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”

First time in Buenos Aires? 5 Things I loved!

The first time you visit any city,  you can’t do it all. Sometimes budget constraints limit options, or the allotted time slips away. Thanks to a great itinerary put together by Yampu Tours, I experienced some of the best of Buenos Aires over 4 days in a way that made me want to return.  I’m sure I’ll go back for more…. Continue reading “First time in Buenos Aires? 5 Things I loved!”

How to celebrate a milestone birthday

 

There are all sorts of ways to celebrate 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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Pom Pom Passion

Fashion and style expert Lee Sable has contributed to this blog from the beginning – her Twinkle Toes piece remains one of 3 Score’s best-read posts. Her unimpeachable eye, flair, and whimsy are informed by a lifelong career in international fashion.   Pom poms are now on her radar… 

Lee found the pom-pom bag, above, at Linda’s@Bergdorf Goodman.  

Otherwise, options galore…

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5 reasons why you should see Umbria’s amazing spring

Spring is a sign of regeneration and nowhere is that more evident than in Italy’s central province of Umbria. The wisteria’s vibrancy sends the bees into a frenzy of activity, the iris’ delicate white blossoms bump up against the woody grape vines and trees ripe with spring growth; the season’s unfolding is something to behold.

Umbria is beautiful all year round, but spring may just its peak. The following photo essay was drawn from the area around Civitella del Lago, a small village above a ‘lake’ formed by a dam on the river Tiber.  The town is located in between Todi and Perugia, in central Umbria.

Here are some reasons to see Umbria in the spring….

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Where to find London’s absolutely best gin and tonic

It’s at The Distillery, on Portobello Road in trendy Notting Hill.  Hands down best.  Not the kind of gin and tonic with the anemic slice of lime that you you find at summer cocktail parties. Oh no, not here.

Here, gin is an art form with over a hundred brands on hand from around the world and a dozen or so different tonic waters and curated garnishes paired to enhance its flavor and aroma.
My ‘gin-perience’ began at The Distillery’s unique gin bar, Gintonica….

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Why you will love a day at Argentina’s amazing Iguazu Falls

Say “Argentina” and wine – especially Malbec – comes to mind. But the world’s largest waterfall system, the dramatic Iguazú Falls, lies along Argentina’s border with Brazil. “Amazing” doesn’t really do them justice.

The Iguazú National Park (Parques Nacionales Iguazú (AR) y do lguaçu (Br)) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  After a few days in the sun-parched wine country of Mendoza, seeing – and occasionally feeling – water drop 270 feet (82 meters) is, well, refreshing.

Yampu Tours booked the day’s tour to Iguazú Falls, as part of a larger trip to Argentina. A high point was an unforgettable boat trip to get up close and personal with water flowing at a rate of 62,ooo cubic feet (approximately 1800 square meters) per second.

Yes, it’s humbling. Take look….
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REAL ID UPDATE: What you need to know

NOTE:  THIS UPDATES NEWS CONCERNING REAL ID AND TSA SECURITY PROCEDURES .

The updated top line: your current driver’s license will remain valid as TSA-approved ID for boarding aircraft on domestic flights for a while.  The DHS  compliance deadline for states to provide REAL ID driver’s licenses is expected to be extended to October, 2018.

Here’s the background and what you should know about REAL ID and the TSA security protocol.

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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”

How to experience the eclipse without the hassle

Solar eclipse 101: this is hysterical.

How will you experience this cosmic phenomenon?  Some tips follow… Continue reading “How to experience the eclipse without the hassle”

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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