Travelers beware of record-breaking heat

Cities hitting 100 or more degrees this week, including Washington DC, New York NY, Chicago IL, Amarillo TX, Philadelphia PA and Detroit MI.

With only a mild 108 this week, move over Phoenix AZ.  Council Bluffs IA hit 123.

Advice for senior travelers: If you’re considering venturing away from air conditioning or a cool beachfront: Don’t do it!

Fly Clean With Wipes & Never Use Aircraft Seat Pocket PDF Print E-mail

Medical experts advise you to steer clear of that little holder bag on the back of the seat in front of you. Too often, bare feet, dirty diapers, outdated food and soiled underwear are stashed in them.

It’s also a good idea to take disposable medicated tissues aboard, and before you sit down, wipe off the headrest, seatbelt buckle and tray table. Also, when you gotta go into airport and aircraft toilets, wipe off the inside handle of the doors and other surfaces. With the spread of coronavirus, it’s always wise to fly as hygienically as possible, or not fly until the problem settles down.

Coronavirus Chow Crisis: Vegas Buffets To Shut Down! PDF Print E-mail

As fears of the worldwide epidemic spread, one of Sin City's most popular traditions is being eliminated along the Strip: some of the most popular all-you-can-eat buffets. On March 15, MGM Resorts International will temporarily close the buffets in its hotels.

Until further notice, the posh buffets will be no more at the company's seven Strip hotels: ARIA, Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, Luxor and Excalibur. Sorry, visiting Vegas foodies. You’ll have to survive with just a single serving until the panic eases and the buffets again reopen. www.usatoday.com/story/travel/hotels/2020/03/10/nevada-coronavirus-concerns-las-vegas-strip-resort-casino-buffets-close

Amsterdam, Holland: Be There At Tulip Blossom Time PDF Print E-mail

If you can ignore all the panic about coronavirus and get there, Amsterdam is an attractive city to wander at any time of year, but early spring is the most colorful. There are the canals, small bridges, tiny houses stacked up tall and skinny, and everyone riding on bicycles.

Surrounding the city are many flower farms and tulip fields. Ride the bus for a half hour trip to Keukenhof Gardens, to visit colorful springtime scenes of seven million flowers. Tulips are expected to be in full bloom on March 30. The Gardens are only open for two months, this year from March 21 to May 10, daily from 8 am to 7:30 pm. Ticket prices are about $20, $7 for kids 4 to 17.

Q: Coronavirus Scare Plus Stock Market Crash: What Can I Do? PDF Print E-mail

With the world in a panic, what do you recommend for a confused and worried senior trying to make plans for springtime travel? JRMcK, San Antonio TX

A: The first impulse may be to hide under your bed and hope it will all go away soon. Seriously, more practical and economic ways may be to plan a driving trip to the Grand Canyon or a U.S. seashore destination. One positive part of the confused economy now is that gasoline prices are dropping dramatically.

Airline, cruise and hotel prices are also less because of loss of business due to the coronavirus panic and cancellations. If you’re determined to travel, check on some of the best bargains in years. However, be aware and take care of personal cleanliness and safety when you’re on the road, at sea and in the air.

Coronavirus Effect: Gas Prices May Keep Lowering PDF Print E-mail

Along with all the travel bad news, springtime drivers may experience some good news. The national average price of gas is $2.38, down 6 cents from a month ago, and continues to drop. That’s usually when gas prices go higher for warm weather travel season.

The worldwide disease is affecting the market because it is causing flights, cruises and other forms of travel to be drastically reduced. Therefore, if you can get thru all the bad news of spreading coronavirus disease and Wall Street stock market crash, hop in your car and hit the road!


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