Traveling Seniors: AARP Membership = Restaurant Discounts PDF Print E-mail

While wandering around the USA, you often make quick stops for breakfast, lunch and dinner. When you flash an AARP card, it could take 10% or more off the bill. Many chain eateries offer senior discount deals.

Included among them are Taco Bell, Denny’s, McDonald’s, KFC, Dairy Queen, Dunkin Donuts, IHOP, Jack in the Box and many others. With AARP card or not, when you order food in any restaurant from Miami to Seattle, always ask firmly and politely: Is there a senior discount?

Lonely Planet Lists World’s Best 10 Menu Item Faves PDF Print E-mail

Hey, only one of the items on the list is in the USA; #4 is beef brisket in Texas. I disagree, and here are some of my choices: Corned beef and cabbage at O’Brien’s in NYC, Clam Shack fried clams in Kennebunkport ME, Mabel’s BBQ in Cleveland OH, Nick and Sam’s steak in Dallas TX, and all-you-can-eat crab legs at the fantastic buffet at Wynn’s Las Vegas NV.

If you’re interested in the Lonely Planet list, the top 10 are: 1. Pintxos in San Sebastián, Spain; 2. Curry laksa in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 3. Sushi in Tokyo, Japan; 4. Beef brisket in Texas, USA; 5. Som tum in Bangkok, Thailand; 6. Smørrebrød in Copenhagen, Denmark; 7. Crayfish in Kaikoura, New Zealand; 8. Bibimbap in Seoul, South Korea; 9. Pizza Margherita in Naples, Italy; and 10. Dim sum in Hong Kong. For more, go to www.cnn.com/travel/article/lonely-planet-500-ultimate-eats/index

HotelTonight App Lists European Bargains For August PDF Print E-mail

With hotel prices skyrocketing during the busy summer season, most advertised deals seem too good to be true. So, before you book one of the bargains, make sure the quoted low, low prices don’t get grossly inflated with taxes, extra fees and other sneaky add-ons. Consider some of HotelTongiht listed prices: Berlin $103, Madrid $81, Paris $112 and London $130. www.hoteltonight.com

Be Aware Of Airline Add-On Fees: The Spirit Is Willing, But… PDF Print E-mail

Savvy senior fliers know airline bargain ads are full of fibs. The typical blab may offer New York to Miami for just $199.99 round trip. Wow, gee, what a bargain, and the flight costs less than $200!

Of course, when you see the bill, the actual out-of-your-pocket and in-your-face ticket charge is more likely $250. Piled on will be taxes, carry-on bag fees, preferred seating and other charges that hike the real ticket cost, as well as the airline’s income.   

According to a report by USA Today, listed are the typical passenger add-on fees per ticket by some airlines: Spirit $51, WOW Air $49, Allegiant $49, Frontier $48, Jet2.com, $43, Qantas Airways: $43, United $39, AirAsia X $33, HK Express $33 and Wizz Air $31.

Amsterdam, Holland: Be Aware Of After-Dark Dangers PDF Print E-mail

In daylight, the Dutch capital is a vibrant, friendly, safe and attractive destination. Unfortunately, after the sun sets, like too many world cities today, danger roams the streets. With its famous Red Light district and infamous legal drug culture, night time Amsterdam can be hazardous to tourists.

If your senior travel plans include being in the city after dark, take sensible steps to protect yourself from potential danger. Go with at least one physically-fit companion, preferably with a tour group. Walk on well-lighted, busy sidewalks. If you hear or see a noisy group of people, especially an organized street demonstration, get to a safe place quickly.


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