Trip insurance: When is it the right choice?

It’s often a toss-up when booking flight: economize on the non-cancelable/refundable ticket or buy the more expensive cancellable/changeable option, within the airline’s “terms and conditions”.   For big trips, whether under the wing of tour companies or self-organized, the question of trip insurance looms larger; there’s more money at stake and more circumstances beyond one’s control that could give rise to a host of (expensive) travel nightmares. So, trip insurance? Here’s what to consider to make the right choice.

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Why I love to blog: 5 hopefully good reasons

Today is Labor Day in the United States, a holiday created to honor those whose labor enabled a pretty nice life for many and, for the country, enormous economic advantage.  The day got me thinking about my own current labor. For the last sixteen months, during what otherwise would be described as “retirement”, I have labored at creating content for this travel-focused blog, 3 Score & More, the one that you’re reading now.  It’s unpaid labor; I’ve made nary a dime. It is sometimes very frustrating.  In the end, it is definitely a labor of love and here’s why….

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Magical Mendoza: How to catch the best of it

Mendoza is often associated with the other Argentinian M-word: Malbec. The region is indeed the heart of Argentina’s  prodigious wine production and the focus of many a trip. The wine tasting was certainly high on my list and I did plenty of it.

But there is more to explore: Mendoza is sophisticated yet laid-back; beautiful parks reflect the regions’ rich history and Spanish heritage. Culinary expertise pairs nicely with the renown wine. Traveling with the expertise of Yampu Tours, here’s how two friends and I caught the best of Mendoza, from Malbec to aflajores.

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The solar eclipse through a colander: 3 amazing photos

Those of us in the U.S. expecting a partial solar eclipse on August 21st were duly warned:  looking directly at this phenomenon without special viewing glasses would result in certain damage to our eyes. Alternatively, we could use the “pinhole” method and track the sun and moon pas de deux through a small opening harmlessly casting the shadow play on to a flat surface.

Enter the lowly kitchen colander – repurposed to serve as a  “pinhole” device creating a repeated pattern of celestial beauty. Who knew?  Continue reading “The solar eclipse through a colander: 3 amazing photos”

What is the most important travel accessory? Quality Sunglasses!

Arriving at Heathrow from JFK recently  I discovered that my prescription progressive sunglasses were missing. Simply gone without a trace and, despite follow-up with “Lost Articles”, beyond retrieval. I felt both guilty and reckless as I had no back-up.   It was tempting, as an act of penitence for losing track of an expensive item, to replace them with anything from the tourist kiosk or even go cold turkey for the duration. My most important travel accessory – quality sunglasses – were nowhere. This loss was more than a fashion thing.  It was a vision thing.

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How to travel with friends; 5 tips for a really great time

At its best traveling with friends, a best pal or a small group enriches the shared life experiences and the compatibility that brought you together in the first place.  Whether it’s an organized tour or your own planning with an agreed upon itinerary, accommodations, as you head out the big decisions are made.  But  living together 24/7 even in the short term can reveal surprises and stresses not evident in day-to-day interactions with your nearest and dearest. Following are some tips to help set expectations and ensure that the trip is indeed the wonderful memory your friendship deserves. Continue reading “How to travel with friends; 5 tips for a really great time”

How to celebrate a milestone birthday

 

There are all sorts of ways to experience a milestone birthday: A blow-out party, cozy family event, festivities in all configurations. And of course travel… my favorite way to celebrate anything. 

It was an honor to join a friend’s milestone birthday celebration in Barbados.  A brilliant way to acknowledge gratitude for years past and anticipate the years to come with a gathering of friends and a smattering of spouses who joined for the last few days. 

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Hot Tip: Travel shampoo to change your life

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It’s not often I so whole-heartedly write about a product: in fact, this is a first for 3 Score & More.  But I’ve just come back from 3, 2-3 week long trips and believe me, I WISH I’d had this tucked among my toiletries… a single-use shampoo that is Sulfate-FREE (a must for those of us with, ahem, color-treated hair), TSA approved, AND easy to pack….

So click on through the image below if you think this is something that needs to go into your suitcase next time….

What is really breaking the mold is that I’ve not personally tried the Squeeze Pod shampoo, so I’m taking the unusual step of endorsing it based on the strong reviews of Amazon customers, thoughtful response to consumer questions from the manufacturer, and the overall strong rating.

And ordering my own set post-haste.  There’s a lot more travel out there….

I’d really like your thoughts – if you’re familiar with this please share your experience – would love to see your comments posted below!

Yours in suds,

Jane

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