Air China: Be Aware Of Big Bad London Town

It’s political incorrectness gone viral! The warning in a recent issue of the airline’s magazine, was: “London is generally a safe place to travel. However precautions are needed when entering areas mainly populated by Indians, Pakistanis and black people.

“We advise tourists not to go out alone at night, and females always to be accompanied by another person when travelling.”

Of course, the advice may also apply correctly for senior travelers, who must face the reality and vulnerability of big city crime. They’re certain to be robbed blind by sky-high prices of London hotel rooms, fancy-schmancy restaurants, taxi rides and exclusive shoppes in Mayfair.

Do Online Consumer Travel Sites Give Honest Reviews? PDF Print E-mail

A recent USA Today report says TripAdvisor is under scrutiny by the Federal Trade Commission for alleged false practices. The response was to complaints that the website publishes only positive reviews for client travel businesses.

Of course, TripAdviser earns its income from client airlines, hotel chains, restaurants, cruises and others. The implication is that the well-known site won’t show any negative complaints against their clients from consumers. There are accusations that many of the positive comments are fake.

Savvy senior travelers who are familiar with the good and bad aspects of internet consumer comments, whether negative or positive, pay little attention to them. When making plans for your next trip, don’t rely on internet comments. Check with your hometown travel agent and unbiased, non-profit consumer organizations, as well as friends and family who travel frequently.

Uber And NASA To Introduce Driverless Air Taxi Service PDF Print E-mail

The quickie city ride and aerospace companies are joining together to offer the most futuristic ride service ever! You’ll be able to hail a cab and be whisked into the wide blue yonder to get to your destination pronto! No heavy street traffic, pedestrians, honking horns nor cursing drivers. Just you in your own private vehicle all relaxed as you sail along.

For upcoming plans and other info, go to money.cnn.com/2017/11/08/technology/uber-web-summit-uberair/index

Bologna, Italy: FICO Eataly World Features Everything Italian PDF Print E-mail

The historic city is in Central Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region, 80 miles from Florence. Bologna boasts one of the most complete food experiences anywhere. Over its 20 acres, visitors will find markets, restaurants, wine shops and classes in food preparation. All are surrounded by lush fields and farms that grow the ingredients for making Italian food the delight it is.

If your travels take you to Italy during the holidays and at any other time, schedule at least a day to visit FICO Eataly World in Bologna. For more info, go to www.eataly.com/us_en/magazine/eataly-stories/fico-eataly-world

Brigantine NJ: Marine Mammal Stranding Center Saves Sea Critters PDF Print E-mail

For the past 40 years, this benevolent oceanic organization has rescued thousands of dolphins, whales, seals, turtles and other sea denizens. Volunteers respond when the animals are stranded along the New Jersey coastline near Atlantic City.

Take the free tour of the center’s emergency equipment, pool house and 1,000-gallon observation tank. If you happen to be there on a busy rescue day, you can see the volunteers at their lifesaving efforts. For more info about the Marine Mammal Stranding Center, go to www.visitnj.org/nj-attractions/marine-mammal-stranding-center-museum

Guest Thievery: Don’t Swipe Hotel Towels Or Bathrobes PDF Print E-mail

When departing from your hotel room, it’s ok to take those little shampoo tubes, but nothing else. If you do, according to British news service The Sun, your name may be placed on a no-stay list.

If your hotel is an international chain, that could mean you’ll be blacklisted worldwide from future check-ins in England, Brazil, Japan, the USA and who knows where else. While that pillowcase or towel you swiped may be worth just a couple of dollars, it multiplies into millions of losses every year to hotel budgets.

Also, don’t go into your little hotel room fridge unless you intend to buy any of the grossly-overpriced products inside. When you open the fridge door, even if you don’t take anything out, it may automatically add a charge to your bill.


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