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December 2017

  • The Christmas countdown has begun…need any luxury stocking stuffers?
  • An American treasure, our national parks, will offer fewer free-access days in 2018. You’ll want to plan now. 
  •  Disheartening news from Delta on new policies for 2018.
  • Thinking about that winter getaway?  This picture essay of Florida is full of temptation.
  • Need a break?  This is the hotel for you if 2017 has proven to be just too much.
  • There is SO much tech for travelers out there. This will help you sort out the gadgets from the essentials.. 
  •  No better time than December in the northern hemisphere to contemplate the World’s Best Beaches.  Even if you’re not planning a trip, this list is the perfect antidote for the winter blues.
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  • Podcasts are one of my favorite things. So to find one about women who travel – solo – well, “bing went the strings of my heart”.
  • “Smart” carry-on luggage – the kind that will charge your phone or iPad, is no longer welcome in the cabin due to concerns over the lithium batteries. Several airlines are now requiring that smart bags are checked, which negates the whole point of having the charging benefit at your fingertips while waiting to board.

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  • Nobody does winter like Scandinavians – and Denmark is in a wild gift-giving mode.  Climb aboard the happiness train.
  • What’s the BEST holiday gift ever?  The experience, not the “thing”.
  • Millennials aren’t the only ones who err on the side of choosing loungewear as travel-wear…  plenty of us 3 Score travelers look more than casual as we hit the airport to check in.  So in this season of holiday travel, a reminder.…..
  • Aw shucks, what’s Christmas without that iconic English tradition of crackers at the holiday dinner table?  Airlines are ‘cracking down’ on these in carry-on luggage, and they are most definitely on the TSA’s ‘no fly’ list.   To that, we say, “Bah humbug!”

November 2017

  • Airbnb didn’t become the disrupter in the vacation rental market without bold ideas  – the latest is the introduction of split payments on rental properties.  Now everybody will pay their fair share of that ski chalet upfront.
  • We all know and depend on Google maps and their Street View is often a lifesaver.  You’ll love what the Faroe Islanders did to give us a 360° sheep’s eye view of their beloved island.  Here’s the backstory…
  • As we look to travel in 2018, it’s worthwhile to know that Delta is upping their game on flights to Europe, adding a non-stop to the Azores beginning in May. Very cool.
  •  Backpacks and in yoga clothes are now de rigueur and the era of elegant travel is but a dim memory.  Unless, of course, you have the deep pockets and assistance to indulge in the luggage of a bygone era.  Anyway, it’s always fun to look – and dream.
  • The best credit card for travel? I might be trading my AMEX card for this one. You might think about it too.
  • Getting through security can be arduous, but here’s some solid advice on how to streamline the experience, if you haven’t done so already.
  • Ever dream of securing an entire row of seats?  Well, here’s how it’s done. You can at least get close to the goal.

October 2017

  • Which country has the most powerful passport, in terms of visa-free and visa-on-arrival privileges? This ranking may surprise you.
  • A great trip is often about managing expectations. Here is how to do just that on a cruise, with strategies for avoiding common annoyances.
  • The judges have weighed in for the 2017 “World’s Best Bar”. And the winner is.…  Even the runners-up are worthy of a world tour of cocktail emporiums.
  • I’m sure I’m not alone in a continued fascination with Diana, Princess of Wales.  Her coming of age as a style icon and later as a humanitarian with global influence is documented in an exhibit at Kensington Palace, Diana: Her Fashion Story.  Until March 2018.  It’s on my London to-do list.

