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Aug 162017

F818D5 Northern Red Anemones and Nodular anemones underwater in the St. Lawrence Estuary in Canada

(NC) Despite space being the “final frontier,” our oceans are an even bigger mystery. We often hear that we know more about the surface of the moon or Mars than the ocean floor. In fact, 95 per cent of the world’s oceans are unexplored.

Oceana, an advocacy group focused on ocean conservation, has been conducting expeditions around the world for more than a decade, discovering marine habitats off the coasts of Europe, the Philippines, Chile and the United States. Now, it’s Canada’s turn.

Alexandra Cousteau—filmmaker and granddaughter of world-renowned explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau— joins Oceana Canada and leading Canadian scientists to explore never-before-seen areas of the sea floor in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The expedition uses some of the most advanced tools in deep-sea exploration to document the incredible diversity of life.

This is the most in-depth visual exploration of the seafloor of the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Canada’s history. For the first time, anyone can take part through a 24-hour live broadcast – from a first-hand view of the seafloor, to daily life on a research vessel and scientists at work in the control room.

According to Cousteau, it’s only through exploring our oceans that we can protect them.

“This expedition continues a legacy that traces its roots back to my grandfather. The expedition team shares the passion that my family has had for generations and are using the latest technology to make research and ocean exploration a reality for all ocean enthusiasts.”

The Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Gulf of Maine are some of the most complex marine ecosystems in the world. They are rich in biodiversity, home to such species as cold-water coral, crusteans like lobster and groundfish like Atlantic cod. They also serve as important feeding grounds for species like endangered right whales and sea turtles.

To view behind-the-scenes expedition footage, visit

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Jul 172017

(BPT) – Summer break is an American institution, and that midyear break is often best enjoyed through travel. This year is no different; in fact, many experts expect this year’s summer travel season to be among the busiest ever. That is particularly true when it comes to air travel.

According to research from Airlines for America, a record 234.1 million passengers are expected to travel by air this summer on United States-based airlines. That figure represents an increase of 4 percent over last year.

So why are so many people taking to the skies? Below are five reasons air travel is going to be hot this season. They might just motivate you to go and book your trip.

* More disposable income. An increase in the United States’ gross domestic product, coupled with a lower unemployment rate, means more Americans have disposable income they can use to travel. Trips that were once considered road destinations are now being targeted for flights, allowing travelers to spend more time at their final destination and less time trying to get there.

* Increased entertainment options. The days of planning to simply sleep on a plane are over. Travelers now have access to fast, consistent and global in-flight Wi-Fi with Inmarsat’s GX Aviation, powered by Honeywell’s JetWave hardware so they can stream their favorite Netflix shows, YouTube videos and even use Facebook Live. This advancement provides high-speed, in-flight Wi-Fi with the reliability travelers are used to having at home or in the office. And best of all, this Wi-Fi is the first service to span the globe, meaning you can stay connected traveling at 35,000 feet around the world.

* Reduced travel expenses. Air flight used to be seen as a luxury expense, but that is no longer true. Improved airline efficiency and increased competition in the market have sent the price of airline travel down for several years. The reasonable price of crude oil has also helped keep airfare a much more affordable option for summer travels than it was even five years ago.

* A more comfortable, reliable flight. A flight delay or turbulence can start any summer trip on a negative note. According to a recent survey by YouGov, 47 percent of U.S. adults who’ve flown in the past 12 months are most frustrated by late arrivals or departures while 35 percent said on-time arrivals and departures would make them most excited to fly again. Improved technology is reducing those risks while making the entire flight more comfortable. Honeywell’s GoDirect Weather provides data that pilots can access through a mobile app to find real-time weather reports along their flight path. GoDirect Weather also provides crowd-sourced, real-time weather data that’s shared from other planes flying in the sky. Pilots can then use this data to adjust their flight paths in response to the conditions they will face, meaning fewer flight delays and a safer, smoother flight for travelers.

* Still the safest way to travel. You’ve heard the statistics that you’re more likely to suffer a fatal collision on your way to the airport than in the air, and it’s true. Every year, the number of fatalities associated with flying dramatically pales in comparison with driving, and this trend is expected to continue. New flight technologies introduced every year are helping pilots avoid bad weather and overcome maintenance problems that can cause airline accidents, resulting in an increased number of safe, uneventful flights. So plan your vacation with a flight in mind. It’s a secure, quick way to make the most of your summer trip this year.

Read more about Honeywell Aerospace on the Follow the Aero blog.

