USA Today: Stuck In Grand Central Terminal?

We seasoned citizens know what to do when the inevitable delay happens in airports. USA Today thinks we need advice when forced to spend hours in the world’s largest train station in NYC.

Your travel4seniors.com editor experienced the famed landmark, now more than a century old, as far back as World War 2. The 1940s were it’s glory years, because air travel was still in its infancy.  Millions of we now old vets saw Grand Central from troop trains on our way to and from wartime assignments throughout the world.

Today nearly a million people pass through the station daily. So, what would be the most important and convenient things to do when required to spend an hour or more in Grand Central? Most are obvious to the seasoned senior wanderer: relax, find a quiet spot to rest, read or smartphone and visit the shops and fantastic eateries. Fave: Grand Central Oyster Bar. 

If you feel you need the article’s sage advice, go to www.usatoday.com/story/travel/nation-now/2017/07/12/summerofhell-8-things-do-when-stuck-grand-central-terminal

American Airlines helps GIs, kids and vets PDF Print E-mail

AA aircraft

AA is a solid backer of the U.S. military. The airline is proud that 60 percent of its pilots are veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. They include some currently-active duty reservists who are taking a year or more out of their careers to serve in current deployments.

AA is the official airline of the USO, which provides entertainment for our Armed Forces personnel all over the world. AA also participates in various free programs to fly current and retired service veterans to rehab and other destinations.

AA also sponsors Snowball Express, which provides flights to free vacation destinations for young kids of service personnel who’ve lost their lives in Middle East combat.

Avoiding hotel rooms reeking of old cigarettes PDF Print E-mail

Smoking chimp

Q: I’m a lifelong non-smoker and am grateful there’s a growing trend in hotels and terminals to ban cigarettes totally. However, too many hotels and motels still allow it in rooms. Often, even in designated non-smoking rooms, lingering odors of decades-old burned tobacco make the room very unpleasant.

How can I avoid booking those smelly rooms?

Marian P., Boston MA

Booze on cruises do’s and don’ts PDF Print E-mail

Champagne glass

We firmly believe cruises can be the most economical way to enjoy a relaxing, luxurious vacation. Everything is within a few steps of your comfy cabin: food, pool, spa, entertainment, ocean breezes, casino. And all-inclusive for one bargain price of from $50 to $100 a day!

Well, not quite. The beancounters who work for cruise lines calculate to make the all-inclusive prices so attractive, because passengers will spend extra money on booze. It’s the same reason why Las Vegas makes room rates so low, knowing visitors will lose money gambling.

There’s nothing rip-off about it, just common sense ways to insure profits. Here are some tips for managing your booze spending on your next cruise.  

1. Prices for alcoholic drinks and sodas are very high on cruises and keep getting higher. A Coke costs $5 or more, while mixed drinks and beer are $10 plus. If you order them at a ship’s bar, you’re expected to leave a 20 percent tip.

2. If you order bottles of booze, champagne or beer for your cabin, the price is at least 50 percent higher, with the obligatory 20 percent tip added.

3. When you’re checking aboard before the cruise begins, ask at the info desk about the booze and soft drink policies. On some ships, you can buy an unlimited refillable soft drink bottle for $10. It’s a bargain if you drink two or three a day during a week or more at sea.

4. If you’re permitted to bring bottles of champagne or wine aboard, when you open any in a dining or bar area, you’re charged up to $25 “corkage” fees.

5. Tipping for booze, wine or beer service at meals or anywhere else on the ship is on each order you get. It’s always separate from the other end-of-cruise tips you’re expected to give for dining and cabin service.

On your next sailing, enjoy all the wonderful ways to have fun, but expect to pay more when you add booze to the cruise.

Send your love to a GI today! PDF Print E-mail


Valentine’s day is over, but you can always send some loving messages and gifts to those who are serving you in lonely and dangerous spots around the world. It can be a loved one or someone who’d just appreciate your consideration.

Through various online services, you can contact members of the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force or Coast Guard. Some of them are:

Travel memories: U.S. Navy guys in Egypt PDF Print E-mail

Navy guys in Egypt

Crew members of U.S.S. Raleigh visit the sphynx and pyramids, 1896


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