September 2017

  • Need to renew your passport?  Now is the time as changes are coming to TSA security checks….see why.
  • It’s Spring in the Southern Hemisphere – anyone headed to Australia? I’m a huge fan of Context Travel tours, and from Melbourne’s coffee culture to Sydney’s shady history, they’ve got Down Under covered like nobody else.
  • The practical side of travel is getting cash on the road. Here are the best ATM/credit card options to keep those pesky fees down.
  • A flight upgrade? We’ll take it!!  A flight downgrade? Yes,  it can happen.
  • The world is about to be graced with a long-awaited museum of African art with the opening of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town.  For so many reasons, this is such welcome news.
  • Attention! If you’re headed to London soon,  you’ll not want to miss this massive cheese fest, over 2 Sundays, September 24 and October 1.  A street festival as only the Brits can do.
  • Sad aftermath of Hurricane Irma, the Florida Keys are closed to tourists – for a while.
  • Okay, autumn leaf-peepers, your time has come.  Here’s an interactive map to keep you in-the-know as you plan those fall weekends.
  • Impress your friends and stump your relatives with these fun facts about the USA. Who knew that the only place on earth where alligators and crocs co-exist is in Florida. Need to know more?
  • Fall city travel may be on your mind, with London at the head of the list.  Here’s a triple-play destination – at least a bite to eat if not a stay.
  • Wifi and air travel haven’t always been compatible, but things are looking up with Virgin Atlantic’s announcement, a first among European carriers. Did you know that 83% of U.S. airline seats have wifi? Not surprisingly, JetBlue tops the list.
  • Cruising and storms: what you need to know…including the fine print on travel insurance.
  • There are airline lounges and then there are uber-lounges.  These are, undeniably, at the top of the lounge pyramid. 
  • Even if you’re a lowly economy passenger, the rarefied air of the airline lounge may be accessible to you.  Here’s how
  • Fall travel season can signal a luggage upgrade. I like Away a lot – but have a look at these options. too!
  • There’s Shelter Island, and then there’s the entire North Fork of Long Island. Pack that new suitcase of yours and head out for a glorious fall weekend.
  • The idea of “Deep Travel” resonates with every serious traveler. Click through for an interesting piece on the antidote to Overtourism.
  • Famous Parisian macaroons, meet healthy snacks. At where else, Lauduree in Paris, of course!

August 2017

  • Water destinations rank high on our list. Here’s an interesting podcast that explains why.
  • Ahh – air travel of the 1980’s: breeze through security, walk your relatives to the boarding gate, even light a cigarette while you wait. The good old days described here.
  • We love Shelter Island…and here’s why.
  • Packing liquor in your suitcase. Now, this is news you can use.
  • For your next trivia game, as cocktail conversation or even travel planning: where exactly is the center of Russia?
  • Some of you may be searching for the perfect Italian destination hotel, but even armchair travelers will appreciate this photo essay. I’ll have another espresso, please.
  • August is nearly at the turn and with a few weeks to go, Nantucket might be your destination. If so, here are a few spots of note. And if no immediate plans, September is the most glorious time of all!
  • We all love the next big trendy thing, and that appears to be the town of Hudson, New York, about 100 miles north of New York City. (Full disclosure: Hudson is my new hometown, so I love this shout-out.)
  • The BIG news for August is, of course, the solar eclipse on August 21st. Here’s everything you need to time it, watch it and track it, either from your front porch or along its diagonal path across the U.S. It won’t happen again for awhile. Pray for (eclipsed) sunny skies that day.
  • Readers of this blog know I’m quite a fan of London. So trust me when I say, this is a pretty comprehensive list of what-to-do’s even if Mayfair isn’t my favorite.
  • No official word yet, but AirBandB is poised to further shake things up in the luxury market.  It appears to be a quiet pilot….
  • Considering a cruise for the first time?  Here is a list of the best, based on travel style, interests and budget.
  • It’s high summer, but not too early to be thinking about Fall travel. Jet Blue has some offers on the table that will be difficult to refuse.
  • Are you a worldly, can’t-get-anything-past-me traveler? Add these tips to your knowledge base.  Now you really do know everything.

