Don’t wait for snow! Autumn in the mountains now!

Don’t wait for snow! Autumn in the mountains now!

Autumn in the mountains? Head to a ski area! If the ski resorts near me in New Hampshire’s Mt. Washington Valley and its surroundings are any indication, they are where to go this fall. No, not to ski (though some may have early snow, not many). Heading to discover...
How foreign street signs can make you an ugly tourist

How foreign street signs can make you an ugly tourist

Are you the ugly tourist on vacation or blithely ignorant? If you live in a tourist region, as I do, or if you travel a lot, you’ve certainly witnessed tourists being stupid, if not outright acting badly. Some comments or actions are merely funny, while others rise to...
You need to learn reasonable airline etiquette

You need to learn reasonable airline etiquette

Do we need to establish airline etiquette? And, will you follow it?  As the airlines squeeze more and more people into less and less space, airline etiquette is more important than ever. Airline passengers need to think about those around them and adjust their actions...

Big ski vacations for smaller budgets

No need for a big name (and big money) ski area for a big ski vacation Thanksgiving is over and full-blown winter is almost upon us, which means it’s time to think about planning a ski vacation. Almost immediately the thought follows, “There’s no way to afford it!”...

5 Big Paris Tips (and many small ones)

Paris tips for first-time visitors (and seasoned travelers) Ah, Paris, so much to see and do. While I’m definitely just a tourist – been there a mere six times over 30 years – and not a know-it-all guide to the wonderful City of Lights, I have advised several friends...