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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: 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

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 … 4

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 . . … 0

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 … 0

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 … 0

Travel Talk: Get to know your city at Concord’s visitors’ center

Sunday, April 14, 2013

When Bud and I travel – whether abroad or even in the great state of New Hampshire – we always head straight for a visitors’ center. After all, it’s usually the best one-stop place to get all kinds … 0

Travel Talk: There’s no need to fear the flight

Saturday, April 6, 2013

On one of our homeward flights last week, I noticed a young man with a sickly gray-green pallor. I tried to catch his attention and smile reassuringly, but his eyes were screwed shut. Aha! Fear of flying. . . . in fact, stark terror at being in a … 0

Timeshares, while tricky, sometimes are a good ticket

Sunday, March 17, 2013

How’s this for annoying? You’re on vacation, perhaps on a Caribbean cruise or even on a land-based island vacation. You’re in port and have decided to stroll down the main street of an enchanting waterfront village, perhaps stopping for some fresh fish and a Corona. But before you’ve … 1

Travel Talk: Don’t forget to fine tune your return trip

Monday, March 11, 2013

I get it! When you’re planning a vacation, you’re thinking about getting outta town. Which flights will get you on that beach at the earliest possible moment? Which hotels or resorts have early check-in and speedy transfers? Normally, scrutinizing aspects of the return are very, very low on … 0