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Jun 272017

By []Richard Hsu

Nowadays, air travel is no longer as fun and inexpensive as it used to be since 911, thanks to tighter airport security checks. This is especially true for senior travelers with limited mobility challenges. Enhanced security measures will require you to do some simple planning in advance that can make your air travel more enjoyable, healthier, and cheaper. Here are some tips to help you achieve those goals:

  1. Book a direct (non-stop) flight whenever possible. This will eliminate the trouble and stress of maneuvering through a crowded airport and possibly missing your connection due to delays with the originating flight.

  2. Make your flight schedule known to friends and family members who drop you off or pick you up. If possible, provide specific instructions, such as the exact date, time, and location to meet you.

  3. Take advantage of airline assistance. Notify your airline ahead of time if you require a wheelchair or other types of help to and from the plane. Airline staff can assist you in getting your baggage and finding your connecting flight.

  4. Allow yourself extra time to arrive at the airport as well as to find your security entrance and departure gate.

  5. Pack important travel items with your carry-on in case your checked luggage gets lost. These items include daily medications, travel-related documents (passport and ID), phone chargers, energy snacks, clean underwear, toothbrush/toothpaste, and any valuables (camera, jewelry, computer, and so forth). Use a packing checklist to ensure you do forget anything.

  6. During the long flight, drink at least several cups of water to avoid dehydration. Try get up to do some stretching whenever allowed or simply walk up and down the aisle for a few minutes. This is believed to lower your risk of developing DVT (deep vein thrombosis) and leg cramps. If you bring a water bottle, be sure it is empty before going through security and fill it at a water fountain before boarding.

To help save money on your airfare, you can…


Sign up for airline and travel newsletters and deal alerts.

Book tickets at least 1 month in advance. If possible, pick your flights in off-peak seasons and look into alternate airports.

Be flexible with your dates. For example, the savings can often be significant if you are willing to depart on a Tuesday morning rather than a Friday evening. Try to fly on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday because more seats are available on these days and such flights have correspondingly lower fares.

Pay attention to fees. Airlines now tend to charge fees for things like checked baggage, food, and seating assignments, so consider packing only two carry-on items and bringing your own snacks to save additional fees.

Always check the details and restrictions when buying a flight. If you cannot find the fine print on the website, call the airline.


This article is written by Richard Hsu, VP of Marketing at, an emerging online travel agency that helps senior travelers (age 50+) find the best possible travel deals to enjoy more travels for less

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Jun 112017

By []Richard Hsu

Looking for best types of travel for seniors?

There isn’t one ‘type’ of travel for anybody, but as we age, our interests age beautifully, like wine! Instead of the conventional type of travel that you have pursued in your younger years, you might find some interest in these suggestions for after retirement:


Taking a trip on a nice, relaxing cruise is one of the most ideal types of travel for seniors. Spend a few days or even a week relaxing in the ocean or even on a river cruise! River cruises offer seniors to visit little towns along the river’s bank as well as a magnificent view from the boat itself. Be sure to go seek out senior discounts, check out the senior-only onboard activities, and purchase travel insurance to provide coverage for an unforeseen illness or injury.

Educational Tours

Companies like Road Scholar offer thousands of educational tours for people from all walks of life, including baby boomers and mature seniors. These tours are unlike regular tours- they focus primarily on the spreading of knowledge as they are scholars themselves. They carry the passion of scholars that is intriguing for all.

Small Group Travelling

Travelling with a large tourist herd may be overwhelming to seniors, as there is generally a faster pace of touring. With a smaller group (typically, 12-24 people), there is more focused attention on the individuals and tour guides can give more thorough descriptions of the landmarks. The smaller groups can offer more flexibility and freedom when travelling and a more personal and authentic experience overall.

Train Tours

A train tour allows seniors to conveniently eat and sleep on the train and stop at various stations for short sightseeing excursions. It enables seniors to enjoy historic routes such as the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Some train, including Amtrak trains offer private compartments that include private shower stalls. California will always be a great location for train tours. These train tours often venture through the beautiful valleys of California or through mountains in many areas, including Canada.

Volunteer Travelling

By post-retirement, many seniors often feel as though they haven’t spent enough of their time giving back to the community. A great way make the best of both worlds is to combine travelling and volunteering! Seniors often realize that many of their lifelong skills they learned during their youth can be passed on to the next generation- something that can be fulfilled through volunteer travel.

This article is written by Richard Hsu, VP of Marketing at, an emerging online travel agency that helps senior travelers (age 50+) find the best possible travel deals to enjoy more travels for less.

