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Chase Binder

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” (pulptastic.com and distractify.com). A bit of an exaggeration, perhaps, but it was …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

TRAVEL TALK: Keep those passports close by

Monday, March 4, 2013

As Bud and I were just beginning out trip to Burma – in fact, before we were even out of the USA – we witnessed a passport “incident” that reminded us (yet again) of the three most important rules about your passport. Rule number one: don’t lose it. …

Travel Talk: iPad makes lining up a rental easy and quick

Monday, January 21, 2013

Oh, alright . . . Bud and I are iPad converts now. We get the whole tap and pinch and flick thing. A dash to Florida last weekend to check out potential rentals for next winter did the trick. Our requirements were fairly specific. Most important, we’ll have …

Travel Talk: Before your next big trip, do some research

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Whether it’s domestic or foreign, travel presents the opportunity to learn about new cultures, experience the stunning variety of geography around the world, and even get a history lesson or two. Bud and I have found that more …

Travel Talk: Keep your weight in check while traveling

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Some people can go on vacation and indulge in all manner of eating and drinking without gaining an ounce. Sadly, Bud and I don’t belong to that fortunate group. Beignets in New Orleans, Pina Coladas in the Caribbean and those yummy sauces in Paris – no matter! For …

Travel Talk: Make an educated choice when it comes to credit cards

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Every year about this time, Bud and I do a credit card “review” to make sure we have the best deal possible on the cards that work best for our lifestyle and travel plans. Why now? It’s anniversary time! We first got our main card (an airline affinity …

'Question is, should you stay or should you go?'

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Bud and I both have serious cases of electionitis avoidis gravis. In 2008, we spent much of the run-up to the national elections in Australia. It was delightfully free of political ads as well as fascinating to get the Aussie take on all the hoo-ha. This time around …

Going overseas? Check your visa

Sunday, September 2, 2012

‘ I adore interesting statistics and the September issue of Conde Nast Traveler has a fascinating mega-display of international travel stats (pages 95-98). Would you believe New Hampshire made the display? Seems that while the number of Americans holding passports has tripled to almost 13 million, the percentage …