Luxor, Egypt: Balloon Rides Start Up Again

According to CNN, hot air balloon rides are going up again at Egypt's Luxor site. The popular tourist feature was closed down six weeks ago after a horrendous accident that resulted in the loss of 19 lives. The rides feature aerial views of the Great Pyramids and other historic sites.

While some tourist balloon companies are still shut down while investigations continue, others may now resume their flights. The government reports that more effective inspections, safety measures and crew training will greatly reduce the dangers in future flights. Additionally, passengers now must sign liability documents accepting the risk of balloon flights.

Melt, Germany: Your Heart Will Melt In Hot Summer Festival PDF Print E-mail

The event happens among machinery of the old mine by the Ferropolis peninsula, surrounded by Lake Gremmin in Gräfenhainichen. It’s on from July 13 to 15, and features many contemporary music icons. They include the XX, Florence and the Machine, Jon Hopkins, Ben Klock and Nina Kraviz. The festival is in Ferropolis, Gräfenhainichen, formerly an old iron storage site, and in addition to great music, features genuine German foods and beers.

This is the 20th anniversary of the Melt event, and fans can travel and overnight on a party train from Cologne. There’s also a nearby campsite next to a lake for daylight and moonlight swims, brews and romantic boating that will Melt lovers’ hearts. meltfestival.de

Speedy Bandits On Bikes Commit Ride-By Cell Phone Grabs PDF Print E-mail

All too frequent street crime headlines: bike thieves swoop up tourist cell phones. When walking, especially in a big city, it can happen to you. Top targets of the thieves are distracted senior tourists wandering the streets cluelessly pointing and shooting selfies and other scenes.

You can prevent it happening to you by keeping your phone secure in a fitted case with a strap wrapped around your wrist. When not pointing and shooting, don’t walk around with it loose in your hand. Keep it in a buttoned pocket.

Cruise Ships Really, Really Hate To Sail With Empty Cabins! PDF Print E-mail

You’ve decided on a cruise, had a price quote from the cruise line and are ready to pay for it. Hold on to that money until you can check out ways to sail that voyage for less, sometimes much less!

Look online for discount booking companies, such as www.vacationstogo.com, and seek out better deals. The best are usually for last-minute sailings, where the ship is scheduled to leave the dock in just a few days, and some cabins are not yet booked. It’s especially good for retired seniors who are always prepared to grab an already-packed bag, fly to the port and go aboard just before sailing time. Bon bargain voyage!

Psychiatrists Say Too Much Bad News Can Make Seniors Sick PDF Print E-mail

According to some learned shrinks, all the ever-increasing travails of seniors are affecting their health. They say every hour of every day now fills our minds with shocking news of natural disasters, wars, politics, suicide, crime and other negative brain drains. How can we, especially seniors, cope with it all?

The best solution for staying mentally healthy is to get out and get going to keep your aging brain filled with new and exciting travel adventures. Grab a flight to England and have tea and biscuits by London’s Trafalgar Square. Sail to a Caribbean island and enjoy the music, beaches and tropical themes. Get star-struck in Manhattan’s Broadway theater district and see the latest plays. Climb the Eiffel Tower in Paris or just hit the nearest beach with your grandkids.

When Shopping For Air Fares, Seek Out Senior Discounts PDF Print E-mail

For example, Southwest offers senior deals on most flights, but sometimes they may not be the lowest you’ll actually pay. For instance, SW periodically offers special fares with a three-day deadline. If you’ve already bought a ticket earlier for the same flight, the price you paid could be $100 or more higher. Keep daily checking, and if the flight is later advertised at a lower rate, contact SW or your travel agent. Ask to get the credit applied for a future SW flight.


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