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Flying Wings: Welcome Back, Wilbur & Orville


Looking much like the Wright brothers’ early 1900s flying bi-wing, Google’s Larry Page expects to soon introduce an all-electric simple flying machine. In honor of the brothers, he calls it the Kitty Hawk Flyer. It resembles a hybrid of small helicopter and drone, and a bit like the Jetsons' vehicle.

However, it won’t be allowed to land in busy roads. The small two-seater aircraft will be authorized to fly over water and away from busy commercial air traffic. When the Kitty Hawk Flyer is government approved, pilots can soar anywhere in the air, but must take off and land on lakes, rivers and at friendly seashore docks.

Alaska Airlines Ends Pre-Flight Booze, But Soon To Offer Wine PDF Print E-mail


Of course, only first class passengers on many airlines expect to be welcomed aboard with free alcoholic drinks. It still happens, but on Alaska, now combined with the former Virgin America, the no booze applies. However, as of November 1, Alaska and Virgin first class flyers will get complimentary sparkling wine. American, Delta and United continue to offer free preflight cocktails to first-class passengers.

 
Would You Sleep In The New Maldives Underwater Hotel? PDF Print E-mail


Scheduled to open in November is a totally submerged luxury hotel in the Indian Ocean resort. The expected cost for one night is $50,000, but hey, that includes meals, spa, boat rides, underwater sightseeing and airport transportation

It seems the only people who could afford it would be members of the Trump family, Arabian oil sheiks, the Kardashians and other world royalty. Hmmm. Just suppose a very pregnant woman guest in her sunken Maldives bedroom suddenly says: I think my water just broke!

 
San Francisco CA: Beautiful City With Ugly Problems PDF Print E-mail


Your travel4seniors.com editor’s experiences with the city go back to World War 2 Navy days. It was a sparkling clean city way back then, with bright streets, cable cars, theaters, hotels, restaurants and fantastic scenery.

Then, when I visited several decades later, San Francisco was becoming a haven for hippies, many aimless young people living on the streets who refused to conform to traditional behaviors. That attitude has continued and spread, making the formerly beautiful city today a haven for thousands of homeless, clueless wanderers of all ages.   

If your travel plans include San Francisco, be aware of areas where crime, filth and poverty make days and nights out dangerous. Also, you’ll encounter grossly inflated prices for hotels. Keep checking the internet for reasonable rates. For example, instead of paying $400 a night for a dinky hotel room, try Airbnb or other private house renting site. It can be much less expensive, especially if you’re traveling with a group of four or more.

 
Traveling Seniors: AARP Membership = Restaurant Discounts PDF Print E-mail


While wandering around the USA, you often make quick stops for breakfast, lunch and dinner. When you flash an AARP card, it could take 10% or more off the bill. Many chain eateries offer senior discount deals.

Included among them are Taco Bell, Denny’s, McDonald’s, KFC, Dairy Queen, Dunkin Donuts, IHOP, Jack in the Box and many others. With AARP card or not, when you order food in any restaurant from Miami to Seattle, always ask firmly and politely: Is there a senior discount?

 
Q: We’re Visiting London And Paris For The First Time And... PDF Print E-mail


As concerned seniors, we have a very basic worry about foreign toilets. When the need for a bathroom happens while on a city street, what do we do? Mrs. PRL, St. Louis MO

A: Before you stroll, be sure you have some of that country’s coins on you for available coin-operated toilets. Use your smartphone to get into apps, such as Flush. It’s free with a map locating nearest public toilets. Also, Freepee.org lists free public toilets in many world cities. Another basic tip: Carry a small soap bar or tube along with disposable tissues.

 
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