Swinging London: Holy Hendrix! A Half-Century Ago!

The usually staid British capital city is remembering pop musical icons from 1966 with the 50th anniversary of Swinging London. The Beatles had already conquered America two years earlier, and others were achieving similar world popularity.

Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, Pete Townsend, Tom Jones, The Dave Clark Five, The Who, Freddie and the Dreamers, and Herman’s Hermits were rocking on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

Of course, this is also the year all of Great Britain is celebrating the 90th birthday Queen Elizabeth II. If you’ll be in town for the royal festivities, reserve a day to relive some of the rock’n’roll memories and locales of 1960s Swinging London. Check with local tour companies about schedules.

Senior World Wanderers: Take Small Handy Translator PDF Print E-mail

As improvements continue, there are more of the little devices to consider. They may cost from $50 to $250. For example, a new Japanese instant translator is called MUAMA Enence. With fingers on the mini-keyboard you can quickly turn your English sentence into over 40 languages.

While planning your next world venture to Japan, China, France, Germany or just about any other foreign country, check online for ads of the latest and most convenient instant translator models to carry along.

Southwest Offers Ticket Deals For Flights Thru December PDF Print E-mail

Thinking of Christmas travel already? The fave domestic airline of many savvy senior wanderers, SW could get you aboard a bargain flight to fit your travel plans thru January 5, 2020.

In addition to lowered fares, if you book one or more nonrefundable flights now, and the ticket price goes down before you go, you can cancel and rebook without a ticket change fee. The airline issues a SW credit for any cost difference for the booked passenger.

Senior Summer Wandering Decision: Fly Or Drive? PDF Print E-mail

Flying these days can be a nightmare, especially in the busy, busy summer season. If your plans include a vacation to a destination no more than 400 miles away, consider driving. That will take you up to eight hours on the road to get there.

A flight to the same destination will involve just three hours in the air. However, consider actual time spent on the ground. An hour to drive to the airport, an hour to buy tickets,, two hours to wait for flight announcement, an hour waiting and boarding, a half-hour in destination airport to get luggage, and an hour taxi or bus drive from the airport.

That’s at least 8.5 hours for air travel, plus the ever-rising ticket prices, ground transport and other expenses. How about $20 or more to check your bags that can be stashed free in the back of your car. Of course, if your road trip involves a companion or two, driving costs are the same as for one person.  Oh, and did I mention car seats are much more comfortable than flying between two 400-pound air seatmates?

Q: Just Retired, Kids Gone & Sold Our Home. Let’s Travel! PDF Print E-mail

Now, while we’re still healthy, we want to celebrate by roaming beyond the US this summer. We’ve been to Italy, Ireland, England and France. We’re looking for other destinations, but not sure which countries are safe for US seniors. What do you recommend? JTL, St. Louis MO

A: OK, let’s start with the US State Department’s most recent warning of countries that are NOT safe. Here’s the official list of ten: Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Iraq, Libya, Mali, North Korea, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Our most current list of ten safe nations that welcome seniors: Australia, Canada, China, France, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Italy, Singapore and Sweden.

Of course, you could be run over by a taxi in safe Sweden and find friendly kindness in nasty North Korea. So, keep alert and play it safe everywhere in your world travels.

Honolulu, HI: Oahu Kailua Beach Named Best In USA PDF Print E-mail

Who wouldn’t agree that this fantastic Hawaiian destination is the very best? Looking way back as a kid on the streets of Philly, I considered summertime Atlantic City, just an hour away by bus, the best beach anywhere.

Not only the warm sand and white-capped surf, it also had top entertainment at the Steel Pier. Young Frank Sinatra with the Tommy Dorsey Band, Dean Martin, Benny Goodman, Guy Lombardo, Dinah Shore and many others. For teenagers, there were romantic trysts under the Boardwalk, salt water taffy and 5¢ hot dogs and burgers. What’s your best beach memory?


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