Stella The Solar-Powered Car May Some Day Hit Highways

In A Streetcar Named Desire, Marlon Brando sent up that classic agonized cry: Stelllllaaa! According to a recent Yahoo article, seasoned citizen roadies may some day call out the same word just as emotionally. However, it will be in happy admiration as they roll along without ever again needing to fill up at a highway (robbery) gas station.

The Stella experimental prototype seats four, and last year won the World Solar Car challenge race across Australia. It was recently driven successfully the 400 miles along California’s scenic Pacific Coast Highway from Los Angeles to San Francisco.

Solar Team Eindhoven, where Stella originated, currently operates from Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. The solar-powered cars run on sunlight that is converted and stored in photovoltaic cells.

Unfortunately, you can’t start shopping for one yet. As yet, they’re not more economical than gasoline-powered vehicles. There’s no current info about when they can be mass-produced, pricing, maintenance and other development steps. However, we senior wanderers can all hope Stella will soon answer our mournful cries for economical road travel. www.solarteameindhoven.nl

WalletHub: Top U.S. Cities For Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day PDF Print E-mail

Named the best: #5. Tampa FL, #4. Pittsburgh PA, #3. Philadelphia PA, #2, Boston MA, #1.  Chicago IL. History: All of these cities experienced large arrivals of Irish immigrants during the 19th and early 20th Centuries. Their traditions are still practiced throughout the U.S.A.

WalletHub compared 200 of the largest cities across the nation, and found many traditional Irish pubs and restaurants, especially in the top five. If your travels take you to any of those destinations, you’ll find a variety of ways, including colorful parades and bright music, to celebrate in true Irish traditions. www.usatoday.com/picture-gallery/travel/airline-news/2020/03/04/best-cities-st-patricks-day-per-wallethub

USA Today: Why Do Airports Offer Chapels For Prayers? PDF Print E-mail

The story gives the 90-year history of how it began with Catholic requests for airline employees to have a place to pray and rest. Since then, all major airports offer multi-sectarian chapels for all to attend.

So, in this era of sudden impact by coronavirus panic, if you’re scheduled to fly, make time to spend some quiet moments in your airport’s chapel to contemplate. Pray that you don’t catch the dreaded disease during your journey!

When Your Flight Ends, Be Ready To Hit The Aisle And Exit PDF Print E-mail

This happens too frequently to your travel4seniors.com editor. It’s irritating when passengers who wait until it's their turn to leave the plane, then block the aisle. They always do it while gathering belongings they should have grabbed immediately after the plane parked.

If you’re not in a hurry to deplane, there are people behind you who have a short window of time to get to their next flight or airport pick-up. In other words, if you don’t need to rush to deplane, get the hell out of the way of those who do.

Coronavirus Cancellations & Other Travel Changes PDF Print E-mail

If you have upcoming flight, cruise and other travel plans, check hourly for possible schedule changes. The negative effects on travel are worldwide and continuing to develop.

An effective current source on getting the latest info is: www.usatoday.com/story/travel/cruises/2020/02/28/coronavirus-latest-cruise-cancellations-itinerary-changes-cancellations

United Airlines Hike Checked Baggage Charges By $5 PDF Print E-mail

The first checked bag is now $35 each way, the second, $45. You can skip the increase by prepaying in advance. The fees are $30 and $40 if paid at any time before online check-in.The increase takes effect for travel beginning March 6.

The increase covers the U.S. on short flights to the Caribbean and Latin America. No-frills airlines including Spirit, Frontier and Allegiant already charge varying prices for checked (and carry-on) bags, depending when you purchase them and when you fly. Solution: Fly without the big bulky bags. Get all your gear into a carry-on plus wear a jacket with many large pockets.


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