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Travel Talk: Vacation and weather: can’t have one without the other

Saturday, September 27, 2014

In my mind, vacation and weather are inextricably intertwined. It’s really hard to think about one without thinking about the other. Everyone wants the weather on their vacation to be grand – whatever that might mean for your particular vacation. Snow for skiing, cool and sunny for touring the major capitals of Europe, warm and sunny for beaches in the …

Travel Talk: When traveling abroad, prepare for the worst

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A successful trip depends on a lot of planning and a bit of luck – luck of the good variety. And when the other kind of luck happens, that nasty wrong-place-at-the-wrong-time type, planning can make all the difference in the world. Now suppose the person traveling is a child or grandchild, abroad and alone on the increasingly popular “gap year” or a similar …

Travel Talk: Some travel tips can be life-changing

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Readers and friends often email me about travel. Sometimes they ask specific questions and sometimes they offer links to interesting travel information. Last week, a friend sent me a link titled “40 Must-see Travel Tips That will Change Your life Forever” ( and A bit of an exaggeration, perhaps, but it was …

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, 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 …

Travel Talk: Transport yourself anywhere in the world via your television

Sunday, May 26, 2013

If you’re like most people, there are places you’d love to experience, but just won’t get to for whatever reason. Perhaps  time, perhaps money . . . perhaps you like the idea of being somewhere, but can’t abide the actual process of getting there. Planes, trains . . …

It’s cruising season at Lake Winnipesaukee

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Bud and I had a chance to attend the annual shakedown cruise of the M/S Mount Washington last Monday, and if great weather and great spirits are indicators, 2013 will be a terrific season for excursions on New …

Travel Talk: Good luck – and good planning – when you apply for a passport

Monday, April 22, 2013

If you need to get a passport for yourself, good luck! The process is driven by detailed protocols, documents, applications and image requirements. If your kids need passports, well . . . my heart goes out to you! You need all of the above. . . plus both …