Flight Of Fantasy: Virtual Reality Getting Closer

In-flight entertainment is advancing rapidly. From squinty tiny TV screens 10 rows in front of you to individual seat-back displays of everything from old sitcoms to new movies to breaking news.

Now, according to scientific predictions, virtual reality head-worn devices are soon to become a ... well ... reality. You’ll be able to strap on a magic helmet that takes you away from your cramped airline seat to a Hawaiian beach, Medieval battle game or front-row seat of a Broadway show. And, in the future, even that will be surpassed by making the experience a full three-dimensional immersion, where you’ll be IN the Broadway show.

Consider what the imaginative senior will be able to do, in flight and at home. Dance with Fred Astaire, romance Marilyn, rock with Elvis, run the bases with Jackie Robinson and storm San Juan Hill with Teddy Roosevelt. For the more patriotic, join the wigged guys and sign the Declaration of Independence on a hot July day in Philly.

Soar As A Space Tourist If You Have The Nerve And Dough PDF Print E-mail

The Gateway Foundation hopes to create a commercial space station with passenger suites, orbiting the Earth. The California company is planning a cruise ship-style hotel floating among the stars.

The aim is to start test runs by 2025 and open for business in 2027. When space tourism happens, it will be only for the very daring and very rich. Concurrently, Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic also plans to launch sub-orbital space stations in the near future, costing $250,000 per person, per trip. Of course, it includes all meals and booze. And maybe some spectacular sightseeing. www.cnn.com/travel/article/space-hotel-designs-von-braun-station-scn

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Grabs More Tourist Money PDF Print E-mail

Will it be Double Dutch? Next time you visit this favorite foreign city of your travel4seniors.com editor, be aware. Politicians there will be taking more cash out of your travel pocket.

The charming city already has the highest hotel tax rates in Europe. And they will go higher. Of course, as in many world cities, that’s just the tip of the extra charges. So, when you see ads touting hotels for $99.99 a night, whether in the Dutch or other tourist city, that’s just the start of the real cost. With add-ons of local taxes, resort fees and other hits, consider your advertised room rate may be actually only about half of what you’ll really have to pay. www.cnn.com/travel/article/amsterdam-tourist-tax-increase

Liverpool GB: Strawberry Field Now Open To Visitors PDF Print E-mail

It’s the 50th anniversary of the hit John Lennon/Paul McCartney song and the emergence of the Beatles. Strawberry Field was a Salvation Army children's home and playing fields in Woolton, a suburb of Liverpool. If you’re a die-hard Fab 4 fan and plan to visit the city where it all happened, consider a stop at the vintage location, while singing Strawberry Field forever! www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/liverpool-strawberry-field-john-lennon-open

Los Angeles CA: Busiest Airport’s Arrivals Are Now Busier PDF Print E-mail

When you dash out the door at LAX, you won’t get immediate taxi or ride share pick-ups curbside. You’ll have to take shuttles to designated holding lots. Shuttles are every five minutes, adding another 15 minutes to your journey.

You can walk yourself and bags to a lot in about 20 minutes. Before you plan a flight that ends at LAX, contact your travel agent or airline for the best way to get a ride to your final ground destination.

Saudia Arabia Is Now Encouraging Tourists PDF Print E-mail

There are restrictions. Visiting women must wear schmattas. No drugs, no bikinis and no booze. In restaurants, no borsht, matzo ball soup nor chopped liver on bagels.

Visas will be available online for around $70, with no restrictions for unaccompanied women, previously the law. Access to the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina will be restricted. Sadly, you can’t find the Arabian theme any more in Las Vegas. The Aladdin and Algiers Hotels have been closed for years.


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