroom cleansing requirements. Hey, what about old baseball star pitcher, Lefty Grove?

In Chile, you must use knife, fork and spoons only to pick up your food while dining. Don’t even think of fingering that chicken leg and lobster tail!

Booze clues: When offered a glass of vodka in Russia, don’t insult your host by sinking an ice cube into it. Likewise, when you get a drink from a senior Korean bartender, take in both hands, bow and murmur a thank you. And in merry old England, always pass plates and pitchers to your port side … the left ... in Royal Navy tradition.


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