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Las Vegas: No Gamble, No More Free Booze


In the 80s, 90s and early 00s, your travel4seniors.com editor went with my spouse to Sin City four or five times a year. Because we always stayed at our favorite Strip hotel, the room and some buffets were comped.

We were modest gamblers, usually limiting ourselves to $2 blackjack tables and 25¢ video poker machines. We played for about six hours each day. While we were in the casino, whether gambling or at the bar, our drinks were free.

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First Time Cruiser? Get Expert Help In Planning Best Choices PDF Print E-mail


If it will be your intro to ocean sailing, do it with an a experienced travel agent. You'll have a much better chance to enjoy a great cruise, and get better prices and other benefits.

Further, if at any time you have a problem during the cruise, you have an advocate there to help solve the glitch ASAP.  Of course, the cruise line wants as much of your money as possible. Always remember, a good travel agent is on your side, usually for little or no additional charges.

 
Uber Drivers At Airports May Now Charge Taxi Fares PDF Print E-mail


Uber calls it "Project Luigi." The company planners claim it allows Uber drivers more control control over their income as independent contractors. So far, the system is being tried at California airports in Santa Barbara, Palm Springs and Sacramento.

Uber drivers there can set fares up to five times greater than Uber's original price, in increments of 10%. In other words, now Uber drivers can rip off riders for typical cabbie high charges, especially in busy airports. Ten years ago, newly-introduced Uber charges averaged less than half of taxi fares.

Them wuzz the days! So, whenever you book a Uber ride at those three airports, and soon everywhere else, be prepared to pay as much as you would for a taxi.

 
Coronavirus Continues To Upset World Travel Plans PDF Print E-mail


Seniors are particularly vulnerable to the flood of flight, cruise, tour and other cancellations. To insure the latest word on personal schedules, please keep in daily touch with all aspects of your travel plans, especially those that involve the Far East and other most affected areas of the world. Example: www.usatoday.com/story/travel/news/2020/01/29/coronavirus-british-airways-lion-seoul-air-suspend-flights-china

 
Amsterdam, Holland: No More Tours Of Hooker ‘hood PDF Print E-mail


The Netherlands government no longer promotes the capital city as a tourist destination, while touting other Dutch cities and towns. This year, Amsterdam city tours are limited to 15 visitors.

Sadly, for eager male visitors, tours of the infamous Amsterdam Red Light neighborhood are forbidden entirely. Also, to earn the city more tax income, all hotel room tax charges have gone higher, as are extra taxes on museums, boat trips and other tourist attractions. In other words, as with Las Vegas and other rip-off travel destinations, the bargain prices you see for Amsterdam are just the beginning you’ll pay for your visit.

 
Alert: How To Help Street Thieves Pick Your Pockets PDF Print E-mail


When traveling in Europe, Asia and other parts of the world, there’s always the danger of a street crook getting away with your wallet or pocketbook. Of  course, tight zippers and buttons can prevent it.

However, you also need to protect your senior tourist money from more sophisticated robbers roaming foreign streets and stations today. Dressed in what look like official uniforms, they choose likely victims by pretending to be doing official duties. They approach and politely ask to check your purse or wallet for proper identification and possible illegal or false money.

You cooperate and, after a few moments, you’re thanked and handed back the inspected item. You don’t notice the missing money until later, when you can’t do anything about the robbery. Never automatically give your purse or wallet when asked on the street or public transportation. If the uniformed intruders demand them, reply strongly that you'll do it only with them at an official police station.

 
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