Author Archive: Susan Kohlback
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This is a love/hate time of year for me. I’m incredibly excited waiting for the roads near our house in Maine to burst into show stopping color. A sunny morning takes my breath away and makes me glad to be alive. Then of course there is the realization that the warm days of summer are […]
Thanks to Sue A. from Hudson for telling us about this great site! Backseats are for poking, teasing, squirming and driving parents to distraction€¦.which is a very bad thing when you’re driving!! Rather than turn your kids into video zombies by pulling down a display screen, check out 4Kids2Go for neat kids’ activity travel kits […]
Here’s a great safety tip for all you road warriors and for those who drive down to Florida each year. You’ll often need to stay in motel style properties where the doors face the parking lot. Park your car just outside the door with headlights facing the door. Place your car keys on the nightstand […]
For years choosing a rail pass has been a puzzle for even the best travel planners. Do you need a pass that combines two countries, is regional, maybe a global extravaganza of 18 countries? Should it be a Flexi pass stretching over several months, or will your travel be done in two weeks? How about […]
Venice officials are fed up with littering and loitering in St. Mark’s Square and surrounding areas, so they have enacted new strict rules for tourists and locals alike. Unless you want to be slapped with a fine of up to 500 Euros, forget about buying local delicacies for a picnic lunch to eat while enjoying […]
When you read the words€¦St. Tropez, Cannes, Monte Carlo, €¦.what comes to mind? String bikinis, Grand Prix Formula One racing, mega luxury yachts, the Cannes Film Festival, Sean Connery at the baccarat table, living life like the rich and famous? WELL your ship has come in (so to speak). On May 18, 2008, the luxury […]
We’re just back from our first in-depth visit to Vancouver, British Columbia. What a beautiful city!! Of course it helped that we had great weather (Vancouver can be rainy, similar to Seattle and Portland), but for us the sun shone and we took advantage of every minute. Here are our impressions and recommendations:
It sounded like such a great idea€¦. Instead of paper traveler’s checks, globetrotters could preload funds onto a plastic cheque card and use it like a credit card and in ATM machines around the world. Apparently the concept of traveler’s checks is on the wain, since €œdue to market conditions€ American Express is discontinuing support […]
Dubai is calling… pictures of over the top luxurious hotels, private islands shaped like palms, poems, and world continents, indoor skiing, man made surfing beaches – it’s a party paradise right?? WRONG! A strategy to attract the wealth of the region (and the world) has brought Dubai to the pinnacle of attention in lux media […]
Envisioning your long awaited vacation to Hawaii paints a different picture for each of us. While I imagine wonderful beach walks followed by leisurely stops to sample local cuisine, sipping a tropical cocktail while listening to the sweet strum of a ukulele, others may yearn to swish through canyons at lightening speeds while sightseeing in […]
Never leave home without it! One of the first things I throw in my bag is a medical first aid kit, and some very important home remedies. Here are my tips on the best choices.
A fabulous trip report by Sally H. from Boston When my children were young and I needed to get out of the house for a summer’s day adventure, I would head for Martha’s Vineyard for the day. Surprised? It’s not as far as it seems from the Greater Boston area.
You all know those moments; especially when traveling with children, a little too much water and you are looking for the nearest bathroom. Well, believe it or not, you can find one anytime, anywhere thanks to TheBathroomDiaries.com.
Independent travelers rejoice!! You can now turn your iPod or MP3 player into your personal tour guide in all the major cities of the world.
The rolling green countryside of Ireland is best explored by car, but you’ll need some quick tips before venturing off: Tip 1: You need to opt for full rental car insurance coverage. Most credit card companies DO NOT provide collision damage insurance in Ireland. Maybe it’s the narrow roads that dance between stone walls and […]
Rule #1 – Be aware of your personal space. In the U.S. we take for granted that we won’t be pushed, pulled or jostled on a regular basis and that items hanging about our body are safe. In the rest of the world, the rules are different! If it’s hanging free, it’s up for grabs.
Google is amazing! Did you know you can punch the travel info you need right into the Google search box? For instance enter “AA123″ and get your American Airline’s flight status. Give these a try: Weather London = local weather SFO Airport = airport conditions AA123 = flight status 100 USD in Euros = currency […]
Help, I Need A Getaway NOW ! The internet is filled with sites proclaiming great last minute deals. Most are standard booking engines dressed up with lots of graphics and limited offers. Here are sites I’ve found that really deliver offers that will have you making plans and packing your bags.
It’s an airfare jungle out there! Here are 3 easy must do steps to find the lowest airfare every time your travel. #1 Visit a metasearch ticket site to identify available fares. These engines search multiple ticket sites at once. Here are our favorites. KAYAK ORBITZ FARE CHASE QIXO MOBISSIMO SIDE STEP Kayak is my […]
Or, how we hit the villa rental jackpot in Hawaii! If you’ve ever dreamed of owning a vacation villa in a faraway paradise, now’s the time to realize your dreams (temporarily at least) by renting a villa instead of staying in a hotel room. The internet has thrown the doors wide open for finding wonderful […]