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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: 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. … 0

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 … 0

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 … 0

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 … 0

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 … 0

'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 … 0

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 … 0