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Chase Binder

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 free upgrades on domestic and European routes, as well as to secure virtually free first-class seats on flights to Oceania, Southeast Asia … 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 dipped our figurative toes in the concept a couple of years ago and decided to … 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 a bit – but there is also a lot of agreement. Prices: There’s a tentative … 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

Travel Talk: A few ways to increase your chances in surviving a plane crash

Sunday, July 14, 2013

I admit it . . . as much as I love to fly, the recent Asiana Airlines crash in San Francisco has me a bit unnerved and thinking about airline safety. I know I don’t have any control over factors such as weather, pilot preparedness or even sometimes … 0

Travel Talk: Know your insurance policies before you take off

Sunday, July 7, 2013

To me, insurance is a confounding subject – full of exclusionary fine print and backed somehow by actuarial numbers seemingly designed to make sure the company rarely (if ever) has to pay if something goes wrong for the insured. Now apply the concept of insurance to the world … 0

Travel Talk: From ice cream to photography, New Hampshire offers variety of travel itineraries

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Some of my fondest childhood memories are of Sunday afternoon drives with my parents and siblings, wandering about the Connecticut countryside. Back in those days, gas was 25 cents a gallon. The main attractions were nice scenery, perhaps a stop for a swim in a lake or stream, … 0

Travel Talk: Know your SPFs, UVAs and UVBs for the summer

Sunday, June 9, 2013

When I was growing up in New England, the word “sunblock” hadn’t yet been coined. In fact, companies marketed their products as “sun tanning” oils, creams and lotions – all designed to enhance your tan. Block the sun? No way! The more sun, the better! I remember wrapping … 0