Traveling today has become a bit trickier than in years past.
There are travel warnings and travel restrictions not to mention all the “fees” airlines now impose on the traveler. Oh for the days when one could check two bags for free.
Having vacationed for over 22 years in Mexico, it is disheartening to see the travel warning out for Mexico. We were there just a year ago and felt super safe where we stayed. Do we dare chance it again in 2014 when we plan to celebrate our 50th anniversary somewhere warm during the winter? Should we stay in the US? I’m not altogether sure it is much safer here. One can encounter danger anywhere and it is usually unexpected. How do you structure your travel so you are safe?
I can’t speak for everyone but it just seems some common sense is in order. For instance – be aware of your limitations. As we age we are less agile and therefore not as able to respond to things as quickly as we used to. So – while someone young might think it to be a great adventure to go off exploring in offbeat areas, others may recognize the dangers of that and go elsewhere. When we are in Mexico we seldom go outside of our resort area after dark unless we are in a licensed taxi.
When we want to try a new restaurant, we go for a late breakfast or midafternoon lunch. Shopping is always in a tourist area in broad daylight and sometimes in an organized group. We do not interact with those asking for money or trying to sell us something on the street. We seldom carry large amounts of cash and usually take only one credit card along, which is usually kept in the safe deposit box in our unit. We do not have flashy jewelry – anything like that gets left at home.
Unfortunately it now appears those who would attack tourists are getting braver and actually hijacking a bus and demanding money etc. I’m sure you can probably add some more ideas here.
On to the Airlines.
Fees are almost synonymous with Airlines now. There is a “fee” for everything: luggage, seat assignment, pillow, blanket, headsets, meals etc. I suppose one can argue the airlines have to make up for the increase of gas and oil etc. The only bone I have to pick with that argument – when the prices of gas, oil, coffee, sugar etc. go down, the “fees” do not. So – what is next? Maybe pay toilets? Would that shorten the lines at the toilets in the back of the plane any? Anytime you push the “help” button above your seat, you pay? You pay for using the overhead light? If you want the bulkhead seat, you pay more? For those who are frequent fliers, perhaps you could get a discount if you volunteer to do the “speech” for the stewards while the plan is leaving the gate and heading toward the runway (you must know it by heart if you fly frequently)?
Enjoy this rather long video on the airlines as only Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman and Tim Conway could do it. Prepare to tickle your funny bone with this one.