Disasters in Haiti and Peru

Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Haiti.  We urge donations to the Red Cross and other major agencies.   We also express our best wishes to the people of Peru, in Cusco and Aguas Calientes.  We traveled there in August 2008, and would have been stranded had we gone during the flooding last week.

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati: Germany Invades Ohio City PDF Print E-mail

It all happens in Cincinnati, from Friday, September 20 through Sunday, the 22nd. Come join the fun embracing Ohio's rich German music and dining heritage. Enjoy the best and wurst foods, native beers, toe-tapping music and dance at the largest Oktoberfest celebration in the U.S. For more information, oktoberfestzinzinnati.com

London GB: World’s Longest Cruise Will Be For Almost A Year PDF Print E-mail

The Viking Sun set sail recently from England along with its happy passengers for 245 days. There are scheduled port visits in Scandinavia, the Caribbean, South America, South Pacific, Australia and Asia.

Your travel4seniors.com editor recalls his year-long cruise in 1944-45 from San Francisco, including scenic stops at the Philippine Islands of Leyte, Samar and Luzon. Except that some angry guys were trying to kill me, I enjoyed most of the cruise as a 19-year-old crewman on a World War 2 U.S. Navy troop transport.

It included free meals, lodging and $150 a month spending money. Incidentally, the Viking Sun voyage fees start at a mere $92,990 per person, including free meals and shore excursions.

New TSA Pre-Check System Promises Quicker Check-Ins PDF Print E-mail

Yeah, sure. And next they’ll promise no intimate body searches, lower ticket prices, unlimited free booze, comfy seats and complimentary steak dinners in flights. And, of course, low airport hotel charges without the surprising $$$ add-ons when you check out. See details: www.usatoday.com/videos/travel/2019/08/15/airport-security-lines-get-shorter

Q: Now Retired And Plan To Fly To Philly Family Frequently PDF Print E-mail

I’m living in Los Angeles and expect to visit my married kids in Philadelphia at least every other month. Need some advice on how to deal with getting the most comfort and economy during long airport stays and flights. PLJ, Burbank CA

A: Quick thoughts. Keep checking ticket prices and fly cheaper nights (redeye) during midweek. Get TSA PreCheck and Global Entry for quicker processing. Fly business class with access to airport lounges. Uncrowded and comfy, they often offer free food and drink, magazines and newspapers. Avoid pre- and post-flight checking bags by traveling only with a small carry-on containing essential clothing and meds.

Galway, Ireland: International Oyster & Seafood Festival PDF Print E-mail

The gala three-day event is Friday thru Sunday, September 27–29. Enjoy local foods, including oysters and other fresh-caught seafoods. The first event on Friday evening will be the World Oyster Opening Championship. It will all be surrounded by Irish music, dishes, costumes and parties.

And thru it all, you’ll be singing:
If you ever go across the sea to Ireland,
Then maybe at the closin' of your day
You will sit and watch the moon rise over Claddagh
And see the sun go down on Galway Bay.


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