Travel Tips

Enjoy Summertime and the Family Vacation

May 20, 2012

Summertime is the time for family vacations.  That means lots of fun, right?  A few tips and preparation should keep it that way. Traveling with the kids can and should be fun, but it takes preparation.  Even the youngest members of your tribe can enjoy exploring new locations, new people and different cultures.   In introducing […]

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Yikes–How Am I Going To Get This Heavy Suitcase Home?

May 10, 2012

Getting all that stuff home It is a given with travel–everything expands.  I have been on trips where clothing gets ditched, stockings torn and thrown in the trash, toiletries and lotions and favorite snacks consumed, and still my suitcase grows and gains weight.  The more I travel, the more my luggage seems mimics  my waistline.  […]

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The Journey to the Journey

April 25, 2012

It is never easy to get anywhere from Akron.  Maybe that makes the journey and the chosen destination particularly special.  Although when transiting through the JFK airport, “special” does not seem like the proper adjective.  This airport is not for the faint of heart, or anyone with oversized luggage. Like most of my trips, first […]

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To Roll Or To Fold, Or The Donna Way Of Packing

March 9, 2012

Securing a decent seat on an airplane has been a problem for decades, probably since deregulation.  Along with consolidation, increased fuel costs, and lingering financial issues dating from 9/11, airlines figured out there is money to be had in those preferred seats and they developed strategies to decide who sits where.  Some might even say […]

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Where’s My Seat? Or: Why Do I Have To Sit THERE!!!

February 24, 2012

Securing a decent seat on an airplane has been a problem for decades, probably since deregulation.  Along with consolidation, increased fuel costs, and lingering financial issues dating from 9/11, airlines figured out there is money to be had in those preferred seats and they developed strategies to decide who sits where.  Some might even say […]

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Where is my life jacket? Practical pointers for cruising safety.

February 5, 2012

The capsizing of the Concordia was a disaster. The sinking of the Titanic was an epic disaster. A century later we still remember the Titanic. Fallout from this past January’s disaster is continues. What does this mean for the hundreds of thousands of current and future cruise passengers? How do you decide whether or not […]

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Help! I Want To Get Out Of Here!

January 22, 2012

You haven’t seen the sun for three weeks.  The kids might enjoy making snowmen, but you are getting tired of shoveling the driveway.  You need a break, and the Sunday papers are full of ads shouting “Go here!  Go there!  We’ve got great deals!  Just call!”  Remember, you’ve got choices and picking the wrong one […]

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Online Ticketing–More Than a Point and Click

January 8, 2012

There was a time when booking an airline ticket was simple–just call your travel agent and tell her your travel needs.  All the flights were in s publication rivaling the Manhattan phone book in size, called the OAG or Official Airline Guide.  Routes and rates were fixed, bags were checked for free, and hot meals […]

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Dealing with Bedbugs: Your How-To Travel Guide

September 15, 2011

Uninvited guests can really spoil the party—and the trip. Planning on bringing home some extra long-term house guests from your travels? Interested in waking up to itchy red welts? Bedbugs have become a problem everywhere and not just confined to the hotel room. They can hitch a ride home on your clothes or in your […]

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Battle of the Bulge: Packing

August 18, 2011

There is a reason, actually a lot of reasons, why most travel logs or blogs are written by men.   Having just packed for a week in Russia, I realize again how easy they (men) have it.  Just a spare pair of pants, a couple of shirts, some underwear in a bag.  Ten minutes to put […]

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