Are These Burgs The Best To Visit In 2017?

Lonely Planet recently voted these cities (in rank order) as the ten best in the world to visit in 2017.

Bordeaux, France; Cape Town, South Africa; Los Angeles USA; Merida, Mexico; Ohrid, Macedonia; Pistoia, Italy; Seoul, South Korea; Lisbon, Portugal; Moscow, Russia; and Portland OR USA.

Do you agree? We’re a bit puzzled by the choices, especially a couple of cities on the list we’ve rarely, if ever, heard about before. Also, the survey left out such senior traveler favorites as Virginville, Podunk, Loveladies, Intercourse, Bird-in-Hand and, of course, Punkeydoodles Corners.

Mexico City: Drivers Ignore Red Lights And Traffic Cops PDF Print E-mail

Q: We were planning a trip with a senior church group to warm Mexico this month. It’s mostly touring the capital city. We’re worried now because friends told us to stay away. They say walking the streets, day and night, is just too dangerous for we slower, older tourists. What do you say about it? JJL, Miami FL

A: It’s true that Mexico City may sometimes be dangerous to the elderly tourist. Traffic can be very heavy and less orderly than in U.S. big cities. Also, there are young street criminals, and the physically-challenged are often prime targets. However, if you follow all safety and traffic rules, it’s well worth the visit for the colorful entertainment, local foods and city sights.

Warning: Airbnbs Are Economical But May Be Vulnerable PDF Print E-mail

Senior wanderers, after sightseeing, dining or shopping, sometimes find their city hotel rooms have been burglarized. It can also happen when travelers choose to stay in an airbnb private home. A recent report of one such example was in Niagara Falls NY. The couple left the home for several hours to tour the surrounding area, and when they returned they realized their valuables and smartphones had been stolen.

If you’re planning a trip where you’re booked to stay in a hotel, airbnb or other overnight destination, take sensible precautions to prevent loss of valuables. Keep them in your room safe or front desk hotel security. If you’ll be staying in an airbnb, ask for a closet there with a door that key locks for storing valuables when you’re not there.

That’s The Spirit! Wider Seats And Cheaper Fares! PDF Print E-mail

Spirit Airlines recently put new seats, bigger tray tables and new cabin colors on one of its Airbus planes. Plans are that eventually all of the company’s flights will offer the same.

The upgrades are part of Spirit’s "Invest in the Guest'' program. Other new features will include Wi-Fi and self bag check. According to company ads, the upgrades are intended for increased comfort and to attract more passengers to fly with the low-cost airline.

Be Aware Of Growing List Of Where You Can’t Travel PDF Print E-mail

As the world gets more dangerous, American wanderers are officially banned from venturing to potentially dangerous destinations. The most recent list includes Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, Venezuela and North Korea.

If you’re considering making plans for this year, before you commit to reservations that involve ground and air travel into or through forbidden countries, be sure they’re not officially banned to U.S. citizens. apnews.com/753968e412fab06e6fb8180e7ac98d47

No More Ladies And Gentlemen, Welcome Aboard! PDF Print E-mail

Maybe now as you arrive at your airline seat, you’ll hear: “Hey, stupid! Get your big old butt settled in so we can take off!” Seriously, low-cost carrier EasyJet crews now greet boarding passengers with gender-neutral language.

The British airline is training them to use more contemporary greetings than the traditional "ladies and gentlemen, welcome aboard.” Other airlines, including American and United, are also encouraging flight and airport crews to make their customer greeting language more individualized. Example: Have a safe, enjoyable flight, Mr. And Mrs. Jones.


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