New York NY: Beware Costumed Creeps On Times Square PDF Print E-mail

They may look cute and cuddly in their unauthorized dress-ups as Minny Mouse, Superman or other famous icons. When you encounter them, understand that they’re hanging out at the popular tourist spot for one reason: to get as much cash as possible from clueless tourists.

You pause to take a photo or just look at them, and they’ll expect money. Often, angrily demand it. Worse, recent city police arrests involve some of the characters that verbally and physically molest female and child tourists. If your group or family visits Times Square, especially if it includes teen or younger girls, be especially aware of unwelcome contact with the costumed predators.

Avoid Wearing Jewelry While Going Through Security PDF Print E-mail

Airport lines are too often long and inconvenient. You can make the routine easier by not wearing jewelry when you check in. In some cases, it could set off the metal detector alarm.

This may require putting your valuable jewelry in the open bin, where it passes along the moving belt for all to see and possibly grab. Also, if you’re wearing items containing metal, it may result in an uncomfortable pat-down from security.

For best results, avoid wearing jewelry while checking in. Pack it in your suitcase or carry-on bag instead. Or leave it all at home for a much less disruptive journey.

Airbnb Cities: Forget Hotels, Live Like A Millionaire PDF Print E-mail

Your travel4seniors.com editor recently had an enjoyable weekend at a Florida Airbnb. It was to celebrate a local relative’s 70th birthday. There were 18 invitees, and instead of staying at a resort hotel, an upscale private home was rented. It had five bedrooms, six baths, kitchen, dining and living room. Also gardens, hot tub and a large outdoor pool with views of the beach.

The total Airbnb cost was $900 for three nights. The same stay for five hotel rooms at a nearby resort would have been at least $4,000. Since the trend began just a decade or so ago, Airbnb has become an international sensation. A recent USA Today survey lists the world’s most popular cities for the private service, some with as many as 20,000 available homes, condos and/or apartments.

They are, in order of the number of Airbnbs: London, Paris, New York City, Shanghai, Beijing, Rome, Rio de Janeiro, Chengdu, Melbourne, Bangkok, Moscow, Manila, Havana, Los Angeles, Milan, Capetown, Seoul, Barcelona and Ho Chi Minh City. For more info, www.usatoday.com/picture-gallery/travel/destinations/2019/09/05/airbnb-capitals-world-cities-with-most-rentals-top-20

CNN Offers Many Traveler Testimonials For Future Flights PDF Print E-mail

Basically, they all give the same advice. If you want the least stress and the most satisfaction, get to the airport early. The times vary from 30 minutes to two hours, with a basic suggestion added. Be signed up in advance with one or more of the official early boarding permissions, such as Priority Pass. For more info, go to www.cnn.com/travel/article/airport-arrival-time-opinions

Hollywood CA: Leader Escorts Bikers On Famed Streets PDF Print E-mail

Instead of hiking on busy sidewalks during your visit to the movie capital, consider signing up for a bike, e-scooter or bus tour. You’ll see much more of the local scenery as you zip along, and at the same time, get invigorating exercise. When planning your Hollywood and other US and world sightseeing trips, check out the various kinds of local tourist riding tours you can join.


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