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Jun 042017

(NC) Travelling by air in the busy summer season can be challenging, especially for seniors with limited mobility or

Thursday, September 15, 2016 – Calgary, Alberta – Calgary International Airport (YYC) is shown on Thursday, September 15, 2016 for security protocol and how non-passengers screening works for The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority. Photo by CHRIS BOLIN / For CATSA –

specific medical needs. Here, the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority shares their top tips and information that can make the passage through security a little easier.

Most liquids, aerosols and gels in carry-on baggage must be in containers of 100 millilitres or less, but this rule doesn’t apply to prescription and over-the-counter medications. To assist screening officers, leave these items in the original manufacturer’s packaging or with pharmaceutical labels intact so they can be easily identified.

While passengers are often limited to one or two carry-on bags, medical supplies, equipment and mobility aids don’t count toward that limit.

For those with mobility issues, CATSA has ceramic canes available to traverse the walk through the metal detectors. Passengers in wheelchairs or with implanted medical devices — such as pacemakers, ostomies or joint replacements — have additional options and should communicate their needs clearly with screening officers. A private search is available on request.

Find more air-travel tips on CATSA’s website. Agents will also take questions toll-free at 1-888-294-2202 during regular business hours.

May 282017

Thursday, September 15, 2016 – Calgary, Alberta – Calgary International Airport (YYC) is shown on Thursday, September 15, 2016 for security protocol and how non-passengers screening works for The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority. Photo by CHRIS BOLIN / For CATSA –

(NC) Travelling in the summer, the busiest time of year at Canada’s airports, can mean longer lines. Here are some tips to speed things up before you even leave for the airport recommended by the experts at the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority.

Dress for screening success. Avoid wearing large metallic accessories, such as heavy jewelry, big belt buckles and shoes with metal pieces that will set off the metal detector.

Pack for security. Place small electronics in your carry-on and leave them there for screening. Only large items like laptops and game consoles need to be taken out and placed in bins. If you’re packing liquids, aerosols or gels in your carry-on, make sure they’re in quantities of 100 millilitres or less and are placed together in a clear, resealable one litre plastic bag. Medications, as well as liquids for children under two years of age (such as milk and juice), are exempt from this rule, but any other liquids exceeding the limit must be packed in checked baggage.

Arrive early. This is especially important during busy periods, like summer and the holidays. Giving yourself plenty of time to get through security will reduce stress and allow you time to enjoy the airport amenities.

Ask questions. You can check out CATSA’s website or mobile app for more tips to help you breeze through security. You can contact them on Facebook and Twitter to ask questions if you need clarification or more info.

Feb 192017

(NC) Whether your travel style is more sun, sand and fun or learn, explore and history, everyone can use a vacation this time of year. Check out these tips for a memorable, stress-free adventure.

  1. Do your research. Want a break from it all, but don’t know where to go? Sunny destinations are popular, but do some research on what else cities and countries offer, like shopping, cultural attractions, and favourable currency exchange rates. Many airlines and travel sites also have great savings at this time of year for flights and hotel packages. Take time to compare ( a great deal may be all it takes to make your decision.

  2. Think outside the box. Most vacationers are heading south, but do you actually enjoy winter weather and activities? If so, don’t be tempted to hop on the bikini weather bandwagon. European cities are often slightly warmer than here, and are beautiful in the snow with plenty of museums, attractions, and events to keep you busy. Or visit a Canadian destination for days filled with skiing, snowboarding, or skating and cozy evenings by the fireplace.

  3. Check out clothing sales. Visiting somewhere new often requires a bit of a wardrobe overhaul, adding key pieces like swimsuits or sturdy walking shoes. Most retailers suffer a slow season after the holidays, meaning great sales on upcoming spring and summer collections for you. Depending on where you’re headed, you can also take advantage of clearance winter items or basics that you can wear almost anywhere.

  4. Pack smart. Always include your contact information and your destination contact information inside and outside each piece of checked baggage. This helps identify baggage if any outside tag is damaged or lost. Always keep essential and valuable items with you on board, such as your passport, identification and return tickets, medicines and medical devices, money, jewellery, electronic equipment, and essential overnight items.

  5. Know where to go for air travel help. Unfortunately, sometimes the perfect winter getaway can turn into something less than ideal if you experience flight disruptions and delays; lost, delayed or damaged baggage; or denied boarding or bumping due to overbooking. If you have one of these problems, you can file a complaint with the Canadian Transportation Agency. Their job is to help resolve complaints between passengers and airlines. Find more information online at

Jan 302017

(NC) If you’re planning an escape from one of the harshest winters in recent memory, check out these clever tips that benefit both seasoned travellers and first-time explorers alike.

