Senior Cruisers: Always Carry An Abandon Ship Kit PDF Print E-mail

Fortunately, chances are very slim that you’ll have a Titanic type of disaster on your next cruise. However, it’s smart to be prepared, just in case.

When you go aboard, in your suitcase include a pair of thick-sole shoes and waterproof pouch for prescription meds, wallet, IDs and jewelry. Also, if you may need to spend time in a lifeboat, pack snacks and small flask of water.

Enjoy Summer Public Swim Season, But Avoid Crypto PDF Print E-mail

Crypto in pool water has nothing to do with obscure languages, tho it may cause excessive cursing in your language. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it’s a diarrhea-causing human poop and pee parasite found in many public pools. They include natural swimming holes on up to luxury resorts, cruise ship pools and oceanfront beaches.

Some advice for swim-suited seniors heading for your summer dips. Before you jump in, whether pool or ocean, check for warnings about the cleanliness of the water. Immediately after every swim, shower thoroughly with body soap, and if available, shampoo your hair. If you’re on anti-diarrhea medications, it may be sensible to postpone swimming until you get doctor’s permission.

Ya Gotta Ask: Hotel Discounts For Senior Travelers PDF Print E-mail

Even though you were quoted a price that included a senior discount when originally booking with a travel agent or online, speak up. When actually eye-to-eye checking in at the hotel front desk, ask if there’s an additional senior discount in effect.

Additionally, when your room is being assigned, further ask if you’re eligible for a free upgrade to a larger room or suite. It can be more effective if you declare you’re celebrating an important event, such as birthday, anniversary or are newly retired.

Some hotel chains regularly offer senior discounts, including Best Western, Choice Hotels, Comfort Inn, Crowne Plaza, Hyatt, La Quinta, Marriott, Omni Hotels and Resorts, Red Roof Inns and Wyndham Hotel Group.

Seniors: Be Aware Of Phony Online Vacation Deals PDF Print E-mail

The Los Angeles County District Attorney warns about the scams. The travel companies offer discounts in cruises, airfare, resorts and package deals. While some info is correct about basic prices, the entire out-of-pocket charges are rarely listed.

For example, a Las Vegas hotel room is offered at $99.99 a night, but the actual price you’ll pay is $150 or more. When city taxes, resort fees and other piled-on costs are added, the price often is close to double the advertised rate. Before booking travel vacations, consider doing it with a reliable travel agency and/or research all offer details with the Better Business Bureau or other customer-protection agencies.

Don’t Fall For Fake Hotel & Airbnb Online Scams PDF Print E-mail

With ever-increasing technology on the internet, scammers are getting more successful in their phony online offers of travel and other deals. Seniors are perfect targets. They have the time to travel and money to spend after lifetimes of work and raising families, and are typically eager bargain hunters.

How can you spot a legit offer from a rip-off ad? Simply don’t just accept and pay in advance until you can thoroughly identify the source. Whether the deal is for a cruise, airline, resort hotel or private home, do your homework before you book. Double-check to ensure that all listings are verified and authentic.


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