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Los Angeles Introduces reLAXing Improvements


Over the years we’re in and out of Los Angeles International Airport more than any other in the world. We don’t visit LAX because we love it, but it’s just 25 minutes (except during rush hour) from home and necessary for almost all of our air travel plans.

In recent years LAX had been looking a bit shabby, but things are changing for the better. On a flight schedule several weeks ago, we noted the lighting is brighter, the waiting rooms larger and perked up with new seating facilities. The static old signs have been replaced by video-enhanced displays that make everything more inviting. The dingy little shops are being replaced by larger, contemporary retail areas.

There’s now the impressive-looking Great Hall, the Antonio Villaraigosa Pavilion, honoring the recent mayor of Los Angeles. Inside are upscale dining and retail enclaves, as well as indoor and outdoor VIP lounges.

LAX is also improving and enlarging boarding gates and aircraft entry bridges. Many domestic and foreign aircraft arriving at the airport today are larger models that offer more extensive, two-level seating. The new facilities will allow quicker passenger departing and arriving opportunities.

We frequent flyers appreciate the ongoing improvements at LAX, and look forward to enjoying them on future travels.

Voluntourism: Help Others On Your Next Vacation PDF Print E-mail


Enjoy those senior travels by helping to repair housing in Africa, clearing a beachfront in Asia or many interesting ways to make your visit meaningful. The trips are not free, but they’ll reward you in other ways.

Many U.S. and international opportunities are always available. Consider some offers from REI Adventures, American Hiking Society, Discover Corps, Global Volunteers, Earth Watch and many others. After your next volunteer vacation, you may go home tired, but with the satisfaction that you’ve helped people to better lives.

 
Seniors: Try A Hostel To Enjoy Time With Young Travelers PDF Print E-mail


Book an inexpensive night or more in a hostel, to have informal chats among the bunks with those who can learn from you, a seasoned wanderer. They benefit from your travel and worldly knowledge, as well as feel free to ask questions. Then, when you’re on your way in the morning, you’ll be satisfied that you’ve passed on some of your mature thoughts and helpful suggestions to those who can profit from them.

 
Airport Nintendos Bring Back Pinball Machine Memories PDF Print E-mail


With some opening of game lounges at U.S. airports come memories of youthful years. Way back then we played for a nickel a game at the corner drugstore. Now it requires quarters and more to use the newest varieties, including The Legend of Zelda, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Super Mario Odyssey.

There are Nintendo Switch On The Go pop-up lounges at select U.S. airports, including Dulles, Tacoma, O’Hare and Dallas Love Field. www.usatoday.com/story/money/2020/02/13/nintendo-opens-game-lounges-at-us-airports\

 
Moody Los Angeles CA Metro Rail Station PDF Print E-mail


Candid shot by your travel4seniors.com editor. If wanderings take you to the City of Angels, you may find The Rail transportation system the most convenient and least expensive to get around the sprawling city.

It includes six lines, two rapid transit subway (B and D) and four light rail lines (A, C, L and E lines), totaling 93 stations. Fares are $1.50 per ride and $5 for an all-day pass.

 
Las Vegas NV: Homeless On Sidewalks Growing Problem PDF Print E-mail


If Sin City is on your travel plans, be aware of possible encounters with ragged people and beggars. You’ll see them night and day on popular tourist sidewalks including downtown Fremont Street and Las Vegas Boulevard (The Strip). Many live in tents on parking lots, lawns and alleys. Some actually camp in storm drains under popular Strip hotels.

A new city law now is intended to reduce the problem with fines and forceful removing of homeless from the streets. There are also various relocations to city-run shelters. However, on your next visit to Sin 
City, be aware that the problem on the streets is not yet solved. www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/feb/13/las-vegas-homeless-sleeping-ban-no-lodging

 
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