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Travel Talk: It’s the perfect time to plan that road trip you’ve dreaming of

Sunday, November 23, 2014

If you haven’t noticed, gas prices are at their lowest in four years. Even better, industry wizards predict that the prices will stay low throughout 2015. At the same time, airfares are so high that Bud and I don’t like to even think about booking flights anywhere. And fares aren’t about to go down anytime soon – airlines have found …

Travel Talk: Ephemeral immersion abroad

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Friends recently emailed to say that they’re headed to Spain for three weeks. Fun – and not unusual for this globe-trotting couple. But the purpose of the trip piqued my interest. They’ll be scouting locations and planning details for a three-month stay they’re planning for fall 2015. It’s a bucket-list thing, to spend …

Travel Talk: Avoid a potential nightmare scenario – always pack your ID

Sunday, October 26, 2014

A few days before I travel – international or domestic, it doesn’t matter – I have the same nightmare. It goes like so: I finally weave through a long line and arrive at airport security, and as I present my boarding pass, I realize I forgot my passport or ID. There isn’t time …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

Travel Talk: Job well done on Concord-Manchester airport bus service!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Great travel news is rare indeed. That’s one of the reasons I’m thrilled to be writing about the scheduled bus service between Concord and the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport that will start July 1. This has potential to be a real game-changer for airport patrons – both departing and …