I always intend to loose a whole bunch of weight before going on vacation so I will look great in the travel photos and feel a little less guilty when sampling the local cuisine. But reality being what it is, it’s the same old me (the good and the bad) in all the photos. Here […]
Has it been years since you’ve seen all your siblings, or spent time with your parents? Have you recently connected to family you never knew you had, or has it been too long since you’ve reconnected with your cousins? Maybe you’ve discovered new branches of your family tree via some ancestry websites. Perhaps you’ve uncovered an old photograph capturing the last family holiday. Have you ever imagined how wonderful it would be for you all to get together in one place again after so many years?
Family reunions are a good way for different generations and branches of a family to come together and share your heritage. With some advanced planning and a bit of creativity, you can organise a memorable family holiday.
It seems I wait all year long for the precious few weeks of lilac season in New England. One of the very first purchases we made after buying our first home was to add a purple lilac bush. And like you, I have always found it frustrating to find them wilting after just a few […]
Where do you turn to find low cost airlines that fly between London and Rome? How about Madrid to Munich? Soaring fuel costs promise that this summer will see air fare prices higher than ever before. It’s time to pull out all the stops to locate a reasonable ticket price for your summer sojourn to […]
It is still just the ‘big boys’ (legacy airlines) that offer emergency airfares. The low cost carriers like JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit etc simply do not offer these types of fares. I found it very surprising that while American, Continental, Delta and United all have ‘Compassion’ fare policies, US Airways does not. They are the only major US legacy airline that does not offer bereavement fares – shame on them!
Here is a breakdown of airlines that offer Bereavement, Compassion, or Emergency airfares, along with links for more information and phone numbers of where to call for tickets. NOTE: It is always necessary to secure these types of tickets by phone – they cannot be purchased on the airline’s websites.
All the information you need about applying for a passport and traveling safely abroad can be found at the US Department of State’s travel website: http://travel.state.gov Here are the steps you need to take to apply for a new passport or process a passport renewal. 1) Start TODAY – get your passport photos taken. AAA […]
Heads up my friends, we’re heading into the worst travel weeks for flight delays, oversold planes and cancellations – ahhhh the joys of holiday and winter travel! This year there’s a new tool to use – TWITTER! Many of the airports across the US have their own Twitter pages that will give you the most […]
New England is blessed with some of the most spectacular fall foliage displays in the world. The diverse variety of hardwood forests climbing dramatic mountainsides and reflected in shimmering lakes guarantee scenic overload. This year skip the traffic jams on the highways and view the foliage on […]
Looking for some simple ways to be more environmentally friendly on your next vacation? Here is a practical list of small adjustments each of us can make to lesson our eco footprint as we travel the globe. Each of us can minimize the impact left in our wake through a few mindful approaches to planning […]
Many people dream of traveling to Africa to experience a world far different from what we know in our day to day lives. But the continent is a huge place, and thinking of where to start on your journey can be a daunting task. If seeing big game on safari is a lifelong dream of […]
Embrace nature, whirl into the wild; find joy being among the tress, streams and wildflowers! This summer put yourself in the capable hands of Appalachian Mountain Club to recharge your spirit and put a smile on every family member’s face. I’ve just returned from my second hiking experience with the AMC in the White Mountains […]
Having just returned from a lengthy trip to a foreign country, I had the opportunity to access my ‘every day’ credit cards to be sure we were bringing cards that would save us the most money while providing the best coverages. Let’s be honest, all cards are not created equal – some are good for […]
“I want to vacation someplace where it’s HOT this winter, where should I go?” How many times have I been asked this question? – more than I can count! Well, there’s finally a great website that answers – Where’s Hot When – or even warm or rainy, all in a brightly colored topo map. (Oh […]
Most anyone who speaks English well can be trained to “Teach English As A Foreign Language” through the well known TEFL organization. TEFL Certification courses are offered all across the globe and usually require a 4 week commitment to study the course curriculum and do a bit of practice teaching. This international program enjoys wide […]
It’s harvest time again all across the country. Farmer’s fields are bursting with juicy ripe fruits and everyone is anxious to bring in the bounty before the first hard frost. It’s almost your solemn duty to rally the kids (or borrow a few if you have to), throw on an old pair of sneakers and […]
The season for tumultuous weather is here. From June 1st until November 30th, (aka the hurricane season) all eyes are tuned to the weather channel on the lookout for seasonal storms that can totally disrupt your carefully planned vacation. Smart travelers take steps to secure Trip Cancellation Insurance to protect their vacation dollars in the […]
If you’re like me, there’s always an unsettling feeling when you hop into a taxi cab that you’ll be taken “for a ride” on a convoluted route to your destination just to bump up the fare. Here are some basic taxi cab safety tips to avoid this situation: #1. Do Your Homework. Before venturing off […]
Who hasn’t dreamed of leaving their ho-hum existence behind to go adventuring in another country, working, playing and sightseeing for months at a time, immersed in another culture. Student exchange employment programs have sprouted up all across the globe, offering anyone over 18 (and enrolled in a college or university program) the opportunity to work […]
Now that millions of the Boomer generation are reaching retirement age, it’s time for folks to make their dream of circumventing the globe a reality. How many of us have dreamed of winning the lottery and taking off on a trip around the world? It may surprise you to learn that an around the world […]
Quick, how do you dial 911 in Europe? Nearly everyone brings or rents a mobile phone to use while traveling, but do you know how to dial emergency services in another country? Here’s a list of prominent destinations and the emergency services number: 000 in Australia (112 by cell phone) 100 in India, Israel 107 […]