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Los Angeles CA: Homeless Population Growing


Your travel4seniors.com editor’s camera recently captured these tragic scenes in West Hollywood CA. If your travels take you to Southern California, you’re sure to be confronted with this increasing street problem.

In downtown Los Angeles, there are many lines of sidewalk tent encampments, as well as individual homeless sites. In nearby areas, including Hollywood Boulevard and beach communities of Venice and Santa Monica, the same situation exists.

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Plan National Park Visit: Buy An America The Beautiful Pass PDF Print E-mail


As winter warms into springtime, many senior travelers’ thoughts turn to those glorious destinations. Consider buying an America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass. Visitors 62 and up can buy a lifetime pass for $80 or annual pass for $20.

The pass gives you and traveling companions lifetime entrance into more than 100 US National Parks that charge entry fees. It also provides access to more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by the federal government. The pass includes discounts on parking, camping sites, boat launching, guided tours and other park services. Buy a pass at any federal recreation site with entry fees. For more info: www.usparkpass.com

 
Q: Will Taking Vitamins Before Flights Help Avoid Coronavirus? PDF Print E-mail


With all the news and travel cancellations about the illness, I want to protect myself on the next trip. Should I take my vitamins? RRJ, Camden NJ

A: They may not help much, but they can’t hurt. Many frequent flyers start taking extra vitamins several days before traveling. The National Institutes of Health says no conclusive data has shown that large doses of vitamin C will prevent colds and other virus diseases, but admits it may reduce the severity or duration of symptoms. Therefore, take your vitamins, but also take health and cleanliness precautions when you travel. This includes a kit of medicated wet wipes, face mask and medications to avoid the symptoms happening to you.

 
Santa Barbara CA: Your Dog Will Enjoy Beach Town Hikes PDF Print E-mail


If you have your faithful companion along while visiting the famed California oceanside resort city, check dog roaming advantages. Douglas Family Preserve Walking Trail is filled with happy pooches and their owners. Also drive together a short distance up Highway 101 to the Funk Zone, where walking, dog biscuit and wine tasting combine to make all attendees happy.

 
Survey Sez New Yawkers Are Baddest Tempered In The USA PDF Print E-mail


A Business Insider survey claims 34.3 percent of the senior travelers who voted believe Big Apple residents are the meanest. The study asked 2,000 adults online to name the rudest city in the country.

The Big Bad Apple residents finished first by far, with Los Angeles a distant second with 19.7 percent. Next in the nasty cities were Washington, DC, Chicago, Boston, Detroit, Buffalo, Baltimore, Philadelphia and San Francisco.  The opinion about NYC isn’t new.

When John Adams visited New York in 1774, he wrote in his diary: “With all the opulence and splendor of this city, there is very little good breeding to be found. “I have not seen one real gentleman, one well-bred man, since I came to town,” he griped, according to the New York Times.

 
New Orleans LA: Mardi Gras Finale Is Tuesday, February 25 PDF Print E-mail


Following a month-long series of parades and other preliminary celebrations, the major carnival event before Lent completes its schedule this year on that final day. The famed celebration had its first introduction in 1781 at the then-Spanish colony by the Perseverance Benevolent & Mutual Aid Association.

Be there to enjoy Mardi Gras music, parades, dining, drinking, contests, costumes and exciting festivities. Join in dressed in purple, green, and gold, and don’t forget to wear colorful bands of beads you can toss and exchange with other revelers. For detailed schedules, costs, hotels and other info, go to www.mardigrasneworleans.com

 
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