July 2017

  • Armrests are probably the most coveted airplane seat real estate, especially in coach.  Who do they belong to? Click here, and stake your turf.
  • Walking across/around the U.K. is a national passion. Soon, you’ll be able to cross the Emerald Isle by canoe. Knees and hips are cheering this news.
  • We know the big question on everyone’s mind: where to swim in Paris.  And here is the answer – it’s so simple, really.
  • And here is the beach you’ve been waiting for in London. Isn’t there something we could do with the Hudson River?
  • Meanwhile, we’ve got a solar eclipse a’commin’ across the U.S,  August 21st. Here are the best places to view nature’s rare event.
  • Expect travel to become more expensive in 2018, say the experts. So book early, especially air fares.
  • Flight attendants are always (usually) welcoming but behind that smile, they’re sizing you up.  Here is the inside scoop on their assessment, and here are tips to win their love.
  • I love UNESCO World Heritage Sites – it’s always a pleasant surprise to run across one when traveling. Here is a list of favorites in the U.S. –  a reminder of how much there is to savor – historically, culturally, and in natural beauty – right here at home.
  • The latest on ‘must have’ travel apps? Here it is. I will attest to City Mapper; it’s been a lifesaver London – have to say easier than Google Maps (sorry, Google)
  • Travelers to New England: know your lobster rolls!  Do you know the difference between Maine and Connecticut variations?  Travel informed.
  • It’s July, it’s hot. That means ice in your cocktail. Click to travel the world and savor the best refreshments without leaving your back porch. Or the air conditioner. Recipes included!
  • Whatever your view on the climate, Mother Nature is changing things up. Nowhere more so than ANTARCTICA, with a bigger-than-Rhode Island iceberg now floating free-form in the South Atlantic.  Click here.
  • Maybe you, like me, had a young flirtation with the idea of becoming what was then known as an ‘airline stewardess’. Click to see the latest in-flight uniforms though it’s hard to imagine how some designs suit every body type….be sure to check out the ultra-glam Hainan wardrobe, which resonates the golden era, long ago, of air travel.

 

April-June 2017

March 2017

  •  If you’ve done a river cruise and you’re hankering for more exotic locals, click here.  Think small ships and big continents: Asia, South America, India.   All way beyond the Danube.
  •  Even in the face of geopolitical change, some things are inviolate. Such as the tourism agreement between London and Paris, post-Brexit. 
  •  Maybe I’ve taken too many AMTRAK trips but to me, this sets a new standard, worldwide. Reason enough to get on a plane, just to take the train.
  •  Headed to Paris? Hot new restaurant to try; probably not on the tourists’ list.
  • Looking for the ultimate afternoon tea experience? Try this, with a Willie Wonka theme.
  • If afternoon tea in London isn’t your cuppa, try the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Can’t hurt.
  • St Patrick’s Day is next week. A trip to Ireland? The bigger celebrations are across U.S. cities with large Irish-heritage populations.  Check out some surprising stats here.
  • Tax season is here and hopefully so is your refund. What to do? Travel, of course. Here are some ideas.
  • Air B&B is digging deep to broaden their luxury offerings. Think sleeping in a nicer guest room. Way nicer.
  • Spring is around the corner, and no place on earth does Spring like New York City. Here’s the best list of ‘to-do’s’ I’ve seen in a while. Strongly recommend to locals and visitors alike. Note the outdoor fun – just another reason to enjoy – and love –  the world’s greatest city.
  • The French are getting a wall, too. Naturally, theirs is much classier.  Not to mention having a real purpose.
  • Nothing good about the middle seat? The Shore Hotel in Santa Monica is offering a free room upgrade for passengers into LAX who’ve braved the inconvenience. Offer good until May 26, 2017.  Hurry while those middle seats last.
  • Living aboard a cruise ship. Isn’t that everyone’s passing fantasy? Just once? Click through to see how it’s done.

February 2017

  • Wellness Retreats – doesn’t the sound of that just make you feel better? Best news: they are not all in the far-flung corners of the world. Check out this photo essay. Namaste.
  • Starbucks to open its first store in Italy!  Talk about taking coals to Newcastle!
  • In the ‘you always wondered’ department: why airlines insist on open window shades during take-off and landing.
  • Tempted to try a cruise, yet have a long list of negatives, from boredom to seasickness? Here are some suggestions that might help you to re-consider…..
  • With a long weekend approaching, getaways are top of mind. But when isn’t a weekend getaway on the radar? Here are some interesting U.S. city destinations, perfect for a 2-3 day ramble… and some of them might surprise you.
  • Patagonia Sportswear has long been the gold standard of socially responsible merchandising in fashion. Here are more reasons to seek out the brand when looking for quality – and snazzy – outdoor wear. It’s about more than puffy jackets.
  • Here’s a good list of must-have’s in your carry-on. For domestic flights, I’d swap out the passport for credit cards. For some reason the headline says “12 things”; I counted 11. Go figure.
  • Cheers to Queen Elizabeth II in her sapphire jubilee year (that’s 65, and counting). Creating her own bubbly – now that’s the way to celebrate! Sadly, it’s sold out. Long live the Queen.
  • Eurostar’s new lounge in Paris’ Gare du Nord. Champagne AND WiFi. AMTRAK, please note.
  • Because you can’t plan too far ahead: Tickets for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in South Korea are now on sale. Get ’em while they last.
  • Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Your plans may not include a trip to Paris, but just vicariously, here are some hotel suggestions that are, well, “Ooo! La La”.
  • Headed to London, or even thinking about it?  Go soon,  before the city enacts a 5% tourist tax on hotel accommodation, an idea now under consideration.
  • These days, flying Economy can mean different things.  Read how airlines are redefining what the new “Economy” really means, and why it might not be such a great deal after all.