  1. Understand your passenger rights. The tariff is the contract of carriage between you and your air carrier. It covers your rights and obligations as a passenger and your carrier’s rights and its responsibilities to you.

  2. Check in early. Carriers are offering more and more convenient ways for passengers to check in and obtain boarding passes for their flights, including via the internet or from mobile devices. When available, check in online up to 24 hours in advance of your flight. Arrive at the airport early to check in, drop off your baggage, get through the security screening process. Then take a seat, power up your device and take advantage of the airport’s free Wi-Fi to ensure you’re available for boarding at the gate in good time.

  3. Know the fare rules for your ticket and who to contact if things for awry. Note or print the fare rules before purchasing and carry them with you when you travel ( Keep your travel agent or airline’s contact information on hand to easily access in an emergency.

  4. Call ahead. From carrying sports equipment and musical instruments, to dietary restrictions, medical conditions and disability-related needs, most carriers require up to 48 hours’ notice to accommodate special requests.

  5. Know your baggage allowance. Each carrier sets out its own limits for carry-on and checked baggage, and some charge extra for checked bags. Find out about limits and fees early to avoid surprises at check-in.

  6. Pack wisely. Include your contact information and your destination contact information inside and outside each piece of baggage. Always carry essential and valuable items with you on board ( your passport, identification and return tickets; medicines and medical devices; money, jewellery and electronic equipment; and essential overnight items.

  7. Have all travel documents organized. It’s your responsibility to have the proper travel documents to enter a foreign country and return to Canada. Consult the diplomatic mission of each country you intend to visit for its entry requirements. Ensure that the name on your I.D. is the same as on your airline ticket.

  8. Consider insurance. Include protection against baggage loss, delay, damage or theft; trip cancellation or interruption; personal injury or death; and sufficient medical coverage.

  9. Don’t miss your flight. When available, pre-select your seat in advance of departure. Confirm your return flight at least 72 hours in advance. Check your flight’s status for departure time changes and cancellations at least 24 hours before departure and leaving for the airport and provide your airline with your local contact information.

  10. Know where to find help. If you experience a problem while flying, you can file a complaint with the Canadian Transportation Agency. Their job is to help resolve complaints between passengers and airlines. Find more information online at

Dec 292016

(BPT) – When booking a sea cruise vacation, it may seem like a good idea to schedule your flight to the port of departure for the same morning your ship sets sail.

A same-day flight might appear to save you time and money, but travel experts warn this could turn into an expensive mistake. Should airline delays keep you from getting to the port on time, you could end up shelling out hundreds more dollars to book another flight, just so you can catch up to your ship at the next port of call.

In addition, the panic and worry that set in from even the smallest hiccup in your tight travel schedule can defeat the idea of a vacation. To start your relaxing ocean getaway in the right frame of mind, give yourself and your family an extra pre-cruise day in your cruise line’s port city. If everything goes as planned and you arrive the day before your ship casts off, your vacation can start early, too. Use the extra time to explore and kick back. You’ll find the home ports for these cruise ships are set up to accommodate and welcome cruise travelers.

For example, if your ship happens to launch from Florida’s Port Canaveral, the world’s second-busiest cruise port, you’ll discover many area hotels have cruise package deals that include free parking, special nightly rates and even free shuttle transportation to and from the port and to and from the airport.

You’ll also find plenty to see and do locally. Cape Canaveral, near the Kennedy Space Center, is part of the east-central section of Florida popularly known as the Space Coast. Here, there are numerous attractions and other entertaining diversions that can help create the perfect countdown to your cruise to paradise.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

For visitors, the eye-opening facility that has propelled countless rockets and scores of shuttles out of our atmosphere also provides a full day’s worth of exhibits and hands-on learning about space exploration. Eyeball a 3-D image produced by one of NASA’s powerful space telescopes, inspect the Space Shuttle Atlantis up close, and “experience” life on Mars through an interactive display. Of course, there are plenty of space memorabilia to examine and fascinating astronaut stories to absorb, all of which will round out your appreciation of what NASA has accomplished so far – and what is yet to come.

Rocket watching

While planning your overnight along the Space Coast, be sure to check for schedules of rocket launches, public viewing sites, and special hotel packages. If you’re lucky, you might have an opportunity to witness the sights, sounds and ground-shaking vibrations of a rocket launch. Cape Canaveral and the greater Space Coast area have numerous parks and observation points that make it easy to sit back and watch these rockets streak into the sky.

