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Prepare For Higher Prices At Disney Parks This Season


If your springtime travels include Disneyland or Walt Disney World with a group of family members, be prepared to pay lots of dough. Your travel4seniors.com editor remembers first doing WDW with kids in the mid-70s, including one very rainy day. Adult tickets were $3.50 and $1 for kids. Rides all cost less than $1, and in-park lunches were not much more. Nearby and on-site hotel rooms then were $40.

Today the basic prices start from $109 for adults and $80 for kids. Lunch and rides are at least $10, and hotel rooms go for $300 and up.  Of course, with constantly updated info on the internet, you can plan your your Disney visit to take advantage of discounts, seasonal pricing, package deals and other ways to economize from the maximum listed prices.

When you begin your research or plan your trip with a trusted travel agent, do it as early as possible so that you can consider the most economical timing and other choices.

Buffets Are Yummy, But Watch Your Tummy PDF Print E-mail


Enjoying cruise ships, resorts, casinos and other lush destinations often involves all-you-can-eat meals. Some seasoned travelers jump in and stuff themselves with many more calories than they normally consume.

Especially for older people with tender stomachs, it can be a bad idea, and turn a fun vacation into painful sickness. Additionally, gobbling up more than you eat in normal meals at home can cause medical problems, especially if you try unfamiliar dishes with exotic ingredients. Additionally, because buffet food sits on display for hours, spoilage can be potential for even more serious physical problems.

Therefore, when your journey involves tempting displays of all-you-can-scarf foods, take it easy on the amount you take, and be sure what you eat is fresh and clean. Also a helpful tip from your travel4seniors.com editor. At a buffet, instead of stuffing myself, I eat a modest amount. Wearing a coat with lots of pockets, I then wrap and sneak out with some choice foods for a later free midnight snack and/or next-day lunch.

 
Southwest To Offer Cheap Flights Between Hawaiian Islands PDF Print E-mail


The first of the newly posted schedules are set for upcoming months They include four daily flights from Hilo on Hawaii Island to the capital city of Honolulu on Oahu, and from Lihue on Kauai to Honolulu.

Some of the flights are listed as low as $29 each way. When making your plans, first check with your travel agent and/or Southwest Airlines for more info, ticket prices and schedule details.

 
Help My Aging Mind And Body Cope With Long Flights PDF Print E-mail


Q: I need to fly frequently, but as I get older the ordeal becomes more and more uncomfortable, both physically and mentally. I still have another five years of frequent business travel before I retire. Any suggestions on how I can cope? MJMcC, Portland OR

A: Try meditation. Block out aircraft noise, confusion and discomfort. Look for local services that teach the ancient practice, and/or scan online meditation websites for instructions. There are also basic ways to pass the long flight time with smartphones and other portable electronics in your ears and eyes. Fill them with prerecorded books, music and videos. And don’t forget to bring a brimmed hat or cap you can pull down over your eyes to blot out the crowded, noisy aisles and seats around you.

 
Q: Is It OK To Travel In Hong Kong? PDF Print E-mail


Our local seniors group plans a trip to the Chinese city in the next several months, but I keep reading about the daily demonstrations. I use a cane and in OK physical shape for my advanced years, but fearful. I may be out on the city streets when an out-of-control mob and cop confrontation gets to me. Suggestions? MPL, Houston TX

A: Considering the ongoing Hong Kong troubles, reconsider joining the trip. So far, the demonstrations have been mostly non-violent, but growing and louder numbers nightly are causing more serious police actions. Unfortunately, the confrontations may get dangerously violent.

Maybe try to convince your group to choose a more peaceful Pacific destination, such as Singapore, Seoul, Manila, Honolulu or Shanghai.

 
San Francisco: Hotel Nikko Is Kind To Our Four-Footed Friends PDF Print E-mail


When planning overnighter drives and flights with your pet, research onlline first to find a hotel/resort/motel that allows them. Then, when checking in, find out all the services and extra costs involved for your pet.

In some situations you may be required to keep your pet in a hotel kennel during your stay. Also, there may be added fees for pet services. On the bright side, there may be special activities provided to make your stay more enjoyable for both you and your furry companion.

For example, if your visit will be in downtown San Francisco, consider Hotel Nikko. First, there’s an official canine welcomer named Buster. For $10 a night your pet gets a doggie bed, toys, tennis ball, food bowl and leash. For more info, go to www.hotelnikkosf.com/pet-friendly-hotel

 
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