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Mar/Apr 2014 Issue

Anniversaries, events fuel busy season for European travel

Europe is poised for a robust travel season this year. Anniversaries as diverse as World War II and British pop music, plus the yearlong Homecoming Scotland 2014 celebration, may draw a large number of tourists across the ocean.

The 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France, will be observed in June 2014. Related sites include the D-Day and the Overlord Embroidery Museum in Portsmouth, England. The historic D-Day beaches are a ferry ride across the English Channel.

It was 50 years ago this spring when the Beatles left Liverpool for the United States, and the pop music world here was forever changed.

Music fans interested in making a pilgrimage to New York to see Beatle-related sites and then over to Liverpool, England, to see the birthplace of The Beatles will want to check out The Beatles Story museum. In addition to the other Fab Four sites, including Penny Lane or the Cavern Club, the city itself is undergoing a renaissance and offers travelers new shops, restaurants, wine bars, and more.

Another great destination in Great Britain, Scotland is busy with the Year of Homecoming, a collection of events that highlight the best of the country’s food, drink, culture, and ancestral heritage.

So, plan ahead, and enjoy Europe this summer. •

AAA will host a series of travel events for those interested in Europe (view branch events). Call in your RSVP to respective offices.

Omaha Beach memorial remembers those who fought and died on June 6, 1944. Wikimedia Commons photo


Laugh off maddening travel experiences in April

It’s fitting, we suppose, that National Humor Month is in April. After all, April 1 is April Fool’s Day, a day set aside for practical jokes.

National Humor Month was started in 1976 by humorist and author Larry Wilde to heighten awareness of the therapeutic and restorative values of laughter, such as reducing stress and recharging energy levels.

Whether for business or leisure, travel–and its many modern-day challenges–can zap our energy or raise stress levels. But in the spirit of good humor, we present a list of upcoming comedy shows to start that belly laugh going for you.

Veterans of Saturday Night Live (SNL)–Jon Lovitz, Tim Meadows, and Rob Schneider–will be in Biloxi, Miss., on March 22 at the IP Casino Resort & Spa. For the 21 and older set, the show should bring back the laughs from the 1980s.

Timeless comedy that only Bill Cosby can deliver is coming to Forrest City, Ark., on April 5, as well as Tupelo, Miss., on May 10. To catch Cosby in Las Vegas, head to the showroom at Treasure Island, where he’ll be performing March 14, May 23, July 18, Sept. 26, and Nov. 28.

Inventive comedy of Blue Man Group continues at Universal’s CityWalk in Orlando, Fla. The show–which fuses music and multimedia theatrics with comedy–is good for all ages. It’s advisable to get tickets in advance.



Murphy’s Law for frequent flyers

1. No flight ever leaves on time unless you are running late and need the delay to make the flight.
2. If you are running late for a flight, it will depart ment from the farthest gate within the terminal.
3. If you arrive very early for a flight, it inevitably will be delayed.
4. Flights never leave from Gate No. 1 at any terminal in the world.
5. If you must work on your flight, you will experience turbulence as soon as you touch pen to paper.
6. Only passengers seated in window seats ever have to get up to go to the lavatory.

And the travel law that holds true for everyone, anytime:

The less carry-on luggage space available on an aircraft, the more carry-on luggage passengers will bring aboard.

You know you’re at a bad motel when...

... the complimentary paper tells you that President Kennedy has died.


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