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Cruise Ship Vs Assisted Living: Would You Do It?


A USA Today article mused about a choice of being in an old age home or enjoying a full-time sailing of the seven seas. At first glance, the idea seems insanely unbelievable. However, considering the ever-rising costs of senior facilities, it isn’t so far-fetched.

Today’s monthly fees in senior homes are near $4,000, about $134 a day per person. A typical long cruise averages $140 a day for two people, plus many included perks. Senior homes don’t usually feature all-you -can-eat buffets, live entertainment, spas, midnight dances, excursions and other seagoing fun.

Of course, there are many other factors involved that can drastically change the costs. However, just the thought of spending our sunset years doing something other than staring at the walls in a nursing home hallway. For instance, listening to a calypso band while watching the sunset over the beach and palm trees along a Caribbean shoreline.

Charlestown MA: Visit Navy History Aboard Old Ironsides PDF Print E-mail


Every school kid knows the story, the wooden warship that battled the British Navy during the War of 1812. After many decades in Baltimore Harbor, the USS Constitution was recently moved to the Boston Navy Yard. Today the floating museum is free to visitors, where they can see Navy weapons, sailors’ quarters, rigging, tools and other artifacts.

For those kids and adults who want to experience some hands-on seagoing crafts, there’s a regular schedule of classes, entertainment and other events.  The frigate is crewed by 60 active duty U.S. Navy personnel who keep Old Ironsides shipshape. Charlestown is a Boston harbor suburb served by regular ferry service. For hours and other info: ussconstitutionmuseum.org

 
Lacassine LA: Visit The Spirited Bayou Rum Distillery PDF Print E-mail


If you’re doing some cross-country driving, consider this great Louisiana stop for an hour or two of enjoyment. It’s located about 100 miles along U.S. Route 10 west of the state capital, Baton Rouge. The facility makes high-quality rum in traditional copper pots, with the mixture of cane sugar and molasses.

Visitors are welcome Tuesdays through Saturdays for free tours. Not only do you get to see how the product is made, you also can sip free samples of the famed silver and spiced Bayou Rums. Of course, if you’re the driver who has had several sips, when you’re on the road again, give the wheel to one of your passengers for another couple of hours.

 
San Diego CA: My Historic Hotel Del Coronado Experience PDF Print E-mail


The beautiful resort has been enjoyed by guests, including kings, queens, presidents, generals, admirals and movie stars, since 1888. My claim to fame there happened in 1959.

I won a TV quiz contest prize that offered two free nights at the classic oceanfront hotel. In those days, the expensive resort charged a sky-high $50 a night. Today, it costs $280 and up. It was my good luck to be there when the iconic movie, Some Like It Hot, was in production.

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Don’t Expose Vital Personal Info Online While You Travel PDF Print E-mail


Many roaming seniors are not up on the latest advances in computer tech. One aspect they must try to understand is how vulnerable their current device, especially smartphone, is to thievery.

A basic rule is to be careful what you post on social media. Communicating photos of official paperwork with family and friends while you travel can be hacked by smart thieves. For example, posting financial info with your Social Security or bank account number could allow them to make transactions in your name that could cost you considerable money.

Another danger could come from merely posting your personal photos online as you travel, along with details about your ongoing schedule. A local hacker could read the message, and knowing you won’t be in your house for awhile, set up a burglary there.

 
Stockholm, Sweden: Winter Northern Lights And Smorgasbord PDF Print E-mail


Consider a winter trip to Sweden, where it seems like Christmas all year round. By booking your flight as early as possible, you can enjoy great savings. For example, WOW Air offers round trip tickets for $300 from Boston and Los Angeles to Stockholm.
Hotels in the Swedish capital offer comfy four-star rooms for $120 a night, and you can get sumptuous, all-you-can-eat smorgasbord dinners for less than $25 at colorful city restaurants.

Be there to be awed by the brilliant northern lights skies, happening now through March. Check all the deals with your favorite hometown travel agent or look up package deals with airline and hotel websites.

 
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