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U.S. State Dept. Warns Tourists About Five Mexican States


The do not travel message includes Colima, Michoacan, Sinaloa, Tamaulipas and Guerrero. The popular tourist port of Acapulco in Guerrero, is now considered the murder capital of Mexico. The official warning compares the dangers to those now in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.

The very specific message concludes: “Exercise increased caution due to violent crime, including homicide, kidnapping, carjacking and robbery.” Much of the violence is due to drug trafficking gangs competing for distribution in Mexico and the USA.

Active Senior: “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” PDF Print E-mail


The next lines of the Dylan Thomas poem are: “Old age should burn and rave at close of day. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” As your travel4seniors.com editor grows older, those words always inspire me. I’m often asked how and why I take two daily one-hour hikes and 30-minute swim, and still travel the world several times a year at age 92.

The expectation was that if not already a decade dead, I should be drooling mindlessly in my wheelchair in a nursing home hallway. Some of my survival may be genetic. My mom, sister and brother lived into their 90s. Luck is also involved, because I survived U.S. Navy service in two wars, several surgeries, marriage and raising my kids.

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Opinion: Smartphones Create Dumb Dangerous Wanderers PDF Print E-mail


Many senior travelers complain about how some of the world’s most beautiful attractions are now over-run by clueless people and their kids. Whether it’s Hollywood Boulevard, the Eiffel Tower or Philly’s Independence Square, today’s annoying scene is the same.

Instead of enjoying the historical sights, they stroll aimlessly with eyes and ears glued to those little electronic boxes. They bump into each other and anyone else trying to walk and enjoy the views. Even more obnoxious is when they raise their selfie sticks. Not only is your body in danger from the mindless people bumps, but your face and eyes become targets. Advice: When in popular tourist spots, always be aware and wary of the poking stick.

 
United Air To Verify Alleged Comfort Animals On Flights PDF Print E-mail


United and other airlines are tightening their rules for people who go aboard with dogs, cats, pigs, lizards and, recently, peacocks. To ride in the passenger areas with their owners, the animals must be medically-certified and properly inoculated.

The stricter rules bring up memories of your travel4seniors.com editor’s first civilian air flight in 1945, at the end of World War 2. With a forward Navy unit in the Philippines, I was sent from Manila, Luzon to Mindanao to inventory Navy gear and weapons to be shipped home.

The Philippines Airline was beginning regular service. Aboard with owners were all kinds of animals, including cattle and poultry. They roamed the aisles for two hours, accompanied by loud voices and heavy odors. Fortunately, on the return trip I hitched a ride on a Navy submarine back to Luzon. So, on your next United flight, hope your seat mate isn’t traveling with a medically-certified comfort goat.

 
Las Vegas NV: Hotels And Parking Fees Keep Rising PDF Print E-mail


Forget the phony ads hawking $49.99 a night rooms. In the slightly-less luxury hotels just off the Strip, you may see that charge at the top of your bill. However, added to it will be resort fee, parking, local taxes and a few other add-ons. Expect to pay another 40 to 50% above advertised price quotes when you check out.

Of course, charges don’t include tips to bellhops and garage attendants. A few suggestions on avoiding some of those piled-on extra costs. Leave your car at home. Airline prices are often cheaper than gassing up and daily parking fees. Many Strip hotels are within walking distance of each other. There are also cheap buses, Uber and short taxi rides, all available at your hotel front door.

 
Hawaii Flights Soon To Be On Southwest Airlines Schedules PDF Print E-mail


Southwest, our fave budget airline, is planning to begin flights from U.S. mainland cities to Hawaii. Of course, SW fares compared to the big airlines, as always, will be lower. Therefore, when planning your next flight to those beautiful Pacific isles, be sure to compare ticket prices.

 
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