Destination – California Wine Country: Way Beyond Napa

There are five (possibly 6) wine regions in California, each of which contain many ‘American Vinicultural Area’s (commonly called‘AVA’s).  For anyone who is familiar with Napa, bear in mind that Napa is part of one region.  California has so much more to offer oenophiles. In case you didn’t catch Part I,  where I talk about […]

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The Best (Airplane) Seats in the House

How to choose the right seat when booking your flight. Why seat selection matters, and the secret weapon to find the one for you.

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Airplane Etiquette – Do’s and Don’ts

Tips to make boarding and getting off a plane easier.

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Destination – California Wine Country Part I (beyond Napa)

If you think Napa Valley is all California has to offer people who love wine (aka oenophiles), think again!

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The Best Deals on Luggage

I have packed a suitcase for a business trip at least a thousand times.  It’s probably more but I’m tired and the math is unnecessary.  Suffice it to say, it’s A LOT.  That also means the suitcases I have purchased have seen more wear in five years than most tourist suitcases do in a lifetime. […]

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Destination – Scotland’s Isle of Iona

If you spend any time visiting other cultures, countries, or special destinations, you will eventually find a place that feels like your spirit has come home.  For me, that is the Isle of Iona, part of the Inner Hebrides of Scotland.   It’s a small island, easy to reach off the coast of Oban, Scotland […]

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Aging & Assumptions

When are we “old”? Does that depend on how others perceive us, or on how we feel?

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Status Matching – Moving Your Frequent Flier Status to a New Airline

If you are working on obtaining status with an airline, you want to “buy local” whenever you have a choice of flights and airlines.  By this I mean that someone working on building status on Delta  (for example and just to show no hard feelings after all) should always try to fly Delta or a Delta […]

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How to Get the Cheapest Airline Tickets

I know all those travel booking sites promise you the best prices… and they are a good place to start.  However, if you are following my advice on obtaining frequent flier status with an airline, you may need to weigh the savings against the loss of points counting toward status.  Also you may find a […]

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Considering Expat Life – Decisions, Decisions

If you are seriously considering spending your retirement years in a beachy, sunny, festive, low cost location SOMEWHERE outside of the United States, you are in good company.  The cost of health care (and insurance) in the US is a significant enough motivation, without adding in perks like travel discounts, exotic locations, and (sometimes) a […]

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