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Travel Talk

Travel Talk: This service provides an easy – and speedy – way to recover lost items

Sunday, March 1, 2015

I wrote my very first Travel Talk column in Dec. 2007. It was about my much-loved cell phone, a dandy of a flip phone, which fell out of my pocket onto my seat on the first leg of a trip to London. We figured it out in the lounge in Philly, waiting for our Gatwick connection. Bud took over, ran to customer service and ultimately got my phone back – …

Travel Talk: Technology can help steer you in the right direction on a road trip

Saturday, January 24, 2015

With gas prices at an amazingly low level, I bet lots of you readers are planning road trips this year. And with technology advancing at warp speed and prices for tech gadgets dropping fast, I have no doubt that lots of you will rely on a GPS, whether it is a hand-held or in-dash version, to help you navigate the highways and byways. …

Travel Talk: Some tips so you can hit the road like a pro

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Bud and I just finished a 1,500-mile drive south to Florida. It’s our third year being snowbirds, and you’d think we’ve have the routine down pat . . . nary a problem the entire way to Cape Coral. But . . . not! Whether it was overconfidence, or just inattention to details, we had a few problems that could have gone very bad. …

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 …

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 …