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Tokyo, Japan: Bot Clerks Do Check-Ins & Other Duties


For senior fans of science fiction, this is no surprise. It was just a matter of time when bots take over many human jobs, including hotel services. Last year, evil-looking android male clerks became part of the new Harry Potter hotel exhibit in Florida’s Universal Theme Park.

They look real, but other than automatic moves, don’t actually do anything. Now, it’s happening at another theme park, the Huis Ten Bosch in Tokyo, at its new Henn-na Hotel. Here the robotic clerks are amazingly and anatomically real, and they actually check in arriving guests.

They resemble pretty young smiling women, giving and taking info. This situation requires a stern message for senior guy travelers to Tokyo: No matter how lifelike they seem, you can’t take one up to your hotel room with you.

www.japantimes.co.jp/.../28/...park-get-hotel-staffed-robots

What To Do About Your Aaah-Chooo When In Flight PDF Print E-mail


Q: Several times I’ve found myself seated next to a passenger with a very furry support dog or cat. I try to not make a fuss, but it makes me sneeze. Should I just grin and bear it or complain to get another seat? PJR, Atlanta GA

A: Save a lot of trouble by asking the flight attendant to switch seats. Do it when you first board, when changing is easier to do. Of course, in busy, crowded flights, other passengers can’t or won’t comply, so keep your hanky handy Also, earlier check with your family physician for suggested meds you can take when traveling.

 
Save Time & Money On Flights: Lug Your Luggage PDF Print E-mail


With baggage fees and other airline charges ever rising, consider carrying everything on you. Shop for jackets with four or more roomy inner and outer pockets.

Clothing companies, including Jaktogo and Bagket, offer wearable luggage, some with protective locking flaps. For example, Jaktogo sells a jacket that can also convert into a large bag. Wear it loaded as you go through security, while you save money, avoid long lines and potentially lost luggage.

 
Glowing Online Travel Reviews: Truth Or Planted? PDF Print E-mail


Of course, some are legit opinions by actual customers who enjoyed the experiences. However, in today’s tough marketing battles, many hotels, restaurants, resorts, cruise lines and other travel-related businesses create and post fake positive testimonials.

Las Vegas, where reality rarely happens, is an example of fake customer testimonials. Ongoing resort and hotel ads in many media should serve senior travelers as good examples of fake ads. Included in the exaggerations are vacation packages, hotel rooms, dining, entertainment and other features.

Rule of travel testimonials: Take it all with a grain of salt. Before you book one of the alleged fantastic offers, check with friends and relatives who have recently actually experienced the destinations.

 
Scratch, scratch! Watch Out For Hotel Bedbugs! PDF Print E-mail


Awhile ago your travel4seniors.com editor woke up in a Las Vegas hotel room with the urgent need to scratch. It was bedbugs. A call to the front desk resulted in an offer to move to another room. Result: A quick shower, immediate check-out and refusal to pay for the room.

Don’t let it happen to you! When going into your hotel room, first thing to do is pull the covers off the bed and check closely for any suspicious spots, live and otherwise. If you see anything suspicious, go to the front desk, report it and check out. Preferably without paying. If bites become infected, see your doctor.

 
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

 
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