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  • Up in the wild blue yonder: American Airlines is phasing out seatback video screens (and upgrading in-flight internet – YAY!); most vexing to all air travelers – small airplane bathrooms; and, the latest on the best time to buy airline tickets.
  • Here’s an enticing photo essay on Air B+B destinations for that cozy winter getaway you’ve been dreaming about. Now all you need to do is book it.
  • Oscar season is upon us but for travelers, the question is where was it filmed? Check out the locations of the 2017 Best Picture nominees. Some are sure to be next season’s hot tourist destinations (and some already are).  Each film’s “official” trailer is included for context.
  • Sometimes travel is a state of mind. Just because you can’t go to Paris, doesn’t mean you can’t experience it. Which you can, with a subscription to this charming newsletter Do It In Paris. And you can do it in English or French. We won’t tell.
  • Women-only clubs seem to be sprouting up all over. They’re a refuge, part intellectual hub, part social/professional networking center. And delightfully appointed, it appears. Here are a few that sound interesting; I’m ready to sign up!
  • OK; you can stay at a hotel; Air B+B has made a business out of house-guesting; why not a castle, when in Scotland.  Here’s a photo gallery of a couple of nominees for Best Castle to Stay In when in the land of the Scots.
  • Technology has certainly caught up with luggage – 3 Score reviewed Away’s phenomenal carry on (at a great price point, too) and here’s another, by Raden, that is hot, hot, hot.
  • Expedia’s airline passenger poll reveals the most annoying in-flight behavior. Not surprisingly, the top 2: Rear Seat Kickers followed by Inattentive Parents. See how they go hand-in-hand? Click through to see how the full list compares to your own.
  • Florida is a big winter destination; beaches, boating, and bikinis come to mind. Here’s an inspiring photo gallery of wildlife and eco-experiences found in the Sunshine State – from swimming with manatees to gliding over the Dry Tortugas, the most inaccessible national park in the U.S. And here is 3 Score’s recommendation for a Miami getaway!
  • It happens to the most experienced traveler: going to the wrong departure airport!  It’s stressful but salvageable. Here is 3 Score’s take on damage control when realize….whoops wrong airport!
  • Headed to Italy?  Train travel is, in my opinion, the ideal way to visit a country – fast, efficient, safe, linking fabulous cities via gorgeous countryside. Train information and station customs are sometimes confusing and not all information is available in English, especially in smaller cities. Here’s a great primer on the Italian train system.
  • Leaving your dog behind when flying off to a vacation destination is often wrenching. Here’s a great guide for how Fido might travel with you, or, have a quality canine vacation, too!  Woof, woof!
  • It’s January and all we can think of is a get-a-way to swaying palms, golden beaches, maybe a bungalow over the water.  Can’t get to the Maldives for this kind of paradise? It is now available in Jamaica, close enough to the U.S. for a long weekend of bliss. Ahhhh.
  • O Canada!  In honor of Canada’s 150th birthday, the country is throwing the biggest and best party ever – waiving admission fees in all 44 national parks during 2017.  If you can’t make them all, here are a few suggestions…
  • Bibliophiles, rejoice!  Here’s your chance to snuggle up to books day and night, at the U.K.s only residential library, in Wales.
  •  It may seem obvious, but here are 10 Things You Should Never Do in an Airport
  • New York women have a penchant – and reputation – for style. Here are some of the guidelines to achieve the “New York look”.  Spoiler alert – yep, black rules, but not exclusively.
  •  Inspiring, fun and well, memorable, quotes on style from older women who DGAF.  I’m sure you can figure out the acronym.
  •  I did this walk along Italy’s Cinque Terra in 1990, and it is still one of the most memorable trips of my lifetime.  It’s doable at any age and would be a great inter-generational adventure.