Shopping, arts and entertainment

The Space Coast features many historic shopping districts to help you leisurely pass the time morning, afternoon and evening. You can dine al fresco at one of the trendy independent restaurants or pick out a catchy new cruise outfit at a local boutique. The area also has a lively arts scene to help inspire you for your trip. Take in a pre-cruise musical performance or theater production at the Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse, or wander the assorted art galleries that dot the Eau Gallie Arts District.

Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier

A historic landmark along a beautiful stretch of beachfront, the Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier was established in 1962. Its festival-like setting is the perfect backdrop for any traveler’s early escape from reality: beachside restaurants and bars with live entertainment, an 800-foot fishing pier, spectacular views of the majestic cruise ships coming and going, rolling waves breaking and beautiful bodies surfing, the sparkling beach and the glorious sunshine. What could be better?

Coastal escapades

You also can elude the crowds and pilot your own escapade along the area’s beautiful waterways. It’s easy to rent a boat and navigate the rivers and canals. You can look for dolphins and manatees or drop anchor at an island for a family barbecue and swim. Cast your line into the Banana River, pull into Sebastian Inlet State Park for snorkeling and scuba diving, or simply enjoy the journey and tie up at a waterside restaurant when hunger sets in.

For planning some Space Coast fun and relaxation before you set off to sea on your cruise ship, you can peruse an extensive collection of local tourism ideas and resources at

Dec 172016

(BPT) – If you love to travel, chances are you have a bucket list filled with once-in-a-lifetime destinations you simply cannot wait to visit, whether you dream of exploring the homeland of your ancestors, cities renowned for their culinary feats, or a place known for its wildlife.

If your focus is the latter, no bucket list is complete without an authentic African safari that provides the opportunity to step into the native habitats of Africa’s big five animals, rare birds, and great apes. If this type of intimate animal experience is on your must-do travel list, here are five reasons Uganda is the perfect destination for your African adventure.

You can get up close and personal with mountain gorillas and chimpanzees

Uganda is home to more than half the world’s population of endangered mountain gorillas, and trekking to see these majestic creatures in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is a top bucket list item for nature enthusiasts. The country is also a prime location for those hoping to catch sight of chimpanzees, as Budongo Forest Reserve is home to 700 of these playful primates, including three groups that have been habituated and can be visited by humans.

See it all at Murchison Falls National Park

You can see it all at Murchison Falls National Park, which is a four-hour drive northwest of the capital city of Kampala. Bisected by the Nile River, Murchison Falls boasts 76 species of mammals and 451 species of birds. The park is home to iconic African game such as elephants, lions, leopards, buffaloes and giraffes, as well as river-loving animals like crocodiles and hippopotamuses. The dramatic falls, created by a remnant rift that plunges water 150 feet down the valley wall, provide a picture perfect photo opportunity.

Catch a glimpse of the southern white rhino at Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranch

Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranch is home to 15 southern white rhinoceroses and is the only place in Uganda to see this majestic creature. The ranch, a collaborative effort between the Uganda Wildlife Authority and Rhino Fund Uganda, serves as a sanctuary where the animals can live and breed in a protected environment. In addition to the rhinos, more than 40 species of mammals, reptiles, and birds call Ziwa home. Those who visit leave invigorated by the power of conservation and the work the ranch is doing to protect its residents for generations to come.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is for the birds, and you

Bird is the word at Queen Elizabeth National Park in southwestern Uganda, where 600 different species of birds can be found – more than any other park on the eastern half of the continent. Here, you will have a chance to see some of Africa’s most sensational birds such as the Shoebill, African Broadbill, Martial Eagle, Black-rumped Buttonquail, African Skimmer and Pink-backed Pelican.

Seize the opportunity to enjoy authentic, immersive cultural experiences

Uganda is home to more than 50 distinct tribes, and meeting individuals from any of them offers a unique opportunity to experience their way of life and make lasting personal connections. Join the Batwa Experience for a glimpse into the living history of a tribe that once called Uganda’s forests home. You can also learn the art of basket weaving or beekeeping from communities across Uganda who use these arts to sustain their villages. A number of lodges connect travelers directly to these local communities, providing the chance to experience unique cultural performances of dance, music and song that will leave a lasting impression on your heart and soul.

Uganda is often referred to as “The Pearl of Africa,” and those who visit quickly understand why. Some of the continent’s most diverse wildlife viewing, dramatic landscapes, and mesmerizing cultural interactions await adventurous travelers, and there is no better time to plan a visit than right now. To get started, head to and begin preparing for the African adventure of a lifetime.

IMAGE CAPTIONS: ——————————————- Caption 1: Mountain Gorilla trekking in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of the world’s top wildlife experiences. Caption 2: The Nile River spills over Murchison Falls in Uganda’s largest and oldest conservation area.

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