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How to Survive Economy Class

Posted on 03/28/2014 by | Travel | Comments

TravelFlying economy class? I’m sure you’re anticipating the worst — and no, you’re not just getting grumpier as you get older! The seats are smaller than they used to be. Forget about pillows and blankets. Food? Maybe a little bag of peanuts with a tenacious seal. (How’d my seatmate get that thing open? Should I ask him to open mine?) Still, if you plan ahead, it’s not too much hassle to bring along some of the creature comforts we used …

Put Your Smart Phone Away For Once

Posted on 03/19/2014 by | Travel | Comments

Technology | TravelHere’s some good news for the tech-challenged! No matter how many travel apps you have on your smartphone, they can’t replace the kind of serendipity you’ll find when you follow your gut. I’m not saying that a good app doesn’t come in handy, especially for navigating through those last-minute travel disruptions that seem so commonplace these days. For example, I always download the app of the airline I’m traveling with so I can easily rebook cancelled or delayed flights. HotelTonight …

Flying to a Funeral? American Airlines Drops Discounts

Posted on 02/28/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | TravelAmerican Airlines has quietly ended “bereavement fares.” The airline has dropped the special fares it offered if you could prove you were traveling to a funeral, or the bedside of a grievously sick relative. Delta Air Lines and United Airlines are keeping their current bereavement policies in place, according to CNN. Delta forgoes penalties on changing flights; United offers a 5 percent discount. Carriers Southwest Airlines (and its AirTran brand) and JetBlue Airways have never offered bereavement fares, CNN reports. Will there …

Newest Retirement Destination: Mars!

Posted on 12/30/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | TravelLooking for an exotic retirement destination? Here’s a new possibility for you: Mars. No, we’re not kidding. Billionaire Dennis Tito, the engineer-turned-investment-mogul who in 2001 became the first-ever space tourist by buying a seat on a Russian space mission, wants to find a mature man and woman to serve as as a two-person crew on a private interplanetary fly-by. According to his Inspiration Mars Foundation, Tito hopes to launch in 2017 so as to be able to take advantage of …

Headed to the Airport? The TSA May Have a Gift for You

Posted on 10/22/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | Travel“You’ve won the lottery today!” a TSA staffer exclaimed to a couple about to board their plane in Portland, Ore., last weekend, as he ushered them to a special, less-invasive screening line. For those who dread fumbling with their jackets, belts and shoes or can’t seem to remember where, exactly, that bag with the 3 oz. liquids is packed, any sensible relaxation of security procedures is certainly an early gift. Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter Elsewhere, the chance …

Are Cruises Safe? Senate Investigates Recent Fires

Posted on 07/25/2013 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | TravelBy Jessica Gresko of The Associated Press The presidents of Carnival Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean International defended their industry and their practices to senators Wednesday following two recent high-profile fires that damaged ships. In February, Carnival’s ship Triumph was left without power in the Gulf of Mexico after an engine room fire. Thousands of passengers endured squalid conditions while the ship was towed to Mobile, Ala. “We really seriously put our guests in an uncomfortable position and that bothers …