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Travel Talk
Chase Binder

Travel Talk: It’s the perfect time to plan that road trip you’ve dreaming of

Sunday, November 23, 2014

If you haven’t noticed, gas prices are at their lowest in four years. Even better, industry wizards predict that the prices will stay low throughout 2015. At the same time, airfares are so high that Bud and I don’t like to even think about booking flights anywhere. And fares aren’t about to go down anytime soon – airlines have found …

Travel Talk: Ephemeral immersion abroad

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Friends recently emailed to say that they’re headed to Spain for three weeks. Fun – and not unusual for this globe-trotting couple. But the purpose of the trip piqued my interest. They’ll be scouting locations and planning details for a three-month stay they’re planning for fall 2015. It’s a bucket-list thing, to spend …

Travel Talk: Avoid a potential nightmare scenario – always pack your ID

Sunday, October 26, 2014

A few days before I travel – international or domestic, it doesn’t matter – I have the same nightmare. It goes like so: I finally weave through a long line and arrive at airport security, and as I present my boarding pass, I realize I forgot my passport or ID. There isn’t time …

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 …

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 …