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Seniors In The Air: No, No On Bad Jokes!


On a recent flight, a self-appointed humorist told fellow passengers he had Ebola, then laughed and said he was just kidding. However, the pilot wasn’t kidding when he immediately returned to the airport and ordered a medical team in hazard suits. Result: A planeload of frightened, frustrated and delayed passengers, plus the jailed jokester faces legal, possible criminal charges.

We’re aware that many travel4seniors.com readers have spent responsible lifetimes in business, education and the military. Along with that serious career success, especially with ex-military, there’s often a creative sense of humor.

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SmarterTravel Lists Best Ten Cities For Restaurant Dining PDF Print E-mail


The internet experts list their vote in rank order: San Sebastian, Spain; Tokyo; New York City; Barcelona; Singapore; Paris; Madrid; Lima, Peru; London and Munich. As appealing as those cities are for foodies, we disagree totally.

Our choices, in rank order, are Lancaster PA; Munich, Germany; Hong Kong; Las Vegas; Seattle; Venice, Italy; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Amsterdam, Holland; Beverly Hills and Copenhagen, Denmark. Where else can you get such delicious Pennsylvania Dutch, real German sausage, spicy Chinese, all-you-can-grab buffet, heavenly seafood, mythical Italian, sweet tango, Dutch treat, movie star specials and super smorgasbord?

 
Latest Poop: Strange Bathroom Practices Around The World PDF Print E-mail


In our foreign travels, we've experienced some unfamiliar bathroom features. Several years ago, your travel4seniors.com editor toured the castle of Catherine the Great in St. Petersburg, Russia. Everything about the royal residence was magnificent. However, when visiting the rest room, we found it featured squat toilets. Instead of the expected US-styled seats and urinals, there were holes in the floor.

In some areas of Japan, there’s the usual plumbing and ceramic bowls, but they’re level with the floors. It takes balance and strength to get through the ordeal successfully. Also, some of the most modern toilets there have an array of buttons for controlling seats, flushing and shocking to those who push the wrong button and get a sudden spurt of upward cold water.

In Taiwan, used toilet paper is recycled. You must follow the rules by not flushing, but you push a control button to send the used paper on its way to be cleaned for another service to mankind.

 
Senior Stowaway Arrested For 10th Attempt To Fly For Free PDF Print E-mail


When attaining retirement age, everyone needs a hobby. So a 66-year-old Chicago woman has found hers. She sneaks aboard international flights without ticket nor passport. Her most recent was attempting to fly from Chicago O’Hare to London, and was arrested for the 10th time.

So, as you celebrate your 65th birthday when everyone else retires, keep gainfully active as she has. Consider such delightfully criminal hobbies as taking illegal flights, picking pockets, shoplifting, robbing banks, printing counterfeit money or running for political office.

 
TripAdvisor: Two Hanoi Hotels In World’s Top Ten PDF Print E-mail

On the list is La Siesta Hotel & Spa at #4, and La Siesta Hotel Trendy at #10. Of all the great hotels throughout the world, who decided this list, Jane Fonda? Some Vietnam War vets may inquire: Did they ask Senator McCain and other ex-POWs if they believe the luxurious Hanoi Hilton should actually top the list?

 
Hong Kong Smog Pollution Reaches Dangerous Levels PDF Print E-mail


If your near-future travel plans include visiting the Asian city, consider how the current dangerous air reports there could affect your trip. It’s so bad, the local government is warning locals to avoid long exposure while outside.

Of course, the conditions are especially harmful to the elderly and those with respiratory ailments. If you must be in Hong Kong during the worst smoggy days, follow the actions of the locals. In addition to limiting your outside wanderings, wear a medically-designed face mask.

 
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