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Tips for enjoying summertime Vegas on a budget PDF Print E-mail

August is the best time to visit Las Vegas. Crowds are scarce, prices are at the lowest of the year, and the desert temperature often hits 110 degrees and above on the famed Las Vegas Strip. The best Vegas hotel prices are for the nights of Sunday through Thursday.

For instance, while a dinky New York, London or Paris hotel charges $350 a night for a room not much bigger than a closet, Sin City’s major luxury resorts offer posh two-room suites for $100. Of course, at the top of the luxury hotels on the Strip, visitors can pay out $1,000 a night or more for a suite fit for a king, or if they play the gambling tables long enough, get them absolutely free.

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Travel tips: What to do when you arrive, but your bags don't PDF Print E-mail

You’ve just come off a long flight. You’re tired and want to get out of the pushy, crowded airport as soon as possible. You go as quickly as possible to your airline’s baggage carousel and wait for the thing to start circling and the little trap door to start spitting out baggage.

You breathe a sigh of relief as the bags start on their merry-go-round ride and people pick up theirs and hurry off. You wait, expecting the familiar one with all the labels to come around to you. And you wait. Then, after all the bumping and shoving, you’re the only passenger left there, and the carousel is empty. Panic time!

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What would old Ben say if he traveled today PDF Print E-mail

Franklin

1. Early to bed, early to rise, means you have a 5 am flight.
2. Nothing is certain, except death, taxes and your flight is delayed.
3. Eat to live, and but not live to eat, unless you’re at a Vegas buffet.
4. He that lies down with dogs has been booked into a lousy hotel.
5. To err is human, to forgive divine, except when the cabbie makes you miss your flight.

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Try carry-ons for all air, land and sea journeys PDF Print E-mail

First, I admit there are occasions when dragging along and checking heavy bags may be necessary. Long overseas journeys, cruises, group excursions, and if you’re a spoiled rotten rich family or entertainment celebrity with way too much money and stacks of clothing. But even many of those trips don’t always require schlepping and checking weighty luggage. Especially now that airlines are charging $50 and more for the service.

My spouse and I retired nearly 20 years ago, and since then we’ve flown a hundred times throughout the world, sailed on 20 or more cruises and joined dozens of group excursions. We’ve also traveled several times independently throughout Europe, Canada and the US by train, taxi, bus, often for three weeks or more. Soon we’ll be on our way again, this time for a two-week journey to several US destinations. Once again, all our gear will be in carry-ons. Would you believe, except during the first retirement year when we were travel-clueless, we’ve never, ever checked our bags. After our first experience with disappeared checked-in bags, we made our commitment to carry-ons for all future trips.

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Texting and cellphoning while driving are accidents waiting to happen PDF Print E-mail

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We see them doing it while racing by us along the highway. Talking on cell phones while driving was bad enough. Now, with latest devices, gabby drivers look away from the road and down to punch out text messages on little lighted boxes.

Drivers need to pay total attention to everything going on in all directions at all times. Texting while driving has caused many accidents, and some states have banned the dangerous practice. Any distraction that forces the driver to take eyes off the road for a second or two is a danger. It is considerably worse to text messages that take eyes off the road for five or ten seconds.

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