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...

Here’s a New Year’s resolution for you – Ski More!

So far, so good in ski country. As I write this, nestled in the backwoods of Maine, the Northeast is getting hit by a significant snowstorm and just about every ski area in the U.S. and Canada is touting good, if not excellent conditions. This might just be the year...

A ski resort New Year’s Eve

There are plenty of ski resort New Year’s activities across the country Whether you’re a skier (or a snowboarder) or not, consider heading to a ski resort if you want to join in an all-out New Year’s Eve celebration. Skiing is such a competitive business that...

A saga of two computers and TSA

This is a cautionary tale. My Lenovo ThinkPad computer is old — at least old in laptop computer terms — plus, it’s big, heavy, and clunky. Chances of the person right in front of me going through the TSA security at Chicago’s Midway Airport having almost exactly the...