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Chase Binder

Travel Talk: How to travel on a budget

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Let me take a wild guess and say that lots of you readers out there have shrinking travel budgets. Gas prices are going up. Airfares were supposed to be easing a bit, but I sure as heck don’t see evidence of it. What to do? Think creatively and be ready to make some compromises. Length of Stay: If you have … 0

Travel Talk: The scariest part of flying? The germs

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Lots of folks are afraid to fly. I get it. In fact, I had horrible fear of flying for several years. Specifically, I was afraid of tumbling out of the sky in an out-of-control spin that would end in a fiery crash. Statistically speaking, it was an irrational fear. According to the odds, … 0

Travel Talk: How to protect your money while traveling

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Ah spring! The daffodils are blooming, lawns are greening up . . . and readers, friends and colleagues are asking how to protect their money on upcoming trips. After all, you can survive without your luggage (at least for a time), you can replace boarding passes with a click of your smart phone, … 0

Travel Talk: When booking rooms, ask the right people the right questions

Sunday, April 27, 2014

We’re back! After a winter of snowbirding with our pooches Maggie and Millie, we’re settled in at home in Bow. But more about what we learned on the road in another column. This column has to be about … 1

Travel Talk: Come up with your upgrade strategy

Sunday, February 9, 2014

I’m grumpy about flying these days. Part of it is just the hassle of the process, but now there’s even more. Bud and I had a decades-long strategy of managing our US Airways frequent flier status to maximize … 0

Travel Talk: Finding balance as a snowbird

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Ah . . . snowbirding: driving down south to a warmer, sunnier climate for a couple of months in the winter to escape just the kind of weather New Hampshire is dishing up this year. Bud and I … 0

Travel Talk: Your travel guide for 2014

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Here we are at the end of 2013, and pundits have started to share their predictions for what 2014 will bring to the world of travel. From mainstream Conde Nast to more obscure travel industry newsletters, opinions differ … 0

Travel Talk: Best gifts for the travelers in your life

Sunday, December 15, 2013

It’s that time again: gift giving! Time to find the perfect gift for the traveler in your life (even if that’s you). I always swoon over the Hammacher Schlemmer catalog (hammacher.com) for nifty items like my own personal submarine or a two-person hovercraft. It doesn’t take long to … 0

Travel Talk: Pick your cruises carefully and comfortably

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Bud and I don’t consider ourselves cruise people. We’ve done eight or 10 over the past 20-odd years – far below some friends and relatives who are up over the 50 mark. Generally, we prefer to be on … 0

Travel Talk: Traveling in circles, and having fun

Sunday, October 27, 2013

There are trips, and then there are trips. Most of my travel over the years has been with Bud and the kids, or Bud and kids and grandkids, or Bud and our group of friends, or just the two of us. Travel is a huge part of our … 0

Travel Talk: Be efficient, comfortable snow birds

Saturday, October 5, 2013

If you’re among the thousands of New Hampshirites planning a road trip to warmer climates this winter, why not do some pre-planning now? Come January, Bud and I are going to reprise our southern road trip of 2011, and we’re thinking back to things we would do differently … 0

Travel Talk: Tips on how to tip, when to tip and who to tip

Sunday, September 15, 2013

For some people, the most stressful aspects of travel are flying, making connections, losing luggage – things with serious snafu potential. That’s me. I worry about things that are generally out of my control. Bud pooh-poohs that and worries about things that he can indeed control. Hence he … 0

Keeping watch over the friendly skies

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Over the past few years we’ve gotten used to mergers of big airlines. Before 2005, fliers could choose from nine major U.S. airlines. Prices were relatively affordable. You could pop over to major European cities (yes, offseason) for less than $600 round trip, including taxes. Airfare sales were … 1

Travel Talk: When flying internationally, it’s all about the booking numbers

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Just try to find a good airfare these days! It is beyond frustrating to find a good balance between price and convenience, especially when you search third-party booking sites like cheapoair.com, kayak.com and the like. Find an appealingly low fare, and chances are the fine print will reveal … 1

Travel Talk: Take care of your furry travel companions

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Bud and I are dog people – well, we also have a wonderful cat, Mariah, a three-legged rescue from the Concord SPCA. But our Standard Poodles, Maggie and Millie, are central to our lives around the house, around town and even when we take extended vacation down south … 0