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Airline Onboard Toilet Fees?


Remember coin-operated toilets? When you had to pay a dime to use them? Some still exist around the world, according to a recent senior traveler report of encountering them in New York City, England, France, and of all places, the Vatican.

Actually, the U.S. Congress may soon vote on a bill that will make charging passengers for toilet breaks while in flight illegal. Several years ago, Ryanair considered a toilet use fee of a Euro, equal to a bit more than $1 per visit, but overwhelming public disapproval killed the plan.

Amsterdam, Holland: No More Tours Of Hooker ‘hood PDF Print E-mail


The Netherlands government no longer promotes the capital city as a tourist destination, while touting other Dutch cities and towns. This year, Amsterdam city tours are limited to 15 visitors.

Sadly, for eager male visitors, tours of the infamous Amsterdam Red Light neighborhood are forbidden entirely. Also, to earn the city more tax income, all hotel room tax charges have gone higher, as are extra taxes on museums, boat trips and other tourist attractions. In other words, as with Las Vegas and other rip-off travel destinations, the bargain prices you see for Amsterdam are just the beginning you’ll pay for your visit.

 
Alert: How To Help Street Thieves Pick Your Pockets PDF Print E-mail


When traveling in Europe, Asia and other parts of the world, there’s always the danger of a street crook getting away with your wallet or pocketbook. Of  course, tight zippers and buttons can prevent it.

However, you also need to protect your senior tourist money from more sophisticated robbers roaming foreign streets and stations today. Dressed in what look like official uniforms, they choose likely victims by pretending to be doing official duties. They approach and politely ask to check your purse or wallet for proper identification and possible illegal or false money.

You cooperate and, after a few moments, you’re thanked and handed back the inspected item. You don’t notice the missing money until later, when you can’t do anything about the robbery. Never automatically give your purse or wallet when asked on the street or public transportation. If the uniformed intruders demand them, reply strongly that you'll do it only with them at an official police station.

 
Boston MA: Sentence Yourself To The Historic Liberty Hotel PDF Print E-mail


Formerly the Charles Street Jail, book some days and nights at the Starwood Luxury Collection Hotel. Built in 1851, the former imposing prison is now a first-class hotel and a national historic landmark. Instead of guys in striped uniforms, those confined inside these days are welcomed guests in regal surroundings, accommodations and dining.

The nearly 300 rooms and suites display the city skyline and Charles River through vintage wrought-iron window bars. Exteriors, interiors and raised catwalks where guards once strolled still entice guests to wander and sight-see the former stone buttresses. thelibertyhotel.com

 
Long Airport Wait? Get Some Good Exercise PDF Print E-mail


Your connecting flight is late. Or your arrival was too early and family car pick-up won’t be for another hour. Or you got to the airport hours early for your outgoing flight, you’re all checked in and boarding isn’t for another 90 minutes. Or your flight was cancelled and the next one won’t  happen for two more hours. Don’t just sit there and mope.

Get some exercise before spending hours in flight jammed into your narrow cheap seat. Walk and or jog through the airport and safe open areas outside. If you have a suitcase and/or much carry stuff, use a push cart while exercising.

Think of it as resistance training. Airports usually have lockers, so if you're facing a big delay, stash your bags for a little vigorous activity. Whatever ways you keep delayed mind and body working in the airport, it will help with physical health and mental ease.

 
Tourists Make Poo Poo On Peru’s Machu Picchu PDF Print E-mail


Six tourists have been arrested after they allegedly damaged stonework and defecated among the ruins at Machu Picchu. The ancient Incan hilltop city is one of South America’s most renowned tourist attractions. Authorities claim that some tourists, from Chile, Brazil, France and Argentina, sneaked into the ruins to deliberately cause the trouble.

Machu Picchu is a Unesco World Heritage site destination, and visited by more than a million tourists annually. When you're planning to visit, check online for least busy times, transportation, costs and other info. www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/15/tourists-to-be-deported-over-alleged-damage-defecation-at-machu-picchu

 
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