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Ten Tips: Travel With Friends Without Making Them Enemies PDF Print E-mail

We recently went on a road trip with neighbors. We’d been casual friends, but had never done anything together except for a casual dinner night out. This was a one-week journey to a national park. We agreed to pay for gasoline and our neighbors did the driving in their car.

Everything went well the first day until we arrived at the hotel desk to check in. The clerk said our reservations were for the next day, and she wasn’t sure she could find us rooms for the night. Before she could say another word, our neighbors went into a loud fit of complaints and threats. Despite the fact that she showed us the computer print out proving we had arrived a day early, our neighbors kept up their harangue.

We were struck speechless at such unnecessary anger. The clerk seemed to weather the storm and clicked keys on her computer. She hushed the complainers by saying she had two rooms available, not in the main hotel, but in a cabin area a few minutes’ hike away. We were all tired, and our neighbors seemed to quiet down a bit.

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Simple Exercises Can Prevent Cramps and Clots on Long Flights PDF Print E-mail
You don’t have to be a senior to suffer those painful Charley horses while jammed into an aircraft seat for those six- or eight-hour flights. I first got them as a teenager as a member of the school swim team. I can remember once being in a movie theater, with seats in the row in front of me just as close as they are on airplanes.

When the cramps hit in both legs, I could only try to stand and stamp my feet, while screaming in agony. Of course, people around me didn’t appreciate the interruption to John Wayne’s latest battle against the bad guys.
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OK, So The Economy Is Lousy. So Now's The Time To Travel PDF Print E-mail

It sounds a bit crazy to encourage seniors to travel this spring, because the economy may sink to its worse shape since the Great Depression of 1929 to 1939. But our theory is based on what an old general once said: "The enemy is at my rear, pressing my right flank and closing in on my left. The situation is desperate, so I shall attack immediately!"

The situation is similar today, and the tendency is for us to fearfully hunker down and cut back on all kinds of spending. We don't realize that all that inaction will do is make the situation worse. We, especially seniors who were poor kids during the Great Depression, and have seen many ups and downs in the economy ever since, should be the first to break away from the pack.

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Senior Dining: Can You Get Jail Time For Doggie Bagging? PDF Print E-mail

We cheat at casinos, especially in Las Vegas. We don’t commit sin with money in Sin City, just the crime of doggie bagging. As frequent diners there and at casino buffets elsewhere, we’ve developed food filching into a fine art. No arrests yet, but considering the Mafia history of Vegas, we could be risking broken kneecaps or worse, anonymous burial plots in the desert. After all, didn’t the Mob off Bugsie for stealng?

At bit of history that led to our criminal ways. As retirees, our primary travel spot has become Las Vegas, because it’s one quick hour’s flight away. In our first active retirement years, we went all over the world ... England, France, Russia, Italy, South America, Alaska, Hawaii and many more exotic lands. It was great fun while it lasted. While WE lasted.

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Travel Tips: Set your budget and stick to it! PDF Print E-mail

While grocery shopping at home, we carefully collect our stack of coupons and drive all over town to different stores to save pennies. However, whenever we go on a cruise, a foreign tour or to Las Vegas, we think nothing of shelling out $100 for dinner at a posh restaurant or betting $20 a hand at the blackjack table.

When taking a trip, it’s easy to get into the anything-goes gambler mood and toss caution and money out the window. The excuse is: let’s have fun now, and worry about budgets when we get home. The travel industry, exemplified by Las Vegas, always sets the scene for unlimited tourist spending. The mood is contagious when on vacation, but there are ways to fight it.

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