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Ten Tips for Travelers with Disabilities PDF Print E-mail

1. When you’ll be traveling with a disability, or as a companion of a disabled person, we suggest you call airports and airlines well ahead of your departure time to find out about services, including wheelchairs, escorts, seating arrangements, special meals and shuttle services.

2. Make all the necessary detailed reservations long in advance to avoid possible delays and misunderstandings. When schedules are accounted for, several hours before leaving home, check all contacts by phone one more time.

3. Make sure to book non-stop or direct flights wherever you can. If you must change planes, give yourself plenty of time, and arrange in advance for wheelchairs, electric carts and other items for all necessary transfers to get through airports between planes.

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Top Five Seafood Joints in Santa Barbara PDF Print E-mail

One of the most beautiful cities in California is Santa Barbara, some 90 miles up the coast highway from Los Angeles. For decades, it has been primary or secondary home to celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey, Rob Lowe, Michael Douglas and others.

Surrounded by the Santa Ynez mountains, residents enjoy year-round weather similar to Capri, Sorrento and Monte Carlo. The Mediterranean look is emphasized by red-tile roofs of both modest and super-million-dollar hillside estates.

It coastal location gives Santa Barbara restaurants the daily opportunity to serve fresh-caught seafood, including oysters, clams, crabs, lobsters, prawns and many species of game fish. As at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, many of the best seafood restaurants in Santa Barbara are concentrated on a long seaside pier, called Stearns Wharf. Here are just five we reluctantly list as the best, although many locals and vacationers may disagree vehemently.

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Five Tips For Making Your Next Trip More Enjoyable PDF Print E-mail

1. If your previous vacations have been with escorted groups, consider doing a freestyle one this season. Pick a compatible companion or two, pals in good physical shape (as you are), and who share the same interests. This is much better than being herded around in lock-step crowds to meet tight tour schedules. Do what you want, when you want, where you choose.

2. Travel lite, with one wheeled carry-on, and if necessary, a back pack. Dragging big suitcases through airports, train stations and cobbled streets is a real drag. Before you leave home, put everything you’ll absolutely need on your bed next to your carry-on. Then put away half of the stuff and leave it home. Take only wash’n’wear clothing, and every night while traveling, bring the day’s dirty laundry into the shower with you. Wash it, squeeze it dry and let it hang until morning.

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Senior Single Women: Safety Tips For Your Cruise PDF Print E-mail

First of all, cruises are by far the most safety-conscious vacation destinations. Getting on an off a cruise ship requires at least as much security as at any airport, and often much more. Additionally, throughout the sailings, day and night, security officers are always close by, either in person or available in seconds by phone call.

Having said that, a single senior woman should always take the basic steps to protect herself when she’s on any journey. Here are some tips for personal safety on cruises:

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Tips for Planning a Road Trip Vacation PDF Print E-mail

One happier situation for road trippers this year is that the cost of gasoline has dropped significantly. However, if you’re on a budget, it’s still a significant part of the overall cost. The simplest way to cut into that expense is to travel with another two to four companions in the same car.

The savings can be hundreds of dollars when costs are pooled on a long road trip, money better spent on lodging, food, excursions, entertainment and souvenirs to take back to the family. Additionally, with four or more in the car, driving duties can be divided to avoid fatigue and potential dangers, especially during long night hours on the road.

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