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Disabled and traveling? Here are a few places you might explore:  http://www.disabilitytravel.com/, http://www.chiff.com/travel/handicap.htm,        http://www.handicap-travel.com/welcome.php, http://disabledonline.com/index.php?page=1&act=viewCat&catId=47&type=1.

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Pittsburgh: New meets old in Pittsburgh, one of ... - Chicago Tribune

Steeped in spirit and flavor, Pittsburgh can lay claim to being one of our nation's most underrated cities, with a beauty as breathtaking as it is obvious...Visiting is the only way to understand the sentiment famously expressed in The New Yorker in 1989, when it ranked Pittsburgh among the world's most beautiful cities, alongside Paris and St. Petersburg, Russia..."If Pittsburgh were situated somewhere in the heart of Europe, tourists would eagerly journey hundreds of miles out of their way to visit it," (Read More)

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The smartest route to Pittsburgh: The one with no shortcuts

Washington Post-July 16, 2015

“Yes, Pittsburgh,” I was forced to say after telling people where we ... We wanted to get away for a few days from Washington's sweltering heat.



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July 20, 2016

$599 -- Barcelona 4-Night Getaway w/Air
Source: Fleetway Travel Group
$99 -- Exclusive Sale: Chicago's Luxe Sofitel Hotel
Source: Sofitel Chicago
$999 -- Alaska by Land & Sea: Oceanview w/$860 in Extras
Source: AlaskaCruises​.com
$115 -- BLT Steak Las Vegas: Dinner for 2 w/Drinks
Source: BLT Steak at Bally's Las Vegas
$899 -- Rome, Florence & Venice Vacation w/Air
Source: Gate 1 Travel
$175 -- Fort Lauderdale 4-Star Hotel w/$50 Credit, Save 45%
Source: Atlantic Hotel and Spa
$1899 -- Kenya 5-Star Safari w/Air
Source: Friendly Planet
$39 & up -- Ends Today: Last-Minute Summer Fares (One Way)
Source: Frontier Airlines
$729 -- Punta Cana Swim-Out Suite: Luxe Trip from Pittsburgh
Source: CheapCaribbean​.com
$129 -- Savannah: Fresh, Elegant Historic District Hotel
Source: The Brice Hotel
$1149 -- Celebrity: New Caribbean Sailings w/$2300 in Perks
Source: CruCon Cruise Outlet
$899 -- Ireland 7-Night Trip incl. Air, Car & 5-Star Castle
Source: Great Value Vacations
$156 -- Peru: Historic JW Marriott Cusco w/$145 in Extras
Source: JW Marriott El Convento Cusco
$1999 -- India Upscale 13-Night Adventure w/Air
Source: Indus Travels
$377 -- Pittsburgh to Belize City (Roundtrip)
Source: American Airlines on Fly​.com
$899 -- Riviera Maya 7-Night All-Incl. Trip from Pittsburgh
Source: Apple Vacations
$329 -- Aruba Adults Resort w/Exclusive Meal & Drink Perks
Source: Tradewinds Club at Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
$1599 -- Morocco 11-Night Escorted Vacation w/Air
Source: Gate 1 Travel
$1899 -- Mediterranean Spring Cruise: Oceanview, Drinks, Air
Source: Holland America Line
$1499 -- Vietnam 10-Night, 4-City Tour w/Cruise & Air
Source: World Spree Travel

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$25 -- D.C. Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour: 2-Day Pass
Source: DC Trails
$35 -- Vegas: 'Laugh-Out-Loud' Musical at Harrah's, Reg. $60
Source: ‘Menopause the Musical’
$12 & up -- Scenic Family-Friendly Train Rides
Source: Scenic Train Rides
$39 -- Rockettes 'New York Spectacular' at Radio City
Source: Radio City Music Hall
$8.49 -- Lonely Planet eBook Sale Ends Today: 250+ Options
Source: Lonely Planet
$29 -- ‘Wonderful’ Harbor Cruise on NYC’s Largest Tall Ship
Source: Manhattan By Sail


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32 Vacation Destinations for Individuals with Special Needs

When planning a vacation with a person who has special needs, accessibility is the name of the game: wheelchair accessibility, accessibility to medical needs, a positive sensory environment, accessibility to old interests and new experiences.

VALUABLE  SeniorARK TIP:  Many airlines offer special discounts only to online customers. If you travel frequently between two locations, determine which airlines serve that route. Go to their website and sign up for regular online notification of their sales.  Know that when booking deeply discounted flights, if you cancel there will probably be a significant loss of fare.

