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According to a USA Today poll, more than half of people who should be working at their desktop computers, cell phones and just plain old office telephones are cheating their bosses. They admit they do some vacation research and actual booking on company time.

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Amsterdam Still Enjoyable, But Too Many Overactive Tourists PDF Print E-mail


Your travel4senior editor recently returned from a late summer visit to a favorite city. Beautiful Amsterdam, with its parks, classic buildings, museums, canals and shops is still there. However, senior visitors may too often find the Dutch city plagued by rowdy teens and young adults.

It can be disturbing to walk the streets at night through the noise, trash, human waste and drug parties. Some areas, such as the infamous red light district, attract many celebrating crowds of young people, and should be avoided by seniors who prefer clean sidewalks, peace and quiet.

Fortunately, in late autumn and early winter, the crowds are smaller and more mature, because the younger people are at school and work. If you go, make it from mid-October to early December. Of course, if you enjoy a walk through a winter city landscape, January and February in Amsterdam are nearly empty of tourists, and prices are at their lowest. And your camera will get you great snowy and selfie shots.

 
Are These Lovers Getting Their Kicks Along Route 66? PDF Print E-mail


The famous highway isn’t all country roads. In the last of it’s 2,500 miles from Chicago to the beach city of Santa Monica, it passes through busy urban streets. This scene is on Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood. If the couple wants to hike to the sandy shores of the Pacific Ocean, there are still about ten more miles to go.

 
Q: I’m A Lifelong Smoker And Have A Long Flight Scheduled PDF Print E-mail


I’m usually Ok to do without smoking with short hops of an hour or two, but now we’re planning to fly from Los Angeles to Hong Kong. It’s a 15-hour non-stop each way, my first ever, and I’m not sure how I can handle it. Any suggestions? MRL, Malibu CA

A: Remember the old days when smoking was allowed on flights? Several ideas. Ask the airline if vaping is permitted. If so, stock up some for the flights. If not,  bring candy that contains nicotine. Check the varieties and sources online. To make the flight hours pass, try a sleeping pill and/or order several wine and liquor drinks. Also, before flying, fill up your smartphone or laptop with soothing music and videos, such as Ella Fitzgerald classics, Gene Kelly dances and tuneful Elvis movies.

 
Hey, Watch Out! Hollywood Boulevard Tour Bus Is Driverless! PDF Print E-mail


Maybe in the future of automation it will be a reality, but not quite yet. Your travel4seniors.com editor’s camera angle only makes it look like an empty front seat. Actually, the driver is leaning far back, and seems invisible as he takes tourists along the famous street.

 
Airlines Offer Basic Economy Fares To Senior Bargain Seekers PDF Print E-mail


If you’re already putting together travel plans for 2019, consider flying with JetBlue and/or Alaska Airlines. Of course, the thrifty seats you buy will be a bit tight and you won’t be served a big steak in flight. However, you just may save lots of moolah on Transatlantic and other air journeys during their 2019 price promotions.

Before buying tickets on any airline, be sure to check current and upcoming online flight deals, including those specifically offered to seniors. If you have a reliable hometown travel agent, use that expert to seek out and take advantage of the best travel bargains in the air, at sea, on the beach and in the cities.

 
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