If you like hotels with historic ambiance, check out one of the 208 independent hotels and resorts that are members of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. You can visit the Web site and make reservations at www.historichotels.org or order the 2006 directory by sending a $4 check to National Trust/Historic Hotels of America, P.O. Box 320, Washington, D.C. 20055-0320.
Before leaving your area, and certainly before leaving the country, it is very important that you check with your health insurance carrier on the proper procedures to follow in the event of an accident or illness. Even if you are on Medicare, you may have a new Part D prescription supplier. Are you able to refill your meds while on your vacation, or do you need to deal with them in some way before leaving?
Take your medical information with you. Print out a personal medical information form from this seniorark site so you can easily have all of your medical records close at hand.
It seems that pharmacists can only refill your prescriptions within a couple days before they are due. If you will be away for a while, talk with that pharmacist about an early refill in advance of the trip. Or a partial refill to get you by until you return.
The Southwest Air Senior Travel Page states: Senior Passengers and Fares. Travelers 65 years of age or over may get details on fares, limitations, and any restrictions via Reservations on www.southwest.com , from a Southwest Airlines Reservations Sales Agent or a travel agent. Fares are subject to change until tickets are purchased, but Senior Fare tickets are fully refundable. Please see details here for tips on how to make your travel experience on Southwest Airlines even easier.
If it is convenient to your travel plans, mid-day and mid-week travel times are less crowded and afford more personal service. Prices may also be lower.
Make sure the city shown on your baggage claim ticket and luggage tag matches your final destination (ending city on your journey).
Be sure to put you name address and phone number on a permanent tag on your luggage. Some airlines suggest that you put it on the outside AND inside of each piece. Luggage gets lost. I put information in a leather tag--  backwards, so it will only be read by someone who really needs to know. I have heard that some people put ID only INSIDE each piece of luggage. I guess the concern is that baggage people will note who is on vacation, and contact a thief in the area. Anything is possible.
A lot of luggage looks alike. Put some kind of bright color on the outside handle like yellow yarn so you will have a better chance to recognize your bags when you arrive.
Do you need a wheelchair, special help or equipment?  Call your airline in advance to discuss your options. Is there a medical reason why you may need special seating? Call ahead.
Leave all jewelry, furs, medicine, eyeglasses, airplane tickets, money, passports, camera equipment, and other valuables out of checked luggage. Carry these items with you
Take a statement from your physician detailing any particular problems, allergies, and the like, and a copy of medication and eyeglass prescriptions. Anticipate any medication you may need and carry it with you (don't pack it). (You may find the SeniorArk forms helpful)
Make a list of the items in your luggage and carry that list with you (don't pack it)
The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) is suggesting that you do not lock your luggage in the event that they need to open it for additional inspection. If you choose to lock your luggage and the TSA must forcibly open your bag via cutting your lock, you assume liability for any damage to your luggage as a result. The TSA is suggesting that to help prevent damage, if you want to fasten the zipper on your luggage in some manner, you might want to use plastic zip ties or cable ties

f you have medications that you need to take with you on a trip, be sure they are in the original Rx container. Don't put vitamins in with the meds! Take your vitamins in the original containers. I know it's a bit more difficult, but it will be WAY simpler at Customs if you do it that way. Yes, labs can ascertain that what you're carrying is legally yours... but do you really need to wait for them to test it??

f you're going on a trip, most medications can be refilled if you just tell your pharmacist what you're doing. Most RX's can be refilled for a vacation well in advance of their "refill date". The only ones that are normally questioned are for narcotics (painkillers, et al.), but even they can be filled for a trip with your doctor's okay.       Rivahcat,  Virginia

Discover America's best-kept vacation secret: Dynamic gateway to the Midwest. Fun things to do, restaurants, events, museums, ...: Art All Night...Duquesne Incline...Carnegie Science Center...Riverboat Rides...National Aviary ...Planetarium...Sandcastle...Strip-District...International Rooms...Mt Washington...Rolling.Countryside...Incredible.Downtown.Shopping... Steelers...Pirates...Penguins..,Amish communities nearby

Bob Young of Missouri commented on his suggestion for "America's best-kept" vacation secret": "I was given directions to go through there from Fort Smith back to  MO. where I live, and I could not get over how beautiful the  Boston Mountains were there in Northern Arkansas, and when I saw Eureka, Arkansas I could not believe my eyes. The signs said Little Switzerland and I thought that was b.s.,until I saw all the homes along the mountain sides." Thanks Bob
Look on the individual airlines sites. A lot of airlines are offering their best fares on their own Web sites. (SeniorARK airline sites pages) Log on early and often, including weekends. The key times to check online are 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. weekdays and 4 p.m. on weekends, local time. If you don't have time to constantly monitor deals, Hobica runs a Web site, airfarewatchdog.com, which tracks the constant changes and posts deals.
If you are on Medicare and plan to travel abroad, here is an important article for you to read.
Too much walking at the zoo in your hometown? Take an online trip to the San Diego Zoo.
26. Save gas and take a virtual online Field Trip from the comfort of your home.
Look for free tours at interesting places such as factories and museums. You’ll have fun while you learn. Find children’s museums or centers with interactive displays. Many are educational.

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Farecast.com not only searches for a flight for you, but it actually suggests whether or not you should buy now or wait for a later date. Red and orange arrows predict the price for the flight will rise, blue says it's expected to stay the same, but the green arrows predict the price will actually go down. It also has a chart tracking the price of the ticket over the last 48 days.

Yapta.com is also another travel site that you may want to check out. This site will actually track your flight before and after you buy it, and if the price goes down, even after you've paid, it tells you how you can get some money back.

Pick up some frugal summer travel tips at: http://www.frugalyankee.com/node/487
Money-Saving Tips for Summer Vacation Travel
Online Services: www.SmarterTravel.com and other alert services provide e-mail notifications about low fares and last-minute specials based on your preferences. www.SkyAuction.com offers travel specials with an e-Bay style bidding that begins at $1.Search engines include www.Priceline.com, www.Travelocity.com and www.Cheaptickets.com. Use multiple sites; compare prices because fares constantly shift.

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